Judge orders Colorado electors to vote for Hillary Clinton

Michael Baca, center, speaks after arguments in a lawsuit were heard Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver. Baca and a Democratic elector are trying to be freed of Colorado's requirement that they vote for the winner of the state's popular vote in the presidential election this past November.

FBI looks into Congress’ claims VA lied about hospital costs

The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate allegations that Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a $1.7 billion VA hospital under construction outside Denver. The FBI's Washington field office is reviewing the allegations, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress.

Why is Rex Tillerson as secretary of state so controversial?

Boosters of Donald Trump's candidate to be the next secretary of state talk about his experience leading one of the world's largest companies -- and so do his detractors. Fans of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson say running a global energy company equips the 64-year-old with the management tools needed to represent the US abroad.

Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers. Rep. Sam Johnson, of Texas, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, introduced legislation just before the end of the congressional session last week that he said would "permanently save" the program while increasing some benefits for lower-income workers.

Going in would have been a calamity: Michael Burleigh says it is…

Going in would have been a calamity: MICHAEL BURLEIGH says it is nonsense that Britain holds some responsibility for the horrors in Syria after not intervening The endgame in Aleppo was always going to be dreadful. How could it not be after many months of a siege that has generated terrible suffering with heart-rending images being broadcast round the world? But for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, former chancellor George Osborne and other MPs to say we in Britain bore some responsibility for the horrors now taking place in the ancient Syrian city because we did not intervene in the war is, quite frankly, nonsense.

The Latest: Trump praises Speaker Ryan at Wisconsin rally

President-elect Dona... . FILE- In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson shake hands at a signing ceremony of an agreement between... Two Colorado electors are appealing a judge's ruling that they must vote for the presidential candidate who won their state's popular vote.

Ohio governor OKs 20-week abortion ban, nixes heartbeat bill

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy - or before many women know they are pregnant.

Pro-Clinton operative thinks her campaign was too easy on media


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Hillary Clinton's campaign team, which literally wrangled reporters during an event in July 2015, should have treated the press more like animals, according to one of her fiercest supporters and political operatives. "Look, this is a lesson learned," Brock said in an interview with Politico's Glenn Thrush .

Florida Paid $26.2 Million In Medicaid Benefits To Dead People

A Florida agency paid an estimated $26.2 million in Medicaid benefits over a five-year period to dead people, a government watchdog reported Tuesday. The Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program continued paying people after they died because the agency didn't update beneficiaries' death dates or collaborate with other agencies that track deaths, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Inspector General found.

Chief: Fire department unaware of Oakland warehouse concerns

Complaints mounted about the cluttered warehouse converted into an illegal artists' colony before a deadly blaze ripped through earlier this month, but few - if any - made it to the Oakland Fire Department. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said Tuesday there are no city records showing her department receiving concerns about the building , which former residents, neighbors and others say was the subject of numerous calls to 911.

Trump’s Secretary Of State Nominee Could Face Criticism From Anti-Exxon Crusaders

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, testifies about the company's acquisition of XTO Energy before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this January 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state will likely face the ire of Democrats who believe the oil man helped hide decades-worth of climate research.

Remaining FEMA flood recovery centers shutting down across south Louisiana

Advocate staff file photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary resident Mandie Barnes, left, applies for flood assistance through FEMA representative Rebecca Thurman, of Texas, at the Disaster Recovery Center inside the Zachary Men's Club on Rollins Road in September. Advocate staff file photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary resident Mandie Barnes, left, applies for flood assistance through FEMA representative Rebecca Thurman, of Texas, at the Disaster Recovery Center inside the Zachary Men's Club on Rollins Road in September.

Dakota Protesters Freak Out After Pipeline Leak Discovered Near Standing Rock

Veterans join activists in a march just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Environmental activists believe an oil spill 150 miles from the Dakota Access Pipeline has validated many of their concerns related to the recently rejected project.

A Gentle Suggestion For Bold Reform

The single best law ever passed by the United States Congress was the 1862 Homestead Act that allowed everyone willing to work for it the right to own a piece of America. The right to hold private property remains one of the few rights deemed so important by the founding fathers that it was memorialized in our constitution.

GOP to Reintroduce ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill Targeting LGBT People

When at first you don't succeed in discriminating against LGBT people, wait until Trump is sworn in as president. That's the strategy of Congressional Republicans, who told BuzzFeed News that the GOP plans to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act next year, hopeful that the "religious liberty" bill will pass under "a new Congress and new administration."

