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Anti-Trump forces launch attack on Electoral College

Electoral college revoltAnti-Trump forces are preparing an unprecedented assault on the Electoral College, marked by a wave of lawsuits and an intensive lobbying effort aimed at persuading 37 Republican electors to vote for a candidate other than Donald Trump.

It’s a bracing stress-test for an institution that Alexander Hamilton envisioned as a safeguard against popular whims, and a direct challenge to the role that the Electoral College has evolved to play in picking the president: constitutional rubber stamp.

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Donald Trump chooses Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary

Steven MinuchinPresident-elect Donald Trump has selected Steven Mnuchin as his treasury secretary, his transition team announced Wednesday morning.

Mr. Trump praised Mnuchin as a “world-class financier, banker and businessman” in a statement.

“Steve Mnuchin is a world-class financier, banker and businessman, and has played a key role in developing our plan to build a dynamic, booming economy that will create millions of jobs,” he said.“His expertise and pro-growth ideas make him the ideal candidate to serve as Secretary of the Treasury.”

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HHS nominee Price opposes Obamacare, backs Medicare vouchers

HHS appointee PriceAs a congressman, Georgia Republican Tom Price has been thwarted in his hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and transform Medicare into a voucher-like program for future participants.

Now, as President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services, Price will wield great power as Trump's top health policy adviser and preside, Republicans hope, over the dismantlement of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to be named Transportation Secretary

Elaine ChaoElaine Chao, who was Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, will be named Transportation Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according an official with the transition.

Chao was also assistant secretary of transportation in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

The Trump transition official was not authorized to speak on the record before Trump makes the official announcement  later today.

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Donald Trump suggests jail time, loss of citizenship for flag burners

flag burners should get jail: TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested loss of citizens or a year in jail for someone who burns the American flag.

Trump made the proposal in an early morning tweet Tuesday.

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" Trump wrote in a tweet posted at 6:55 a.m.

Burning the American flag was ruled to be protected speech under the First Amendment.

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'Our moment to go on offense': NRA makes big plans for Trump presidency

NRA plans for Trump presidencyFor nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association has spurred its members with apocalyptic warnings that the Democratic president wanted to confiscate Americans’ guns.

Now, the NRA has won. The candidate the NRA backed with an unprecedented $30m in ad buys is heading to the White House. Republicans will control both houses of Congress. Donald Trump has pledged to nominate a supreme court justice who supports gun rights.

“This is our historic moment to go on offense,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told members in a post-election video address.

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Stein files for recount in Pennsylvania

Jill Stein Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed for a recount in Pennsylvania Monday as she pushes for a second look at the results in several states won by Donald Trump.

“We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system. We need to verify the vote in this and every election so that Americans of all parties can be sure we have a fair, secure and accurate voting system,” Stein said in a statement.

Stein won fewer than 50,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

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