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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.

CNN: Huntsman in the running for secretary of state as Trump mulls more options

Eric Bradner, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:01am

Donald Trump is now considering more than four people for secretary of state, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.

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.

Judge orders Michigan recount to begin at noon Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30am

Michigan must begin its presidential recount at noon Monday, a federal judge ruled in a late-night order that could make it more likely the state will complete the count ahead of a Dec. 13 deadline.

Latest: Judge orders Michigan recount to begin Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 10:43pm

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling on the start of a hand recount of Michigan presidential election ballots (all times local):

Trump continues to defend his call with Taiwan's leader

Jonathan Lemire and Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 6:01pm

President-elect Donald Trump continued to use Twitter Sunday to defend 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.

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 3:01pm

As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!"

Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 2:42pm

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.