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Any time a new administration comes into office, there will be some complaining about the new president's Cabinet picks. But we're seeing something extraordinary happening now. Donald Trump's Cabinet brings with it a combination of ethical problems, inexperience, hostility to the missions of…

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The two-story, 23-room house sits grandly on Midland Parkland in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood in Queens, its portico upheld by six white columns, as if a plantation manse from the South had been transplanted to suburbia. It was here, in a mansion built by his father, with a chauffeur-driven limousine in the driveway, that Donald Trump spent most of his childhood. And it was here, in this house that symbolized how the Trumps were bigger and brasher than all around them, that Donald first revealed his rebellious nature.

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It's been more than three decades since country music star Lee Greenwood released "God Bless the U.S.A.," one of the most recognizable patriotic anthems in all of pop music. In the time since, the song has become a staple of political rallies, military ceremonies and sporting events, and has enjoyed multiple resurgences in popularity, earning platinum certification in 2016.

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WASHINGTON - The contentious confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, cemented concerns among civil rights advocates that she would either ignore or dismiss the Education Department's role as chief enforcer of the nation's civil ri…

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AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said CNN is ripe for expansion into social media and mobile, and he wouldn't consider a divestiture to win approval of his company's $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner Inc. despite President-Elect Donald Trump's problems with the news network.

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Donald Trump's relationship with the reporters who cover him has often been testy. But not all the news coverage of the president-elect has been contentious or critical of late. Take, example, this splashy recent headline: "Tiger Woods: Donald Trump Crushed It at Golf."

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The activist organization Black Lives Matter stirred up much controversy during this election year in its effort to bring more attention to the challenges faced by Black Americans. Now the organization is really getting down to business - by supporting black-owned businesses.

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Many people in the education world are trying to learn as much as they can about Betsy DeVos, the Michigan billionaire tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be education secretary. They are reading articles she has written, checking political donations she and her family have made, assessing her lobbying efforts and her role in education policy — and they are parsing speeches she has made, such as a very telling one in August 2015 at the SXSWedu convention in Texas.

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John Glenn, who captured the nation's attention in 1962 as the first American to orbit the Earth during a tense time when the United States sought supremacy over the Soviet Union in the space race, and who rocketed back into space 36 years later, becoming the oldest astronaut in history, died Dec. 8 at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn, who in his post-NASA career served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was 95.

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One of the more common refrains during America's nearly ever-present campaign season is that this election, this year, is the most important of our lives. We documented this in July, noting that it was first used in one form or another back in 1856, but has been common since at least 1980. W…