No experience needed: Trump taps Carson for HUD secretary

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's arrival at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. President-elect Donald Trump chose Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's decision, announced early Monday, Dec. 5, by his transition office at Trump Tower in New York, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other sessions aimed at forming his administration. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump chose retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, raising fresh concerns about the lack of experience some of Trump's Cabinet picks have with agencies they're now being chosen to lead.



Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies

FILE - In this June 14, 2011 file photo, India's southern Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India. Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. She was 68. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)CHENNAI, India (AP) — Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Monday. She was 68.



Biden in 2020? With a smile, he says he's not ruling it out

WASHINGTON (AP) — You heard it here first, more than a month before Donald Trump even enters the White House: Joe Biden says he's running for president in 2020 — maybe.
Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to discuss climate policy

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore exits after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkBy Amy Tennery and Timothy Gardner NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a "productive" session. In addition to seeing Trump, he also met briefly with the Republican's daughter, Ivanka, who attended a series of high-level meetings since her father won the Nov. 8 election. Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential campaign to Republican George W. Bush, has for years been devoted to lowering carbon emissions blamed for climate change.



The Latest: Trump, family members dining at 21 Club

The Latest: Trump, family members dining at 21 ClubThe Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:20 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump is having dinner at one of his favorite New York restaurants: 21 Club. Trump was dining Monday night with ...





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