The Latest: Bernie Sanders will work with Trump on some issues

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6:50 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says he's prepared to work with Donald Trump to help the working class, but will "vigorously oppose" other policies promised by the president-elect.

The independent Vermont senator has released a statement noting Trump "tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media."

He says that if Trump "is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him."

But Sanders adds that if Trump "pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."

Sanders ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, and supported her candidacy after she won that race.

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6:40 p.m.

The White House says Melania Trump will meet with first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday morning.

President Barack Obama has invited Donald Trump to the White House as the two leaders prepare for the transition of power following a bruising, often nasty presidential election.

Obama's meeting with the president-elect will take place in the Oval Office, while the first lady and Mrs. Trump will meet in the residence of the White House.

Obama says former President George W. Bush could not have been more gracious after his 2008 election victory and he has instructed his team to follow that example in preparing the way for Trump.

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6:30 p.m.

Kansas' secretary of state says he's serving on President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

Kris Kobach, a conservative Republican, told various Kansas media outlets Wednesday he has no expectation of a role in Trump's eventual administration. But he says he's open to working for Trump, if offered.

Kobach will help advise Trump on policy matters leading up to his January inauguration.

He advised Trump on immigration policy during the campaign, adding to the Republican Party's platform Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kobach also served as counsel to Attorney General John Ashcroft during the President George W. Bush's administration.

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5:31 p.m.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has captured a New Hampshire Senate seat, defeating first-term Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The Associated Press called the race for Hassan on Wednesday.

Ayotte says in a statement that she has contacted Hassan to concede the close race and offer her congratulations. She is thanking the people of New Hampshire for their support.

Democrats have picked up two Republican-held Senate seats - one in Illinois, the other in New Hampshire. They had been far more optimistic about capturing GOP seats on Election Day, but lost in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and North Carolina.

Republicans are expected to hold the Senate seat in Louisiana in next month's contest after a Republican and Democrat advanced to the runoff.

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5:25 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has no interest in at least one agenda item preferred by President-elect Donald Trump: term limits for members of Congress.

Trump praised the idea during the campaign, but McConnell said Wednesday the issue is going nowhere in the Senate.

The Kentucky Republican tells reporters: "I would say we have term limits now. They're called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate."

McConnell also says he hopes Vice President-elect Mike Pence follows former Vice President Dick Cheney in attending the Senate GOP's weekly luncheons.

McConnell says Cheney, a former congressman, served almost as Senate liaison for President George W. Bush. He says he hopes Pence, a former Indiana congressman, will do the same for Trump.

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5:09 p.m.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has conceded and congratulated her Democratic rival Gov. Maggie Hassan.

In a statement late Wednesday, Ayotte said the voters have spoken and "now it's time for all of us to come together to get things done" for the people of New Hampshire.

Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and leader on defense issues, said it was a tremendous privilege to serve one term. She thanked her family and supporters.

The Associated Press had not called the race because Hassan had a lead of just 0.1 percent.

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5:05 p.m.

Organizers of a comedy benefit featuring performances by John Oliver, George Lopez and others have canceled Wednesday's red carpet arrivals.

A spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Defense Council's "Night of Comedy" benefit in New York said Wednesday afternoon that "in light of current events, we will no longer be having the red carpet."

Seth Meyers is hosting the comedy benefit, where Mike Birbiglia and Hasan Minhaj are also performing.

The event was originally billed as "the place to be the night after the presidential election."

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4:38 p.m.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken to President-elect Trump and congratulated him on his upset victory over Hillary Clinton Tuesday night.

A spokesman says the California Democrat told Trump that she hoped to "find common ground where possible," including an infrastructure bill that could create jobs.

Each of the top four leaders in Congress - the top Democrat and Republicans in both House and Senate - has spoken with Trump since the election.

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4:20 p.m.

The FAA has imposed temporary flight restrictions over Donald Trump's high-rise home as a safety measure in response to his presidential victory.

A notice dated Wednesday bars aircraft from flying below 2,999 feet in midtown Manhattan, where Trump Tower is located, and in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. It says military aircraft supporting the Secret Service are exempt, along with police and emergency aircraft.

