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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the U.S. presidential transition (all times EST):
    
5:13 p.m.
    
Donald Trump has picked a longtime friend and private equity executive to lead his inauguration efforts.
    
Tom Barrack, who founded California-based firm Colony Capital, has been selected to serve as chairman of the President-elect's inaugural committee. That's according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.
    
Barrack has been an aggressive public supporter of Trump throughout the campaign. He was among the primetime speakers at Trump's nominating convention this summer.
    
The inaugural chairman is responsible for raising millions of dollars to fund the inauguration, which includes several major parties and an extensive entertainment program.
    
Barrack's office declined a request for comment.
    
He told CBS "This Morning" on Thursday that Trump was like an ultimate fighter during the campaign who used "whatever tools necessary to convey a really disruptive message." He said America would see "a softer, kinder" Trump now that he's won the presidency.
    
-- By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz
    
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5:12 p.m.
    
The president of the United Auto Workers says the union's views on trade align with Donald Trump's, and he'd like a meeting with the president-elect to talk about it.
    
Dennis Williams says he agrees with Trump's call for scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has sent auto jobs to Mexico. He also backs Trump's proposal for a 35 percent tariff on vehicles imported from Mexico.
    
The UAW has historically supported Democratic candidates and endorsed Hillary Clinton this year. But Michigan, which has the most auto workers of any state, narrowly voted for Trump in unofficial results. Internal polling of union members prior to the election showed 28 percent going for Trump with 6 percent undecided. Williams says Trump's total may actually have been slightly higher than the 31 percent who voted for Mitt Romney and 33 percent who went for John McCain.
    
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5 p.m.
    
As President-elect Donald Trump puts together his White House, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and top campaign aide Kellyanne Conway are emerging as possible picks for chief of staff.
    
That's according to two people familiar with the transition planning.
    
Conway, a prominent Republican pollster, served as Trump's third campaign chief of staff and developed a strong rapport with the candidate. Priebus embraced Trump after his nomination, despite concerns among other Republicans, and worked his way into his inner circle.
    
A third person with knowledge of the transition process says conservative media executive Steve Bannon is also in the mix for chief of staff. However, others insist Bannon would not have a White House role.
    
Those involved in the process insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning publicly. A decision on chief of staff is expected in the coming days.
    
- By Julie Pace, Julie Bykowicz and Steve Peoples
    
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3:35 p.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump says his top three priorities are immigration, health care and jobs.
    
"Big-league jobs," he says.
    
Trump spoke briefly with reporters Thursday after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol.
    
Trump is wrapping up his first trip to Washington since winning Tuesday's election. He's been meeting with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
    
When a reporter asked if he would ask Congress to ban Muslims, Trump said "Thank you everybody," and walked away.
    
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2:29 p.m.
    
More than 100 protesters are holding a sit-in outside Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue as the president-elect meets with Republican leaders a few blocks away on Capitol Hill.
    
The mostly student protesters are holding signs that say #stillwithher and Love Trumps Hate, a phrase that Hillary Clinton often used during her campaign against Trump.
    
The demonstrators sat on the sidewalk outside Trump's new hotel, chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "Stronger Together," a slogan of Clinton's campaign.
    
Trump met earlier with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office near the hotel.
    
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2:15 p.m.
    
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he and President-elect Donald Trump had a "fantastic, productive meeting" at the Capitol.
    
Trump called the meeting "an honor." He added that, "I think we're going to do some absolutely spectacular things for the American people."
    
Trump may have signaled early agenda items where the Republicans agree. He said: "We can't get started fast enough, whether it's health care or immigration."
    
Ryan then took Trump, Melania Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence out onto his balcony overlooking the Mall. Ryan pointed to where the inaugural platform being is built. That's where Trump will be sworn in.
    
Trump at one point gestured toward the tower of his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol.
    
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2:10 p.m.
    
First lady Michelle Obama and incoming first lady Melania Trump have spoken about the challenges of raising children in the White House.
    
Mrs. Trump's 10-year-old son Barron Trump will become a teenager during President-elect Donald Trump's first term. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that's "a rather unique childhood."
    
He pointed out that Mrs. Obama and President Barack Obama also had the experience of raising children in the White House.
    
Earnest said Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Trump spoke about the experience of being a good parent under those unique circumstances. He said the two women then walked to the Oval Office to visit with the president and the president-elect.
    
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2:05 p.m.
    
Federal officials have imposed temporary flight restrictions over Vice President-elect Mike Pence's current home at the Indiana governor's residence.
    
A Federal Aviation Administration notice dated Wednesday prohibits most aircraft from flying below 1,500 feet within a one-mile radius of the governor's residence in Indianapolis. It says military aircraft supporting the Secret Service are exempt, along with police and emergency aircraft.
    
