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- Trump team defends health pick Tom Price over ethics charge
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team defended his nominee for health and human services (HHS) secretary, Tom Price, from charges that he bought shares in a company days before introducing legislation that would have benefited the firm. A Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia who, if confirmed, would be a lead agent in carrying out Trump's plans to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law. CNN reported on Sunday that Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc , a medical device manufacturer.
- Wilbur Ross, Trump's Commerce pick, offshored 2,700 jobs since 2004
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. As a high-stakes investor a decade ago, Ross specialized in turning around troubled manufacturing companies at a time when the U.S. economy was losing more than 100,000 jobs yearly due to global trade. Supporters say Ross saved thousands of U.S. jobs by rescuing firms from failure.
- Trump says NATO is obsolete but still 'very important to me'
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him, The Times of London reported. “I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told the newspaper in an interview. “A lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States," Trump said.
- Trump pick for NSC post Crowley to step down: transition official
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Monica Crowley, the foreign policy adviser tapped for a White House job under President-elect Donald Trump, will relinquish the post, a transition official told Reuters on Monday. Crowley had been chosen to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.” A CNN review found this month that Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley's Ph.D. dissertation.
- Tune in: Live updates from the inauguration of Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 and Yahoo News will be there to bring you live coverage of the historic Inauguration Day from the earliest moments of preparation, to the swearing in, the parade and the balls and parties. Save this link for live updates all day from our reporters on the ground and a special live show with Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric and National Political columnist Matt Bai.
- Democratic lawmakers are boycotting Trump’s inauguration
More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers have announced they intend to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration this week to protest the president-elect’s plans for the country. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Yahoo News she decided she couldn’t celebrate Trump’s inauguration because of his comments during the campaign about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the country and his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lee was among a growing handful of Democratic lawmakers who objected last week to the certification of the Electoral College results on the House floor.
- Obama on Trump: ‘Don’t underestimate the guy, because he’s going to be 45th president of the United States’
President Obama says President-elect Donald Trump was an “unconventional candidate” who ran an “improvisational campaign.” But he doesn’t think that approach will work in the White House. “I don’t think so,” Obama said.
- In America’s ‘forgotten places,’ Trump’s supporters hope to be heard, finally
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. Donald Trump called them the “forgotten people” — working-class Americans all over the nation who struggled to make ends meet, only to feel overlooked by the political elite in Washington and cut off from more prosperous parts of the country. The “forgotten men and women” became Trump’s rallying cry in his unlikely quest for the White House, as he traveled to cities, big and small, all over the country, including many that had never before been visited by a presidential candidate.
- In a Klan enclave, questions about Trump aren’t welcome
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. HARRISON, Ark. — Shane Jones simply did not believe a pair of journalists had wandered into his barber shop/gun store on a Wednesday afternoon a few weeks after Election Day to talk about Donald Trump.
- What to Expect at Donald Trump's Inauguration
On Friday, Donald Trump and Mike Pence will participate in a tradition that’s over 200 years old -- the presidential and vice-presidential inauguration. The 20th is going to be something that will be very, very special, very beautiful," President-elect Trump has said of his big day. But the festivities for Trump and Pence are set to begin even before Inauguration Day.
- Monica Crowley Steps Away From Position in Trump Administration
Monica Crowley, who was President-elect Trump's pick for senior director of strategic communications for his National Security Council, said today she will not be taking a position in the Trump Administration. "After much reflection, I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration," Crowley said in a statement provided to ABC News. Trump announced Crowley as his pick for the post mid-December.
- European Leaders React to Donald Trump's Interviews on NATO, Russia, Brexit
European leaders reacted today to a wide-ranging interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that touched on a variety of European issues from NATO to Brexit. In the interview with German newspaper Bild and The Times of London, Trump again called NATO “obsolete,” said he’d make a trade deal with Britain “very quickly,” and predicted other nations would leave the European Union after Britain’s historic Brexit vote last June.
- China's Xi takes spotlight at Davos as US makes transition
- Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn't developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership.
- Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter
WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested Monday by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said.
- The Latest: Inaugural committee releases parade detail
- Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son
NEW YORK (AP) — Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism.
- EPA wants to restrict sometimes-deadly paint stripper chemical The U.S. EPA wants to largely ban the use of a chemical in paint strippers that has swiftly killed dozens of people.
- Cities to Trump, Clinton and Sanders: pay your police bills Presidential candidates continue to stiff local governments by not paying bills for security costs at campaign events, officials say.
- Barack Obama's ambassador legacy: plum postings for big donors Will Donald Trump similarly reward his political patrons?
- A tale of two speeches as Davos week begins
The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Tuesday, in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import. One will be by Xi Jinping, the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. The other speech will be by Donald Trump when he is inaugurated in Washington as the 45th US president on Friday.
- Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs
Hungarian NGOs have long felt the heat under strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- but they now fear that, emboldened by Donald Trump's victory, the right-wing premier will turn the screws even tighter. First in line may be groups backed by Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros, whose foundation once funded the Oxford studies of a young Orban more than 25 years ago. Last week the deputy head of Orban's ruling party Fidesz, in power since 2010, said that non-governmental organisations should be "cleaned out of here".
- Turkish police catch nightclub gunman in Istanbul raid
Turkish police were questioning Tuesday the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, after capturing him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt. The alleged assailant, named as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was found along with his four-year-old son in an apartment in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul after a massive police operation, state-run TRT television reported. The attacker had been on the run for 17 days, after slipping into the night following the attack on the glamorous Reina nightclub on the Bosphorus.
