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Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

President Barack Obama celebrated the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday and spoke about the power sports has to unite people. "Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided," Obama said at a White House ceremony for his hometown team. "Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately...
The Latest: Inaugural committee releases parade detail

The Latest: Inaugural committee releases parade detail

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:50 p.m. Military bands and units from all branches of the service, high school bands and even the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will join newly sworn-in President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Friday's Inaugural parade. More than 8,000 people are expected to follow the new president and vice president as they proceed 1.5 miles...
Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter

Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter

The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday. Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's...
DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary, prompting pushback from teachers unions. But Democrats and activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs and advocacy for family values might impact minority and LGBT students. The wealthy Republican donor's financial and political...
Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

Sweeping change likely after Donald Trump takes oath

He will be a president like no other, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing seems to, at this point, be a matter of remarkably disparate opinion. But when President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, the nation will see a sweeping change in policy, style and rhetoric, possibly unlike any they’ve seen in their lifetimes. “He is not going to behave like...
Obama issues warning on 1st anniversary of Iran nuclear deal

Obama issues warning on 1st anniversary of Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama is marking the first anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal by warning the Trump administration that the accord can't easily be undone and is preferable to war. Obama says the agreement is the product of years of work between Iran and six world powers, not just between the U.S. and Iran. He says a diplomatic solution that keeps Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is preferable...
Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, has met with Ukraine's president and called on the impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia. Biden's comments Monday at a briefing with President Petro Poroshenko came after Trump indicated in a Times of London interview that he could end sanctions imposed in the aftermath Russia's...

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the deceased as 17-year-old Qusai Hassan Al-Aamour. A wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence erupted in the fall of 2015. In that time, Palestinian attackers have carried...
Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair...
'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells Trump

'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells Trump

Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country's "one-China principle" regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that anyone attempting to use Taiwan's status in a negotiation would be "smashing their feet by lifting a rock." "...
Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son

Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son

Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism. Trump on Monday met with one of King's sons on the holiday marking the life of the slain American icon just days after the president-elect...
AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional practices. In an interview as her tenure ends, Lynch strongly defended the Justice Department's aggressive intervention in local law enforcement during the Obama administration...
Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration

Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will be present Friday for the inauguration, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads, taxing the city's Metro transit...
Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut

Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut

Suggestions by President-elect Donald Trump that sanctions against Russia could be lifted in exchange for a nuclear arms cut attracted a frosty reception in Moscow on Monday. In an interview with the Times of London published on Sunday, Trump indicated that he could end sanctions imposed on Russia in the aftermath of the 2014 annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal. Russia...
PBS: No 'red flag' on funding under Trump, but it's early

PBS: No 'red flag' on funding under Trump, but it's early

PBS is waiting, but not quietly, to see what the Trump administration's impact on public broadcasting and its federal funding may be, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said. "It's too early to tell. But there's been no red flag," Kerger said in an interview Sunday. Given that change always presents uncertainty, she said, and "in this case, more uncertainty," PBS and its member stations...
Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

The increase of Israeli settlements has "gotten so substantial" that it is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state," President Barack Obama said Sunday, in his final interview as president. Speaking to CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama dismissed the idea that there is a "major rupture" in the relationship between the United States and...

Trump: Brexit 'a great thing,' EU to continue to break apart

Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump said Britain's decision to leave the European Union would "end up being a great thing" and predicted the bloc would continue to break apart. The incoming president, in an interview published Sunday, said European countries are reacting to an influx of immigrants that threaten each nation's identity. "...
A look at some of the groups who plan to protest Trump

A look at some of the groups who plan to protest Trump

ANSWER COALITION The anti-war group the ANSWER Coalition is planning Inauguration Day demonstrations at two locations along the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue. The plan to demonstrate at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Freedom Plaza, a large plaza about six blocks from the White House. DISRUPTJ20 A collection of groups calling their coalition DisruptJ20 after the date of the inauguration...

