Trump Widens Search for Secretary of State

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Aides to President-elect Donald J. Trump spent much of the weekend fielding questions about his norm-shaking phone conversation with the president of Taiwan, which sent tremors through Asia. But on Monday, the transition team will turn its attention back to matters closer to home: the cabinet.
Mr. Trump is expected to meet early in the week with several new candidates for secretary of state, the most important position he has yet to fill. They appear to include Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor and former ambassador to China; and Rex W. Tillerson, the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil. John R. Bolton is also back in the mix, as Mr. Trump’s aides continue to wrangle over a choice that had seemed to be between four men: Mitt Romney; Rudolph W. Giuliani; Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee; and David H. Petraeus, a former general.
The transition team says it hopes to roll out several lower-profile cabinet posts and picks for policy advisers in the meantime.
And Mr. Trump will hit the road again midweek, holding a victory rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday, and in Des Moines on Thursday, one month to the day after he won the presidency.

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Meetings with Mr. Huntsman and Mr. Tillerson are expected early in the week.
The effort to seek a recount in Pennsylvania, being pressed by the Green Party candidate Jill Stein, was dealt a setback over the weekend. But Ms. Stein’s lawyers said they would ask federal courts on Monday to order the recount.
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case about whether Republican lawmakers in North Carolina unconstitutionally packed black voters while redrawing the state’s congressional districts in 2011.
Senator Harry Reid, left, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are retiring.
Senator Harry Reid, left, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are retiring. Left, Molly Riley/Associated Press; Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

After Years of Battles, Farewells Are Bipartisan

Politicians of different parties fight it out in Washington every day. But when it comes to the end of storied careers, partisanship often falls aside. That will be the case twice this week.
In separate events, members of both parties will recognize Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader who is retiring, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose long run in elected office is also nearing an end.
Mr. Biden, who served 36 years in the Senate and has for the past eight years officially been the presiding officer by virtue of his White House role, will be honored with a series of speeches from members of both parties on Wednesday.
Mr. Reid, coming to the end of 30 years in the Senate and 18 years in various leadership posts, will give his farewell address on Thursday. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader who has often clashed with Mr. Reid, is scheduled to speak both on the floor and at a ceremony to unveil an official portrait of Mr. Reid.
Lawmakers can have their differences. But they also spend long hours together and appreciate what it takes to serve and succeed at a high level for such a long time. That usually makes them more than willing to put aside their differences to recognize such achievements and bid colleagues farewell.
Donald J. Trump and his family in October during the opening ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The hotel is in the federal government’s Old Post Office building.
Donald J. Trump and his family in October during the opening ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The hotel is in the federal government’s Old Post Office building. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
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Ben Carson endorsed Donald J. Trump at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., in March.

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John R. Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations, arriving at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Friday for a meeting with President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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John R. Bolton, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., Senator Joe Manchin III, and Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, appear to have been added to the list of those under consideration.

Tomi Lahren, a conservative commentator, appeared on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” She has compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.

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President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, center, speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.


No American president or president-elect is believed to have spoken with a Taiwanese president in decades — until a telephone call on Friday.

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If Mr. Trump imposes steep tariffs on Chinese goods, he could harm the people he aims to help — American factory workers.
Past colleagues of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, paint a mixed picture of a man who will have nearly unfettered access to the Oval Office and will help guide the president on world events.
Mr. Trump’s choice for Defense secretary, James N. Mattis, is a hawkish former leader of the United States Central Command who favors working with allies and views a tough American posture overseas as a deterrent to war, officials close to him say.
For decades, the United States and Britain’s vision of democracy and freedom defined the postwar world. What will happen in an age of Mr. Trump and Nigel Farage?
The president-elect’s threat to punish “sanctuary cities” has prompted officials in New York to examine just what federal money could be lost.
Mr. Trump’s advisers are focused on erasing the trade deficit as a way to spur growth. But it may not be worth the hand-wringing, N. Gregory Mankiw writes in The Upshot.
Representative Tom Price, left, discussing a budget proposal in 2015. Mr. Price, a Georgia Republican, is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services.

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Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter in Washington last month.

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President-elect Donald J. Trump during a tour of a Carrier plant in Indianapolis last week.

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