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A look at the senators crucial to health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans get their shot at crafting a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The version that narrowly passed the House on Thursday didn’t win over many in the Senate, where lawmakers insist they’ll come up with their own version. Majority Leader Mitch ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP acknowledges House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin in the White House Rose Garden in Washington after the House pushed through a health care bill Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A closer look at the House GOP’s health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation to roll back much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income ...

Trump limits IRS action over church political activity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring he was giving churches their “voices back,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for religious organizations — a move that fell short of a more sweeping order some supporters had ...

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY Perdue after an interview with The Associated Press at the Agriculture Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

New ag leader supports renegotiating trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what ...

Dems shift financial debate to Trump empire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican drive to overhaul financial regulations Wednesday turned into a contentious debate over Democratic efforts to cast a spotlight on President Donald Trump’s business empire and his refusal to release his tax returns. House Republicans are working to undo ...

Getting together with family in Italy

This past April was my most recent visit to my family in northern Italy. During that time, as I was attending one of the many family gatherings and meals, I felt extremely moved. By that, I mean they noticed how quiet I had become and asked me why. I proceeded to explain to them that at that ...

Obama follows recent trend of cashing in

The headline in the March 5, 1929 edition of the Chicago Tribune read, “Plain Citizen Coolidge Shuts Desk and Quietly Goes Home.” Calvin Coolidge would write a newspaper column from Northampton, Massachusetts, for which he presumably was paid a pittance, but other than that he refused to ...

Deduction for mortgage interest unlikely to go away

WASHINGTON — Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group that will fund its ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP had a rally Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., on the 100th day of his presidency. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Past first 100 days, Trump faces further challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than three months in office without passing any major legislation, President Donald Trump faces a week that offers the possibility of averting a government shutdown and progress on health care. Trump has spent his first 100 days coming to terms with the slow ...

WH press dinner goes on absent glitter, Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States. With President ...

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LaFave: Transparency should be common sense

Meeting people’s expectations as a new state representative is extremely important, and that’s why I make sure to listen to what Upper Peninsula residents tell me and work toward those expectations. I’ve been able to follow through on one of those key issues already, joining my ...

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump’s tax plan could ...

Shutdown showdown in Washington — again

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all ...

GOP redefines Trump’s border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is “a bit of a metaphor as to border security,” in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a “quote, ...

FORMER DEPUTY ATTORNEY General Sally Yates, shown here in 2016, will testify May 8 at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee open hearing, the first opportunity for the public to hear Yates’ account of her role in the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Yates herself was fired in the early days of the Trump administration. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

No sign probes will end on Russia, Trump campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump has dismissed the story ...

Trump says 100-day milestone not ‘meaningful’

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He’s startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He’s endured the steady drip of ...

Fact Check: Misfires in Trump’s AP interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he’s achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that “contract” with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview ...

The ‘never mind’ president

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th ...

Battle looms for Trump on budget, health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. The symbolic 100-day ...

SUPPORTERS OF THEN-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign rally in October 2016 in Springfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Trump secrecy threatens ‘drain the swamp’ pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. One of the president’s closest aides, Steve Bannon, ...