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Recount upholds victory for GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen

Katie McKellar  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:06pm

A recount of more than 17,000 votes in the razor-thin contest between one of the Utah House's most outspoken conservative voices and his Democratic challenger has confirmed a Republican win.

Biden in 2020? With a smile, he says he's not ruling it out

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:00pm

It's more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House, but Joe Biden says he's running for president in 2020.

Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:51pm

Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge.

Fake news, real violence: the consequences of an Internet echo chamber

Brian Stelter, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:34pm

Millions of people have read about a crazy conspiracy theory called "Pizzagate." An untold number of them actually believe it. One person apparently took matters into his own hands and showed up to the pizza place that the conspiracy theorists say is at the center of the web with guns.

HUD nominee opposes programs that aided rise from poverty

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:23pm

Though Ben Carson frequently touts his up-from-the-bootstraps life story, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development has voiced little empathy for those who depend on the social welfare programs that aided his own climb out of poverty.

The Latest: Michigan Republicans appealing recount order

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:50pm

The Latest on the presidential recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (all times local):

In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:38pm

The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

Trump's inauguration to test nation's ability to heal

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:40am

One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate.

New North Carolina governor to face resolute GOP legislature

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20am

North Carolina's next governor campaigned on a promise to work if elected on bending back state government's recent right-ward turn, with the repeal of a law limiting LGBT rights near the top of his to-do list.

Presidential recount in Michigan expands to Detroit area

Roger Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:11pm

The presidential recount in Michigan expands Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other large counties, with the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaiting action in federal court.

Presidential recount in Michigan expands to Detroit area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:10pm

The presidential recount in Michigan expands Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other counties, and the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaits action in federal court.

Missouri Gov.-elect Greitens says wife robbed at gunpoint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:21pm

Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens says his wife was robbed at gunpoint not far from their St. Louis home.

The Latest: Move to delay finalizing election results pulled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:33pm

The Latest on Republican incumbent Pat McCrory conceding to Democrat Roy Cooper in their close race for North Carolina governor (all times local):

North Carolina Gov. McCrory concedes he lost re-election bid

Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:10pm

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day.

Texas Republican elector says he won't cast ballot for Trump

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:12pm

A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas said Monday that he won't cast one of his state's 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump because "I am here to elect a president, not a king."

Al Gore calls his meeting with Trump 'extremely interesting'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:30pm

Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday he had a "productive" meeting with Donald Trump, calling it "an extremely interesting conversation."

Stein still stands to benefit under losing recount effort

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:34pm

Green Party candidate Jill Stein's efforts to force a recount of the presidential race in three states where she admittedly doesn't think the result would change has led to questions about her motives and criticism that she's just trying to raise her profile and fatten her own coffers.

Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader

Jonathan Lemire and Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:51am

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

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30am

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.