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Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."...

Trio of military men gain growing influence with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with....

White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims, and gets, undue credit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is giving himself too much credit for sending criminal foreigners out of the country and saving money on fighter planes. He's getting too much credit from one of the few women with a top White House job for elevating women in the administration....

Pew: Hispanics split on issues before Trump inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half of Hispanic immigrants who were neither born in the United States nor have a permanent resident card said they were concerned about their place in the United States, even before the Trump administration made clear its intentions to aggressively crack down on illegal immigration, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday....

The Latest: Pence says conservative have a rare opportunity
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local):...

Conservatives urged not to 'squander' Trump presidency
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's top aides on Thursday delivered one overriding message to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don't blow it....

Texas Republican criticizes explicit signs at women's march
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Texas Republican said Thursday he was deeply disturbed by explicit signs at the Women's March on Washington last month while acknowledging that President Donald Trump's vulgar and sexually predatory comments about women triggered the display....

Giffords to lawmakers: 'Have some courage' and meet voters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt, urged members of Congress to "have some courage" and face their constituents....

A look at the legal path ahead for the Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold....

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks during a joint statement to the press by U.S. and Mexican officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a Thursday meeting between Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

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