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Political Insight and Analysis From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:08:59 +0000

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Former Registered Lobbyist Ken Nahigian to Head Trump Transition Team

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:08:59 +0000

Ken Nahigian, who until November was registered as a lobbyist, was named to head the Trump transition team, raising questions about whether the appointment runs counter to President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp.”(image)

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Four Reasons Donald Trump Could Succeed as President

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:25:48 +0000

John Feehery: Donald Trump could succeed as president despite his currently low position in the polls. He has power in all the right places, especially with the majorities in both chambers of the legislative branch.(image)

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Acknowledging the Obvious, White House Says Guantanamo Will Not Close

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:30:01 +0000

The White House conceded on Tuesday that President Barack Obama will not succeed in his efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before leaving office, removing the option of taking executive action to achieve one of his earliest campaign promises.(image)

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Capital Journal Daybreak: Trump Transition, More

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:18:27 +0000

Trump Voters Harbor Mixed Feelings Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence Poll: Trump Least Popular New President in at Least a Generation Video: Trump Unpopular, but Many Support His Agenda Tom Price to Face Questions on Stock Trades, Obamacare Wilbur Ross’s Business Ties to Be Scrutinized in Hearing Treasury Pick Mnuchin Went By Own Rules […](image)

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Details of Trump Inaugural Balls Are Released

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:01:32 +0000

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced details of the three inaugural balls that Donald Trump and Mike Pence, along with their spouses, will attend on Friday evening, after they are sworn in as the next president and vice president.(image)

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Trump Says Tillerson ‘Takes the Oil,’ Echoing Controversial Campaign Remark 

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:36:10 +0000

President-elect Donald Trump introduced his pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to a crowd of diplomats Tuesday night, saying “he’s going to be incredible,” but also making an offhand reference to the nominee's past work at Exxon Mobil Corp. that echoed a controversial line from the campaign.(image)

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Head of Government Ethics Office Defends Critical Remarks On Trump’s Business Empire

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:40 +0000

The head of the federal agency charged with advising officeholders on conflicts of interests says his criticism of President-elect Donald Trump's decision to turn over his business holdings to his sons was "in line" with the agency's mission.(image)

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Obama Approval Rating Finishes Strong but Falls Short of Reagan, Clinton

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:00:19 +0000

President Barack Obama is ending his two terms in the White House on a high note -- but not as high as some of his predecessors.(image)

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Donald Trump Faces Balancing Act to Keep Winning Coalition Together

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:29:17 +0000

Donald Trump’s election in November put a new spotlight on the working-class white voters who helped propel him to victory. But viewing Mr. Trump’s voters through only that lens mischaracterizes his coalition and the challenge he faces.(image)

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Barrasso Declines to Elaborate on GOP Plans for Obama’s Climate Rules

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:01:21 +0000

Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the committee focused on the environment, said overhauling endangered species laws and a regulation that brings more bodies of water under federal jurisdiction were top priorities.(image)

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