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AP Top Political News at 3:15 p.m. EST

End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues....

VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants
JERUSALEM (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed."...

Schumer's 'cave'? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he's becoming the face of the Democratic retreat....

The Latest: Trump's trip to Davos meeting appears to be on
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):...

Trump, US delegation now likely to attend Davos meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is likely a go....

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured - one of America's lowest rates....

Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans....

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism....

White House says Trump focused on minimizing shutdown harm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on minimizing the harm Democrats are causing through the government shutdown....

Supreme Court sides with police over partygoers in wild bash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court sided Monday with police over partygoers in a dispute about arrests at a 2008 bash at a vacant home that had been turned into a makeshift strip club....

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., heads to the chamber with fellow Democrats for a procedural vote aimed at reopening the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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