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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
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....

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez on Sunday pledged to bring together a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 race
ATLANTA (AP) -- Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election....

A report about the potential consequences of repealing the nation's health care law warns federal spending cuts probably would threaten many people with coverage loss.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage....

When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people....

The White House is dodging questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should consider withdrawing from the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is dodging questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should consider withdrawing from the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election....

President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare, administration officials say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare....

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and in favor of private prisons could usher in a reversal of that trend
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend....

The White House says President Donald Trump will spend the night of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner "focused on what he can to do to help better America."
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says that when President Donald Trump skips the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, expect him to spend that Saturday night in April "focused on what he can to do to help better America."...

As Republicans try to replace the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

A Republican state lawmaker wants to remove the names of Arkansas' most famous Democrats from Little Rock's airport
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, a Republican state lawmaker is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats - Bill and Hillary Clinton - from Little Rock's airport....

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President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare, administration officials say

The White House is dodging questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should consider withdrawing from the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and in favor of private prisons could usher in a reversal of that trend

A report about the potential consequences of repealing the nation's health care law warns federal spending cuts probably would threaten many people with coverage loss.

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez on Sunday pledged to bring together a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 race

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian must walk a tightrope this year: submitting to deeply unpopular measures New Jersey insists on to improve the city's finances, while answering to voters who are chafing under those measures

Former President Barack Obama has congratulated Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party and commended his decision to ask runner-up Keith Ellison to be his deputy

National Democrats will elect a new chair looking to steady the reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to President Donald Trump, and it's gotten a lot of attention for an internal party battle

Vice President Mike Pence says the United States has what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems