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AP Top Political News at 6:52 a.m. EST

Obama and Trump hurled insults, now trade pleasantries
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Did anyone see it coming, the apparent new rapport between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump?...

You're Hired? Inside the interviews as Trump picks Cabinet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question....

Trump's new tone on immigrant kids divides GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's promise to "work something out" for immigrants brought here illegally as kids is dividing fellow Republicans, underscoring how difficult it will be for Congress to take any action on immigration, whether it's building a wall or dealing with immigrant youths....

Trump to tap champion of fossil fuels as environmental chief
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday....

Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner....

House to clear stopgap spending, water projects measures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is advancing hard-fought legislation to help Flint, Michigan, fix its lead-tainted water system and speed next year's confirmation for retired Gen. James Mattis as President-elect Donald Trump's defense secretary....

Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC chair
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aides and supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are searching for an alternative to Rep. Keith Ellison, the early favorite in the race to head the Democratic National Committee, amid growing resistance to his bid....

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road....

Trump criticizes union leader critical of Indiana deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico...

Trump to meet with victims of OSU attack, resume road show
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump is going to try to show a more sensitive side Thursday, meeting with victims of last week's Ohio State University attack, before taking his "thank you" road show to three more states that supported him in the election....