Maddow Speaks With Clinton Rep. on Russian Hack, Electoral College

The former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, Jennifer Palmieri, told Rachel Maddow the Electoral College needs to be briefed on Russian efforts to elect Donald Trump, especially ahead of their vote on December 19. Palmieri said the Clinton campaign previously chose to stay out of efforts by the public to convince the Electoral College to choose the former Secretary of State over Trump, who is entangled in numerous business conflicts that could potentially jeopardize the nation.

Ohio governor OKs 20-week abortion ban, nixes heartbeat bill

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy - or before many women know they are pregnant.

The Freedom to Yelp: Congress Curbs ToS Overreach

Worried about a company retaliating against you when you post a negative review on Yelp or TripAdvisor? Worry no longer because Congress has your back. Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies to retaliate against U.S. consumers who post negative reviews online.

Met police have received 106 allegations of sex abuse at 32 London …

Kanye West meets The Donald at Trump Tower! The president-elect embraces his 'friend' and escorts him out after meeting as Ivanka looks on - but did the rapper offer to perform at his inauguration? Now Obama slams Trump for inviting the Russians to hack Hillary's emails to prove his own 'conspiracy theories' - and blames voters for being 'obsessed' with Wikileaks dumps Why has the CIA changed its tune? Chairman of House intelligence committee says latest statements on Russian 'election hack' conflict with earlier briefings Trump picks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: The Donald hails Exxon CEO as one of the truly great business leaders, and plugs his work in Russia 'I woke up in the night and felt a cold breath on my neck': People reveal their TERRIFYING encounters with the 'paranormal' From Joanna the singing schoolgirl to Liam Neeson's lovesick stepson Sam, where the cast of Love ... (more)

What do workers at Sports Direct get for Christmas dinner? Top 20…


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A joke about the lack of Brussels sprouts in post-Brexit Christmas dinners has been revealed as the funniest Christmas cracker gag for 2016. Puns about the performance of Roy Hodgson's World Cup team, Jeremy's Corbyn's collapsing cabinet and the hours of Sports Direct workers also made it into the Top 10 list.

Slimantics: Quotable Mississippians

The best compliment you can pay to David Crews' "The Mississippi Book of Quotations," is the urge to wonder aloud, "Why didn't somebody think of this before?" After all, Mississippi has produced some of the finest writers in the English language as well as some of the world's greatest singer/songwriters. The paradox has long been noted: Mississippi, the least literate of states, has produced a disproportionate amount of great story-tellers.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Says He’s Running For Governor

TV is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country. Click here for WCCO-TV news stories Send us your breaking news tips [] 830 WCCO Welcome to News Radio 830 WCCO on CBSMinnesota.com! WCCO is part of CBS Radio, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.

Brownback selects a new state bank commissioner

A Kansas bank vice president and former adviser at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been appointed to be state bank commissioner by Gov. Sam Brownback. On Tuesday, Brownback said he was nominating Miki Bowman, of Council Grove, to lead Kansas' regulation of state-chartered banks and trust companies, savings and loan companies, mortgage businesses, supervised lenders and money transmitters.

The Obamas Made Sure Black Art Was Celebrated In The White House

Even before Barack Obama was officially sworn in as president in January 2009, he set the tone for his presidency with "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial." What the president seemed to be saying with the star-studded event was that Black arts and culture would take center stage during his administration.

7 top traits for potential FDA commissioner

With every President-elect, the American public is introduced to a cabinet of new public servants appointed to a host of new positions. These are the core group of officials who will serve public interests and help a president's policies come to fruition.

Florida is among the worst places to drive

Something to contemplate as you are idling on Interstate 95 behind a tanker truck or gripping the steering wheel in terror as ninja-motorcyclists weave past in 100 mph-plus packs: The rankings, released Tuesday, come courtesy of Bankrate.com. The study evaluated 50 U.S. states based on several factors that impact drivers, including commute time , annual insurance premiums , gas expenditure, cost of car repairs, car thefts and auto fatalities.

Officials to audit some Detroit precincts as issues of unrecountable ballots arise


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The state's Bureau of Elections will conduct an audit of about 20 precincts in the city of Detroit that showed significant errors uncovered during the partial statewide recount process. Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas told members of the Board of State Canvassers at its Tuesday meeting that while the recount process went smoothly and efficiently overall, 322 precincts were deemed unrecountable statewide.

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Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that he does not intend to launch an investigation into the election-related hacking by Russia. Politico reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes , a close ally of President-elect Donald Trump, said in a statement that a new probe would "duplicate" other actions already being taken by the intelligence community.

19 electors join call for Russian hacking briefing before voting

Another 19 electors have joined a demand for an intelligence briefing over Russian meddling in the election before they formally cast ballots later this month, bringing the total number of Electoral College members to sign on to the effort to 29. The latest slate of supporters includes New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, as well as members California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Washington State and Virginia. All are Democrats from states that supported Hillary Clinton.

