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AP Top Political News at 9:08 p.m. EST

AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced....

Inaugural crowds sure to be huge _ but how huge?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president....

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400....

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV....

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups....

Supreme Court nominee returns to bench as judge, not justice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Merrick Garland, the judge nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, made his return to the courtroom on Wednesday to hear cases as a federal appeals court judge, not a Supreme Court justice....

Obama's parting message: We're going to be OK
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "We're going to be OK."...

The Latest: Obama chats with leaders of India, Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times EST):...

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces....

To avoid more 'Daily Show' ridicule, Arizona kills bills
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona lawmaker's proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation....

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Inaugural crowds sure to be huge _ but how huge?

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