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A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's move to pack his administration with military brass is getting mixed reviews, as Congress and others struggle to balance their personal regard for the individuals he's choosing with a broader worry about an increased militarization of American policy....

Trump voter lost home, blames incoming Treasury secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink....

Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II....

Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, based on policy and not the billionaire businessman's investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline, according to an aide's memo....

Trump transition balks at call for nominees' tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is pushing back on Senate Democrats' calls for all Cabinet nominees to release their tax returns, calling it a "PR stunt" and defending the Republican's picks as selfless, patriotic Americans....

Job deals like Carrier's often fall short of political hype
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- When President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, it came with a cost to state taxpayers of about $7 million in tax breaks and grants....

Dean takes himself out of the race for chairman of DNC
DENVER (AP) -- Howard Dean took himself out of the race to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee, warning that the race could become contentious but vowing to support whoever is elected....

GOP chairman who targeted Clinton in no rush on Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who promised before the election to investigate Democrat Hillary Clinton for years, says he will wait until President-elect Donald Trump takes office before "poking around" the businessman's financial affairs and possible conflicts of interest....

Republican lawmaker defeated at 90 says he's not retiring
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Outgoing Republican state Sen. William Doyle wants to make one thing clear when he's asked about his decision to stop pursuing a recount in his narrow election loss: Even at age 90, he's not retiring from politics....

Trump, backers ask courts to halt or block 3 state recounts
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's supporters moved Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, involving the courts less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results....