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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson gave her "personal commitment" to driving down the price of the F-35 fighter jet after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about going to competitor Boeing. (Associated Press)

Loud and clear: Businesses heeding Donald Trump's message

- The Washington Times

Despite opposition from his own troops in Congress, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his vow to slap a "border tax" on companies that move jobs outside the U.S. -- further putting the business community on notice that things will change when he is in the White House.

In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Eric Denker and his wife, Jalen Denker, of Irvine, take advantage of sales to buy suits for business school interviews at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, the U.S. government issues the November jobs report. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

U.S. employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 percent

- Associated Press

U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. And the unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House pushes ahead with $611 billion defense policy bill

- Associated Press

The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years.

In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Social Security recipients to get tiny increase in benefits

- Associated Press

Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get only tiny increases in benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises.

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Judge orders IRS to clear tea party application backlog within month

- The Washington Times

A federal judge has ordered the IRS to finally clean up the tea party targeting mess, giving the tax agency less than a month to decide on a handful of applications that are still pending more than three years after officials first admitted they were targeting the conservative groups and subjecting them to intrusive scrutiny.