The FAA generally issues temporary restrictions when there's a special event or hazardous condition.

The notice says the New York City air space restrictions are needed because of "VIP movement." They expire Jan. 21.

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3:25 p.m.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing that she and President-elect Donald Trump "put aside our differences" and work together to rebuild the American economy for working people.

A favorite of liberals, Warren has waged a bitter war of words with Trump. She's called him a "pathetic coward" and worse on Twitter. He's nicknamed her "Pocahontas" - a reference to claims she made about being part Native American.

As recently as Monday, Trump called Warren a "terrible person," ''a terrible human being" and a "terrible senator."

In a statement Wednesday, Warren said the integrity of U.S. democracy is more important than an individual election. She said she hopes Trump will fulfill the role of president "with respect and concern for every single person in this country, no matter who they are."

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3:15 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says President Barack Obama has congratulated the Senate's top Republican about his party's success in maintaining its majority in the Senate.

Earnest said Obama and Mitch McConnell discussed priorities that should be taken up as lawmakers meet before a new Congress takes office. They spoke Wednesday, the day after the election.

While he did not have details about the issues discussed, Earnest said Obama will continue to encourage Republican leaders to take up a massive trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He said the president believes the trade pact will benefit the U.S. economy. President-elect Donald Trump strongly opposes the deal.

Earnest says the president also hopes to talk with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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3:05 p.m.

The White House says the President's Daily Brief and other intelligence materials are now being made available to President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and other members of Trump's transition team.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it's a courtesy that former President George W. Bush extended to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a few aides as they were preparing to take office.

The President's Daily Brief is a classified document delivered to the president each morning. Until his victory Tuesday, Trump had received some classified briefings but not as extensive as what he'll now be receiving.

Earnest says it's part of Obama's efforts to ensure a smooth transition.

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3 p.m.

The Senate's top Republican isn't interested in rehashing contentious comments President-elect Donald Trump made about Hispanics during the campaign.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wouldn't say whether he thought Trump's remarks have caused lasting damage to the Republican Party with an important demographic group. Trump has called some Mexicans rapists and criminals and had claimed that a judge might be biased against him because of the judge's Mexican heritage.

Several months ago, McConnell publicly worried that Trump could push Hispanics from the party as Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater had done with blacks in the 1964 election.

McConnell said: "We should look forward and not backward and rehash and re-litigate the various debates we had both internally and with the Democrats over the past year."

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2:45 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest is disputing the notion that Thursday's meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump will have an air of insincerity about it given the harsh things they've said about each other.

Earnest said "I'm not saying it's going to be an easy meeting." But he said the president is sincere about fulfilling a basic responsibility he has to ensure a smooth transition of power.

Earnest said the success of America's democracy depends on all citizens setting aside their partisan affiliations and political preferences, and rooting for the success of the American president.

During the campaign, Obama had called Trump unfit and unqualified.

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2:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is spending the day after winning the presidency holed up in Trump Tower, where sleep-deprived aides appear jubilant as they come and go.

The usually buzzing lobby of Trump's residence and campaign headquarters is currently closed to the general public, though an impersonator of the famous "Naked Cowboy" -wearing a robe - was at one point spotted strolling through.

The scene outside is chaotic, with protesters and a mass of press gathered in penned-off area. Curious onlookers are clogging foot traffic as they pause to take in the scene.

The east side of Manhattan's busy Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th is also closed to the public with dump trucks filled with dirt forming a protective barrier outside the building's lobby.

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1:58 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says President Barack Obama's top priority following Tuesday's election is not his legacy.

Earnest says the president is focused on the 20 million people who gained health insurance after the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

Earnest is taking questions from reporters about how the election results will affect Obama's legacy on issues such as health care and climate change.

Earnest says the president is also concerned about the prospect of protections being stripped from millions of Americans who benefit because health insurers are not allowed to discriminate based on pre-existing health conditions or impose a lifetime cap on expenses.

Earnest says the tearing away those protections would negatively affect a lot of people, and "that's something Republicans will have to consider moving forward."

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12:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he was heartened by President-elect Donald Trump's call for unity.