Trump team considers relocating White House media corps

Routine media access to the White House could be a thing of the past under Donald Trump's presidency, with top officials of the incoming administration saying Sunday that they're exploring more spacious options nearby. Vice President-elect Mike Pence cast the idea as a response to increased interest in the new administration, saying they're "giving some consideration to finding a larger venue...
3 Nevada Democrats want ex-senator statue out of US Capitol

3 Nevada Democrats want ex-senator statue out of US Capitol

Three Democratic congressional representatives are asking state lawmakers to act to remove a statue of former Nevada senator from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, alleging that he left a "legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia." Nevada Reps. Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen raised their objections to the statue of former Sen. Patrick McCarran in a letter this week to Republican...
Kerry urges Trump administration to attend Syria peace talks

Kerry urges Trump administration to attend Syria peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged the incoming Trump administration to accept an invitation from Russia to attend Syria peace talks next week. Speaking to reporters after a Mideast peace conference in Paris, Kerry said he supports the meeting that Russia, Turkey and Iran are co-sponsoring in Kazakhstan on Jan. 23 and that it "would be good" for the U.S. to be represented...
Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition. Labor unions were a strong presence at the demonstration in a parking lot at Macomb Community College in the Detroit suburb of Warren...
Roundup of Ohio news from Washington

Roundup of Ohio news from Washington

Jim Jordan named one of 30 most powerful in D.C. Jordan and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, are among the 30 most powerful people and groups in Washington, according to Politico, a Washington, D.C. publication. Jordan was cited for his work on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the end of last year, was cited because...
The Latest: Trump promises health insurance for all

The Latest: Trump promises health insurance for all

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:50 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation's health care law will include "insurance for everybody." Trump made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. The president-elect says: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles...
Anti-Trumper John Kasich to doubters: I'm no lame duck

Anti-Trumper John Kasich to doubters: I'm no lame duck

In less than a year's time, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gone from an "adult in the room" alternative in a fractious Republican presidential field, to a potential convention spoiler in Cleveland, to now facing a hostile new president who reached down personally to seize control of the state GOP. The roller coaster ride has left many wondering whether Kasich's political star and personal influence...
At inaugural rehearsal, Trump sub sports military haircut

At inaugural rehearsal, Trump sub sports military haircut

The hair was the giveaway. The man in the black coat, white shirt and red tie who raised his right hand as if to take the oath of the nation's highest office on Sunday sported a military trim. And that was just one way to tell that Greg Lowery, a 53-year-old vocalist in the U.S. Army band, was no Donald Trump, and Sunday's inauguration rehearsal at the U.S. Capitol wasn't the real thing. But the sergeant...
Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump on Russia threat

Outgoing CIA chief rips into Trump on Russia threat

The outgoing CIA director charged on Sunday that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump's relations with American intelligence agencies. John Brennan's pointed message on national television came just five days before Trump becomes the nation's 45th...
Trump team ponders evicting media from White House

Trump team ponders evicting media from White House

If the plan is adopted, one official told Esquire, the media will be removed from the White House press room, where it has been located since Richard Nixon was president. They would be relocated either to the White House Conference Center or to a space in the Old Executive Office building, located next door to the White House.
Women’s march organizers hope to start movement

Women’s march organizers hope to start movement

The Women’s March on Washington planned for the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president will be a chance for hundreds of thousands of people to vent their anger and call for action to thwart his agenda. Or it could be more. Progressives are hoping that the Jan. 21 march will spark an effective, nationwide, grassroots resistance to what they fear will be a Republican...
China state media call Trump's Taiwan strategy 'despicable'

China state media call Trump's Taiwan strategy 'despicable'

President-elect Donald Trump "speaks like a rookie," China's state-run media said Monday, describing his suggested use of America's position on Taiwan as a bargaining chip as "despicable." The nationalist tabloid Global Times published an editorial blasting Trump's strategy and saying China would have a strong response to any reconsideration of the "one China" policy...
Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

Obama, Pence interviews on WHIO-TV Sunday

With the inauguration just a few days away, Sunday will be all about politics on WHIO-TV Channel 7. Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Vice President-elect Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be on Face the Nation. Following Pence’s interview will be a special edition of WHIO Reports with Jim Otte previewing the inauguration of Donald Trump. On the show will be Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter...
AP Interview: Lynch says US must hold police accountable

AP Interview: Lynch says US must hold police accountable

As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional practices. In an interview as her tenure ends, Lynch strongly defended the Justice Department's aggressive intervention in local law enforcement during the Obama administration...
Report: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration concert

Report: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration concert

Holliday retweeted The Wrap's report on her Twitter account.In a letter addressed to "my beloved LGBT community," Holliday explained why she initially accepted the invitation to perform at the inauguration, saying she wanted to perform for the people, not for Trump. But after a vocal backlash, Holliday has decided not to perform.  According to The Associated Press, Holliday was referred...
House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

House Democrats still seething over FBI Director James Comey's handling of the election-year inquiry of Hillary Clinton confronted the law enforcement officer over his refusal to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. The contentious, closed-door session Friday reflected the frustration of Democrats who blame Comey's statements...
GOP lawmaker says Capitol pig painting coming down

