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detroit» A fed­eral judge who or­dered Michigan to start re­count­ing pres­i­den­tial votes has dropped his de­ci­sion, ef­fec­tively end­ing a sec­ond look at bal­lots statewide.

Judge Mark Gold­smith acted Wed­nes­day night, a day af­ter the state ap­peals court said the Green Party can­di­date isn’t el­i­gi­ble to seek a re­count of mil­lions of vote cast Nov. 8. Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, the Michigan elec­tions board said the re­count would end if Gold­smith ex­tin­guished his ear­lier or­der.

It was Gold­smith’s mid­night rul­ing Mon­day that started the re­count in Michigan. But his or­der dealt with tim­ing — not whether a re­count was ap­pro­pri­ate.

The state ap­peals court said Tues­day that Jill Stein doesn’t qual­ify as an “ag­grieved” can­di­date un­der state law be­cause she got only 1 per­cent of the Michigan vote and can’t win with a re­count. Stein is ap­peal­ing to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Trump is Time’s Per­son of the Year. Time mag­a­zine

has named Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump its Per­son of the Year.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view on NBC’s “To­day” show, Trump called it “a great honor.”

The Time cover reads, “Don­ald Trump: Pres­i­dent of the Di­vided States of Amer­ica” and the cover im­age fea­tures a pho­to­graph of the pres­i­den­t­elect sit­ting in his pri­vate res­i­dence at Trump Tower.

In the NBC in­ter­view, Trump took is­sue with the “Di­vided States of Amer­ica” de­scrip­tion: “I didn’t di­vide ‘em,” he said. “We’re go­ing to put it back to­gether and we’re go­ing to have a coun­try that’s very well healed.”

Border-se­cu­rity hawk tapped to lead DHS.

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump has cho­sen re­tired Ma­rine Gen. John F. Kelly to run the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, turn­ing to a blunt-spo­ken border-se­cu­rity hawk who clashed with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over women in com­bat and plans to close the prison at Guan­tanamo Bay, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion.

Kelly, who re­tired in Fe­bru­ary as chief of the U.S. South­ern Com­mand, would in­herit a mas­sive and of­ten trou­bled de­part­ment re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing per­haps the most con­tro­ver­sial part of Trump’s agenda: his pro­posed crack­down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. DHS is the third-largest Cabi­net de­part­ment, with more than 240,000 em­ploy­ees whose jobs in­clude fight­ing ter­ror­ism, pro­tect­ing the pres­i­dent and en­forc­ing im­mi­gra­tion laws.

Trump’s choice for top China diplo­mat has long ties to Xi B

des moines, iowa» It may seem odd for the gover­nor of a lightly pop­u­lated agri­cul­tural state to be cho­sen as U.S. am­bas­sador to China, es­pe­cially amid es­ca­lat­ing talk of a trade war with the ma­jor U.S. trad­ing part­ner.

But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year re­la­tion­ship with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, the most pow­er­ful Chi­nese leader in decades.

“Given Xi’s pen­chant to keep­ing things close-hold, it is im­por­tant for the U.S. to have a re­li­able and di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel to him,” said Bon­nie Glaser, se­nior ad­viser for Asia at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

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