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By Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane WASHINGTON – When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the FBI called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015 to pass along some troubling news about its computer network, he was transferred, naturally, to the help desk. His message was brief, if alarming. At least one computer system belonging to the DNC had b…

By Sabrina Tavernise and Sheryl Gay Stolberg COLUMBUS, Ohio – Christina Hagan, the youngest woman in the Ohio Legislature, received a surprise last week. The toughest piece of abortion legislation in the country – a “heartbeat” bill that she had championed for years – suddenly passed. The measure, which would ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected, as …

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By David E. Sanger WASHINGTON – An extraordinary breach has emerged between President-elect Donald Trump and the national security establishment, with Trump mocking U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the election on his behalf, and top Republicans vowing investigations into Kremlin activities. Trump, in a statement issued by his transition team…

By Noam Scheiber President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday chose Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, to be secretary of labor. “Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans,…

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By John Noble Wilford   John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the Space Age as the first American to orbit the Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95. Ohio State University announced his death. Glenn had recently been hosp…

By Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling Trump’s determination to dismantle President Barack Obama’s efforts to counter climate change – and much of the EPA itself. Pru…

By Nicholas Fandos WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump is broadening the field of candidates for secretary of state as his transition team remains divided nearly a month after the election over how to fill the most prominent gap in his prospective Cabinet. Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to Trump, told reporters Sunday that the search had expanded beyond the …

By Mark Landler WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump inherited a complicated world when he won the election last month. And that was before a series of freewheeling phone calls with foreign leaders that has unnerved diplomats at home and abroad. In the calls, he voiced admiration for one of the world’s most durable despots, the president of Kazakhstan, and s…

By Landon Thomas Jr. and Alexandra Stevenson In a campaign commercial that ran just before the election, Donald J. Trump’s voice boomed over a series of Wall Street images. He described “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets o…

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Binyamin Appelbaum and Maggie Haberman Steven T. Mnuchin, a financier with deep roots on Wall Street and in Hollywood but no government experience, is expected to be named Donald J. Trump’s treasury secretary as soon as today, people close to the transition say. Trump also has chosen Elaine Chao, a veteran of past Republican administratio…

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By Mitch Smith and Richard Perez-Pena At least eight people were injured and one suspect was shot dead Monday on the campus of Ohio State University, prompting a massive police response and calls for students to shelter in place and “Run Hide Fight.” By late morning, officials said the scene had been secured, though parts of campus remained closed and classes wer…

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By David E. Sanger WASHINGTON – Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Saturday that it would participate in a recount process in Wisconsin incited by a third-party candidate and would join any potential recounts in two other closely contested states, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Clinton campaign held out little hope of success i…

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, leaving a prominent hole in an otherwise quickly formed national security team that is unlikely to be filled until next week at the earliest. The debat…

By Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump moved swiftly Wednesday to diversify his Cabinet and try to heal lingering rifts in the Republican Party, reaching out to Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina and Betsy DeVos, a prominent Republican fundraiser, both of whom opposed him during the campaign, as well as Ben Carson, who challen…

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By Maggie Haberman President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina as his choice to become ambassador to the United Nations, adding to his prospective Cabinet a former critic with whom he had sparred bitterly. Haley’s name had previously been mentioned as a possible contender to become Trump’s secretary of state, and she met wit…