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Poll: Medicare should pay for long-term care

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as ...

Senate promotes Trump pick for appeals court judge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday filled the first federal appeals court vacancy in more than a year, promoting a trial court judge who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky was confirmed for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

COPIES OF PRESIDENT Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget are laid out ready for distribution Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Budget shows Trump has yet to figure out Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, snubbed by some Republican allies, is just the latest example of an administration that seems at times clueless or indifferent toward Congress. Since becoming president, Trump has at times wrapped congressional Republicans ...

AP Fact Check: On no Medicaid cuts in Trump budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump’s budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: “There are no Medicaid cuts in the ...

Protesters too easy to bait

“Rising to the bait” is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone’s dinner plate. Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an ...

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo billions of dollars in federal payments. At the federal courthouse, the administration and ...

Texas spider case shows overreach of government

A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government s ...

Talk of NAFTA rewrite gives farmers jitters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But many farmers are nervous about another plank in Trump’s agenda: His ...

Single-payer system could go through Medicare Part C

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin was wrong, wrong, wrong when he said that “America is threatened with a stage 3 cancer of socialism, and Obamacare is Exhibit 1.” Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from ...

Ailes’ political legacy: GOP control in divided America

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not. In the wake of the Fox News Channel founder’s death Thursday at 77, leaders in both parties said his TV network’s influence in shaping American politics cannot be ...

More premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance — but why, and who’s to blame? President Donald Trump has seized on early market rumbles as validation of his claim ...

Fact check: Haley remark on Western Wall in Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador, waded into a diplomatic minefield by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from U.S. policy. The longstanding U.S. stance is the site is in Jerusalem, full stop. That distinction — ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump personally appealed to then-FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes, disclosed late Tuesday, that Comey wrote after the meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP: Trump disclosure a breach of trust, if not law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump didn’t appear to break any law by sharing highly classified information with Russia, but that doesn’t make it any less problematic for America’s intelligence agencies and their overseas partners. Even as Trump’s national security adviser ...

President Trump, please stop the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, accompanied by GOP House members, cheer for Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., after the House pushed through a health care bill, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Members of Congress looking to rewrite former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act have a unique perspective, since many of them are signed up for the health care it created. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Explains: How lawmakers get health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain, a former Navy pilot who at 80 has had several health setbacks, gets his coverage from the Department of Veterans Affairs. House leaders, like Speaker Paul Ryan, get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as do many members of ...

DAVID KNEZEK

‘To My Friend, John’

Editor’s note: This is a letter written by state Sen. David Knezek to John Kivela on Tuesday, only hours after learning that his friend and roommate had died. Originally posted on social media, it is reprinted here with his permission. To My Friend, John: Who would have thought the Mayor ...

THEN-FBI DIRECTOR James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing May 3. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Things to know about Trump’s firing of Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Things to know about President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director: THE BIG WHY Theories abound about why Trump fired Comey — and why now. Trump said he fired the FBI director because he “wasn’t doing a good job” and on the recommendation of ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Caribbean property sale revives ethics concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States? President Donald Trump’s corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing ...

A MOTORCADE SUV vehicle transporting President Donald Trump leaves the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Fact check: White House on Trump’s travel costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says staying at his central New Jersey home causes less disruption than if he had spent the weekend at Trump Tower in New York, and saves taxpayers money. But does it? On Friday the president tweeted, “Rather than causing a big disruption in ...

AP Fact Check: Squishy claims on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — They promised you a rose garden, from the Rose Garden. This past week, President Donald Trump and Republicans legislators celebrated passage of a House bill seeking to replace the Affordable Care Act. At a White House event, they heaped praise on their effort and ...