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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, Yale University alumnus Dr. Benjamin Carson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaks at Yale, as a guest of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program, in New Haven, Conn. Carson is preparing to take lawmakers questions about his vision for the nation's housing policies. Democrats have been critical of the retired neurosurgeon's lack of experience in government and public policy ahead of his confirmation hearing Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn, File)
January 12, 2017 - 7:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — While Ben Carson's celebrated career as a neurosurgeon leaves no doubt about his medical credentials, his lack of experience in government and public policy are raising questions about his qualification to serve as housing secretary. President-elect Donald Trump wants Carson, a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Mattis is an outspoken critic of Iran, calling it the biggest threat to stability in the Mideast. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
January 12, 2017 - 6:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 2012, shortly before the White House ended his tenure commanding U.S. forces in the Middle East, Marine Gen. James Mattis delivered an urgent message to his boss: An Iranian fighter jet had fired errantly on a U.S. drone flying over the Persian Gulf. In considering how...
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Hawaii state Rep. Chris Lee talks about a bill he's proposing to require presidential candidates to release tax returns on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Honolulu. Lawmakers in Hawaii and several other states want to prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states' ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)
January 12, 2017 - 3:55 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers in Hawaii and several other states want to prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states' ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns. They're responding to President-elect Donald Trump's decision to not release his tax returns during the...
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Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2107, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 12, 2017 - 3:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson's foreign policy doesn't sound a lot like Donald Trump's. At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the former Exxon Mobil CEO selected by Trump for secretary of state called Russia a "danger" and vowed to protect America's European allies. He rejected the idea of an...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA faces a Senate confirmation hearing amid a testy standoff between the president-elect and the spy community. Pompeo is a member of the House intelligence committee and also served on the partisan committee to investigate the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. He was expected to be on the receiving end of questions from a friendly group of fellow lawmakers on Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
January 12, 2017 - 3:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA faces a Senate confirmation hearing amid a testy standoff between the president-elect and the spy community. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a four-term conservative Kansas Republican, is a member of the House intelligence committee and also served on the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Mattis is an outspoken critic of Iran, calling it the biggest threat to stability in the Mideast. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
January 12, 2017 - 3:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 2012, shortly before the White House ended his tenure commanding U.S. forces in the Middle East, Marine Gen. James Mattis delivered an urgent message to his boss: An Iranian fighter jet had fired errantly on a U.S. drone overflying the Persian Gulf. In considering how...
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President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 12, 2017 - 2:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump's first news conference as president-elect: U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him. The purported...
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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,, right, pats Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson , left, on the shoulder after his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 12, 2017 - 2:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing toward possible confrontation, Donald Trump's selection for secretary of state likened Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea to a takeover of another country's territory and spoke of forcing Beijing to fully apply sanctions on North Korea. China will likely be...
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January 11, 2017 - 11:19 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A pro-Trump PAC linked to L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean is now reporting donations it never disclosed to the federal government last year. The amended filings by Making Maine Great Again LLC say Bean donated $30,000, not $60,000 as the political action committee originally...
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Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 11, 2017 - 8:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barraged by questions about Russia, Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state promised a far more muscular approach toward the Kremlin on Wednesday, abandoning much of the president-elect's emphasis on improving ties between the Cold War foes. Instead, Rex Tillerson suggested the...
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