Not Surprisingly, Texas Sued Over Aborted Fetus Burial Rule

After telling the state in a letter that the new fetal remains burial rule would "almost certainly trigger costly litigation," the Center for Reproductive Rights has followed through on that quasi-threat and has sued the Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt over the rule, representing various abortion providers ... (more)

Donald Trump’s pick to head State Department recommended by lobbyist to Exxon, Russia

Late Monday, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team quietly announced that it was postponing his first post-election conference, meant to address potential conflicts of interests for the incoming commander-in-chief. Then early Tuesday, Trump announced his selection of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and lined up former Republican government officials with ties to ExxonMobil and Russia's state-run gas company to vouch for the career oil man with no experience in government.

Con Ed Threatens to Nix Service at Jared Kushner-Owned Properties

Con Ed Threatens to Nix Service at Jared Kushner-Owned Properties - EAST VILLAGE - Con Edison has slammed a row of East Ninth Street buildings owned by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, with notices threatening to shut off service because Kushner's company failed to pay hundreds of dollars in electric bills. The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

For Congress, defense contracts are like baseball, apple pie

After President-elect Donald Trump attacked the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on Monday as "out of control," several lawmakers responded by praising the Pentagon's most expensive weapons acquisition. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are aware of the tens of thousands of jobs the aircraft generates in 45 states.

Voters skeptical of bankers on incoming Trump team

Voters doubt Trump will keep business interests separate - President-elect Donald Trump isn't ready to disclose how he plans to unwind his intricate web of potential financial conflicts, but voters are already skeptical Trump will keep his business interests separate from his duties Voters skeptical of bankers on incoming Trump team - American voters are happy that Donald Trump is filling his Cabinet with generals.

Exxon-Mobil Corporation chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson . Photo: Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump announced Exxon-Mobil Corporation's Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state on Tuesday, praising the business leader as a successful international dealmaker who has led a global operation. Trained as an engineer, the silver-haired oilman is 64 and has never worked in government, but his global deal-making experience could be an asset in defending US interests.

ICTSI’s Fully Automated Terminal Complete

ICTSI Australian terminal is complete Anders Dommestrup, VICT CEO; John Lines, ANL Managing Director; Enrique Razon, ICTSI Chairman and CEO; Honorable Luke Donnellan, Victoria State Minister for Ports; Councillor Bernadene Voss, Port Phillip City Mayor; Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI Senior Vice President and Asia-Pacific Regional Head; and Brendan Bourke, Port of Melbourne CEO. Photo ICTSI Victoria International Container Terminal recently celebrated the completion of its terminal in Webb Dock in Melbourne, Australia ahead of schedule.

10 for Today: Tuesday, Dec. 13

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is picked to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman's close ties with Russia. The U.N. human rights office says the reports recount Syria's pro-government forces entering homes and killing civilians, including women and children, "on the spot."

Republican lawmaker looks to overhaul Social Security

A key Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers. Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, introduced legislation just before the end of the congressional session last week that he said would "permanently save" the program.

Wesley Pruden

The world has turned itself upside down. Only yesterday the liberals and the left regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale.

Bill Whalen

After Hillary Clinton dropped in on the nation's capital the other day to say a few kind words on behalf of Harry Reid, the exiting Senate Minority Leader, two things stood out. She started her remarks by making a joke about the oddness of the situation .

Debra J. Saunders:

Last week's media chew toy involved the number of former generals President-elect Donald J. Trump has nominated for his cabinet. The ABC News website announced Trump "would have the most generals in the White House since World War II."

Rex Tillerson picked as Secretary of State

Citing Rex Tillerson's business acumen and "broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics," US president-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the ExxonMobil head as secretary of state. "Rex Tillerson's career is the embodiment of the American dream.

Andrew Malcolm

Now that the 2016 election is long over and online hackers have had ample time to cover their e-tracks, a bold President Barack Obama has decisively ordered a "full review" of Russian and other interference in the United States electoral process. We should probably say alleged Russian interference since no one has offered any proof, just reasonable suspicions of who might benefit from the release of documents that Democrats wanted to keep hidden.

Donald Trump makes it official: Rexa

President-elect Donald Trump officially nominated Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State on Tuesday, setting up a possible confirmation battle over the nominee's business ties to Russia. While Democrats and even some Republicans raised questions about Tillerson and Russia -- which is accused of interference in the recent presidential election -- Trump praised his fellow businessman as "a world class player" who has led one of the world's largest corporations.

