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Focus of recount effort shifts to Michigan, Pennsylvania

Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge.

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Trump selects "Mad Dog" Mattis for secretary of defense

Donald Trump kicked off his "thank you tour" with the announcement that he was selecting retured Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis for secretary of defense, a move that will break from the custom to have a civilian lead the Pentagon. For Mattis to be confirmed, Congress would first have to approve legislation bypassing a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defense secretary within seven years of leaving active duty.
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Trump selects "Mad Dog" Mattis for secretary of defense

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How do you handle a 53-pound alligator snapping turtle?

Obama lights National Christmas Tree for final time 0:37

Obama lights National Christmas Tree for final time

Kellyanne Conway serenaded by Naked Cowboys at Trump Tower 2:14

Kellyanne Conway serenaded by Naked Cowboys at Trump Tower