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Survey: Fraud-free elections, free speech, key to democracy
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A survey of U.S. political science professors a month into Donald Trump's presidency shows that fraud-free elections tops a list of 19 principles as most essential to democracy, as do free speech and a free press....

In Trump's first speech to Congress, will decorum hold?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his overdrawn apocalypse
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In President Donald Trump's estimation, the U.S. border isn't merely porous, it's "wide open." Darkness and danger are everywhere, even Sweden. American infrastructure isn't just in need of improvement but it's in "total disrepair and decay." The health law is not only flawed, but it's an "absolute and total catastrophe."...

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....

The Latest: Democrats need to dust off party voting rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local):...

Gorsuch sympathizes with workers, often sides with bosses
The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won't extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for discrimination based on disability....

Notable workers' rights cases heard by Neil Gorsuch
President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has heard dozens of workers' rights cases on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Many conservatives hail Neil Gorsuch for sticking to the letter of the law and not letting personal views influence his rulings. Detractors note that he has, more often than not, sided with employers....

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights....

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....

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