Trump picks Goldman Sachs executive for top economic post: report

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked a Goldman Sachs executive to head the White House National Economic Council, local media reported Friday. Gary Cohn, Goldman's president and chief operating officer, has been offered the director of the key economic council to coordinate domestic and international economic issues across the Trump's administration, according to NBC News.

Official: Refrigerator ruled out as source of Oakland fire

A pair of Oakland fire officials walk past the remains of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

McCravy appointed to Judiciary Committee

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Representative John McCravy was appointed by S.C. House Leadership to serve on the prestigious Judiciary Committee. "I am pleased to announce that I will be serving on the House Judiciary Committee," states Representative John R. McCravy.

Trump jovially rejoins campaign trail, tosses hat to a fan

Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, enthusiastically prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election and protect the party's 52-48 margin in Washington. Addressing a large crowd at an airport hangar, at one point he tossed his trademark "Make America Great Again" hat to a supporter.

Trump: Ban Fed Employees From Applying to Former Clients

President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that he would propose a lifetime ban on federal employees who grant huge defense contracts from working for those companies - after saying this week that he wanted to cancel the "ridiculous" order for a new Air Force One. "But when you're talking about the kind of money [spent on such contracts] I said: 'Who gives these orders out?'" Trump told a rally in Baton Rouge, La., as part of his "thank you" tour of battleground states.

America by Air: Chicago’s Glowing Grid


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" How America Is Putting Itself Back Together ," readers share their best aerial photos from across the U.S. Submit your own via hello@theatlantic.com . Remaining states needed: Adam Feiges sends a stunning, lambent view of Chicago's grid system at night on his approach to O'Hare from the east: The Interstate 90/94 split is visible in the bottom of the frame with the Kennedy Expressway curving to the left as it heads "inbound" towards the Loop.

Senate pushes to avert gov’t shutdown over miners’ benefits

The Senate pushed to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats evoked President-elect Donald Trump in pleading for a more generous extension of health care benefits for retired miners. A key Democrat in the rancorous fight over benefits for retired miners facing a loss of coverage at year's end suggested he would beat a tactical retreat and resume the battle next year.

‘Those are political appointments!’: Chuck Todd hammers…

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway spoke with MSNBC's Chuck Todd Friday, defending the president-elect over his cabinet positions, noting Trump "railed against" Wall Street influence doing the campaign. Conway argued that Trump said banks "don't have influence over him politically and they will not have influence over him politically in the White House," insisting they will work with Trump to implement his vision.

Business Highlights

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda.

Trump, Ryan meet to discuss policy


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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan meet to discuss their policy agenda. Rough Cut .

UPDATED: Obama orders review of election hacking

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review on the election-season hacking that rattled the presidential campaign and raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections, a White House official said Friday. White House counterterrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco said Obama ordered officials to report on the hacking of Democratic officials' email accounts and Russia's involvement.

Is Van Jones another conflict of interest headache for CNN?

Hillary Rodham Clinton Is Van Jones another conflict of interest headache for CNN? The Hill's 12:30 Report Judge refuses to end Wisconsin recount: report MORE campaign, appears to have a new conflict of interest issue on its hands - this time, with the network's hottest commodity, Van Jones. Jones is "hot" in that he was just given a prime-time, post-election special to host "The Messy Truth" that did relatively well from a ratings perspective.

Will justice in America be Trumped?

His Nixonian campaign mantra of "law and order" demonstrates no empathy for those ensnared in the criminal justice system. Trump is not the first presidential candidate who, while running, assured his followers he would address the nation's perceived lackluster enforcement of criminal law.

Sessions’ first move at DOJ should be to clear Rep. Rick Renzi

Jeff Sessions Sessions' first move at DOJ should be to clear Rep. Rick Renzi Sessions' first move at DOJ should be to clear Rep. Rick Renzi Will justice in America be Trumped? MORE is confirmed as attorney general, he must work with Congress to clean up the corruption within the Department of Justice. One of the first cases he should review is the prosecution of former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.

Governor Tomblin Urges Passage of Federal Miners Protection Act –

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently issued a statement urging congressional passage of the Miners Protection Act, legislation supported by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito that would protect health care benefits for retired coal miners and their families: "For decades, West Virginia's coal miners have given tirelessly of themselves to power our nation, lift up our economy and support their families.

Reinhold apologizes to Dallas police, embarrassed by arrest

Actor Judge Reinhold has apologized to police, saying he's embarrassed that he was arrested after a confrontation with security at Dallas Love Field Airport. Police arrested the 59-year-old actor Thursday afternoon on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge after he refused a Transportation Security Administration screening.