- Brexit: What we know
Britain is set to become the first European Union member to leave the bloc following a referendum last year in which a majority voted for Brexit. Britain has had a love-hate relationship with Brussels since joining in 1973. Prime Minister David Cameron, who took office in 2010, called the referendum in a bid to end long-standing divisions in his Conservative Party.
- Obama leaves symbolic legacy in Africa
It was always going to be hard for outgoing US President Barack Obama to live up to expectations in Africa. Born to a Kenyan father who once herded goats, the first black US president was seen as Africa's prodigal son who would understand the continent in a way white presidents never could. Nelson Mandela said Obama's historic victory was proof everyone should "dare to dream" and Africans gave the new president a hero's welcome.
- Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'
Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months time, heralding the start of a "super election year" in three of Europe's leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany. After the surprise Brexit result in Britain and as Donald Trump's inauguration looms on Friday in the United States, the spotlight is shifting to the continent's future political landscape. "It's going to be something of a 'super election' year in Europe," said University of Amsterdam political analyst Claes de Vreese.
- May to rule out 'half-in' EU deal in Brexit speech
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a "half-in, half-out" Brexit deal with Brussels. In a highly-anticipated speech, May is likely to give further signals that Britain is heading to what analysts call a "hard" Brexit. "Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out," the prime minister is due to say on Tuesday, according to an extract of her speech circulated in advance to the media by Downing Street.
- Pakistani right cries 'blasphemy' to muzzle progressives
A virulent social media campaign to paint five disappeared Pakistani activists as blasphemers deserving execution has spotlighted how right-wing efforts to muzzle liberal voices using the country's draconian laws have found a powerful new platform online. The five men had stood against religious intolerance and at times criticised Pakistan's military, with several of them running progressive Facebook pages. "There are people trying to label these missing bloggers blasphemers.
- Turkish police catch Istanbul nightclub attacker in city
Turkish police captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt. The alleged assailant, identified in the media as identified the detained man as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was found along with his four-year-old son in an apartment in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul after a massive police operation, state-run TRT television reported. The attacker had been on the run for over two weeks, after slipping into the night following the attack on the glamorous Reina nightclub on the Bosphorus.
- German court to rule on banning far-right party
Germany's highest court will on Tuesday announce its ruling on whether to ban the far-right NPD party -- an explosive issue as the country faces an election year roiled by an anti-immigration backlash. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government supports the case, although the executive has not formally joined the high-stakes legal gamble, launched by the Bundesrat upper house of parliament which represents Germany's 16 states. Most observers expect the judges at the Federal Constitutional Court to reject the bid, the second against the neo-Nazi NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) after the first one failed in 2003.
- Maduro denounces 'hate campaign' aimed at Donald Trump
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has denounced a "hate campaign" aimed at Donald Trump, saying the US president-elect's administration would not be "worse" than Barack Obama's. The socialist president said he will wait until Trump takes over the White House on Friday before making judgments on the incoming US president's foreign policy.
- Ten things Obama will be remembered for
If historians were to write only one thing about Barack Hussein Obama, they would likely note that -- 143 years after slavery was abolished -- a young Illinois senator became the first black president of the United States. In office, Obama however sometimes struggled to turn his poetry into the prose of governance. Outgoing president George W. Bush and the Federal Reserve had kicked off the government's first panicked efforts at containment, but Obama faced down ideological opposition to large fiscal stimulus, extending government spending by $831 billion and providing ballast to the economy.
- Barack Obama's speeches, from Cairo to Charleston
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama -- an eloquent and talented orator with undeniable charisma -- has taken particular care in the writing of his speeches, several of which have marked milestones in his White House tenure. "There were arguments internally in the early years of the administration about how optimistic and forward looking you could get in economic speeches when unemployment is still at like 8 or 9 percent," Keenan told AFP. Obama, a former lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, is very involved in drafting his speeches.
- Asian traders on edge ahead of May, Trump events
Asian investors moved warily Tuesday as they look ahead to a crucial week for two of the world's top economies as Britain outlines its plans for leaving the EU and Donald Trump is sworn in as US president. Britain's pound remains stuck at three-decade lows against the dollar after weekend reports Prime Minister Theresa May intends to push for a clean break from the EU, including the single market at customs union. Friday sees Trump's inauguration, which many are eyeing with uncertainty.
- Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal
US President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its "significant and concrete results" and warning against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers.
- Michelle Obama: uber-mom, style icon, political force
In 2008, Michelle Obama was tentative on the campaign trail, wary of saying anything to jeopardize her husband's historic bid to be America's first black president. Eight years later, the self-assured first lady -- back on the campaign trail -- electrified Democratic Party faithful with a passionate takedown of Donald Trump and what she called his "frightening" attitude towards women. "It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted," Obama told a rally for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.
- What Obama and Trump have said about each other
Barack Obama passes the reins of US power to Donald Trump on Friday. Since Trump's election victory in November, the Republican billionaire and the outgoing Democratic president have tried to turn the page on the harsh language of the campaign -- with mixed success.
- The Trump transition, tweet by tweet
Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him. During his presidential transition, he has picked fights on Twitter with China, Mexico, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, the media, President Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep and the cast of "Hamilton," among others. -- Hillary Clinton eventually won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes.
- Australia hire spin gurus ahead of India tour
Former Indian bowler Sriram Sridharan will work with Australia as a "spin consultant" on the upcoming tour of India, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday. Sridharan played eight one-day internationals for India and toured with Australian squads in Sri Lanka and India last year. "He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India," said team performance manager Pat Howard.