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DONALD TRUMP, WHO officially becomes president of the United States today, dons his “Make America Great Again” hat at a campaign rally in Sacramento, Calif., in  June. (AP file photo)

Even before he takes office, Trump has changed presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump enters the White House today just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his surprise election as the nation’s 45th president, Trump has violated ...

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups. The justices heard arguments in a dispute ...

DeVos gun comment not out of line in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren’t a punch line. Betsy DeVos’ remark Tuesday to a Senate committee that state and local ...

Poll: Young Americans fear being worse off under Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what’s to come in the next four years. That’s according to a new ...

DeVos pledges not to undo public education

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school ...

The Patent and Trademark Office’s assault on free speech

WASHINGTON — In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this Wednesday. The case concerns the name of an ...

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. Trump on ...

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands after their meeting Nov. 10 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump stays true to style as he readies to take office

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 10 weeks, dozens of tweets and one rollicking news conference, Donald Trump’s transition into the White House has left little doubt the man Americans elected in November is the president they’ll get. The immense responsibilities of the office and the daunting ...

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Trump defends L.L. Bean heiress over donations

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is urging people to buy L.L. Bean as the company faces calls for a boycott because of a family member’s donations to his candidacy. Trump on Thursday tweeted his thanks to Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the outdoors retailer’s founder, ...

Speculation over Trump folders

NEW YORK (AP) — In the aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump’s new conference, a question remains: What, exactly, was in those folders stacked on the desk next to him? The campaign wouldn’t let reporters look at them. Trump never got around to discussing the documents. Some of the ...

On Russian hacking claims and glass houses

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

Bills require presidential candidates show tax returns

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers in Hawaii and several other states want to prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states’ ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns. They’re responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to not release his tax returns ...

GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal game a disgrace

The Republican majority in Congress has voted to kill the Affordable Care Act dozens of times. It’s done this knowing that President Obama would veto the bill, thus sparing members from the consequences. So obviously, it was always a game. It was posturing before a public that largely ...

To celebrate inaugural or not? Trump critics divided

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s typically an unquestioned honor to participate in the inauguration of an American president. Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a historic event? This time, though, it’s different. The sharp divisions over Donald Trump’s election have politicians, ...

State GOP wary as Republicans push for repeal of health law

ATLANTA (AP) — Congressional Republicans’ drive to repeal the 2010 health care law has financial and political repercussions for GOP leaders in the states and gives Democrats potential openings as they struggle to reclaim power lost during President Barack Obama’s tenure. Some ...

Chicago carnage: What can be done?

Chicago has come a long way from the idealized lyric “my kind of town, Chicago is,” which Frank Sinatra made famous. True, Chicago has a history of gangland murders going back to the days of Al Capone, but 2016 set a new and lamentable record. According to CNN, citing figures released by ...

Trump selects former Indiana senator for top intelligence post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a role that would thrust him into the center of the intelligence community Trump has publicly challenged, a person with knowledge of the ...

Obama a transformational president — unfortunately

WASHINGTON — Any summation of Barack Obama’s impact on domestic policy and politics should begin with this: In 2008, he assured supporters, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Soon he will be replaced by someone who says, “I alone can fix it.” ...

Bold change needed in natural resources policy

Have you ever met someone who wants to destroy air and water? We haven’t. Nevertheless, despite air and water quality getting better in Wisconsin, this is the attack consistently leveled against us. We even managed to make a special interest group’s “dishonor roll” and have been ...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has announced plans to improve Democrats’ down-ballot fortunes once he leaves office. He is launching an initiative with former Attorney General Eric Holder aimed at making Democratic gains when states redraw legislative district lines following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

State Democrats frustrated with national committee

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats around the country are demanding change from a national committee they say has focused too heavily on the White House at the expense of governorships, legislatures and state party operations. “It’s got to be helping us organize in our states to be able to ...