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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Report: States face fallout if ACA repealed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 ...

Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked ...

Fact check on Trump’s case he ‘inherited a mess’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of ...

Trump taps billionaire to head review of intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on “illegal leaks” of classified information. Trump told reporters that Stephen ...

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump’s White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked ...

AP fact check: Trump shaky on autism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research. Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such ...

Some walls do work

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Russia cloud over Trump not likely to fade with Flynn exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia are hardly going to disappear with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigations are underway, and more are likely by the new administration and on Capitol Hill. U.S. agencies, including ...

AP fact check: How did Trump statements for week measure up?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of sound and fury from President Donald Trump, the commander in tweets. A look at how some of his statements fit with the facts: TRUMP made an unsupported assertion Feb. 4 that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported: “All over Europe it’s ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outside the West Wing of the White House on Friday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mexico gets Trump’s trade ire, Japan and Germany a pass

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump rages about unfair trading practices, he usually directs his ire at China and Mexico. By comparison, Japan and Germany get off easy. The focus on China is understandable: The U.S. trade deficit in goods with China ($347 billion last year) is ...

Q&A: Duke University expert Cox on SEC future under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump has named Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney who worked on mergers and IPOs, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week Trump ordered a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, which reshaped regulation of the banking industry after the financial ...

Flynn now not ‘certain’ on sanctions talk with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser addressed U.S. sanctions against Russia in his conversations with the country’s ambassador while President Barack Obama was still in office, a new report said, contradicting previous claims that the issue was not ...