Bernard Goldberg

I wonder if our liberal friends have picked up on the irony that some of their trendiest progressive values, especially now that Donald Trump has been elected president, have a pedigree they'd rather not acknowledge - a pedigree that goes back to the bad old days of slavery and segregation. Let's start with their efforts to secede from the union.

Jay Ambrose:

Burn an American flag and then go to jail or lose your citizenship, says Donald Trump, who is trying his zany best to outdo the left in its war against free speech. He may have won the moment's battle but has a lot of catching up to do, and it's doubtful he will get there.

Trump thought he was going to lose, too

Donald Trump delivers his victory speech from his election night event at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan. It was a long-fought presidential election after declaring his candidacy June 16, 2015, and later telling supporters that he would accept the results of the election under the condition that he wins.

Cyber attack review to prevent future interference: Obama


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U.S. President Barack Obama says he called for a review of cyber attacks and foreign intervention in the 2016 election so that such attacks can be prevented in the future. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Banker's assistant, 30, 'accidentally shot and killed his 27-year-old friend' after playing about with a gun at a drunken dinner party that was streamed live on Facebook Shocking moment a woman is physically dragged off a Delta flight by two cops after she 'stormed past the gate agent without checking in and then demanded overhead bin space' Missing brothers are found dead at the bottom of an Idaho embankment after they were ejected from their car when it crashed Uber employees 'helped men stalk their ex-girlfriends and searched for trip information of celebrities including Beyonce', reveals company's former forensic investigator Unarmed grandfather, 73, who was suffering from dementia is shot 'NINE TIMES' and killed by California cops as he wandered around his block at 12.30am Man in stolen car 'shoots two cops in Georgia' then takes off on foot - launching manhunt that ended a few ... (more)

Alli Simpson broadcasts cryptic message to her 1.7million Instagram followers

Banker's assistant, 30, 'accidentally shot and killed his 27-year-old friend' after playing about with a gun at a drunken dinner party that was streamed live on Facebook Shocking moment a woman is physically dragged off a Delta flight by two cops after she 'stormed past the gate agent without checking in and then demanded overhead bin space' Missing brothers are found dead at the bottom of an Idaho embankment after they were ejected from their car when it crashed Uber employees 'helped men stalk their ex-girlfriends and searched for trip information of celebrities including Beyonce', reveals company's former forensic investigator Unarmed grandfather, 73, who was suffering from dementia is shot 'NINE TIMES' and killed by California cops as he wandered around his block at 12.30am Man in stolen car 'shoots two cops in Georgia' then takes off on foot - launching manhunt that ended a few ... (more)

Peniel Joseph, Texas Perspectives: Carson nomination signals a Trump neoconfederacy

The selection of Ben Carson to be secretary of housing and urban development is yet more evidence that Donald Trump and his transition team are embracing an approach that uses race as cover for a return to the racially oppressive past. Carson, whose professional ascent was aided by civil rights victories and affirmative action, has pointedly rejected the very methods that allowed him to access opportunities that were unheard of in America's pre-civil rights years.

Unintended consequences

Becoming apparent to rest of NFL that Roger Goodell's wrist slap over Deflategate has given Patriots a well rested QB for playoffs. #Smartpeoplebeingstupid department Amherst College has suspended their men's cross country squad over an email chain that goes back to 2013 including racist, sexist and homophobic insults.

Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump has picked as his secretary of state Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, setting up a possible confrontation with members of his own party in the Senate, according to a person involved in the transition. Since Tillerson's name emerged as a candidate for the post, leading Republicans have expressed reservations about his years of work in Russia and the Middle East on behalf of the multinational petroleum company.

Cornucopia Institute Calls For Investigation Of USDA’s National Organic Program

In a letter to the USDA's Office of Inspector General, The Cornucopia Institute has requested an independent audit of the National Organic Program , charging a multiplicity of illegal actions and inactions. The Wisconsin-based farm policy research group alleges that the National Organic Program has failed to enforce the laws governing organic agriculture, thereby allowing multinational corporate agribusinesses to squeeze out family-scale farmers, compromising the integrity of the organic label.

10 things you need to know before European markets open


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Chancellor Philip Hammond admitted Brexit will take too long - and be too expensive - for Britain to stick to the Article 50 timeline. "The further we go into this discussion, the more likely it is that we will mutually conclude that we need a longer period to deliver," Chinese industrial output and retail sales are accelerating.

Artificial Intelligence

Speaking of Trump . .. he's too smart for intelligence briefings. Yup, remember when George the Second ignored a series of daily briefings after his inauguration? He went golfing instead and wasn't paying attention when that humdinger of a PDB " Osama determined to strike within US " sailed past his line of sight.