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Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course....

Carter tells AP more US troops will not fix Iraq or Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview....

One more day: Obama in his final hours in the White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end....

Satellite tracking to keep tabs on airliners over oceans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans....

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans....

Inaugural speeches a catalog of plodding oratory, with gems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Quick quiz: Recall a phrase, any phrase, from either inaugural speech of one of America's most accomplished political orators, President Barack Obama....

In Texas, Perry was 'all of the above' on energy production
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rick Perry was for "all of the above" on energy production before President Barack Obama embraced the strategy....

Day before inauguration, State Department lacks interim boss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a little more than a day before Donald Trump becomes president and he still has no one ready to run American diplomacy until his nominee is confirmed. And with Russian-sponsored Syrian peace talks scheduled on Trump's first full business day in office, the State Department doesn't know who, if anyone, to send....

Trump's Treasury pick facing criticism over foreclosures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Stephen Mnuchin, built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor. But one of those investments has put him in the crosshairs of Democrats as he heads into his confirmation hearing Thursday: sub-prime mortgage lender IndyMac bank....

Trump plans for Scottish resort spark new conflicts concern
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump has vowed his company will do "no new foreign deals" while he is president. But he's left "new" and "deals" open to interpretation....


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