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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. Pruitt, a R…

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 fo…

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 said …

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 of a …

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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 administrations…

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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 were ca…

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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 in an…

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 debate in…

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 challenge…

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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 with Tr…

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By CHRISTOPHER MELE and PATRICK HEALY “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical about colonial rebels shaping the future of an unformed country, took an even more political turn at the end of its performance on Friday night. With Vice President-elect Mike Pence attending the show, the cast used the opportunity to make a statement emphasizing the need for the new administr…

By MARK MAZZETTI and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Mike Pompeo, a hawkish Republican from Kansas and a former Army officer, to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, according to officials close to Trump’s transition team. Pompeo, who has served for three terms in Congress and is a member of the House Intelligence C…

By Eric Lichtblau, Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump has selected Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative from Alabama who became a close adviser after endorsing him early in his campaign, to be the attorney general of the United States, according to officials close to the transition. Sessions was also under consideration for secr…

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By Emmarie Huetteman WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats, divided and struggling for a path from the electoral wilderness, are constructing an agenda to align with many proposals of President-elect Donald Trump that put him at odds with his own party. On infrastructure spending, child tax credits, paid maternity leave and dismantling trade agreements, Democrats are …