Crisis averted but future is still unclear for House watchdog

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans might have ditched a plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. But the future of Congress' only outside ethics review board is far from guaranteed.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, has been under fire from both parties since it was created eight years ago. Now the House GOP majority is promising ...Read more

Here's how Trump could try to kill carried-interest tax break

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump railed against his main political opponent for allowing a tax break that lets some investment managers pay lower tax rates than average workers. After he takes office, he may have no one to blame but himself.

Some tax law experts say Trump could unilaterally end the so-called "carried interest" ...Read more

Analysis: Trump wins no popularity points during transition

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's transition to the presidency has seen his popularity decline, not expand, and he will enter the White House on Friday far weaker in that regard than any president in decades.

Trump is unique among the last seven presidents-elect: He is the only one whose popularity dropped between Election Day and his swearing-in, ...Read more

Trump set to make major policy changes in first hours of presidency

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WASHINGTON -- Once the parade winds down and the spectators leave the National Mall on Friday, incoming President Donald J. Trump is set to use his first hours in office to reverse some of his predecessor's highest-profile policies.

Even before he begins dismantling the Affordable Care Act and building a wall on the border with Mexico, Trump ...Read more

Trump worries European allies before inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- Even before he enters the White House on Friday, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that his foreign policy could include a diminished Europe and an unfettered Russia, creating deep unease in many of America's traditional allies.

In recent days, he has called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance "...Read more

Supreme Court justices skeptical of deportation order against Bay Area burglar

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, hearing arguments Tuesday in a California deportation case, signaled it may make it harder for the government to forcibly remove legal immigrants with certain kinds of crimes on their record.

The case involves a native Filipino and longtime legal resident of the Bay Area who was convicted of breaking into a ...Read more

Trump says low approval ratings are rigged

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President-elect Donald Trump accused approval rating polls of underestimating his support as he nears inauguration, tweeting early Tuesday morning that they were "rigged" against him.

"The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls," he wrote. "They are rigged just like before."

A new ...Read more

Trump says first day of his administration will be Monday, not his inauguration

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During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to roll back many of President Barack Obama's policies on day one of his administration, some of which can be swept away with a simple stroke of the pen.

Trump will officially become president after he delivers the oath of office at his inauguration on Friday, but it appears the ...Read more

Top Trump aide built his conservative brand at a liberal Santa Monica school

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WASHINGTON -- Too-cool-for-school upper-class students at Santa Monica High scoffed when administrators in 2002 reinstated a daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

Most students in the liberal enclave slouched in their chairs and chatted over the morning ritual, which was widely viewed as a throwback to an American patriotism that seemed...Read more

Latinos who voted for Trump look toward Inauguration Day with no apologies

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LOS ANGELES -- Ana Corona came from Mexico to California in 1967, following her father, brothers and sisters and joining millions who would live in the United States illegally.

Corona watched as family members got deported and escaped deportation herself. From the moment she crossed the border at age 14, her father reminded her and her siblings...Read more

Supreme Court to hear Missouri case on state money for religious institutions

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- What could prove to be a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case over whether state money can be used to aid religious institutions began with recycled tires and a children's playground in Missouri.

A grant program through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources repurposes tires and uses the scrap rubber for playgrounds. ...Read more

Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son on MLK Day

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Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader's work -- and discuss the president-elect's war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.

"First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides," Martin ...Read more

After feud with a civil rights leader, Trump meets with Martin Luther King III

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, a holiday commemorating the life of King's father, which this year was marked by Trump's quarrel with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights struggle.

King, the oldest surviving child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., described the meeting at Trump Tower as ...Read more

Traders use algorithms that capture Trump's remarks and then buy or sell affected stocks

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The jaw-dropping speed at which certain stocks have moved in response to Donald Trump's tweets about corporate America makes it seem as if Wall Street already was waiting for the president-elect's words.

It was.

Some sophisticated traders with automated programs are using computer algorithms that instantly capture Trump's Twitter remarks and ...Read more

Trump won't yet say who's giving money for his inauguration

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disclosed the names of donors ...Read more

Trump's transition hits a rough patch, polls show

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WASHINGTON -- As a developer and a reality-TV star, Donald Trump seemed to believe there was no such thing as too much publicity.

As president-elect, he's finding that's not so.

Trump hasn't yet taken the oath of office, but judging by the latest polls, he's already started to wear out his welcome.

In the weeks immediately after the election,...Read more

CIA Director John Brennan takes aim at Donald Trump for his criticism of intelligence community

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WASHINGTON -- Adding another chapter to the intense conflict between Donald Trump and the intelligence community, CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday sharply criticized the incoming president for equating spy agencies to Nazi Germany and suggested that he needed to focus more seriously on the security issues facing the nation.

"What I think Mr....Read more

Trump White House considers moving news briefings

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WASHINGTON ––The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House news briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the "Washington media elite," President-elect Donald Trump's press secretary said.

"This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process," Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News. Involving ...Read more

Trump aide says ethics agency director should 'be careful' about comments

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff said Sunday that the top U.S. ethics official "ought to be careful" after publicly criticizing the president-elect's plan to step down from leading his businesses while keeping his ownership interests.

"That person is becoming extremely political," Reince Priebus said Sunday of Walter Shaub ...Read more

CIA director warns Trump as tensions rise with intelligence agencies

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WASHINGTON ––The outgoing CIA director Sunday called Donald Trump's comments about the U.S. intelligence community "outrageous" and suggested that the president-elect's attitude toward Russia reflected an incomplete understanding of that country's intentions.

The comments by John Brennan on "Fox News Sunday" came as tensions rise between ...Read more

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