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  • Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard
    Jerry Adler

    Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard

    Call it the Lewandowski Doctrine: the proposition that in evaluating the statements of a candidate for president of the United States, the proper standard to apply is, How would this sound coming from my brother-in-law at the kitchen table? Specifically, Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, speaking at a forum Thursday night at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, was criticizing what he considered the media’s myopic focus on the accuracy of Trump’s statements during the campaign. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally,” Lewandowski said.

  • Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner
    Liz Goodwin

    Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner

    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee got a shot in the arm Friday afternoon, as his chief rival for the spot, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, announced he was getting out of the race. “One of the problems we had in this election is we’ve got to connect more with young people — and that means not having faces like mine,” said Dean, 68, who ran as a presidential candidate in 2004, and led the DNC between 2005 and 2009.

  • Virginia school district bans 2 classic American novels for racial slurs
    Michael Walsh

    Virginia school district bans 2 classic American novels for racial slurs

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain are among the most challenged books in U.S. history. A school district in Virginia temporarily suspended the use of two classic American novels after a concerned mother complained about the racial slurs in them. The novels in question are “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

  • Photos of the day – December 2, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day – December 2, 2016

    A diver wearing a Saint Nicholas costume swims with the fishes in the big aquarium of the Multimar Wattforum in Toenning, Germany; supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow’s election victory in Banjul, Gambia and people hold posters while awaitng the arrival of the caravan carrying the ashes of Fidel Castro in Las Tunas, Cuba. These are just a few of the photos of the day for December 2, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations
    Michael Walsh

    Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations

    Democratic and Republican senators are reportedly crafting legislation that would put a limit on how many people President-elect Donald Trump would be allowed to deport if he reverses President Obama’s executive orders concerning illegal immigration.

  • Mall of America welcomes its first black Santa Claus
    Caitlin Dickson

    Mall of America welcomes its first black Santa Claus

    It’s that time of year when children line up in malls across the country for their chance to have a picture taken on Santa Claus’s lap and divulge their deepest Christmas wishes. It’s a longstanding American tradition, and this year, families that make the yuletide pilgrimage to the nation’s largest mall will be greeted by its first African-American Santa. “This is a long time coming,” Landon Luther told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

  • ‘Trump-like fearmongering’: S.F. police commissioner pans union’s jarring ad
    Michael Walsh

    ‘Trump-like fearmongering’: S.F. police commissioner pans union’s jarring ad

    San Francisco Police Commission President Suzy Loftus knocked a new advertisement from the city’s police union as a misleading piece of fearmongering. A narrator says that under a proposed city policy, police officers would be prohibited from shooting at the driver in this case — potentially leading to many deaths and injuries.

  • Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’

    Trump's event was the kickoff for what his team is billing as a "Thank You Tour," and his aides are quick to correct anyone who refers to it as a victory lap. All the rallies are expected to take place in key states where Trump scored victories.

  • Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race
    Liz Goodwin

    Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race

    A group of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is asking Facebook to expand its election alerts to include local races in time for a crucial Louisiana run-off election this month. The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called Flippable in the wake of their party’s crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. Chris Walsh, a founder of Flippable who was the Clinton campaign’s Ohio regional out-of-state coordinator, said Facebook will consider their request if they are able to demonstrate a popular “outpouring of support.” The group has started a petition to prove that Facebook users would like to be reminded of local elections.

  • In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defense
    Jerry Adler and Daniel Klaidman

    In Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump chooses a ‘warrior monk’ as secretary of defense

    Donald Trump was expecting a very different answer when he asked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, at a meeting last month, for his views on the use of waterboarding. Mattis, who served in the Marines from 1969 until his retirement in 2013, represents a big change from the current secretary of defense, the bookish Ashton Carter, a former Harvard professor who was trained as a physicist.

  • Live updates: President-elect Donald Trump's rally in Cincinnati
    Yahoo News Staff

    Live updates: President-elect Donald Trump's rally in Cincinnati

    President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first stop in Trump’s USA Thank You Tour 2016. Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker is on the ground in Cincinnati and will be providing coverage from the event.

  • The Obamas unveil the 2016 White House holiday decorations
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    The Obamas unveil the 2016 White House holiday decorations

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Sasha light the 2016 National Christmas Tree during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. First lady Michelle Obama previewed this year’s holiday decorations in Washington on Tuesday, Nov., 29. "The Gift of the Holidays" is the theme, as the Obamas prepare for their final Christmas celebration in the White House. Ornaments on display spell out the word "girls" in 12 different languages, paying homage to Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative. (Getty/AP)

  • Levi’s CEO pens open letter to patrons: Leave your guns at home
    Michael Walsh

    Levi’s CEO pens open letter to patrons: Leave your guns at home

    Levi’s has a simple request: Come for the jeans, but leave the heat at home.

