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Top U.S. intelligence officials have briefed leaders in Washington about an explosive — but unverified — document that alleges collusion between Russia and President-elect Donald Trump, NPR has learned.

The brief, which NPR has seen but not independently verified, was given by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to FBI Director James Comey on Dec. 9. Details from it have been part of presentations by Comey and other intelligence leaders to Trump, President Obama and key leaders in Congress.

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump. 

NPR will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time and will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

The week before Donald Trump takes the oath of office will set the stage for his entry into the Oval Office. Not only will at least nine of his Cabinet nominees begin their Senate confirmation hearings, but the president-elect himself will face reporters at a long-awaited press conference, where he may address how he plans to separate his business interests from his presidency.

On top of that, President Obama steps into the spotlight one last time, on Tuesday evening in Chicago, for a farewell address in which he's likely to frame his legacy.

President-elect Donald Trump is rounding out his White House team — installing several trusted campaign advisers to senior West Wing positions.

Kellyanne Conway will serve as counselor to the president, the transition team announced on Thursday. Sean Spicer will be press secretary, and Jason Miller has been named director of communications.

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President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only divisive political figure to visit Wisconsin Tuesday night.

On the UW-Milwaukee campus, an outspoken member of the so-called “alt-right” movement drew heightened security presence, as supporters and protesters alike rallied for free speech.

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Thousands of people braved the cold and stood in line for hours to get a glimpse of President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday night in West Allis. Trump held a rally at State Fair Park as part of his Thank You tour of battleground states. Trump talked about some recent events in his speech, including the Wisconsin recount.

Trump told the ecstatic crowd that it’s an honor to be back in Wisconsin and thanked supporters for electing him -- the first Republican president in the state since 1984.

President-elect Donald Trump, in a statement early this morning, announced his intention to nominate ExxonMobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department and become the country's top diplomat.

The selection, which had been rumored for the past week, is unusual in a number of ways, and could face more scrutiny than usual when the Senate holds confirmation hearings.

Here are some key facts about the president-elect's nominee for the final major position to be filled in his Cabinet:

On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump told Fox News that he wouldn't feel "bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."

The one-China policy has guided U.S.-China discourse since 1979, when Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing and downgraded its embassy in Taiwan.

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President-Elect Donald Trump is planning a return visit to Wisconsin, as part of his "thank you" tour of several states that were battlegrounds during the presidential campaign.  

Trump has scheduled a stop at State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday night. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is expected to join him. 

Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1984.  

A political musical became part of the nation's political debate over the weekend. On Friday night, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway performance of Hamilton.

The creative team behind Hamilton was aware that Pence would be in the audience, so it created a short speech for the actor who plays Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, to deliver after the curtain call:

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The names are flying fast and furious around the transition team for the incoming Trump administration. The team itself has seen names come and go already, and potential cabinet picks are being vetted both privately and in the media.

Foreign affairs under a Donald Trump presidency make for intriguing storylines, many of which are on the radar of our foreign policy contributor, Art Cyr.

A $25 million settlement agreement has been reached in the civil fraud lawsuits against President-elect Donald Trump and Trump University, according to New York's state attorney general.

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It's not clear when or how President-election Donald Trump will implement some of his campaign pledges, including mass deportations of immigrants who are here illegally. Yet Wisconsin groups are taking steps to protect undocumented residents in the event Trump begins his promised round-up.

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President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Wisconsin Republican Party chair Reince Priebus as chief of staff. House Speaker Paul Ryan appears poised to maintain his position. And Gov. Scott Walker has just become chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The three are close, they share an ideology, and they’ve risen to prominence at about the same time. WUWM wondered about their impact nationally, including on Trump's victory in Wisconsin. It was the first for the party in decades.

Reince Priebus once joked about his job as chairman of the Republican National Committee that people assumed he must be miserable. But Priebus said he didn't see it that way. "I'm not pouring Bailey's in my cereal," he told CNN.

Now, as newly named chief of staff to President-elect Donald Trump, Priebus has his work cut out for him.

Priebus will have a large say in hiring West Wing staff, and will "be in charge of day to day operations," he told Fox News on Monday morning. He'll also have the president-elect's ear as a top adviser.

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