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President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves after his final press conference at the White House on Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington.

Obama's Final Thoughts: 'We're Going to Be O.K.'

President Obama ended his final press conference as he started his campaign for the White House nearly 10 years ago: optimistic and full of hope. "At my core, I think we’re going to be O.K.," he said

Gambia Crisis

Gambian President Refuses to Step Down Despite Deadline

A military commander with West Africa's regional bloc says its forces will "take action" at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia's political crisis before then. Seydou Maiga Mboro said "all the troops are already in place"

Mexico School Shooting

Mexico Teen Opens Fire in A Classroom Before Killing Himself

A 15-year-old student opened fire at a private school in the Mexican city of Monterrey, hitting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself. Mexico had previously been largely spared the phenomenon of school shootings that has hit the U.S.

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Trump To Name Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, a senior transition official said. The 70-year-old Republican was elected to two terms as governor

Sunset Alights Perfectly Between NYC Buildings During Manhattanhenge

2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever

For the third year in a row, the Earth saw a new record set for the warmest year. In a new report, the NOAA found 2016 had the highest globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record keeping began in 1880

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley

CIA Publishes 'Updated' Rules on Citizen Surveillance

The CIA has for the first time published in full its revised regulations for the collection, analysis and storage of information about U.S. citizens. The disclosure comes just two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump and follows years of public concern over privacy

Switzerland Davos Forum

VP Biden Gives Farewell Warning

Vice President Joe Biden warned that the "liberal international world order" is at risk of collapse, using his final speech to global leaders to frame the stakes on the world stage as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office

Former President George H. W. Bush at the NCAA Final Four tournament, April 2, 2016, in Houston.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Both Hospitalized

A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital to address a respiratory problem. Barbara Bush also was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing

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Lena Dunham Talks Feminism and Advocacy

Lena Dunham, Girls creator, spoke to TIME about her advocacy and the role of feminism in today's culture shortly before Donald Trump's inauguration. "I'm not interested in defining any other woman's feminism," she said

Trump Attends D.C. Dinner Aimed At Meeting With Foreign Diplomats

Inaugural Is Trump's Chance to Rise to the Moment

When Donald Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, all sides will be waiting to see whether he comes bearing a unifying message for a divided nation or decides to play up his persona as a disrupter of the established order