Speaking Wednesday at the White House, Obama said the campaign was long and hard fought and that while a lot of Americans are feeling exultant, others are not.

He said everyone is sad when their side loses an election. But, resorting to sports analogies, Obama said "we're actually all on one team" and we're in an intramural scrimmage.

He said all Americans should want what's best for the country.

In his acceptance speech, Trump called for the country to "bind the wounds of division."

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12:35 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he's instructing his team to make sure there is a peaceful transfer of power to Donald Trump.

Obama spoke Wednesday in the White House's Rose Garden following Trump's upset victory in Tuesday's presidential election.

He noted that he and Trump have had big differences. Trump promises to repeal many of Obama's achievements over the past eight years. Obama had warned voters that if Trump were to win, "all that progress goes down the drain."

Now, Obama said "we all want what's best for this country." He said the point is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in all citizens. He says that's how the country has moved forward and he's confident that the incredible American journey will continue.

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12:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says America "is more deeply divided than we thought," but she is urging her supporters to accept the outcome of the presidential election.

In a speech Wednesday conceding the presidency to Republican Donald Trump, Clinton said, "I still believe in America, and I always will."

She noted that "our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to keep building that better, stronger, fairer America."

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12:05 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has won Alaska.

The Republican captured the state's three electoral votes on Wednesday, giving him 279 total. That's nine more than the threshold needed to win the White House.

His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 228 electoral votes. Alaska has been a safely Republican state for decades.

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12 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is acknowledging that America has not "shattered that highest and hardest ceiling" with her failed bid for the White House. But she says, "someday, somebody will."

The defeated Democratic candidate gave a somber address to supporters and staffers in New York, Wednesday. She directed comments to the "little girls who are watching." She said, "you are valuable and powerful and deserving" of every opportunity in the world.

She urged them to strive to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.

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11:50 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says she's "sorry" she didn't win the election, adding "this is painful, and it will be for a long time."

The Democratic presidential candidate was delivering what her campaign billed as a concession speech to Republican Donald Trump after his upset victory in Tuesday's election. She spoke at a New York hotel.

With her onstage are husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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11:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is delivering what are expected to be her final remarks of the presidential election after a devastating loss to Donald Trump.

She's urging her supporters to accept the results, saying they owe Trump an "open mind" and a "chance to lead." She says American democracy depends on "peaceful transition of power."

Speaking to supporters Wednesday at a New York hotel, Clinton said the campaign has been "one of the greatest honors" of her life. She describes the outcome as "painful," but says the effort was not about her but "the country we love."

Clinton took the stage to sustained applause.

Ashen-faced aides sat in the front row as supporters in the audience sobbed at the emotional event.

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11:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, says the defeated Democratic candidate has made history by paving the way for women to run for president.

Speaking ahead of Clinton to a room of supporters and aides in New York Wednesday, Kaine prompted a standing ovation when he noted Clinton is leading in the popular vote in the race against Donald Trump.

He hailed Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's loyalty to their staff, and praised their dedication.

His voice shaking, he said that Clinton "knows the system we have. She's deeply in love with it and she accepts it."

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11:40 a.m.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says America has "a responsibility to come together and find common ground" in the aftermath of the bitterly contested election.

The California Democrat noted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote.

She said that Democrats hope to work with Trump to enact a "robust infrastructure jobs bill" and on national security issues.

Pelosi offered her congratulations to Trump and his family and added that she's praying for his success.

Pelosi did not directly indicate whether she would seek another term as minority leader for the newly elected Congress. She's considered likely to do so.

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11:30 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump's victory has turned politics on its head. He said he expects the new president to work hand-in-hand with the Republican-led Congress.

Speaking Wednesday in Janesville, Wisconsin, an ebullient Ryan said Trump has earned a mandate to enact his agenda.

He thanked Trump for his "coattails" during the election that bolstered the Republican majority in the House.

Ryan has said he wants to be speaker in the new Congress and has expressed confidence in doing so. But he could face resistance from the Freedom Caucus, which chased former Speaker John Boehner from Congress last year. Other Republicans are upset over Ryan's frigid treatment of Trump.

