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The biggest Pinocchios of 2016

It’s time for our annual roundup of the biggest Pinocchios of the year.<p>Just before the presidential election, we highlighted the most outlandish statements of the campaign. This list is limited to claims we checked in 2016. We also decided to keep the focus on whoppers that the candidates said …

Government

Trump takes fresh swipe at China

Fresh from causing a potential diplomatic rift with China for taking a call from Taiwan's leader last week, president-elect and Twitter-in-chief Donald Trump late Sunday criticized Beijing for its monetary policy and actions in the South China Sea.<p>"Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their …

Trump nominates Carson to lead U.S. housing, urban policy

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an unconventional choice that underscores Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies.<p>Carson — …

Donald Trump

China: Trump team aware of Beijing's 'solemn attitude' on Taiwan call

China

Trump appears to be on a collision course with China

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In speaking on the telephone with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and lashing out at China on Twitter over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump did more than bewilder leaders in Beijing and the White House.<p>He made clear that he's serious about his vows to wring a new deal …

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Rouhani: we won't let Trump tear up US–Iran nuclear deal

Iranian president says 10-year extension of US sanctions could be violation of the accord signed in July 2015<p>The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has said his country will not allow Donald Trump to tear up the landmark nuclear agreement with the west as he warned that an extension of sanctions, …

Taiwan’s leader says call with Trump didn’t reflect U.S. policy change

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that her phone call with President-elect Donald Trump should not be interpreted as a significant shift in U.S. policy and stressed that both sides see the value of maintaining regional stability.<p>“Of course I have to stress that one phone …

China

Trump on potential conflicts of interest: 'The law is totally on my side'

President-elect Donald Trump is facing more potential conflicts of interest than any other Oval Office occupant in U.S. history. And the billionaire businessman’s response is: So what?<p>Trump shrugged off any hypothetical entanglements that could occur due to his worldwide real estate enterprise and …

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Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings are requesting a formal review of potential Trump conflicts of interest

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, both Democrats, have requested a formal review of President-elect Donald Trump's "taxpayer-funded transition" as well as of potential conflicts of interest that could arise between Trump's administration and the Trump …

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Standing Rock Protesters React to Life Under Trump

"America deserves Trump," says one protester fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. "America is Trump."<p>Back in September, many of the protesters at the …

North Dakota

Illinois lawmaker says state's money shouldn't be used for Trump's border wall

An Illinois state representative plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit the state from having financial ties with companies that might build President-elect Trump’s proposed border wall.<p>Rep. Will Guzzardi, who represents Chicago’s heavily-Hispanic northwest side, said Tuesday that the …

Bruce Rauner

Trump Says He Has 'Open Mind' On Climate, But Staff Pick Raises Questions

The good news for those worried that the U.S. will lose its leadership role in confronting climate change: President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday, "I have an open mind to it. ... I do have an open mind."<p>At a meeting Tuesday with <i>New York Times</i> journalists and executives, Trump said he thinks …

Clean Technology

Jill Stein raises over $4.5m to request US election recounts in battleground states

Green party presidential candidate seeks donations to fund efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin over ‘compelling evidence of voting anomalies’<p>Stein to formally file for Wisconsin recount as fundraising effort nears $5m<p>Jill Stein, the Green party’s presidential candidate, is preparing to …

Trump Chooses Betsy DeVos For Education Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has picked billionaire Betsy DeVos, a Michigan Republican activist and philanthropist who is a strong supporter of school choice but has limited experience with public education, as his secretary of education.<p>DeVos, 58, is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican …

Education

Trump wants NASA to stop researching climate change to build a permanent base on the Moon

President-elect and ardent climate denier Donald Trump may be back pedaling a bit on his anti-climate stance, but the softening of his position …

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Ivanka Trump's company: 'Our mission is not political'

Ivanka Trump is trying to put a little space between her company and her father.<p>In a blog post Wednesday, her fashion and lifestyle brand promised to stay out of politics.<p>"Our company's mission is not political -- it never was and it never will be," the company said. It said Ivanka herself now has …

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