Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) told reporters at Trump Tower on Friday, "What this man is doing, President-elect Trump, is reaching out to a broad spectrum of Americans to consider for his cabinet. That's a new day compared to what we have seen over the last eight years."
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.
Iraqi forces said on Tuesday they had liberated the village of Al-Qasr, as the operation to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State group fighters continued. Most of the residents fled the village when IS militants took over Mosul, which is only four miles east of the area.
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)