Drought remains, but outlook is improving


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Rain and snow during the last couple of months have led to some improvement after an arid summer, according to the state's Drought Task Force. Yet much the state remains "in some form of drought or abnormally dry," Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Fitzgerald said in a prepared statement Friday.

Obama fails to condemn lawless protesters

Like most Americans, I was shocked when I saw President Obama fail to condemn protesters who wouldn't accept the election results. " I would not advise people who feel strongly a to be silent ," he said while visiting Germany in November, taking no action to stop protests like those that caused $1 million in damages in Portland, Ore.

One Month Later, Press Failing Trump Transition Test

In a December 2 tweet that rattled embassies on the other side of the world, President-elect Donald Trump shredded nearly four decades of U.S. diplomatic protocol when he announced he had accepted a congratulatory call from Taiwan's president. Seen as a public slight to China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province, Trump's move set off a flurry of international speculation and concern about America's relationship with China, which boasts one of the most important economies in the world.

Report: Condemned Alabama man coughed, heaved during execution

An Alabama death row inmate coughed and heaved for about 13 minutes during his execution by lethal injection on Thursday night, AL.com reported. Ronald B. Smith, convicted in Alabama of a 1994 robbery and murder, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. CT, 34 minutes after the execution began at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, according to AL.com, whose reporter Kent Faulk was present.

Room fur a little one? Growing army of cats in Whitehall gets two…

Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gives birth to baby boy named Charles Max Feldman - and Matt Lauer is the first to visit Married high school English teacher, 29, sobs as she is jailed for sleeping with male student, 16, while her husband-to-be was away on his bachelor party BREAKING NEWS: Six people killed in bomb blast near the pyramids - Islamists strike along road used to transport tourists in Egypt Friends until the end: Heartbreaking moment a devoted dog visits hospital to say a final goodbye to her dying owner NYPD wants to use controversial new DNA technique to find the killer of jogger Karina Vetrano - by using his genes to try and track down his RELATIVES Beverly Hills Cop star Judge Reinhold, 59, is arrested after causing a disturbance in an airport security line at Dallas 'when he was selected by TSA agents for a random pat-down' Robber, 71, who escaped a Georgia prison ... (more)

Regular Guy John Glenn Goes to Heaven

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives. He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made Ohio first in flight.

This Marijuana Company’s in Hot Water With the DOJ

Ongoing investigations into the marketing of its once high-flying fentanyl spray, Subsys, have taken a lot of the luster off Insys Therapeutics ' attempt to reshape marijuana's use as medicine. Today, investigations by the Justice Department led to the arrest of former Insys Therapeutics employees, including former CEO Michael Babich, casting more uncertainty on this company's future.

Churches vow to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants

SANCTUARY: The Rev. Annie Steinberg-Behrman, right, provisional pastor with Metropolitan Community Church, holds a sign while listening to speakers at a meeting at City Hall in San Francisco by city leaders and community activists to reaffirm the city's commitment to being a sanctuary city in response to Donald Trump's support of deportations and other measures against immigrants Monday, Nov. 14. BROCKTON, Mass.

Chief of staff Priebus? Some Trump loyalists still dubious

Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, second from left, Boris Epshteyn, a spokesman for Trump, fourth from left, and Michael Flynn, Trump's nominee for National Security adviser, fifth from left, listen as Trump speaks to members of the media after meeting with families of the victims of the knife attack on Nov. 28. at Ohio State University, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. WASHINGTON -- When President-elect Donald Trump tapped Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders cheered the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job.

This week in Shelter Island history

Film maker and founder of the Disney Company Walt Disney succumbed to lung cancer in California at the age of 65. The rate of inflation rose to 3.01 percent, at least partially attributed to funding of the ongoing war in Vietnam. Pop singer Andy Williams released the last in a series of albums produced by Robert Mersey titled "In the Arms of Love" that topped the Billboard charts a month later in January 1967.

This day in history, Dec. 9, 2016

On Dec. 9, 1916, actor, author, producer and director Kirk Douglas, known for such movies as "The Bad and the Beautiful," "Lust for Life," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Spartacus," to name only a few, was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, N.Y. In 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York honored college football player Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago with the DAC Trophy, which later became known as the Heisman Trophy. In 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a job he would hold for almost 12 years.

Trump Inaugural Reprises Campaign Slogan in Attempt to Unify Country

A "Make America Great Again" hat sits in a glass case during Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown, Nov. 8, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump is reprising the slogan of his historic presidential campaign as the official theme of a five-day inaugural celebration in the nation's capital next month, ABC News has learned.

VW’s lost, destroyed phones justify more scrutiny, FTC says


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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to further question Volkswagen Group's U.S. officials about whether evidence including mobile phones was destroyed amid the probe of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat emissions tests. "In the context of the massive scandal at the center of this case, 23 lost or bricked phones is a bright red flag, especially when they include phones that belonged to important individuals," FTC attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.

