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AP Top Political News at 3:44 p.m. EDT

Trump's tweets cooling _ and the impact is fading a bit
NEW YORK (AP) -- They are the 140-character bursts that helped define the first 100 days of the Trump presidency....

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."...

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year....

US seeks tough NKorea action, but China shows no inclination
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States and China offered starkly different strategies Friday for addressing North Korea's escalating nuclear threat as President Donald Trump's top diplomat demanded full enforcement of economic sanctions on Pyongyang and urged new penalties. Stepping back from suggestions of U.S. military action, he even offered aid to North Korea if it ends its nuclear weapons program....

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a blow to environmental groups, a federal appeals court agreed on Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits that challenge Obama-era limits on carbon emissions....

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns....

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans....

Trump, Congress and 100 days: Lofty goals hit reality
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office....

Justice Dept. names new acting national security leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has named a new acting head of its national security division, which is responsible for overseeing an investigation into potential ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump....

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says his administration shouldn't be held responsible for the vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, laying the blame instead at the feet of his predecessor....

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In this March 6, 2017 image, a posting from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, @POTUS. They are the 140-character bursts that have helped define the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. But they seem to be losing some of their impact.President Donald Trumpís traction on his medium choice has slipped, as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled. (AP Photo) AP Photo/Uncredited

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