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At town halls, GOP caught between Trump, angry voters
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- When hundreds of angry constituents chanted "no wall" at his Iowa town hall, Republican Rep. David Young agreed it wasn't necessary. When they demanded that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, the second-term congressman called it a "no-brainer." And, when they yelled at the mention of White House adviser Steve Bannon's name, Young quickly replied: "I don't know much about him."...

As party rebuilds, Democrats seek a new DNC leader
ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories....

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies....

Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources - just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed....

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States....

White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents....

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days - the middle of political tumult....

GOP proposal aims to end insurance mandate in 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people 'very few'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few....

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome....

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