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Democrats aim to rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- 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....

Was Trump's Taiwan contact a policy shift or a misstep?
BEIJING (AP) -- Was President-elect Donald Trump signaling a shift in U.S.-China relations when he referred to Taiwan's leader as "president" following a phone call this past week or was it an unintentional misstep?...

Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province....

Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans....

Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

Trump's inauguration set to test nation's readiness to heal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

AP EXPLAINS: How Trump plans to punish firms that leave US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump threatened in a series of early-morning tweets Sunday to punish American companies that move plants and jobs to other countries....

The Latest: Trump accuses Green Party recount as a 'scam'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):...

Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election to federal court....

For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards....

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