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Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development....

Carson rose from poor childhood to acclaimed neurosurgeon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, picked by Donald Trump to run the Housing and Urban Development Department, has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit....

The Latest: Trump's daughter, Ivanka, to meet with Al Gore
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province....

Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader
NEW YORK (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago....

Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters....

Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focuses Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party is seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a federal judge has ordered a hand recount to begin by noon....

Supreme Court takes up cases about race in redistricting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is taking up a pair of cases in which African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing electoral districts....

Democrats looking to reclaim Midwestern supporters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters....

Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat....

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