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Republicans are finding themselves squeezed between a polarizing president and the hundreds of angry voters shouting them down at raucous town halls
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- When hundreds of angry constituents chanted "no wall" at his Iowa town hall, Republican Rep. David Young agreed it wasn't necessary. When they demanded that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, the second-term congressman called it a "no-brainer." And, when they yelled at the mention of White House adviser Steve Bannon's name, Young quickly replied: "I don't know much about him."...

Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by electing a new chairman in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories....

Democrats are inviting immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies....

President Donald Trump is saying one thing about anonymous sources and the press while the White House is doing something else
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources - just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed....

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm have found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States....

The White House says its chief of staff didn't do anything wrong in seeking the FBI's help in rebutting a news report
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents....

FBI Director James Comey is finding himself on the spot and in the middle of yet another political fray
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days - the middle of political tumult....

A draft of a bill to replace what's known as "Obamacare" would scrap fines on people who don't have health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners....

President Donald Trump is trying to minimize the impact of replacing his predecessor's health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few....

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome....

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FBI Director James Comey is finding himself on the spot and in the middle of yet another political fray

The White House says its chief of staff didn't do anything wrong in seeking the FBI's help in rebutting a news report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is delaying a proposal to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts in Congress have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump's early actions

A draft of a bill to replace what's known as "Obamacare" would scrap fines on people who don't have health insurance

Democrats are inviting immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies

National Democrats will elect a new chair looking to steady the reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to President Donald Trump, and it's gotten a lot of attention for an internal party battle

Vice President Mike Pence says the United States has what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems

Democrats are out of power, and party leaders agree that a key to coming back is harnessing the opposition movement that has flourished since President Donald Trump took office


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