US election 2016: Trump settles scores in 'thank-you' event

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This was billed as the first stop on President-elect's Donald Trump's "thank you" tour of states he flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2016 election.

It ended up being more like an extended end-zone dance, an "in your face" primal scream at all his critics and naysayers.

He boasted about how he shattered Hillary Clinton's perceived strangle-hold on the Electoral College.

"That blue wall is busted up," he said. "I'll never forget it because it felt so good."

When he remarked about how much fun he had "fighting" his Democratic opponent, the crowd responded with "lock her up!" chants, just like old times.

Media captionWhat do Trump supporters want from their new president?

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US election 2016: Could recounts change result?

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Green Party candidate Jill Stein is attempting to engineer a recount of presidential ballots in three "Rust Belt" states won by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Could this process reveal evidence of election fraud or even hand the presidency to Hillary Clinton? That seems highly unlikely.

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What can Trump learn from a wrestler and an action hero?

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In January Donald Trump will become the first person sworn in as US president without prior experience in elective office or at the highest levels of the military. While his accomplishment is unprecedented, two modern governors who used their fame as a springboard to public office could serve as guides - and cautionary tales.

Dean Barkley remembers what professional-wrestler-turned-politician Jesse Ventura said moments after learning that he had won his upstart independent bid to be governor of Minnesota in 1998.

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Can Donald Trump get what he wants?

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As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential oath of office, it's time for his campaign rhetoric to meet with the cold, hard reality of governing.

Mr Trump made a great many promises in his run for the presidency - some concrete, some vague and some contradictory. Part of the magic of his appeal was that his various supporters seemed to focus on the ideas with which they agreed and ignore the ones that they didn't like.

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US Election 2016 Results: A Democratic Party in disarray

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The weather matched the mood of the Democratic faithful in New York the day after the electoral disaster - gloomy and grey.

As Hillary Clinton loyalists queued in the drizzle outside the downtown hotel where their candidate would formally concede the presidential election, they tried to wrap their heads around what had just happened to them and their party.

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US Election 2016 Results: Five reasons Donald Trump won

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Donald Trump has defied all expectations from the very start of his presidential campaign more than a year ago.

Very few people thought he would actually run, then he did. They thought he wouldn't climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn't win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn't win the Republican nomination, then he did.

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US election 2016: Five things to watch in results

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At this point, most people know the big electoral prizes at stake on Tuesday night.

Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania are going to attract the lion's share of attention, as they have in the past few elections - and their disposition certainly will be pivotal in determining the identity of the next US president.

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US election: Will celebrity support help Clinton?

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The political rally-concert hybrid is a strange beast.

It creates unusual moments like Cuyahoga County Commissioner Armond Budish, a pudgy 63-year-old white man, telling a packed arena in downtown Cleveland that he is not, in fact, hip-hop star Jay Z.

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Hillary Clinton emails: How FBI verdict affects US election

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It was much ado about nothing, but it certainly amounted to something.

While FBI Director James Comey, in effect, said "never mind" with regards to Hillary Clinton's emails, for the past two weeks the story has dominated the political conversation, and Democrats have paid a price.

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US election: Is Trump or Clinton going to win?

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On the eve of the presidential election, Hillary Clinton appears to be opening up some daylight between her and Donald Trump in the final round of national opinion surveys.

This shouldn't come as a total surprise, since a glance at the past six months of polls show that every time it looks like Mr Trump is going to surpass his Democratic opponent in the standings, the trend reverses itself.

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