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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. listens as Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminateFormer Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change
The Associated Press33 minutes ago
In this Jan. 18, 2017, photo, President Barack Obama taps the podium as he concludes his final presidential news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
On Obama's last day, a low-key end to fast-paced presidencyWith a few final moves and a round of goodbyes, President Barack Obama is quietly closing out his presidency and preparing for life as a private citizen, as the country readies itself for President-elect Donald Trump
The Associated Press41 minutes ago
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, former Energy Secretary and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson poses in his office in Santa Fe, N.M. President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to appoint any Latinos to his cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics. The move means no Latino will serve in a presidential cabinet for the first time in nearly 30 years and comes at a time when Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the country. Richardson, whose mother was from Mexico, said the lack of appointments by Trump is telling. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'President-elect Donald Trump's decision not to appoint any Latinos to his Cabinet is drawing fierce criticism from Hispanics
The Associated Press12 minutes ago
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2006, file photo, the sign used as the backdrop for press briefings at the U.S. Department of State is seen before a news conference at the State Department in Washington. It’s a little more than a day before Donald Trump becomes president and he still has no one ready to run American diplomacy until his nominee is confirmed. And with Russian-sponsored Syrian peace talks scheduled on Trump’s first full business day in office, the State Department doesn’t know who if anyone to send. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay onPresident-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government
The Associated Press1 hour ago
President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Latest: Trump discusses swearing-in with chief justicePresident-elect Donald Trump and his family are making an appearance at the "Make America Great Again Welcome Concert" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
The Associated Press1 hour ago
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday in New York. Donald Trump enters the White House on Jan. 20 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 decades of established diplomatic protocol, sent shockwaves through business boardrooms, tested long-standing ethics rules and continued his combative style of replying to any slight with a personal attack _ on Twitter and in person. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
The presidency is about to change _ as Trump remains TrumpDonald Trump enters the White House just as he entered the race for president
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Kerry appeals for diplomacy as he leaves State DepartmentSecretary of State John Kerry is appealing to the incoming Trump administration to embrace creative diplomacy and international engagement as he leaves the State Department
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Singer Sam Moore performs during a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cheers and ceremony: Trump sweeps in for his big dayDonald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogationA federal judge says he's inclined to allow trial for a lawsuit against two psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror
The Associated Press1 hour ago
GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cutA push in Kansas to end an income tax break championed by Gov. Sam Brownback is being led by fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature
The Associated Press15 minutes ago
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" in College Station, Texas.  Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been admitted to a Houston hospital with pneumonia, has used a motorized scooter or a wheelchair in recent years because of vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease. The condition is undergoing a reappraisal as some experts challenge conventional thinking about its causes.   (Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
Doctors consider removing tube for 41st President BushDoctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia are considering whether to remove Bush's breathing tube
The Associated Press1 hour ago
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, the White House in Washington. On Inauguration Day, it’s supposed to feel like home when Donald Trump enters the White House residence for the first time as president. His clothes will be hanging in the closet. The kitchen will be stocked with his favorite foods. Windows will have been washed, carpets cleaned, and fresh linens and towels will be in all the bedrooms and baths. No packed or half-empty boxes will be lying around. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
First day goal? Make White House feel like home for TrumpIt's supposed to feel like home when Donald Trump enters the White House residence for the first time as president on Inauguration Day
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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