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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 heavy taxes as retribution for U.S. companies that move their business operations overseas and still try to sell their product to Americans....

Trump's inauguration shaping up to be different than in past
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....

The Latest: Snowden says Petraeus leak for personal benefit
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....

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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!"...

New Mexico budget crisis hits defendants, museums, colleges
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's grinding budget crisis is taking a toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and admission hikes, and at state universities and colleges grappling with steep spending cuts....

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