Politics

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for secretary of state, Tillerson, have much in common. Both are wealthy, long-time business leaders with broad international interests. But they’ve taken far different approaches to preparing for government service. Tillerson has severed his business ties. Trump has not. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)
January 10, 2017 - 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, have much in common. Both are wealthy, long-time business leaders with broad international interests. But they've taken far different approaches to preparing for government service. Tillerson has...
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Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 10, 2017 - 4:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions fervently rejected "damnably false" accusations of past racist comments Tuesday as he challenged Democratic concerns about the civil rights commitment he would bring as Donald Trump's attorney general. He vowed at his confirmation hearing to stay...
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Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, before meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 10, 2017 - 4:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will take the traditional ride from the White House to the Capitol with his predecessor before his inauguration next week, but he will break from some of the day's other customs, trading traditional celebrity appearances for the "soft sensuality" of the...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., flanked by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Interim House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., right, finish a briefing with reporters on their efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
January 10, 2017 - 3:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and follow up with a replacement. Speaker Paul Ryan, after talking with Trump, announced that the House would aim to take both steps "concurrently." The push...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York. As a businessman, Trump has kept the courts busy. That is not likely to end when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially looming problem for a sitting president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 10, 2017 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a businessman, Donald Trump has kept the courts busy. That's hardly likely to change when he enters the Oval Office, creating an unusual and potentially serious problem for a sitting president. Only a handful of presidents have undergone legal depositions during their terms,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington. Kerry on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, warned about the rise of a “factless political environment” in which policy is made on Twitter and said President-elect Donald Trump’s “America First” policy could lead to a U.S. retreat from the world. He also lamented a lack of contact with the incoming Trump administration. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
January 10, 2017 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. may need "more forceful ways" of dealing with North Korea if it develops an intercontinental ballistic missile that threatens America. Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy, Kerry said nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea's "...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Welsh singer Charlotte Church poses during a photocall to launch the inaugural Festival of Voice, in London. Church and fellow British singer Rebecca Ferguson have declined to perform at the Inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump. Church wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, that Trump’s “staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
January 10, 2017 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — British singers Charlotte Church and Rebecca Ferguson have declined to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Church wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Trump's "staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you're a...
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January 10, 2017 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Monica Crowley's "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?" said Tuesday it is halting sales of the book, pending the "opportunity" for the aide to President-elect Donald Trump to revise her text. Crowley is a syndicated talk show host and Trump's pick to serve as director...
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January 10, 2017 - 1:47 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama is warning that "unfettered support" for Israel's settlement policies will over time lead to a "worsening situation" between Israelis and Palestinians. Obama spoke to the Israeli TV program "Uvda" in an interview broadcast Tuesday, as he prepares to hand...
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A 1040 tax form appears on display, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in New York. The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and fraud. Starting in 2017, a federal law requires the tax agency to delay refunds until Feb. 15 for people who claim the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. The IRS says processing times will delay most of the refunds until the end of February. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
January 10, 2017 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud. The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are...
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