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  • What’s Trump’s agenda? Newt has some ideas.
    Matt Bai

    What’s Trump’s agenda? Newt has some ideas.

    Newt Gingrich speaks to the media after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 21. “I have a job,” Newt Gingrich told me this week, when I asked him if there was a job he might accept in the new administration. Yes, he would have accepted the vice presidency had Donald Trump asked him.

  • ‘I just wanted to do some good’: D.C. pizzeria gunman speaks out
    Colin Campbell

    ‘I just wanted to do some good’: D.C. pizzeria gunman speaks out

    Edgar Maddison Welch, the gunman who opened fire inside of the Washington, D.C., pizzeria Comet Ping Pong on Sunday, expressed regret in a new interview with the New York Times. No one was injured by the gunfire, but Welch’s actions drew national attention because he was motivated by a fringe conspiracy theory about the pizzeria. Police say Welch told them that he wanted to “self-investigate” the theory, which purported that Comet is the center of a child sex ring involving Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief.

  • Trump’s DHS pick Gen. Kelly was not first choice of immigration hard-liners
    Liz Goodwin

    Trump’s DHS pick Gen. Kelly was not first choice of immigration hard-liners

    Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The pick disappointed some immigration hawks, who hoped the president-elect would tap Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to lead the agency. One of those Kobach supporters is Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations at NumbersUSA, an organization that seeks to reduce both legal and illegal immigration.

  • New York City tries handing Washington the bill for guarding Trump
    Michael Walsh

    New York City tries handing Washington the bill for guarding Trump

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still petitioning the federal government to compensate the Big Apple for protecting President-elect Donald Trump. Since Trump’s election victory, the New York Police Department has had to vastly increase its already intense security for the area. “New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill to protect our president-elect and his family’s residence,” he said.

  • John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son died serving in Afghanistan
    Dylan Stableford

    John Kelly, Trump’s Homeland Security pick, gave a remarkable speech 4 days after his son died serving in Afghanistan

    Four days earlier, Kelly’s 29-year-old son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, stepped on a land mine while leading a patrol in southern Afghanistan. John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump’s reported pick for Homeland Security chief, never spoke of his fallen son by name during the speech to the Semper Fi Society that he had committed to give long before his son’s death. “We are in a life-and-death struggle, but not our whole country,” Kelly said in his speech.

  • Artists, musicians, teachers among the young victims of Oakland warehouse fire that killed at least 36
    Caitlin Dickson and Gabriela Kaufman

    Artists, musicians, teachers among the young victims of Oakland warehouse fire that killed at least 36

    Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland over the weekend, killing several dozen attendees of a party in an art space.

  • Photos of the day - December 7, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - December 7, 2016

    People carry flags and effigies during a protest prior to the season opening of the famous Milan ‘La Scala’ opera house with the original two-act version of the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini, in Milan; an aerial view shows the autumn scenery by the Slender West Lake in Yangzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province; and a view of a mural at a street in Beirut, Lebanon are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Secretary of state candidate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher defends Russia, denounces China
    Christopher Wilson

    Secretary of state candidate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher defends Russia, denounces China

    Secretary of state candidate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said in an interview Wednesday that the United States cooperating with Russia is a good thing and that China is not America’s friend. “If it’s right for us to join in and cooperate and have a better relationship with Russia in order to defeat radical Islam and to pull China back a bit,” said Rohrabacher, “well that’s a good thing, and that’s what this is all about. Russia is no longer the Soviet Union.

  • Democrats call for 9/11-style commission to probe election hacks
    Michael Isikoff

    Democrats call for 9/11-style commission to probe election hacks

    Two House Democrats called Wednesday for the creation of a bipartisan national commission — modeled after the one that investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks — to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s unyielding view would seem to make it less likely that there will be any sort of public probe.

  • Ceremonies commemorate 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Ceremonies commemorate 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

    It has been 75 years, but U.S. Navy veteran James Leavelle can still recall watching with horror as Japanese warplanes rained bombs down on his fellow sailors in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War Two. Bullets bounced off the steel deck of his own ship, the USS Whitney, anchored just outside Honolulu harbor, but a worse fate befell those aboard the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma, USS Utah and others that capsized in an attack that killed 2,400 people. Leavelle, now 96, was among 30 Pearl Harbor survivors honored at a reception in Los Angeles before heading to Honolulu to mark Wednesday’s 75th anniversary of the attack.

  • Democrats urge Obama to pardon 750,000 young undocumented immigrants
    Liz Goodwin

    Democrats urge Obama to pardon 750,000 young undocumented immigrants

    More than 60 Democratic members of Congress are urging President Obama to protect the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who signed up for his deferred action program before he leaves office next month. “You have pardoned hundreds and hundreds of people convicted for drug offenses,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said at a Wednesday press conference in Washington. The White House has informed the Democrats that “the clemency power could not give legal status to any undocumented individual” and that only Congress has that power.

  • Shootout mannequin challenge leads to gun, marijuana arrests
    Michael Walsh

    Shootout mannequin challenge leads to gun, marijuana arrests

    The video, posted to Facebook last month, shows 22 men standing completely still and brandishing guns outside 5012 Powell Drive in Huntsville. The mannequin challenge is a viral Internet video trend in which people try to stay completely still as if they were part of a Madame Tussauds wax exhibit, typically with the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background. The shootout video, however, makes use of “Ain’t No Comin’ Down” by TEC & Maine Musik.

