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White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump's initial budget wouldn't dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion....

George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush said Monday "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and didn't rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation....

AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense....

New anti-IS strategy may mean deeper US involvement in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops, even as the current U.S. approach in Iraq appears to be working and will require fewer changes....

The Latest: Trump wants to restore states' powers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):...

Trump's speech could be marked by disruption or decorum
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum....

Health care, Supreme Court on agenda as Congress returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency....

Supreme Court to hear appeal from Georgia death row inmate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear an appeal from a Georgia death row inmate who says lower courts failed to look at lengthy, detailed rulings in his case when turning away a challenge to his sentence....

Supreme Court upholds disclosure requirement for issue ads
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that forces groups to say who is paying for issue advertising directed at candidates in an approaching election....

AP: VA data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

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