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Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked....

The Latest: DHS sec'y 'wouldn't criticize' Russia channels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on developments involving possible connections between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign (all times local):...

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States....

Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is considering overhauling his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists, frustrated by what he views as his team's inability to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election....

Dems try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority
ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight - for majority control of the House....

Minority advocates say Trump's budget will hurt their causes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Advocates for minority communities say President Donald Trump's proposed budget answers the question he famously posed to black Americans during his campaign: "What the hell do you have to lose?"...

Newly insured fret over gains made under US health care law
Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections....

'Mad Dog' Mattis sleeps well, keeps others awake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Watch out for the "Mad Dog" when the sun goes down....

Once an unlikely candidate, Iowa's governor embraces new job
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- As a onetime county office worker in rural Iowa, Republican Kim Reynolds insists she never saw herself running for office, much less serving as governor....

New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former speaker of sex assault
CHICAGO (AP) -- An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case....

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