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McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic opposition....

US official: Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April, a senior State Department official said Tuesday....

In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role....

Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans and the White House sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans insisted on Tuesday they were not ready to give up on their years-long quest....

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his past business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort....

Lawyer says Trump administration moved to squelch testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawyer for former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in letters last week that the Trump administration was trying to limit her testimony at congressional hearings focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The hearing was later canceled by the House intelligence committee chairman....

Sean Spicer tells reporter to 'stop shaking your head'
NEW YORK (AP) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter to "stop shaking your head" during an exchange at his daily press briefing Tuesday....

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It's not
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed....

Trump tosses Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs....

Advocates of homeless vets fear Trump budget could hurt them
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is up for elimination under President Donald Trump's proposed budget, nonprofits and local officials say....

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