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Senate GOP unveils 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions....

No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy....

In Iowa, boisterous Trump turns back the clock to campaign
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- He railed against the "fake news" media. He urged the Senate to put more "heart" into its health care bill. And he mused about putting solar panels on a Mexican border well....

Tale of 2 Princes: Trump, Saudi king rely on 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 thirtysomething son and son-in-law to help consolidate power and push their policies....

Trump's bright idea: a solar wall at the US-Mexico border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump wants to add solar panels to his long-promised southern border wall - a plan he says would help pay for the wall's construction and add to its aesthetic appeal....

Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America....

How the Senate health bill compares to House, 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans will be uninsured....

Ryan backs Russia sanctions; Dems say GOP delaying for Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with new sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request....

Hosting congressional picnic, Trump calls for unity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is hosting his first congressional picnic and says he hopes a spirit of "unity" will soon develop in nation's capital....

Armed services chairman to seek $640 billion in DOD spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he'll push to increase defense spending by $37 billion more than the Trump administration proposed to pay for more troops and new weapons....

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