Obama surprises Biden with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Obama had one more trick up his sleeve as commander in chief, surprising Vice President Joe Biden with the nation’s highest civilian honor as he toasted his good friend. “I had no inkling,” said Biden, blinking back tears after Obama hung the Presidential Medal of Freedom around his neck. Vice President Joe Biden accepts his Presidential Medal ...

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Ben Carson's wish not to 'benefit any American' and other flubs

The diagnosis is that he got tongue-tied. While appearing for his Senate confirmation hearing, neurosurgeon Ben Carson appeared to have gotten flustered under questioning. Asked by Sen. Elizabeth Warren to guarantee that Housing and Urban Development funding will not end up going to the Trump family, the former Republican presidential candidate and now HUD secretary nominee declared, “It will not ...

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Obamacare repeal will pad pockets of wealthy, study shows

Repealing the Affordable Health Care Act will make wealthy Americans’ bank accounts a whole lot healthier, according to a new study. The news came as Americans woke up Thursday to discover the Senate had voted overnight to adopt a budget resolution that clears the path for eliminating parts of ACA by a simple majority vote — meaning Democrats can’t filibuster. ...

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Obama briefed on Trump claims amid fear leaks would become public

WASHINGTON— Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that top intelligence leaders told him and President Barack Obama they felt obligated to inform them about uncorroborated allegations about President-elect Donald Trump out of concern the information would become public and catch them off-guard. In an interview with The Associated Press and other news outlets, Biden said neither he nor Obama asked ...

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Trump defense pick Mattis warns of 'grave concerns' over Russia

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, Donald Trump’s pick to be defense secretary, notably broke from the President-elect during his confirmation hearing Thursday, saying that Moscow raised “grave concerns on several fronts” and accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to “break” NATO. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis, who retired in 2013 after serving as commander of ...

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Carson can't promise Trump won't profit from HUD programs

Housing & Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson couldn’t promise that he’d keep Donald Trump from financially benefitting from billions the department spends on housing programs, showcasing the problems arising from Trump’s refusal to sell off his assets before he becomes president. Pressed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during his cabinet confirmation hearing to promise that “not one dollar will ...

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Trump calls de Blasio to chat about NYC’s $37M security tab

Mayor de Blasio and President-elect Donald Trump spoke Wednesday about the sky-high cost to the city of protecting Trump Tower, according to City Hall. The two talked by phone a day after city officials revealed they’re now grappling with a $ 37.4 million tab for securing the site through the inauguration – and $ 500,000 a day after that for ...

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Giuliani to serve as cybersecurity adviser to Trump

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take on an advisory role in Donald Trump’s administration regarding cybersecurity issues, the President-elect’s transition team said Thursday. “Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” Trump’s transition team said in a statement. “In ...

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Don't hate Jackie Evancho for plans to sing at Trump inauguration

People, can we just stop hating on Jackie Evancho? The classical crossover singer has been getting trolled on the internet ever since she announced she would be performing at the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. Evancho will sing the National Anthem — the original “Make America Great Again” theme song, not some newly christened Trump version — yet ...

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Chuck Schumer opposed Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General nomination

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer condemned his colleague Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General, writing that he does not believe the Alabama senator has the “ability” to ensure justice for all or hold the President accountable.   The New York Democrat became the second sitting senator to publicly oppose Sessions’ nomination Thursday, after Cory Booker, of New Jersey, testified ...

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