Politics

In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo, Hector Maldonado poses for a photo in St. Louis. Although pestered to a fare-thee-well to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. Maldonado backed Ted Cruz in the primaries but will cast his vote for Trump with conviction. “I took an oath once to become a U.S. citizen,” he said, “and on Aug. 14, 1995, that was the first oath that I've taken to support the U.S. Constitution. A year later I took the oath again, to support the duties of being an officer in the U.S. Army. This was the third oath that I've taken to execute what I promised to do." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
December 15, 2016 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's more hustle than hope behind an effort to derail Donald Trump's presidency in the Electoral College. Republican electors are being swamped with pleas to buck tradition and cast ballots for someone else at meetings across the country Monday that are on course to ratify...
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President Barack Obama pauses during a "My Brother's Keeper" summit in South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 15, 2016 - 12:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran's concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal. Although the White House had said that Obama was...
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December 15, 2016 - 12:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says recent boasts by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he used to drive around looking for criminals to kill are "deeply troubling." Duterte said in a speech on Monday that as a former mayor he'd patrol on a motorcycle hunting for criminals to kill to set...
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December 15, 2016 - 11:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the Obama administration didn't bring up Russian hacking of U.S. political sites until after Hillary Clinton lost the election. That is wrong. The administration brought it up a month before Election Day. Trump's tweet said, "If...
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CORRECTS TO INTERIOR SECRETARY -FILE- In this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo, Rep. Ryan Zinke, right, R-Mont., President-elect Donald Trump's choice for interior secretary, arrives at Trump Tower, in New York. Conservatives who have long complained about the government’s control of vast Western lands hope they will have a new ally in Donald Trump, who has sent mixed signals about how he might manage land and whether he would relinquish federal authority over millions of acres. Zinke denies that he favors relinquishing federal control of the land, as Democrats allege. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 15, 2016 - 9:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 10:22 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump has officially chosen Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as his interior secretary. Zinke was an early supporter of Trump's and publicly sought a Cabinet post when Trump visited...
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Rex Teter, a member of the Electoral College, poses at his home in Pasadena, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. The sharp divisions left by last month’s presidential election have cast more attention than usual on the Electoral College. Teter, 59, a music teacher and preacher, received about 35,000 emails and 200 letters urging him not to support Trump. It took him several hours to delete them the day after Thanksgiving. A Marco Rubio supporter in the primaries, he is solidly for Trump. "Some have been very personal letters. Some threatening. One was very funny. They view President-elect Trump as a threat so it’s personal for them and I can empathize. But I'm not changing my vote as an elector." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 15, 2016 - 9:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hounded to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral College ticket to the White...
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Rex Teter, a member of the Electoral College, poses at his home in Pasadena, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. The sharp divisions left by last month’s presidential election have cast more attention than usual on the Electoral College. Teter, 59, a music teacher and preacher, received about 35,000 emails and 200 letters urging him not to support Trump. It took him several hours to delete them the day after Thanksgiving. A Marco Rubio supporter in the primaries, he is solidly for Trump. "Some have been very personal letters. Some threatening. One was very funny. They view President-elect Trump as a threat so it’s personal for them and I can empathize. But I'm not changing my vote as an elector." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 15, 2016 - 7:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral College...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by, from left, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump, speaks during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel- Old Post Office, in Washington. Trump had planned a news conference for Thursday on the future of his business but announced Monday, Dec. 12, he would postpone it until next month. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
December 15, 2016 - 7:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:45 a.m. A top adviser to Donald Trump says his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, would be the most likely family members to have official staff roles. Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC Thursday that any of the...
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In this Dec. 0, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks at rally in Baton Rouge, La. He brushed off it off as a Chinese hoax, then called it the real deal and finally declared that “nobody really knows.” When it comes to climate change, Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow the Earth’s warming temperatures and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 15, 2016 - 7:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — He brushed off climate change as a Chinese hoax, then called it the real deal and finally declared that "nobody really knows." Donald Trump is sending mixed signals on whether or how he will try to slow Earth's warming temperatures and rising sea levels. Since he was elected,...
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December 15, 2016 - 5:56 am
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has received an important mark of recognition eight years after declaring independence from Serbia: its own telephone country code. The government announced that the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies had assigned Kosovo the code +383...
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