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Trump to unveil 'America First' national security strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated the United States' foreign policy since the Cold War....

Trump says he isn't considering firing Mueller over emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but that didn't stop him from adding to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller's acquisition of thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the mirage of overseas profits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump speaks often of a pile of money sitting overseas that will come rushing back into the U.S. once his tax plan is in place. That's something of a mirage....

Report: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned....

Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, the general counsel for Trump's transition organization said....

New Supreme Court cookbook dishes up history, recipes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At Christmastime, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor would send her colleagues gift-wrapped packages of homemade beef jerky from her family's cattle ranch in Arizona. Her colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg pronounced it "very spicy."...

Jones: Trump shouldn't resign over misconduct allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones says he doesn't think President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, echoing the White House's position that voters have already spoken on the issue....

McCain goes to Arizona for Christmas, will miss tax vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain has returned to Arizona to celebrate Christmas with his family and will miss the vote on the GOP tax bill....

Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over....

Why GOP tax plan could mean cuts in state and local services
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services....

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