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AP Top Political News at 7:47 p.m. EDT

5 GOP senators now oppose health bill _ enough to sink it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard....

APNewsBreak: Military heads want transgender enlistment hold
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday....

Senators ask military to clarify US role in Yemen torture
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressure mounted on the U.S. Defense Department Friday after multiple U.S. senators called for investigations into reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen....

New White House chief usher moves from Trump hotel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Melania Trump is appointing the director of rooms at the Trump Organization's Washington hotel to be the new White House chief usher, the latest example of intermingling between Donald Trump's presidency and his business world....

Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community....

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze....

Health care poses a test of Trump's work with the Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience - and it's showed....

Judge fines Kobach over document he took to Trump meeting
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was fined $1,000 on Friday by a federal magistrate judge for "patently misleading representations" he made to the court about the contents of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump....

Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump suggested he was just trying to keep fired FBI Director James Comey honest with his cryptic tweet implying there might be recordings of their private conversations....

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face day of reckoning in court
PHOENIX (AP) -- The political career of Joe Arpaio ended last year when the six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for cracking down on illegal immigration and housing inmates in tents outside in the desert heat was trounced in an election that focused on his own legal troubles....

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