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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who is reportedly being considered by Donald Trump to be secretary of state, on Monday morning said that the President-elect's unprecedented phone call with the president of Taiwan was "terrific."

"It will demonstrate that by not just paying attention to the norms — and he didn't violate any treaties by doing that — but by doing that, by picking up that phone and for the first time having a conversation with the president, elected president, of Taiwan, he showed the dictators in Beijing that he's not a pushover," he said on "Fox and Friends."

"These people, you've got to remember, China has had an enormously aggressive foreign policy and by him actually going to Taiwan, he's showing the people in Beijing that they cannot have this aggressive foreign policy and expect to be treated just the same by an American president," Rohrabacher continued. "So I think it was a terrific message to them: We're no longer going to be pushovers, and there's going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions."

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Donald Trump's advisers spent weeks planning an unprecedented call between the President-elect and the president of Taiwan as part of a new strategy toward Taiwan, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Per the Post:

The historic communication — the first between leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 — was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump’s advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks.

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Donald Trump on Monday morning announced that he will nominate former Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to be the secretary of housing and urban development.

"I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up."

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