Ryan says his relationship with Trump is fine. He's urging Republicans and Democrats to focus on "redemption, not recrimination."

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11:25 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is declaring victory in the New Hampshire Senate race. But incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not conceding.

The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Unofficial results have Hassan up by fewer than 700 votes.

In a statement Hassan says: "It's clear that we have maintained the lead and have won this race."

But Ayotte issued her own statement saying: "We look forward to results being announced by the secretary of state, and ensuring that every vote is counted in this race that has received an historic level of interest."

New Hampshire is the only Senate race where a winner has not yet been declared. Regardless of which way it goes, Republicans will retain control of the Senate. Either party could request a recount.

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11:20 a.m.

Despite losing Tuesday's presidential election, Hillary Clinton has a narrow lead in the popular vote, with several million votes still to be counted.

As more votes are counted, Clinton isn't guaranteed to keep that lead. However, most of the outstanding votes appear to be in Democratic-leaning states. The biggest chunk is in California. Washington State, New York, Oregon and Maryland also have large numbers of uncounted votes. Clinton won all those states.

With nearly 125 million votes counted, The Associated Press tally has Clinton with 47.7 percent and President-elect Donald Trump with 47.5 percent.

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11:15 a.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush is congratulating Donald Trump on winning the U.S. presidential election.

The senior Bush tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife Barbara "congratulate realDonaldTrump, wish him well as he guides America forward."

George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush also "initiated" a "very warm and gracious call" to Trump to wish him luck. He declined to say how Bush voted.

The Bush family had a contentious relationship with Trump throughout the campaign. Bush's younger son, Jeb Bush, was among more than a dozen candidates to get stomped out by Trump for the Republican nomination.

Jeb Bush also addressed a Tweet to Trump, on Wednesday, saying, "I will pray for you in the days and months to come."

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11:10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton has won Minnesota.

The Democratic nominee captured the state's 10 electoral votes on Wednesday, giving her 228 total. President-elect Donald Trump has 276, six more than the threshold needed to win the White House.

Minnesota has been safely Democratic for years but Trump made a late play there, holding his first and only rally in the state on the campaign's penultimate day. Though he failed to capture that state, he showed impressive strength in the Rust Belt, winning Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

He's also in a close race in Michigan, which has yet to be won.

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10:35 a.m.

Facebook and Twitter are reporting massive Election Day engagement on social media.

Facebook says 115 million people worldwide generated over 716 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the election Tuesday. Twitter says more than 75 million Election Day tweets were sent by 3 a.m. Wednesday. That's more than double the 31 million sent during the entirety of Election Day four years ago.

Google says President-elect Donald Trump also won when it comes to searches on the candidates. The search giant says more searches were performed on the Republican than those for Democrat Hillary Clinton in a majority of the country from Sunday to Tuesday.

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10:05 a.m.

One of Donald Trump's harshest Republican critics says America "demanded disruption" by electing the billionaire businessman as president.

In a statement Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska congratulated Trump. Sasse said he and his family will pray that Trump "will lead wisely and faithfully keep his oath to a Constitution of limited government."

Sasse said he will now do everything he can to hold Trump to promises he made during the campaign. Among them are replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, nominating judges "who reject law-making by unelected courts," and fighting for ethics reform "that upends cronyism" and enacts term limits.

Sasse last month had called on Trump to abandon his presidential bid after the release of old video footage that featured Trump making vulgar sexual comments.

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8:40 a.m.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Hillary Clinton had more money and more people on the ground - but, Team Trump "outworked them, and frankly, we outsmarted and outclassed them in some cases."

Conway appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to analyze Donald Trump's stunning defeat of Clinton. Conway said the Republican billionaire "did a great job sealing the deal."

She said: "Take it to the bank - candidates matter. There's no substitute for a great candidate."

On CNN, Conway urged Trump's critics to "lay down their verbal firearms."

She said: "Give him a chance as your president-elect like we all did with President Obama and we all did with President Bill Clinton."

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8:07 a.m.

Hillary Clinton will be speaking to her supporters Wednesday morning. It will be her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

Her campaign says she'll speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel at 10:30 a.m.

Clinton did not give a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's election.



 
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