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McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now comes his next challenge - persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP....

Ending guessing game, Trump admits there are no Comey tapes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy, President Donald Trump declared he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey,...

Qatar faced with punitive list of demands by Arab neighbors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood....

The Latest: Medical groups find fault with Senate plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate Republicans' health care bill (all times local):...

Analysis: McConnell stakes it all on health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pass or fail, there will be one man singularly responsible for the fate of health care legislation in the Senate: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell....

Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries....

The Latest: Trump says Comey-Mueller friendship 'bothersome'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's claim that there are no recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey (all times EDT):...

Trump and Saudi king rely on 30-something son, son-in-law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Half a world apart, in a theocratic monarchy and a democracy, a king and a president are relying on their 30-something son and son-in-law to help consolidate power and push their policies....

What's next on health care draft in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal - repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama's 7-year-old law....

Qatar faced with punitive list of demands by Arab neighbors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood....

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