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  • Glenn Beck on Trump’s Boeing fight: ‘If America wants to go over the cliff, that’s fine. They can ... I’m not’
    Dylan Stableford

    Glenn Beck on Trump’s Boeing fight: ‘If America wants to go over the cliff, that’s fine. They can ... I’m not’

    When Glenn Beck thinks about some of the moves President-elect Donald Trump has made since the election — like picking a fight with Boeing, a Carrier Corp. union leader and, well, China — he shakes his head in disbelief. “I’m sorry, but if America wants to go over the cliff, that’s fine. Earlier this week, Trump attacked Boeing, calling on the U.S. government to cancel a deal with the aircraft manufacturer to develop of the next generation of Air Force One.

  • In Trump’s cabinet, how many generals is too many generals?
    Mark Perry

    In Trump’s cabinet, how many generals is too many generals?

    Back in 1964, at the height of the Cold War, Hollywood heartthrob Burt Lancaster starred as General James Mattoon Scott in the movie “Seven Days In May.” The film was a fictional account of a Scott-led military plot to unseat a liberal president, played by Lyndon Johnson look-alike Fredric March. The plot was eventually revealed, the coup stymied, Scott was fired and one of our nation’s central democratic values redeemed — that civilians give the orders, and military officers follow them.

  • Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election hacking
    Michael Isikoff

    Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election hacking

    President Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the cyberattacks during the 2016 election and to prepare a report on the subject — including to Congress — before he leaves office, White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said Thursday. “We may have crossed into a new threshold,” Monaco said at a breakfast meeting with reporters, referring to the “malicious” election-related cyberattacks, which U.S. intelligence officials have said publicly they are “confident” were directed by the Russian government.

  • Potential Trump Cabinet pick defends spreading fake stories: ‘I’m not a news source’
    Michael Walsh

    Potential Trump Cabinet pick defends spreading fake stories: ‘I’m not a news source’

    The Texas politician whom President-elect Donald Trump is said to be considering for his Cabinet doesn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has been taken to task for disseminating misinformation on his Facebook page to his nearly 340,000 followers. Y’all are holding me to the same standards as you would a news organization, and you know it’s just Facebook,” Miller said in an interview with Austin-based KUT News on Wednesday.

  • 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 labor secretary, EPA administrator, homeland security secretary, 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.

  • Trump’s pick as labor secretary: Legalizing immigrants is ‘the right thing to do’
    Liz Goodwin

    Trump’s pick as labor secretary: Legalizing immigrants is ‘the right thing to do’

    Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor strongly defended immigration reform in remarks several years ago and also criticized border security as a waste of money and overly intrusive — positions that put him at odds with the president-elect’s campaign promises to crack down on immigration. Andrew Puzder, CEO of the fast-food chain conglomerate CKE Restaurants, said that passing immigration reform that offered a path to legalization for many of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country was “the right thing to do” and would boost the economy, in a question-and-answer session organized by conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute in 2013.

  • Muslim leaders call on Trump to reject anti-Muslim administration appointments
    Caitlin Dickson

    Muslim leaders call on Trump to reject anti-Muslim administration appointments

    More than 300 American Muslim leaders are imploring Donald Trump to reject the anti-Muslim policies he touted during his presidential campaign, as well as administration appointments that will bring Islamophobic attitudes into the White House. “It is deeply concerning that you have announced the appointment of individuals to your upcoming Administration with a well-documented history of outright bigotry directed at Muslims or advocating that Muslims should not have the same rights as their fellow Americans,” reads the letter the leaders sent to the president-elect this week. Of those that have been announced so far, McCaw pointed to Trump’s selection of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has called Islam a “vicious cancer,” for national security adviser, and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, who has blamed American Muslim leaders for violent attacks by Islamic extremists, for head of the CIA, as as two particularly troubling examples.

  • Former astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Former astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

  • Trump pick Linda McMahon's WWE era: Everything you need to know
    Christopher Wilson

    Trump pick Linda McMahon's WWE era: Everything you need to know

    President-elect Donald Trump’s selection Wednesday of former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon to run the Small Business Administration elevated a longtime business associate and ardent supporter who had been briefly critical of the New York reality TV star during his presidential primary campaign. Trump went on to become a regular on WWE television, appearing so often that he became a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. McMahon was briefly at odds with Trump’s campaign when she decided to back New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the presidential primaries and called some of Trump’s comments about women “deplorable” in a March interview with Yahoo.

  • ‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pick
    Michael Walsh

    ‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pick

    Environmental advocates say they are shocked and worried after Donald Trump announced Thursday that he had selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has denied mainstream climate science, to administer his Environmental Protection Agency. “This is a full-fledged environmental emergency,” Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a conference call hours after Trump’s announcement. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., called for their fellow senators to reject Pruitt’s appointment, citing his climate skepticism and close ties to the oil and gas industry.

  • Paula Broadwell breaks her silence 5 years after the Petraeus affair
    Dylan Stableford

    Paula Broadwell breaks her silence 5 years after the Petraeus affair

    Paula Broadwell is finally breaking her silence over her affair with former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus because she says she wants to reclaim her “own narrative” and career. Broadwell, a former military intelligence officer and biographer, admitted to having an extramarital affair with Petraeus, whom she met while researching a book on his life. Petraeus, who is reportedly being considered by President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of state, later admitted he shared classified information with Broadwell.

  • Trump scraps sea wall plan for his golf course in Ireland
    Mikaela Conley

    Trump scraps sea wall plan for his golf course in Ireland

    Donald Trump has rescinded his plans for the wall — the one in Ireland, anyway. The president-elect made waves this past year when the Trump International Golf Course along Doughmore Beach in Doonbeg, Ireland, pushed a proposal to erect a 200,000-ton, 1.7-mile-long seawall near the County Clare golf course, a property he purchased in 2014 for around €8.7 million ($9,231,657).

  • Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down
    Dylan Stableford

    Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down

    Trump tours a Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Dec. 1, 2016. Chuck Jones, the union leader who claims President-elect Donald Trump lied to Carrier employees while touting a deal to keep jobs in the U.S., says he started receiving harassing phone calls a half hour after Trump slammed him on Twitter. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years,” Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, told CNN on Thursday morning.

  • ‘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, who has admitted to being 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘Fake news’ strikes again: Woman accused of believing hoax, threatening Sandy Hook parent
    Colin Campbell

    ‘Fake news’ strikes again: Woman accused of believing hoax, threatening Sandy Hook parent

    Federal authorities indicted a Tampa, Fla., woman on Wednesday, accusing her of issuing death threats to a parent whose child died in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. According to the indictment, Lucy Richards believed that the school shooting was a hoax. A fringe conspiracy theory denies the authenticity of the Sandy Hook massacre, which shocked the nation Dec. 14, 2012.

  • 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.

  • Lewandowski: Trump has already accomplished more than ‘Obama has done in the last 4 years’
    Dylan Stableford

    Lewandowski: Trump has already accomplished more than ‘Obama has done in the last 4 years’

    Donald Trump’s former campaign manager says the president-elect has already accomplished more in the month since his election than President Obama has in the last four years. “Donald Trump, in the first four weeks of his presidency, has done more to help this country than I think Barack Obama has done in the last four years,” Corey Lewandowski said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday. Lewandowski, an informal Trump adviser expected to join his administration, said Trump has a shown a stronger “commitment” to the U.S. military and American businesses than the Obama administration’s second term by vowing “to reduce the amount of government regulations so they can continue to grow” at a rate higher than the current economy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.