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AP Top Political News at 1:20 a.m. EST

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing....

Trump plans for Scottish resort spark new conflicts concern
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump has vowed his company will do "no new foreign deals" while he is president. But he's left "new" and "deals" open to interpretation....

AP Source: Trump picks former Ga. Gov. Perdue to lead USDA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced....

Inaugural crowds sure to be huge _ but how huge?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president....

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care
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....

Mideast expects big changes under Trump
CAIRO (AP) -- Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could land like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances....

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV....

Obama praised for bridging gap between hip-hop, politics
ATLANTA (AP) -- Not only is President Barack Obama the nation's first black president, but it's safe to say he has been America's first hip-hop commander-in-chief....

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks
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 returns to bench as judge, not justice
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....