The week in politics

Published 6:07 PM ET, Sat December 10, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump looks on during an event on Friday, December 9, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Military veterans huddle together to hold a US flag during a march outside the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Monday, December 5. Veterans from the group "Veterans for Standing Rock" arrived at the freezing Dakota Access Pipeline protest site the day before in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The Army Corps of Engineers has denied the current route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that would cross four states and change the landscape of the US crude oil supply. David Goldman/AP
Edgar Maddison Welch surrenders to police in Washington on Sunday, December 4. Welch was arrested with an assault rifle at a pizzeria. The 28-year-old from Salisbury, North Carolina, told police he went to the pizzeria to investigate "pizzagate," a fictitious online conspiracy theory. Sathi Soma/AP
People cheer as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, December 6. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison speaks during a rally about jobs and workers' rights in Washington on Wednesday, December 7. Ellison -- the first Muslim-American elected to Congress and one of two Muslims currently serving -- said Wednesday he will resign his position in Congress should he win the election to become chair of the Democratic National Committee. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Law enforcement stand guard as the plane of President-elect Donald Trump departs an airport in New York on Thursday, December 8. Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday, December 6, that he wants to cancel the Boeing 747 Air Force One jet that's being built for "future presidents" because it costs more than $4 billion. JUSTIN LANE/POOL/EPA
Max Schill -- a boy who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome -- watches as House Speaker Paul Ryan signs the 21st Century Cures Act at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday, December 8. The bill, which passed 392-26, provides funding for cancer research, opioid abuse prevention and mental health treatment and aims to ease requirements of the FDA to expedite drug approvals. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Boston-area students sit on the floor after being blocked from entering the governor's office at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, December 5. According to a local news outlet, students were demanding that their state leaders stand up to some of the proposed policies and statements President-elect Trump has made. Scott Eisen/Getty Images
President Barack Obama delivers a speech on US counterterrorism policy at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, December 6. On Friday, December 9, Obama ordered a full review into US elections hacking by the Russians, dating back to 2008. Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA Wire
Flags at the US Capitol are lowered to half-staff in honor of former astronaut and longtime US Sen. John Glenn in Washington on Thursday, December 8. Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at the age of 95. John Glenn: Ex-astronaut, US senator dies at 95. Joel Kowsky/NASA
Richard Spencer, a white nationalist who helped found the so-called alt-right movement, points to a demonstrator carrying a sign as he speaks at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on Tuesday, December 6. Spencer, whose appearance drew wide protests, was invited to speak by Texas A&M alum Preston Wiginton, not by the university. David J. Phillip/AP
Former US Vice President Al Gore arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Monday, December 5. Gore, one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change, met with President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump. "I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect," Gore said, according to a pool report. "It was a sincere search for areas of common ground." Kevin Hagen/Getty Images
First lady Michelle Obama helps sort donated toys during the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Washington on Wednesday, December 7. The program's mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys and deliver them to less fortunate children throughout the United States during the holiday season. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein raises her fist after speaking at a news conference across the street from Trump Tower in New York on Monday, December 5. Stein, who has called for election vote recounts in three states -- Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- saw her efforts halted Thursday, December 8, when a federal judge ordered Michigan's Board of Elections to stop the state's electoral recount. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Vice President Joe Biden, right, sits with host Stephen Colbert during a "Family Meeting" sketch on "The Late Show" in New York on Tuesday, December 6. Biden continued to tease a possible presidential bid in 2020, telling Colbert he's learned to "never say never." CBS/Getty Images
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks with members of the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, December 7. Emanuel delivered a letter to Trump, co-signed by 14 other mayors, urging the President-elect to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program until a modernized immigration system can be decided by Congress. Andrew Harnik/AP
President-elect Donald Trump waves from the Army side during an Army-Navy NCAA college football game on Saturday, December 10, in Baltimore, Maryland. Andrew Harnik/AP
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, left, meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, December 9. Carter's trip comes amid major questions regarding the future of America's 15-year-long mission in Afghanistan. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Ben Carson waits for his meeting with US Sen. Mike Crapo -- the incoming Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee chairman -- in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Wednesday, December 7. President-elect Donald Trump announced Carson as his nominee for the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom/ZUMA
Sen. John McCain, third from right, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence join Pearl Harbor veteran Bill Flatters during a commemoration ceremony in Washington for the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Wednesday, December 7. Yin Bogu/Xinhua/ZUMA Wire
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, second from right, stands by his official portrait during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, December 8. Reid marked the end of his 34-year career in Congress with the unveiling of his official portrait, painted by former Senate staffer Gavin Glakas. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images
German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, awards US Secretary of State John Kerry the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, December 5. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and US Vice President Joe Biden arrive at a state dinner in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday, December 8. "The world is going to spend a lot of time looking to you, Mr. Prime Minister," Biden told a crowd of Canadian dignitaries. "Viva la Canada because we need you very, very badly." Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/AP