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War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One shirt, one pair of pants....

Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system?...

Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries....

Possible effects of gerrymandering seen in uncontested races
When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents....

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden....

Now in Washington, Melania Trump still no social butterfly
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly....

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and missions unaccomplished
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they're not....

Clue to Gorsuch's ideology seen in pairings with Thomas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To see where Justice Neil Gorsuch might fit on the Supreme Court, watch the company he keeps....

Mueller and Comey not as close as Trump and others suggest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and his associates are trying to draw attention to the relationship between special counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey. It appears that Trump's description of the two as "very, very good friends" isn't rooted in reality....

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War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship'

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Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code

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Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP

Democracy with no choices: Many candidates run unopposed

Obama to return to campaign trail to stump for Northam