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                                House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. spoke during a Jan. 13 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The inauguration of Donald Trump leaves Democrats facing a stark power deficit, not only in Washington but in states around the country. Republicans control the White House, Congress, almost two-thirds of statehouses and 32 legislatures.

Democrats in sad shape: Power deficit as Trump era begins

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                                House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. spoke during a Jan. 13 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The inauguration of Donald Trump leaves Democrats facing a stark power deficit, not only in Washington but in states around the country. Republicans control the White House, Congress, almost two-thirds of statehouses and 32 legislatures.
Democrats begin the Donald Trump presidency in sad shape. They lack a clear power base, they’ve got no distinct national leader, and party brokers are searching for a formula to counter the new Republican-dominated government and figure out how to win again. Read More
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                                President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, waved as they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., today, ahead of Friday’s inauguration.

Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute

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                                President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, waved as they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., today, ahead of Friday’s inauguration.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet today and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators — with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama spoke during his final presidential news conference, Wednesday, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. In his last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes today, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences, including 3 from Hawaii

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                                President Barack Obama spoke during his final presidential news conference, Wednesday, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. In his last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes today, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Updated on  January 19, 2017 at 11:47 am
Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates, including three from Hawaii, convicted of drug crimes today, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the white House in Washington.

Obama’s parting message: We’re going to be OK

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                                President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the white House in Washington.
“We’re going to be OK.” In the final minutes of his final presidential news conference, Barack Obama insisted he’s not just tossing out reassuring platitudes about the nation’s future. Read More
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                                UN Ambassador-designate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, accompanied by her husband Michael, left, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Haley supports moving U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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                                UN Ambassador-designate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, accompanied by her husband Michael, left, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley declared her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift firmly endorsed by Donald Trump but one that could trigger increased violence in the Middle East. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference.

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence

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                                President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 10:36 am
President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s prison term Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a “tough prison sentence” already. Read More
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                                Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI., nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., for president of the United States during the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.

Gabbard travels to Syria on ‘fact-finding’ mission ahead of inauguration

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                                Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI., nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., for president of the United States during the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria this week on what her aides described as a “fact-finding” mission relating to her efforts to bring resolution to a war that has torn the country apart and heightened tensions between the United States and Russia. Read More
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                                Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., paused while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it

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                                Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., paused while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 11:37 am
Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won’t “pull the rug out” from those covered by “Obamacare.” Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, was sworn in, Jan. 2013, by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Donald Trump says his inauguration will have “an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.”

When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?

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                                President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, was sworn in, Jan. 2013, by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Donald Trump says his inauguration will have “an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.”
Donald Trump says his inauguration will have “an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.” Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama stands with White House press secretary Josh Earnest during his last press briefing.

Teary farewells as Obama aides pack up, make way for Trump

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                                President Barack Obama stands with White House press secretary Josh Earnest during his last press briefing.
They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, with their spouses and young kids in tow. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss. Read More
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                                Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, right, and House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, attended the Dec. 19 Electoral College vote at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The Republican governor today addressed Lewis’ criticism that GOP President-elect Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president.”

Maine governor offers U.S. Rep. John Lewis an erroneous history lesson

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                                Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, right, and House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, attended the Dec. 19 Electoral College vote at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The Republican governor today addressed Lewis’ criticism that GOP President-elect Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president.”
Republican Gov. Paul LePage today offered an erroneous history lesson about racial segregation to a black Georgia congressman who risked his life to fight for civil rights, and he called on the NAACP to apologize to white people. Read More
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                                Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., a former Navy SEAL who just won his second term in Congress, was an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and, like his prospective boss, has expressed skepticism about the urgency of climate change.

Interior nominee Zinke disputes Trump on climate change

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                                Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., a former Navy SEAL who just won his second term in Congress, was an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and, like his prospective boss, has expressed skepticism about the urgency of climate change.
Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the president-elect’s claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are affecting the world’s temperature and human activity is a major reason. Read More
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                                Most young Americans are concerned about the media’s ability to report on Donald Trump and his efforts to obstruct coverage of his administration, and most think it’s at least somewhat likely he will make it harder for Americans to express dissent.

Poll: Young Americans doubt media’s ability to cover Trump

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                                Most young Americans are concerned about the media’s ability to report on Donald Trump and his efforts to obstruct coverage of his administration, and most think it’s at least somewhat likely he will make it harder for Americans to express dissent.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 11:02 am
Most young Americans are concerned about the media’s ability to report on Donald Trump and his efforts to obstruct coverage of his administration, and most think it’s at least somewhat likely he will make it harder for Americans to express dissent. Read More
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                                Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

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                                Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 8:46 am
In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday not to dismantle public education and said she wasn’t selected for the job simply because of her wealthy family’s generous contributions to the Republican Party. Read More
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                                Judge William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, moderates a panel discussion during the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington.

Trump meets with Supreme Court candidate

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                                Judge William Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, moderates a panel discussion during the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 7:43 am
President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation’s highest court. Read More
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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left a Jan. 10 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill scuttling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that Congress passed last year, lawmakers’ nonpartisan budget analyst estimated today, in a report underlining the GOP’s risks as it starts a fresh push to dismantle and replace that statute.

CBO: 18 million more uninsured if health care law killed, not replaced

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                                House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left a Jan. 10 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill scuttling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that Congress passed last year, lawmakers’ nonpartisan budget analyst estimated today, in a report underlining the GOP’s risks as it starts a fresh push to dismantle and replace that statute.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm
Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill Congress passed last year scuttling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, lawmakers’ nonpartisan budget analyst estimated Tuesday in a report underlining the GOP’s risks in its fresh push to dismantle and replace the health law. Read More
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                                President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations.

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

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                                President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm
President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration today, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump’s legitimacy with fake allegations and “binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises.” Read More
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                                Walmart workers began stocking the shelves at its new downtown store, in Jue 2014, where Macy’s used to be. One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come in how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay.

Overtime pay expansion faces uncertain future

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                                Walmart workers began stocking the shelves at its new downtown store, in Jue 2014, where Macy’s used to be. One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come in how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay.

Updated on  January 16, 2017 at 11:58 am
Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. Read More
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                                German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

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                                German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
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. Read More

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