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Justice Department: President can't use emergency powers in secret

WASHINGTON — The president of the United States can't exercise emergency powers without publicly declaring a state of emergency and notifying Congress, the Justice Department has concluded in a newly released legal opinion.<p>That interpretation reverses a 34-year-old opinion from the Reagan-era …

Politics

Washington Post: CIA report said Russia intervened for Trump

(Photo: Rodrigo Buendia, AFP/Getty Images)<p>The CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election on behalf of now President-elect Donald Trump, according to a report from <i>The Washington Post</i> based on unnamed sources who were "briefed on the matter."<p>"Intelligence …

Russia

Thiel-Backed PAC May Have Made Illegal Payments Bannon Company

A pro-Trump Super PAC paid Bannon’s company $134,000 in the final weeks of the campaign—those payments may have been illegal if they were made in place of an official campaign salary.<p>New FEC filings show that a pro-Trump super PAC funded in part by Peter Thiel paid more than $134,000 to a company …

Campaign Fundraising

GOP elector: Not all of us are voting for Trump

A Republican presidential elector from Texas says he won’t be the only Republican elector who won't vote for Trump, ABC News reported.<p>“I don’t think …

Elections

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'You must be kidding': Trump's trade allies are outraged he’s considering one congressman for a top post

The thought of one particular congressman potentially becoming the top trade official in President-elect Donald Trump's administration has outraged trade reform advocates hopeful that the incoming president would stick to his word regarding his tough-on-trade campaign rhetoric.<p>That congressman is …

Politics

Trump’s Cabinet will serve corporate interests, not the chumps who voted for him

To understand what kind of president Donald Trump will be, do not listen to what he says, watch what he does.<p>In a series of campaign-style events, he has repeated all the favorite lines that convinced millions of voters that he was on the side of Americans who feel abused by the establishments on …

Politics

Donald Trump’s bait and switch: The populist candidate’s cabinet will profit profusely

Forget his own conflicts of interest. Trump's appointees are going to get really rich<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>Given his cabinet picks so far, it’s reasonable to assume that The Donald finds hanging out with anyone who isn’t a billionaire (or at least a multimillionaire) a drag. …

Republican Party

Trump's governing strategy is taking shape — and it could be a political winner

President-elect Donald Trump has a problem. He’s remarkably unpopular for a new president, so he needs to win over more voters in order to be reelected. At the same time, he needs to keep a conservative coalition that wants to enact sweeping and controversial policy changes united behind him.<p>In …

Politics

Trump inaugural committee announces days of events

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee on Friday announced details for some of the days of events planned in Washington next month when he takes office.<p>The official account for the Trump Inauguration tweeted a "First peek at inaugural week," which includes a "welcome …

Republican Party

Donald Trump doesn’t think he has a conflict of interest. That makes him human

We all think that we're able to judge our conflicts, but we're not<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>President-elect Trump will face an array of conflicts of interest when he takes office. These conflicts are not minor or isolated. They are legion. …

Republican Party

Kellyanne Conway defends Trump's 'Apprentice' role: 'Presidents have a right to do things in their spare time'

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly keep his job as an executive producer on "Celebrity Apprentice," a move a top adviser defended Friday morning.<p>Kellyanne Conway didn't confirm whether Trump would indeed stay in the role, but she told CNN that Trump is a "very transparent guy, and …

Republicans

Trump's targeting of 18-year-old on Twitter led to rape and death threats

Donald Trump's use of Twitter to target private citizens who dare to counter his narrative has serious real-life consequences—for them, anyway.<p>On …

Republican Party

Harry Reid: James Comey should have “kept his mouth shut”

"We probably would have elected Hillary," the outgoing Senate minority leader said<p>Outgoing Senate minority leader Harry Reid — who gave his departure speech on Thursday after 30 years in Congress — granted an interview to Politico in which he blamed FBI Director James Comey for Hillary Clinton’s …

James Comey

A Hacker's Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy

Cyber attacks—and president-elect Trump’s criticism of encryption and interest in expanding government surveillance—warrant more vigilance.<p>Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that …

Privacy

The Trumpification of Washington has already begun, and residents wonder how he will change the city

