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Republican gubernatorial candidate, Corey Stewart (center) gestures during opening statements as State Sen. Frank Wagner, left, and Ed Gillespie listen during a debate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Thursday. Mr. Gillespie is the current leader among the three GOP candidates-- he's polling at 28 percent. (Associated Press)

Race for Virginia GOP gubernatorial nomination heats up

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Ed Gillespie on Thursday worked to sidestep charges from his Virginia GOP gubernatorial rivals that he’s a flip-flopping career party insider, pledging to run a campaign in 2017 that will make Republicans proud and saying he’ll be a governor for “all Virginians.”

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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016, file photo, then=Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reaches to shake hands with Egunjobi Songofunmi during a meeting with students and educators before a speech on school choice at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy in Cleveland.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) **FILE**

Donald Trump has little power to scrap Common Core

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump vowed to scrap Common Core if elected to the White House, but supporters and critics alike agree the incoming president has little, if any, power over the education standards that already are in place across the vast majority of states.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump's transition team hits major snags

- The Washington Times

President-elect Donald Trump's transition to the White House is running into its first major snags, with former Rep. Mike Rogers abruptly quitting as a national security adviser Tuesday and top ally Ben Carson saying he has no interest in a cabinet slot.

Wary of how the press treats Donald Trump, Republicans have the least amount of trust in the media, a Gallup poll finds. (Associated press) **FILE**

Concerns grow of press kept at bay during Donald Trump presidency

- The Washington Times

President-elect Donald Trump never hid his contempt for the news media during the campaign and has continued to keep the press at bay after winning the election, raising concerns he will end the tradition of allowing a pool of reporters to cover his every move in public.

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during an election night rally Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump must act on promises

- The Washington Times

ANALYSIS: Now that Donald Trump has pulled off the biggest upset in U.S. presidential election history, he'll have to produce on the tallest promises any president has made in recent memory.

The Shaw University band leads students on a march to the polls at Chavis Park in Raleigh, NC., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)

Polls held open in 2 North Carolina precincts

- The Washington Times

The North Carolina Board of Elections voted during an emergency after-hours meeting to extend voting hours in two counties as a result of issues encountered shortly after the polls opened Tuesday morning.