  • Trump discusses battles with Boeing and ‘SNL,’ relationships with Obama and Romney
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump discusses battles with Boeing and ‘SNL,’ relationships with Obama and Romney

    President-elect Donald Trump called NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday after being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, and gave a surprisingly wide-ranging interview on his transition.

  • Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia’s Aceh province
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia’s Aceh province

    A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, Dec. 7, killing a large number of people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. (AP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Trump gets Time magazine nod for Person of the Year
    Colin Campbell

    Trump gets Time magazine nod for Person of the Year

    President-elect Donald Trump took a victory lap on Wednesday after receiving an award that he has coveted for at least a year: Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” he said Wednesday morning during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, which revealed the winner. Trump had a much different reaction in 2015, when he was a finalist for Person of the Year but didn’t make the cut.

  • 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

    On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii and began their assault. The attack killed more than 2,300 people, nearly half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. More than 1,100 were injured. After the attack, President Franklin D.

  • What Chinese people think of Donald Trump
    Andy Serwer

    What Chinese people think of Donald Trump

    For starters, the general take is pretty much like that of Americans. The primary difference is they care about Trump less than Americans do—which makes sense given that they are thousands of miles away in a country that prides itself in marching to the beat of its own drum. Amongst Internet and financial elites in Hong Kong for instance, Trump is perceived as you might expect, with dismay and eye rolling.

  • Trump skips attacks on media to focus on the military in his second post-election speech
    Hunter Walker

    Trump skips attacks on media to focus on the military in his second post-election speech

    President-elect Donald Trump did something unusual Tuesday night at the second rally of his “Thank You Tour” in Fayetteville, N.C. — he stopped the crowd from booing the press. Remember, this has been a great, great movement, the likes of which they’ve never seen before,” Trump said, pointing to the reporters who were covering the rally. “No, no, no,” Trump said putting a stop to the jeers.

  • Weather Channel to Breitbart: Stop citing us in spreading climate skepticism
    Michael Walsh

    Weather Channel to Breitbart: Stop citing us in spreading climate skepticism

    The Weather Channel typically sticks to reporting on science and weather, but it waded into politics on Tuesday, after climate skeptics had appropriated its work and presented it in a context that the channel considers incorrect and irresponsible. In an editorial posted to Weather.com, the Weather Channel singled out last week’s Breitbart News article, headed “Global Temperatures Plunge. “The last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final death rattle of the global warming scare,” Breitbart columnist James Delingpole wrote.

  • Photos of the day - December 6, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - December 6, 2016

    French adventurer Capitaine Remi Le Calvez dressed as a Santa Claus, starts a trip as a hitchhiker in Paris; President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York; and, G. Treacy is unseated from Sizing Sahara at Fontwell Park in Fontwell, England. These are just a few of the photos of the day for December 6, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets
    Michael Walsh

    Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets

    Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that the Air Force should cancel its contract with Boeing to build two new presidential airplanes, asserting that the agreement had a $4 billion price tag. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. It’s not clear how Trump, who frequently tweets exaggerated or baseless claims, arrived at that number.

  • Trump team: Flynn Jr., who spread conspiracies, ‘no longer’ with transition
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump team: Flynn Jr., who spread conspiracies, ‘no longer’ with transition

    Michael Flynn Jr., the son of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn who helped spread the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy, has no involvement in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Tuesday. “Gen. Flynn’s son has no involvement in the transition whatsoever,” Pence said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. Pence admitted later Tuesday afternoon that he had understated the son’s role. During a somewhat tense CNN interview, anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly pressed Pence as to whether he was aware that the transition had asked for Flynn Jr. to receive a security clearance.

  • Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public
    Olivier Knox

    Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama could make a Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture partly public before he leaves office in January. “Probably the most that we might expect this administration to do — and maybe ‘expect’ is the wrong word — but the most it could probably accomplish is to designate it some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to redaction, obviously,” said Schiff, who was speaking at a breakfast for reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. The Senate Intelligence Committee worked for years to compile the 6,700-page report, perhaps the most detailed and complete accounting of the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other interrogation techniques that meet international definitions of torture.

  • Oakland warehouse operator distraught in interview about deadly fire
    Dylan Stableford

    Oakland warehouse operator distraught in interview about deadly fire

    The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a massive fire killed at least 36 people over the weekend is facing intense scrutiny over his role as de facto landlord of a building that fire officials say was a maze of plywood, tapestries, furniture, art and apparently illegal living spaces. “What am I doing here?” Almena said. A criminal investigation is under way, though it’s unclear whether Almena is the focus.

  • Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.
    Lisa Belkin

    Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.

    Dr. Ben Carson speaks before a Trump campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., in August 2016. It is a view that worries longtime housing advocates who find themselves parsing the limited words Dr. Carson has spoken and written on the subject before the former neurosurgeon was named Monday Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of housing and urban development. “The fair housing community has been hoping for a HUD appointee that would do no harm,” said Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.