  • Trump returns to Indiana for victory lap on Carrier deal
    Colin Campbell

    Trump returns to Indiana for victory lap on Carrier deal

    Donald Trump traveled to Indiana on Thursday to celebrate the fact that the air-conditioning and furnace manufacturer Carrier Corp. will be keeping some of its jobs in Indianapolis, instead of moving more than 2,000 to Mexico. Trump, who was introduced to the crowd by his running mate, outgoing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, praised his V.P. pick as “such a wise decision for me.” Pence played a key role in crafting the deal with Carrier.

  • Photos of the day - December 1, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - December 1, 2016

    A Romanian military medical student applies lipstick before taking part in Romania’s National Day parade in Bucharest, Romania; An HIV-positive Filipino lights candles around an AIDS symbol as he participates in an event in observance of World AIDS Day in Quezon city, Philippines; and, Displaced Iraqi children, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, stand at a fence at Debaga camp for the displaced on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq. These are just a few of the photos of the day for December 1, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Report: Chris Christie looking at becoming GOP chair
    Dylan Stableford

    Report: Chris Christie looking at becoming GOP chair

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who lost his spot as chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team last month, is reportedly eyeing a new job: Republican National Committee chairman. Politico reports that Christie has expressed interest in the post currently held by Reince Priebus, whom Trump has tapped as his chief of staff. Priebus, who was elected RNC chairman in 2011 and reelected in 2013, said he would remain as chair until a successor is named.

  • Bank robbery hostage crisis ends peacefully in Jacksonville, Fla.
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Bank robbery hostage crisis ends peacefully in Jacksonville, Fla.

    A suspect was taken into custody after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery at a Jacksonville, Florida, bank, authorities said this morning. Eleven hostages are no longer inside, authorities said, adding that nobody was shot. A bank robbery was in progress earlier this morning when authorities arrived at the scene, and officials said a gunman was then holding hostages inside the bank.

  • Nobel laureates urge Trump to respect scientific integrity
    Michael Walsh

    Nobel laureates urge Trump to respect scientific integrity

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his visit to Mexico last August. Dear Donald Trump: The scientific community is watching. More than 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, signed an open letter urging the president-elect and the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that the federal government will support scientific inquiry and rely upon it when shaping public policy.

  • Petraeus would need to inform his probation officer if he joins Trump’s Cabinet
    Dylan Stableford

    Petraeus would need to inform his probation officer if he joins Trump’s Cabinet

    The former CIA director — who pleaded guilty in 2015 to mishandling classified information that he shared with his mistress, Paula Broadwell — would apparently need to get permission from a probation officer to leave North Carolina to fulfill his duties as secretary of state, a condition of Petraeus’ two-year probation. “The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of any change in residence or employment,” read a court judgment, which was shared on Twitter by USA Today reporter Brad Heath.

  • World AIDS Day 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    World AIDS Day 2016

    Observed worldwide on Dec. 1 since 1988, World AIDS Day is a designated time of the year when millions of people remember those who lost their lives to HIV, acknowledge progress made in responding to AIDS and recommit to ending the epidemic. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Hands Up for #HIVPrevention," designed to bring attention to different aspects of HIV prevention and what they mean for specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and women. (USAIDS) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.      

  • Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross compares Trump to Castro
    Caitlin Dickson

    Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross compares Trump to Castro

    Gross was a U.S. contractor who was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working on a project to provide wireless Internet access to the country’s Jewish community, and spent five years in a Cuban prison. Speak up, Cuba.

  • Breitbart urges boycott of Kellogg’s after cereal maker pulls ads
    Dylan Stableford

    Breitbart urges boycott of Kellogg’s after cereal maker pulls ads

    Breitbart News is blasting the decision by Kellogg’s to pull its advertising from the far-right conservative website and encouraging its readers to boycott the breakfast cereal maker. “For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice,” Alex Marlow, Breitbart editor in chief, wrote in article published online Wednesday. “Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice.

  • Deadly plane crash in Colombia kills Chapecoense soccer teammates from Brazil
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Deadly plane crash in Colombia kills Chapecoense soccer teammates from Brazil

    A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 71 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said.

  • Trump Transition Watch
    Yahoo News Staff

    Trump Transition Watch

    Donald Trump is filling out his administration. The celebrity businessman turned president elect has already announced his picks for defense secretary, attorney general, U.N. ambassador, treasury secretary, transportation secretary, commerce secretary, secretary of health and human services, chief of staff, national security adviser and more.

  • The real problem behind fake news
    Matt Bai

    The real problem behind fake news

    To the list of historic firsts that Donald Trump seems to rack up daily, we can now add this: He is the first candidate in the annals of American politics to allege massive fraud in an election he actually won. Trump took to Twitter last weekend to declare that he would have won not just the presidency but also the popular vote had it not been for 3 million people — presumably undocumented immigrants — who came out to illegally vote against him. Because, you know, nothing attracts undocumented immigrants more than a polling place crawling with Trump supporters and local sheriffs.