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.
President Obama marked his final time lighting the National Christmas Tree with a wish that Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated.The lighting ceremony tradition began in 1923 and takes place in President's Park, just south of the White House fence.
Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City on Tuesday night to present the Audrey Hepburn humanitarian award to singer Katy Perry. Clinton said Perry's lyrics "remind us when you get knocked down to get back up." Perry was a big supporter of Clinton, who won the popular vote in the presidential election, and even campaigned for her. She broke into tears when Clinton surprised her at the event.
During a 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, former secretary of labor Elaine Chao talks about jobs, outreach and the future of the Republican party. Chao was labor secretary under President George W. Bush and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. She has now been tapped by president-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of transportation.
On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump's top advisor Kellyanne Conway met two street performers dubbed "Naked Cowboys" that were in the lobby at Trump Tower. They sang to her, praising Trump's plans for the country, including building a wall, repeating "sounds like a good idea to me." Trump has been in his penthouse apartment all day, meeting with potential administration hires.
Ohio State University says a shelter-in-place warning has been lifted and the scene is secure following reports of an active shooter and at least seven people injured. Ohio State tweeted Monday morning that all classes would be canceled for the rest of the day.
Ohio State University administrators are telling students to "run, fight, hide" in the wake of a shooter on campus on the morning of November 28. Seven people have been sent to the hospital, authorities said, and two are known to be in stable condition. (video credit: AP)
On September 2, 2016, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) graduated nine dogs from the 20th Explosive Detection Canine Handler Course. One-by-one, Chief John Batiste called up the newly-minted officers and presented them with their official Washington State Patrol K9 badge.