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A new poll finds that Americans across the political spectrum put health care reform at the top of the nation's priorities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400....

The Supreme Court is raising doubts about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups....

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has put on his judge's robes again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Merrick Garland, the judge nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, made his return to the courtroom on Wednesday to hear cases as a federal appeals court judge, not a Supreme Court justice....

In the final minutes of his final presidential news conference, Barack Obama had a word of reassurance for all: We're going to be OK. He insisted he's not just tossing out reassuring platitudes about the nation's future
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "We're going to be OK."...

President Barack Obama says daughters do not intend to pursue a future in politics _ thanks to the influence of his wife, Michelle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Barack Obama (all times EST):...

Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces....

A Republican lawmaker's plan to penalize Arizona colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies has died even before a committee hearing
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona lawmaker's proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation....

A Las Vegas hotel has stopped selling a famous fashion designer's products following a hubbub over whether he would dress President-elect Donald Trump's wife, Melania
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA is publishing for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information on Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two days before Donald Trump takes office, the CIA on Wednesday published for the first time its guidelines for how it collects, stores, searches and shares information about Americans. New rules put limits on those who can search it and require they give a reason....

Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells The Associated Press that he opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, the transgender former soldier who was convicted of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq....

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells The Associated Press that he opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, the transgender former soldier who was convicted of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information

Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements

Barack Obama's final TV news conference addressed the usual wide variety of questions called out by a crush of reporters crammed in for the occasion. But at times he seemed to be talking to an audience of one: Donald Trump.

A congressman from Florida remains hospitalized one week after being wheeled from the Capitol in a stretcher

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss foreign policy

North Dakota's multimillionaire Republican Gov. Doug Burgum wants to pay for additions such as heated garage floor to a new $5 million governor's mansion, but GOP leaders say no.

In Georgia, two entrepreneurs _ one white, female and rural, the other black, male and urban _ share confidence that Trump will be good for business, but they don't agree on much else

In Lancaster County, Nebraska, one of the nation's most evenly divided counties, Republican and Democratic neighbors politely balance optimism, pessimism and criticism of each other as Trump launches his presidency

Two neighboring Pennsylvania counties, one struggling and one wealthy, view Trump's impending presidency in sharply different ways: 'Give the guy a year,' says an out-of-work Trump enthusiast, while a stay-at-home mom calls his actions 'scary to me.'


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