Republican Party

Trump taps hard-liner, Iran nuke deal foe for CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's pick to be director of the CIA, is a hard-line Republican congressman who shares the president-elect's pugnacious worldview and, like Trump, spent years as a businessman before becoming a politician.

Nov. 18, 2016 4:15 PM EST
Trump: No transition turmoil, efforts going 'so smoothly'

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and his team on Wednesday vigorously rejected charges of turmoil and infighting roiling efforts to set up his White House, national security and economic teams.

Nov. 16, 2016 9:22 PM EST
McConnell to lead Senate GOP, Schumer new Democratic leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to be majority leader next year while Democrats picked Chuck Schumer to lead them, setting the chief actors as the chamber prepares for an agenda that will be dominated by Donald Trump and the GOP.

Nov. 16, 2016 5:11 PM EST
GOP governors hope to move fast on making promised changes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Republicans are still celebrating their election victories, but the country's GOP governors warned this week that they need to move fast on many of the changes that have been promised to voters.

Nov. 16, 2016 2:53 AM EST
Florida governor considering bid for US Senate in 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who challenged the Republican establishment six years ago and stormed his way into the governor's mansion, now says he is considering running for the U.

Nov. 15, 2016 7:58 PM EST
GOP governors gather amid push for 'disruptive change'

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The nation's Republican governors met Tuesday in battleground Florida where they said were "giddy" at the opportunity for "disruptive changes" to wrest power from Washington following the election of Donald Trump.

Nov. 15, 2016 7:11 PM EST
The Latest: Trump-Pence backed Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest developments in Congress (all times EST):2:48 p.m.Vice President-elect Mike Pence made it clear to House Republicans that the incoming president wanted Paul Ryan as Speaker.

Nov. 15, 2016 2:57 PM EST
Giuliani emerges as favorite for Trump's secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as the favorite to serve as secretary of state in Donald Trump's incoming administration, a senior Trump official said on Monday — another indication the president-elect is putting a prize on loyalty as he narrows down his Cabinet picks.

Nov. 15, 2016 1:00 AM EST
Congress reconvenes, grappling with new world order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress reconvened amid a new world order Monday, opening a lame-duck session shadowed by Donald Trump's election, with perilous new opportunities and risks confronting the GOP.

Nov. 14, 2016 4:17 PM EST
Readying for Trump, Congress faces lame duck to-do list

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress still has some unfinished business before closing shop for the year, even as the focus shifts to the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and unified Republican control of Congress and the White House in 2017.

Nov. 14, 2016 2:26 PM EST
Correction: Trump-Transition Team-News Guide story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Meese is a former chief operating officer of American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association.

Nov. 14, 2016 12:24 PM EST
Trump names Priebus, Bannon to senior White House roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments on Sunday, one an overture to Republican circles by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Washington establishment by tabbing Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Nov. 14, 2016 12:49 AM EST
Texas county elects black woman sheriff and votes for Trump

HOUSTON (AP) — Voters in a southeast Texas county elected a black, Democratic woman as sheriff while choosing Republican Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, an unusual result in a year of partisan acrimony.

Nov. 12, 2016 12:36 PM EST
Trump shakes up transition team, elevates Pence's role

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations.

Nov. 11, 2016 7:58 PM EST
Senate GOP leader says he asked Trump to back Keystone

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican said Friday he asked President-elect Donald Trump to move swiftly in approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has drawn strong opposition from environmentalists.

Nov. 11, 2016 5:42 PM EST
Trump chief of staff pick to signal direction of presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is considering a conservative bomb-thrower and the face of the GOP establishment, among others, for White House chief of staff — a major post that could set the direction for his presidency.

Nov. 11, 2016 5:33 PM EST
Mr Trump comes to Washington: Triumphant tour for the victor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump took a triumphant tour of the nation's capital Thursday, holding a cordial White House meeting with President Barack Obama, sketching out priorities with Republican congressional leaders and taking in the majestic view from where he'll be sworn in to office.

Nov. 10, 2016 10:08 PM EST
George P. Bush says name isn't liability after Trump's win

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The only member of the Bush family currently holding elected office isn't worried about his political future being threatened by a rejection of dynasty politics that may have helped doom Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Nov. 10, 2016 4:42 PM EST
President-elect Trump means angst for 'Obamacare' consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's election ushers in a time of high anxiety for people with health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, which expanded coverage to millions but has struggled to find widespread public acceptance.

Nov. 10, 2016 4:41 PM EST