GOP lawmaker says Capitol pig painting coming down

A GOP congressman reported Friday that a painting stirring controversy on Capitol Hill will be taken down Tuesday after the agency responsible for maintaining the Capitol complex determined it violated rules for a student arts competition. The painting depicts Ferguson, Missouri, with a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester. The painting was among hundreds completed by high school students...
Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend

Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend

Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis on Saturday for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory, intensifying a feud with the black congressman days before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Trump tweeted that Lewis, D-Ga., "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart...
Trump fires back at John Lewis for calling his presidency 'not legitimate'

Trump fires back at John Lewis for calling his presidency 'not legitimate'

Trump's retort sparked a spirited response on Twitter.
Merkel backs multilateral approach as Trump presidency nears

Merkel backs multilateral approach as Trump presidency nears

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing as she awaits Donald Trump's inauguration that the world's problems need solving in cooperation, rather than by each country individually. Asked at a news conference Saturday about protectionist tendencies in the U.S., Merkel said she will seek a dialogue with the new president. "I don't want to get ahead of that, but I am very much convinced that...
Obama urges public to embrace the 'work of citizenship'

Obama urges public to embrace the 'work of citizenship'

President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to "throw ourselves into the work of citizenship," regardless of party. In the final radio and internet address of his presidency, Obama says the country's success depends on everyone participating — not just at election time, but during the course of one's lifetime. Obama said Saturday that every American holds the title of "...
Don's Johns a name not quite right for this Inauguration Day

Don's Johns a name not quite right for this Inauguration Day

It's the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company — "Don's Johns" — that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation's capital. Virginia-based Don's Johns calls itself the Washington area's top provider of portable toilet rentals...
Early win on budget pressures GOP to deliver on health care

Early win on budget pressures GOP to deliver on health care

Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now with Donald Trump a week from taking the presidential oath, achieving that goal is possible, but the pressure is on for them to deliver a final product. With a near party-line 227-198 House vote, Congress gave final approval Friday to a budget that will ease passage...
GOP lawmakers go after ethics official who criticized Trump

GOP lawmakers go after ethics official who criticized Trump

House Republicans have shown no inclination to challenge President-elect Donald Trump on ethics matters. Instead, they are going after the federal ethics official who questioned Trump's potential conflicts of interest. Democrats slammed the move, saying GOP lawmakers are trying to intimidate an independent watchdog for having the temerity to challenge Trump's business arrangements. Rep. Jason Chaffetz...
Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking

Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking

President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official says. After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29, a Trump official said late...
Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week's presidential inaugural following protests from her gay and black fans, further dimming the event's already low celebrity wattage. Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway's "Dreamgirls," said in an interview Saturday she hadn't considered that singing at a Thursday concert by Washington's Lincoln...
IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty

IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty

If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of taxpayers who might be uninsured, reminding them that they could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines under the federal health care law if they don't sign up soon through HealthCare.gov. It's an unusual role for a revenue-collection...
Intel panel to examine possible campaign links with Russia

Intel panel to examine possible campaign links with Russia

The Senate Intelligence Committee will investigate possible contacts between Russia and the people associated with U.S. political campaigns as part of a broader investigation into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In a statement late Friday, Sens. Richard Burr. R-N.C., the committee's chairman, and Mark Warner, D-Va., the panel's top Democrat, said the panel "will follow the...
Campaign: Gov. Walker pays off debt from presidential bid

Campaign: Gov. Walker pays off debt from presidential bid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign announced Friday that he has fully paid off the debt he accrued during his short-lived presidential run, thanks largely to revenue generated by renting out his donor list in the closing weeks of the year. Walker owed $1.2 million when he dropped out of the race in 2015 after 71 days. He promised to retire the debt by the end of 2016. By the end of November he...
Democratic Rep. Lewis: Trump not a 'legitimate president'

Democratic Rep. Lewis: Trump not a 'legitimate president'

Democratic Rep. John Lewis says he's doesn't consider Donald Trump a "legitimate president," blaming the Russians for helping the Republican win the White House. The Georgia congressman and leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s said he will skip next week's inauguration of Trump at the Capitol, joining several other Democrats who have decided to boycott the historic event. "...
Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Trump inauguration a time for celebration, local Republicans say

Local residents going to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump see it as a chance to watch history being made and to revel in the patriotism of America’s peaceful transition of presidential power. “It could be one of the biggest days in our history. I just want to be there and look back and say many years from now that I was there,” said Preble County Commissioner Rodney...