The European diplomat crunched celery from his Bloody Mary at the hotel bar. Hundreds of donors to a conservative think tank buzzed around the lobby, awaiting a speech from Vice President-elect Mike Pence in the presidential ballroom.<p>"This is the place,” the diplomat said amid the rumble of Tuesday …

Politics

The obscure constitutional provision that could be trouble for Trump

President-elect Donald Trump is set to take an oath next month to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”<p>But a previously obscure provision in the the nation’s founding document has now become the focus of special attention because of Trump’s worldwide real estate …

Republican Party

Donald Trump somehow found a way to gripe about being named 'Time' Person of the Year

During Thursday night's stop on his "Thank You" tour, President-elect Donald Trump spoke to a Des Moines, Iowa, crowd about being named <i>Time</i>'s Person …

Republicans

Trump, surrounding himself with orthodox Republicans, has fooled Rust Belt voters

<b>To the editor:</b> Doyle McManus nicely sums up the methods to President-elect Donald Trump’s madness. (“Forget populism — Trump’s picking orthodox Republicans,” Opinion, Dec. 7)<p>After Trump’s populist front propelled him to election, he has opted for cabinet members bent on serving plutocratic …

Republican Party

Donald Trump transition team “willing to pay anything” to not have to listen to Kid Rock at Inauguration

Not even "fees . . . in the six to seven figures" can convince a Timberlake or a Mars to perform for Trump<p>Decades after the rest of the world, Donald Trump is finally sick of listening to Kid Rock and Ted Nugent.<p>Now, his transition team is offering “seven figures” to <i>any</i> chart-topping musician …

Republican Party

Nearly half of US coal is produced by companies that have declared bankruptcy — and Trump won’t fix that

When Peabody Energy, the biggest coal producer in the US, declared bankruptcy in April, it joined a long list of coal compatriots in the chapter 11 club.<p>Arch Coal, the country’s second biggest producer, filed for bankruptcy in January, and Alpha Natural Resources, the fourth biggest, sought chapter …

Republican Party

Meet President Trump's Cabinet of Horrors

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump often promised his adoring throngs that if elected, he would hire "the best people" to help him run the country. …

Politics

The Year In Post-Truth, Day Seven: Nobody Respects Women More Than Donald Trump

In the next installment of our series examining post-truth in 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly insists that he's not terrible to and for women.<p><b>Oxford Dictionaries defines its official Word of the Year, post-truth, as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential</b> …

Women's News

Trump Team’s Asking for Ways U.S. Can Keep Nuclear Power Alive - Bloomberg

President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers are looking at ways in which the U.S. government could help nuclear power generators being forced out of the …

Energy

All of Donald Trump’s known conflicts of interest in one place

When Americans talk about corruption in politics, they usually mean the outsize influence corporations and the wealthy can exert in politics through campaign donations.<p>But President-elect Donald Trump’s administration risks a much more direct type of corruption, where the end goal is not donations …

Conflicts of Interest

Obama Signs Executive Order Requiring President of United States to Be Taxpayer

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling his action “long overdue,” President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order requiring that the President of the United States be a federal taxpayer.<p>The order, which makes a non-taxpayer ineligible to serve as President, goes into effect immediately.<p>…

Politics

Donald Trump gives million-dollar donors plum postings

<b>The full version of this story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.</b><p>Donald Trump routinely blasts his political foes for "pay-to-play" politics and "crony capitalism and corruption."<p>But Trump is now …

Republican Party

Biden urges Canada to fight climate change despite Trump

TORONTO (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is urging Canadian leaders to continue to treat efforts to combat climate change urgently despite the incoming administration of Donald Trump.<p>Biden told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada's provincial premiers Friday that whatever …

Canada

More dire data, less climate change concern?

Donald Trump has appointed an opponent of climate action to head America's environment agency - but reaction has been muted. As climate change becomes more apparent, are people becoming fatigued on the topic?<p>Donald Trump, set to become president of the United States in about a month's time, has …

Climate Change

Donald Trump appoints Gary Cohn, another Goldman Sachs alum, to his administration

With Gary Cohn tapped to lead the White House National Economic Council, trump's swamp gets deeper<p>President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday that the new head of his White House National Economic Council will be another Goldman Sachs executive.<p>Gary Cohn, who is president and chief operating …

Republican Party