Trump spokesman declines to back FBI’s Comey; GOP mum on how to fund Trump’s trillion-dollar agenda; Trump’s business empire raises concerns over foreign influence; One nation, deeply divided, worried about going home for Thanksgiving; Retired general who clashed with Obama could head Homeland Security; EPA chief: Trump can’t halt U.S. shift to clean energy; Unearthed letter shows Trump’s grandfather begged to stay in Germany; Could Trump nominate sister to Supreme Court?; Japan’s Fukushima coast under tsunami warning after 6.9-magnitude earthquake; Judge to new citizens: ‘Go to another country’ if you don’t like Trump; Are Trump’s tweets ‘weapons of mass distraction’?; Police, citing ‘ongoing riot,’ use water cannons on pipeline protesters in freezing weather; Sea ice is at record low levels in both the Arctic and Antarctic, simultaneously; For Obama, a bittersweet farewell from the world stage; Kanye West cancels the rest of his tour after onstage rant;
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Trump drawing up plans to erode job protections, benefits for federal workers
Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions are some of the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.
By Lisa Rein •
Asked if the president-elect would seek FBI Director James Comey’s resignation, Jason Miller was noncommittal. Comey drew biting criticism at various points from Republicans and Democrats over the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
By Jerry Markon, Sari Horwitz and Elise Viebeck •
GOP mum on how to fund Trump’s trillion-dollar agenda
President-elect Donald Trump intends to launch a broad legislative agenda that includes cutting taxes, rolling back the Affordable Care Act and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. The question is how Republicans, after eight years of warnings about the growing national debt, will respond to the fiscal implications of proposals that would likely send the deficit soaring.
By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell •