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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, center, joins Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, to speak with reporters Tuesday about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a complicated path to turn their 123-page proposal from legislation to ...

President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One as he returns Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. after a weekend at Mar-a-Largo, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

An angry weekend follows on heels of frustrations for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed — again. Trump’s frustration appeared to ...

GOP grapples with shift from opposition party to governing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican ranks in Congress are thick with hard-right lawmakers elected to thwart former President Barack Obama and light on nuts-and-bolts legislators, especially those experienced in working with a GOP president. That could prove to be a formidable challenge as ...

Making the journey from hope to acceptance

As we travel the highways and byways of the constantly-changing journeys of our physical and psychological lives, we encounter multitudes of roadblocks, detours, and even landslides that alter our course. I have experienced this numerous in my life, and have spent countless hours worrying and ...

Poll: Divided Americans fret country losing identity

NEW YORK (AP) — Add one more to the list of things dividing this country: We can’t even agree what it means to be an American. A new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Republicans are far more likely to cite a culture grounded in Christian ...

Sessions story takes different shape on different news outlets

NEW YORK (AP) — Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ two meetings with Russia’s U.S. ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today’s media world. The story moved with lightning speed Thursday across the media ecosphere, from ...

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, center, joins Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and other Trump Cabinet members before President Donald Trump's address Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Questions and answers as Sessions defends his remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after revelations Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly ...

Fact Check: Black colleges not school choice pioneers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising the country’s historically black colleges and universities as pioneers on school choice. She said in a speech Monday that African-Americans “took it upon themselves to provide the solution” when they were blocked from ...

Will he or won’t he? Trump’s mixed method on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump surprised congressional leaders when he suddenly suggested he was open to broad immigration reform. But while there is appetite on Capitol Hill for legislation, there is also skepticism, and the president’s hard-line rhetoric over the past two years ...

Fact Check: Trump takes credit he hasn’t earned

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday night about corporate job expansion and military cost-savings that actually took root under his predecessor and gave a one-sided account of the costs and benefits to the economy from immigration — ignoring the upside. A look at some ...

Working toward better relations with the press

Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam war rally I ...

Poll: US teens disillusioned, pessimistic about politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the days after President Donald Trump’s election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense. It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may alter America’s political ...

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad ...

Report: States face fallout if ACA repealed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act ...

What has happened to conservative optimism?

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action ...

Mnuchin: Goal is to pass tax reform by August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted President Donald Trump’s economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, right, speaks with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., after Trump announced McMaster as the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump’s security adviser pick has independent mind

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers ...

Rise in premiums lays bare two Americas on health care

WASHINGTON — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own ...

A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON — To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media. Regarding ...

Trump tries to get on to legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate ...