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AP Top Political News at 9:11 a.m. EDT

Trump: Drug czar nominee, Rep. Marino, withdrawing his name
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Rom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distribution opioids....

Look who's talking: It's President Donald Trump - again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again....

Trump returns favor by campaigning for an early supporter
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump waded back into Southern politics Monday, showering praise on one of his earliest supporters, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster....

Florida candidate: Aliens took me aboard their ship at age 7
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida candidate for Congress said Monday she stands by her claims she was abducted to an alien spaceship at age 7 but that the incident shouldn't detract from what she's done here on Earth since then....

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication - the sheer age and health issues of some senators....

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea
TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails....

Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate....

Trump, McConnell make a show of unity, despite tensions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have reaffirmed their alliance of necessity in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends, now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often....

Trump's claim about predecessors, fallen troops disputed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters....

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years....

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