End Dodd-Frank? Unlikely, but consumer agency in crosshairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump pledged in his campaign to throw out what he called stifling regulations, including the stricter financial rules that Congress built to prevent another crisis.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

Obama to meet Merkel in Germany, top trade partner and ally

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is stressing a message of solidarity and trans-Atlantic cooperation on his final visit Thursday to Germany — a top trade partner, key NATO ally and home to thousands of American troops, as well as a nation critical to solving Europe's migrant crisis and debt woes.

  • Written by DAVID RISING, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

9 Trump Supreme Court prospects at conservative legal parley

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Supreme Court justices and nine judges on President-elect Donald Trump's list of potential high court picks are among more than 1,000 people expected at a gathering of conservative lawyers that has suddenly turned into an impromptu job fair for spots in the new administration.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

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.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press