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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned.

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It's been more than a month, but President-elect Donald Trump is still raising questions about the presidential election.

In what was supposed to be a stump speech for Republican Louisiana Senate candidate John Kennedy in Baton Rouge Friday, Trump took aim at early voting during the presidential election, saying that no one can know what is happening when polling places are locked up for the night.

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A key House Republican on the issue of Social Security introduced a bill Thursday that would impose major cuts to the program. The bill, the Social Security Reform Act of 2016, was introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), the chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security.

It would, among other things, gradually raise the retirement age from 67 to 69 on Americans 49 or younger at the present. It would change the formula that determines the size of a retiree's initial payments. And it would switch the program to a less generous formula for raising payments according to cost of living increases.

Big picture, the most concerning element for many experts is that its approach to make the program more solvent rest entirely on cuts, and does not raise revenues for the Social Security Trust Fund, as some bipartisan proposals have. Across the political spectrum, solutions for long term solvency range from cuts-only approaches like Johnson's bill to plans that achieve 75-year solvency by raising the current income cap on social security taxes.

"Ultimately, we are going to need something that's a little more balanced between benefits saving and revenue changes in order to get a proposal that could pass Congress and get approved by the president," said Shai Akabas, director fiscal policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn has been offered the directorship of the Trump White House's National Economic Council, anonymous sources told NBC News and Bloomberg Politics Friday. It is the most recent in a series of potential Trump hires from the financial services giant that Trump himself criticized heavily during the presidential campaign and tried to hang around Hillary Clinton's neck.

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