Expert reveals the best herbal remedies to battle the cold this winter

Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gives birth to baby boy named Charles Max Feldman - and Matt Lauer is the first to visit Married high school English teacher, 29, sobs as she is jailed for sleeping with male student, 16, while her husband-to-be was away on his bachelor party BREAKING NEWS: Six people killed in bomb blast near the pyramids - Islamists strike along road used to transport tourists in Egypt Friends until the end: Heartbreaking moment a devoted dog visits hospital to say a final goodbye to her dying owner NYPD wants to use controversial new DNA technique to find the killer of jogger Karina Vetrano - by using his genes to try and track down his RELATIVES Beverly Hills Cop star Judge Reinhold, 59, is arrested after causing a disturbance in an airport security line at Dallas 'when he was selected by TSA agents for a random pat-down' Robber, 71, who escaped a Georgia prison ... (more)

Inside the child sexual abuse scandal that’s enveloping English soccer

The Chelsea football club flag is waved on the pitich prior to the start to of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City, at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. CREDIT: AP Photo/Alastair Grant When former professional soccer player Andy Woodward was only 11 years old, a coach at his youth soccer club began to sexually assault him.

Georgia and Ukraine hail EU visa-free deal

EU negotiators have agreed terms on a deal that could see Georgians enter the EU without a visa this year and Ukrainians early next year. The deal involves a new snap-back procedure on visa-waivers designed to put to rest concerns over illegal immigration, mainly in France and Germany.

S.O.P. Save Our Planet

The man-made environmental catastrophe is the severest issue facing humanity. It should be the number one priority for governments, but despite repeated calls from scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens for years, short-term policies and economic self-interest are consistently given priority over the integrity of the planet and the health of the population.

Chief of staff Priebus? Some Trump loyalists still dubious

In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump stands with Republican National Committee Chairman, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, right, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, during an election night rally in New York. When Trump tapped Priebus as his chief of staff, Republican leaders welcomed the prospect of a close ally having a top White House job.

Mamata flight scare: Pilots lie about running out of fuel to skip traffic, get priority landing

Airport congestion is increasingly becoming a serious issue in India as carriers struggle to maintain their on-time performance, a key selling point to low-cost customers. Pilots of at least three flights, including one operated by market leader IndiGo, lied to air traffic controllers about being short on fuel to get priority landing at an airport, according to an investigation by the country's aviation safety regulator.

Trump picks fast food executive Andrew Puzder for Labor

In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump walks with CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is expected to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, with fast food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor secretary. In the background is Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

VACC, ex-NBI execs oppose De Lima’s plea to transfer drug cases

Two groups of complainants in the drug cases against Senator Leila de Lima before the Department of Justice formally opposed her motion to have the cases transferred to the Office of the Ombudsman. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the duo of former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala filed on Friday their five-page joint opposition with the panel handling the preliminary investigation of the four consolidated complaints.

Government-backed portal launches to help SMEs trade overseas

I want to sell my car but I haven't got a clue what it's worth - how can I find out its real value? Executive saloons need to feel refined, comfortable and elegant: Time to find out if Mercedes' latest E-Class ticks all the boxes in our review Is the biggest financial crisis of them all around the corner? JIM RICKARDS believes so - and says it will see the gold price hit $10,000 an ounce Half of UK workers 'have their heads in the sand over pensions' - but are you one of the 6% who is saving enough? MARKET REPORT: Picky shoppers help packaging giant DS Smith rise 6% as retailers move away from TV adverts and invest in presentation Why new M&S boss may get a A 4.2m payday: Steve Rowe to get a bonus of 200% of his salary if he meets targets New 'two-winter' fixed energy tariff is 'cheapest on market': Flow Energy claims deal through MoneySuperMarket beats other two-year tariffs Are loyalty ... (more)

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership , despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact. Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP on Friday, heeding Abe's calls to push ahead with it despite Trump's rejection of the free-trade initiative championed by President Barack Obama .

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy. The push, led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is still in its infancy as the business world struggles to understand the tough-talking Trump's true intentions on an issue that defined his outsider campaign.

Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo’s opposition

Aleppo is set to be recaptured by ... President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House. President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House.

Former astronaut John Glenn, first American to orbit earth, died aged 95

John Glenn, the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth and who later had a long career in the US Senate, has died aged 95. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he had been treated for more than a week. Glenn was the third US astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit.

N.J. considers new investment to bolster public worker pensions

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a new tool to boost the state's underfunded pension system: Allow the Treasury Department to purchase unlimited bonds from the state's transportation fund. Gov. Christie and the Democratic-controlled Legislature this year raised the gas tax to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund, which finances maintenance and new projects for roads, bridges, and mass transit.