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Top members of the Senate intelligence committee are promising to steer clear of politics as they open a hearing on Russian interference in America's presidential election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says....

The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents....

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year _ the highest total in more than two decades
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year - the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday....

Casino billionaire Phil Ruffin is visiting his friend, President Donald Trump, at a time when Trump likely needs support after a rough couple of weeks in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump....

Geographic and physical challenges will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Geographic and physical challenges - including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife - will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday....

As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the conflict....

Since the Republican health care bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, the president has sent conflicting signals about trying again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care....

Defying President Trump on the GOP's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare sounds like political suicide, especially in the congressional districts Trump won handily
BUCKNER, Kentucky (AP) -- One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."...

After weeks of resisting a formal role in her father's White House, Ivanka Trump says she'll become a federal employee, although she won't be paid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- She has a West Wing office, facetime with world leaders and unrivaled access to the president. And as Ivanka Trump's White House role grows, so does the backlash....

President Donald Trump and House Republicans say they're still looking to revive their shattered health care overhaul effort
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different....

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After weeks of resisting a formal role in her father's White House, Ivanka Trump says she'll become a federal employee, although she won't be paid

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Since the Republican health care bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, the president has sent conflicting signals about trying again

Top members of the Senate intelligence committee are promising to steer clear of politics as they open a hearing on Russian interference in America's presidential election

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year _ the highest total in more than two decades

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on health care reform was conducted by NORC on March 23-27

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison says Democrats need to prepare for an ongoing fight against Republicans at all levels of government, not just the White House

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss says he's running for Illinois governor in 2018

How the GenForward poll of young Americans was conducted