Trump taps billionaire investor Ross for commerce secretary

Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor considered the “king of bankruptcy” for buying beaten-down companies with the potential to deliver profits, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for commerce secretary, a senior transition official said. The official isn’t authorized to publicly discuss the matter and requested anonymity. Reputed by Forbes to be worth nearly $3 billion, Ross would represent the interests of […]

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Inside Donald Trump’s Economic Team, Two Very Different Views

Donald Trump’s economic team splits neatly into two major groups over a fundamental question: Would the economy benefit most from more carrots or more sticks? Mr. Trump captured the presidency with a small coterie of heterodox advisers whose views diverge sharply on several fronts, most vividly on trade policy, which the president-elect made a centerpiece of his campaign. Personnel decisions over coming […]

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Big Names Campaigning for Hillary Clinton Underscore Donald Trump’s Isolation

Hillary Clinton campaigned Friday in the company of friends and celebrities, first flanked by the billionaire businessman Mark Cuban in Pittsburgh and then bound for a Jay Z concert in Cleveland. High-wattage political leaders fanned out for her around the country: Her husband, Bill, stumped in Colorado, as President Obama rallied voters in North Carolina. By comparison, Donald J. Trump […]

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Early voting: Tighter race, but still good signs for Clinton

Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election. The Democrat’s campaign once hoped to bank substantial votes from Democrats in North Carolina and Florida before Election Day. Both are must-win states […]

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U.S. Officials See No Direct Link Between Donald Trump and Russia

For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead — which they ultimately came to doubt — about […]

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For Republicans Abandoning Donald Trump, Obama Has a Message: ‘Too Late’

President Obama on Sunday savaged Representative Joe Heck, Republican of Nevada, for failing to reject Donald J. Trump earlier in the presidential race, seeking to tarnish Mr. Heck and other Republican candidates across the country by association with a standard-bearer he called indecent and unfit for the presidency. Speaking at a high school here as he began a three-day campaigning […]

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