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Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes....

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different....

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care....

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents....

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Geographic and physical challenges - including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife - will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday....

David Friedman sworn in as Trump's ambassador to Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump gained his first ambassador Wednesday when attorney David Friedman was sworn in as America's envoy to Israel....

Census suggests counting LGBT, then "corrects," deletes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since "corrected" the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign that President Donald Trump was reneging on a campaign promise to protect them....

Trump's top health official gets bipartisan grilling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs....

House approves bill to force public release of EPA science
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are taking aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, targeting the way officials use science to develop new regulations....

Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts....

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