The FAA generally issues temporary restrictions when there's a special event or hazardous condition. Similar limits have been issued for around Trump Tower in New York City.
    
The notice says the Indianapolis air space restrictions are needed because of "VIP movement." They expire Jan. 21, the day after Pence becomes vice president.
    
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1:50 p.m.
    
Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana, says she voted for her ex. She says he'll "make big changes" in the United States.
    
Ivana Trump offered the comment when reached by phone by her fourth husband, Rossano Rubicondi, while he appeared on an Italian TV talk show.
    
Ivana Trump is the mother of the president-elect's three oldest children. She married Rubicondi in 2008 and legally separated from him later that year.
    
According to a news release from the "Maurizio Costanzo Show," Ivana Trump said: "Naturally I voted for Donald. He's a businessman who will make big changes."
    
The show is scheduled to air Sunday.
    
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1:10 p.m.
    
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, her former House colleague.
    
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that Pelosi congratulated Pence on his win in their conversation Thursday.
    
Hammill said: "The two agreed on the need to find common ground and that they would meet in person in the weeks ahead."
    
Pence served in the House of Representatives before becoming governor of Indiana.
    
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1 p.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump has left the White House after his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
    
Trump says it was the first time the two had ever met. For almost 90 minutes, they discussed the coming changeover of government. Trump said they had planned to meet for a much shorter period of time.
    
While in Washington, Trump also plans to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    
As Trump and Obama met in the Oval Office, first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Trump's wife, Melania, to the White House residence.
    
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12:50 p.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump says he's looking forward to benefiting from President Barack Obama's "counsel" in the future.
    
Trump was speaking at the end of his meeting Thursday with Obama in the Oval Office. He's suggesting he may turn to Obama for advice on governing.
    
Trump said he looks forward to being with Obama "many, many more times." He said they discussed a host of topics.
    
Trump said that Obama explained "some of the difficulties" but also "some of the really great things that have been achieved."
    
Trump is noting that the meeting was expected to be short, but lasted almost 90 minutes. He said as far as he's concerned, it could have gone on much longer.
    
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12:45 p.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump says he "very much looks forward" to dealing with President Barack Obama in the future.
    
Trump was meeting with Obama Thursday in the Oval Office. He called the meeting a "great honor."
    
Trump noted that he and Obama haven't met each other before. Their meeting lasted well over an hour.
    
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12:40 p.m.
    
President Barack Obama has met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House. Obama said that they had an "excellent" and "wide-ranging" conversation.
    
Obama met with Trump in the Oval Office for more than an hour to discuss the transition of power.
    
Obama said he was encouraged by Trump's wanting to work with his team on issues facing the country. He said it's important for all "to now come together."
    
Later, Trump will go to Capitol Hill to talk with congressional leaders about the Republicans' legislative agenda for next year.
    
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12:30 p.m.
    
The Indiana governor's office says Vice President-elect Mike Pence will complete his term in the state's top office.
    
Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks said Thursday that Pence will remain in office until his term ends Jan. 9. Pence will become vice president when President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20.
    
Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb won election Tuesday to succeed Pence. Holcomb on Wednesday left open the possibility of an early gubernatorial transition by saying that decision was up to Pence.
    
Pence was elected governor in 2012 after 12 years in Congress.
    
A rally to welcome Pence back to the state is set for Thursday evening on the grounds of Indianapolis International Airport.
    
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12:15 p.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with President Barack Obama has now lasted more than an hour.
    
The two were still meeting Thursday in the Oval Office as of noon. Reporters gathered by White House aides to witness the end of the meeting were waiting just outside the Oval Office, along the Rose Garden.
    
It's unclear whether Obama and Trump will make substantive comments or just exchange pleasantries when reporters and photographers are allowed in briefly for the end of the meeting.
    
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11:50 a.m.
    
President-elect Donald Trump has refused to let journalists travel with him to cover his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
    
The move broke from protocol intended to ensure that the public has a watchful eye on the nation's leader.
    
Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without the so-called "pool" of reporters, photographers and television cameras that travel with presidents and presidents-elect.
    
Trump's meeting with Obama on Thursday was due to be reported by the pool of White House journalists who cover the president.
    
News organizations had tried for weeks to coordinate a pool of journalists who could travel with Trump immediately after Election Day if he won the election. But his campaign did not cooperate and his senior advisers refused Wednesday to discuss any such arrangements.
    
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11:40 a.m.
    
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is taking a walk around the South Lawn driveway with President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
    
The two are walking together while Trump and President Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office. A handful of other Trump aides trailed behind Kushner and McDonough.
    
Kushner is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and was one of his closest advisers during the campaign.
    
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