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Sen. Robert Dole, seated next to then-vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, receives a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention in July.

Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan last week, initially characterized by Trump transition staffers and Taipei officials as just a small courtesy, has emerged as part of a lobbying strategy by a quintessential Washington insider.

Former Sen. Bob Dole, a war hero, lion of the Senate and 1996 Republican nominee for president, was an early supporter of Donald Trump, even when other Republican leaders were still wary.

Information Overload? Not Everybody Is Feeling It, Pew Study Says

As I write this I have 42 Internet tabs open, across four browsers, and I feel completely at ease. Apparently, I'm not alone. A new Pew Research Center study found that most Americans are not overloaded by information, or at least, they don't feel they are.

Babu, 8, works at a brick factory in Narayanganj, Bangladesh.

Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country's labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who've given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to a British think tank.

School Choice 101: What It Is, How It Works And Does It Work?

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Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn., Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called for Senate passage of the 21st Century Cures Act on Monday.

Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act that gained congressional approval on Wednesday has been championed as a way to speed up drug development, but it's also the most significant piece of mental health legislation since the 2008 law requiring equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health.

The bill includes provisions aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, strengthens laws mandating parity for mental and physical health care and includes grants to increase the number of psychologists and psychiatrists, who are in short supply across the country.

An explosion at the Naval Air Station Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, is seen during the Japanese attack. The U.S. is marking the 75th anniversary of the violence that thrust the country into World War II.

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack

Marking the day in 1941 that thrust the U.S. into World War II, Americans are honoring veterans and remembering those who lost their lives in Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. We're also remembering how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

A natural gas refinery is shown here in the South Pars gas field in Asalouyeh, Iran, on the north coast of the Persian Gulf.

Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a provisional agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, a move that could signal energy companies will not be deterred from doing business with the Islamic Republic despite uncertainty whether a Trump administration will scrap a nuclear deal agreed to by world powers.

Linda McMahon, who twice ran for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, is Donald Trump's nominee to head the Small Business Administration.

Trump Tags Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

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Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment, was selected Wednesday by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Small Business Administration.

In a statement released by the Trump transition team, Trump called McMahon "one of the country's top female executives" and said she would help push his "America First" agenda forward. He added:

A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

Older women who look on the bright side of life were less likely to die in the next several years than their peers who weren't as positive about the future.

The research, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Epidemiology, is the latest to find an association between a positive sense of well-being and better health, though it's not yet clear whether one causes the other.

Betsy DeVos, nominee for education secretary.

Trump's Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To School Choice

The unofficial motto of a public charter school co-founded by Betsy DeVos — President-elect Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education — could be "No Pilot Left Behind."

Nearby a small maintenance hangar that's part of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, one of the school's two Cessna 172 airplanes chugs down the tarmac of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The school is based on the airport's grounds, just outside Grand Rapids.

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