<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/government Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:35:26 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Trump expands list of candidates to head State Dep't]]> http://gazette.com/trump-expands-list-of-candidates-to-head-state-dept/article/feed/428398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-expands-list-of-candidates-to-head-state-dept/article/feed/428398?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

"There's not a finite list of candidates" for secretary of state, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Sunday. "More than four. Who knows how many finalists there will be?"

The remark comes a week after Trump's aides confirmed that the president-elect had settled on four finalists for the post.

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:40:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump threatens payback for US companies that move abroad]]> http://gazette.com/trump-threatens-payback-for-us-companies-that-move-abroad/article/feed/428293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-threatens-payback-for-us-companies-that-move-abroad/article/feed/428293?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to impose heavy taxes on U.S. companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their products to Americans.

But the plan could drive up prices for U.S. businesses and consumers and risk setting off a trade war — if it's legal to begin with.

In a series of early-morning tweets Sunday, Trump vowed a 35 percent tax on products sold inside the U.S. by any business that fired American workers and built a new factory or plant in another country.

Trump campaigned on a vow to help American workers but also to reduce taxes and regulations on businesses.

Trump tweets "there will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35 percent for these companies

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:05:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Clinton campaign decides to participate in ballot recount in Wisconsin]]> http://gazette.com/clinton-campaign-decides-to-participate-in-ballot-recount-in-wisconsin/article/1591032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clinton-campaign-decides-to-participate-in-ballot-recount-in-wisconsin/article/1591032?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will participate in an effort led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to recount ballots in Wisconsin and perhaps two other battleground states that were crucial to Donald Trump’s victory, a Clinton campaign lawyer said Saturday.

In response, Trump called the recount request “ridiculous” and a “scam” designed to raise money for Stein’s political party.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:22:24 -0700
<![CDATA[With recounts looming, Trump adds new administration picks]]> http://gazette.com/with-recounts-looming-trump-adds-new-administration-picks/article/1590980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-recounts-looming-trump-adds-new-administration-picks/article/1590980?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump pressed forward Friday with two more administration picks, as failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein took new steps to force recounts across key Midwestern battlegrounds that could complicate Trump's push for national unity.

Stein, who earned little more than 1 percent of the national vote, formally requested a Wisconsin recount Friday afternoon, vowing to do the same in the coming days in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Wisconsin officials confirmed Friday evening they would move forward with the first presidential recount in state history.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:20:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's team to raise millions for Jan. 20 events]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-team-to-raise-millions-for-jan.-20-events/article/feed/425081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-team-to-raise-millions-for-jan.-20-events/article/feed/425081?custom_click=rss

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The scramble to shape his administration underway, President-elect Donald Trump's team has simultaneously begun turning its attention to raising tens of millions of dollars for festivities related to his Washington inauguration.

Trump, who vowed during the campaign to "drain the swamp" of special interests corrupting Washington, has set $1 million donation limits for corporations and no limits for individual donors, according to an official on the Presidential Inaugural Committee with direct knowledge of tentative fundraising plans. At the same time, Trump's inaugural committee will not accept money from registered lobbyists, in line with his ban on hiring lobbyists for his nascent administration.

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]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:54:07 -0700 <![CDATA[GOP sweep heightens anxiety for many transgender Americans]]> http://gazette.com/gop-sweep-heightens-anxiety-for-many-transgender-americans/article/1590647?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gop-sweep-heightens-anxiety-for-many-transgender-americans/article/1590647?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Anxiety is high among many transgender Americans after the sweeping Republican election victory. They fear stronger resistance to their push for civil-rights protections, including broader access to public restrooms, and wonder if their newly won right to serve openly in the military is in jeopardy.

Transgender people "are concerned for their safety, survival and legal rights in the coming years," said Chase Strangio, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who often works on transgender issues.

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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:03:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Sessions’ stand on states’ rights conflicts with legalized marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/sessions-stand-on-states-rights-conflicts-with-legalized-marijuana/article/1590542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sessions-stand-on-states-rights-conflicts-with-legalized-marijuana/article/1590542?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — After winning big at the polls Nov. 8, backers of marijuana legalization now fear that their movement took a major hit Friday when President-elect Donald Trump chose Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, as his attorney general.

At a Senate hearing in April, Sessions called marijuana “dangerous” and said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

And in a speech on the Senate floor this year, Sessions criticized President Barack Obama for not being tough enough on marijuana, saying the U.S. could be at the beginning of “another surge in drug use like we saw in the ’60s and ’70s.”

“You have to have leadership from Washington,” Sessions said.

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Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:01:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Trump's staff picks alarm minorities: 'Injustice to America']]> http://gazette.com/trumps-staff-picks-alarm-minorities-injustice-to-america/article/1590540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-staff-picks-alarm-minorities-injustice-to-america/article/1590540?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, is likely to rehash racially charged allegations that derailed his efforts to become a federal judge and made him a symbol of black-voter intimidation under the Reagan administration.

The expected focus on Sessions' record on race, policing and immigration comes as the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has surged in prominence under the Obama administration. If confirmed, Sessions would have broad latitude to define how federal prosecutors across the country wield their powers and make changes to the Justice Department's priorities.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:52:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Shifting US policy to right, Trump taps Sessions, Flynn]]> http://gazette.com/shifting-us-policy-to-right-trump-taps-sessions-flynn/article/1590539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shifting-us-policy-to-right-trump-taps-sessions-flynn/article/1590539?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump signaled a sharp rightward shift in U.S. national security policy Friday, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama's handling of terrorism and international relations. In tapping Sessions and Flynn, Trump is also rewarding loyalty from two of his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign.

Trump is a foreign policy novice and his early moves on national security are being closely watched both in the U.S. and overseas.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:31:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Unlikely apprentice: Obama coaches Trump to be world leader]]> http://gazette.com/unlikely-apprentice-obama-coaches-trump-to-be-world-leader/article/feed/423056?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unlikely-apprentice-obama-coaches-trump-to-be-world-leader/article/feed/423056?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — It's the last thing President Barack Obama ever expected he'd be doing in his final months in office: Coaching Donald Trump on how to be a world leader.

As the president-elect holes up in his skyscraper, Obama is giving Trump policy advice, style tips and gentle nudges to let the fervor of the campaign give way to the sobriety of the Oval Office. And as Obama completes his last world tour, he's been thrust into the unexpected role of Trump translator to anxious U.S. allies.

Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Obama said Trump would quickly see that a president's responsibilities can't be treated casually and that diverse countries can only be governed by "listening and reaching out.

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