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Ready for Michelle? Political Committees Form In Support of Political Run by Fir

Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- While First Lady Michelle Obama and the president have repeatedly shot down the notion that the first lady would ever consider running for political office -- let alone the presidency -- that hasn't stopped political committees from filing with the Federal Elections Commission to support a potential candidacy.One of the groups, Ready for Michelle PAC, filed with the elections commission on Oct. 31 and says on its website that its goal is to

President Obama Discusses 21st Century Cures Act in Weekly Address

Official White House by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama discussed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill in Congress that could help find treatments and cures for diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer and opiod addiction.The president called on the Senate to pass the bill as the House did.Read the full president's address:Hi, everybody. On the first day of my administration, I promised to restore science to its rightful place. I told you we would unleash American innovation and technology to t

Donald Trump's Wealthy Cabinet and Administration Picks

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Donald Trump's cabinet selection process is far from finished -- there are still eight spots that have not been announced -- nearly all of the picks that have been announced are wealthy individuals, in addition to himself.By comparison, when then-President George W. Bush assembled his cabinet of millionaires after the 2000 election, media outlets called it the wealthiest cabinet in history, as The Washington Post pointed out.But that pales in comp

Why There Is Civilian Control of the Military and When That Tradition Began

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President-elect Donald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be the next defense secretary will require a congressional waiver for him to assume the post, because he has not been retired from military service for more than seven years.The pick has called attention to the requirement set in the National Security Act of 1947 that the head of the Defense Department must be a civilian. Any nominee with prior military experience must have been retired fr

Inside the Potential Conflict Posed by Trump's DC Hotel

Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President-elect Donald Trump's glittering new hotel in the nation's capital was opened with much fanfare this fall.But now the real estate mogul may find himself in the position of becoming both landlord and tenant for the historic property, presenting what could be a unique ethical dilemma for the future president.BackgroundThe Trump International Hotel was constructed inside the landmark Old Post Office in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the Ge

Michigan Recount Process to Resume Next Week After Brief Halt

iStock/Thinkstock(LANSING, Mich.) -- After a brief halt, the vote recount in Michigan will continue next week despite the efforts of Donald Trump's representatives to prevent it, officials announced Friday."The State Board of Canvassers today did not accept an objection from representatives of Donald J. Trump regarding the presidential election recount that was requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein," a statement released Friday by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office read.Reco

Donald Trump Announces Advisory Committee of Big-Name CEOs

ABC News(NEW WORK) -- Donald Trump has enlisted a number of top business leaders for an advisory committee in order to help "bring back jobs and Make America Great Again," according to a statement from his transition team.The group, called the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, will be headed up by Blackstone co-founder Stephen Schwarzman and includes the CEOs of well-known companies.General Motors CEO Mary Barra, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Wal-Mart Stores CEO Doug McMillon, BlackRock

Everything You Need to Know About the Election Recount Efforts

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The presidential election was called for Donald Trump nearly three weeks ago, but that has not stopped a potential recount of three important swing states that experts say will likely not change the outcome of the election.Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has paid for a recount in Wisconsin and submitted a statewide recount request in Michigan, though that effort has been halted following an objection from Trump. Stein also hopes to trigger a smaller s

Trump Set to Meet with John Bolton, Florida Attorney General

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- After taking a victory lap Thursday with his first post-election rally, Donald Trump is returning to the task of assembling a cabinet and staff for his incoming administration.The president-elect has no public events planned on Friday but is expected to hole up in Trump Tower for meetings with various public figures.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is among those scheduled for a meeting. Bondi is on Trump's presidential transition team as one of its many vice ch

Kellyanne Conway Appears to Dodge Question on Trump's Claim That 'Millions' Vote

ABC News(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared to dodge answering whether Trump's baseless tweet that "millions" voted illegally is true when she appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning.Trump inaccurately wrote in a tweet last week that millions of people voted for Hillary Clinton illegally — a claim without any basis in fact."In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct t

Trump Insider: Secretary of State Decision 'Far from Done'

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said that the Team of Rivals in a Trump White House is real.“I think what Donald Trump is doing and looking at and interviewing people for is something so much bigger than any one thing. He is trying to do what is best for the country," Lewandowski told ABC News' Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein in this week's "Powerhouse Politics" podcast."And I am ver

Clinton, Trump Aides Angrily Clash at Election Forum

ABC News(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) — Top officials from the Trump and Clinton campaigns clashed angrily Thursday over questions of mandates and alleged associations with white supremacists — leaving a conference designed to draw lessons from the election turning at times into a shouting match over campaign tactics.The gathering of top campaign aides to all the major presidential candidates, held at Harvard University Wednesday and Thursday, revealed raw emotions and outright anger between st

Trump Says He'll 'Appoint' Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as Defense Secretary

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) --  President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday night that he will "appoint" retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his secretary of defense."We are going to appoint 'Mad Dog' Mattis as our Secretary of Defense," Trump said in Cincinnati, Ohio. "But we're not announcing it till Monday so don't tell anybody. Mad dog. He's great. He is great." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

White House Announces Support for Requiring Women to Register for Military Draft

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration announced on Thursday its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that while the administration remains committed to an all-volunteer force, support for universal registration represents a "commitment to equity.""The act of draft registration has long served as a powerful reminder to our nation's youth that public service is a v

Trump Transition Team Pushing NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Run for RNC Chair

ABC/Randy Sager(NEW YORK) --  The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump is encouraging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.According to a source familiar with the deliberations, Christie wants to run and has been discussing the idea with the Trump transition team for several days.The team believes the role is ideal for Christie because it puts him in a high-profile position and does not require Senate confirmation.ABC

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