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AP Top Political News at 9:55 a.m. EDT

Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress' nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama's law....

Trump attacks media in flurry of early morning tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is using the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to rail against media credibility....

Supreme Court orders new look at Colorado voucher program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is ordering the top Colorado state court to look again at a school voucher program that it had struck down as unconstitutional....

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other proponents of school voucher programs are praising a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said a Lutheran church was wrongly denied a state grant for its preschool playground. But opponents say the ruling is far from an endorsement of the use of public money for religious schools....

Supreme Court won't hear appeal over FBI abuse claims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from a U.S. citizen who tried to sue a group of FBI agents over claims they falsely imprisoned and tortured him for several months in Africa....

Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- The involvement of external powers in the Syrian war continued to accelerate Tuesday as President Bashar Assad's government and Russia dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack....

Justices to hear dispute over seizing Iran artifacts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack who want to seize museum pieces in U.S. collections to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran....

Justices to review New Jersey bid for legal sports betting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will take up New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks....

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock....

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are out to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor....