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House votes overwhelmingly to back NATO mutual defense pact
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming the U.S. commitment to NATO's mutual defense pact....

Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders shelved a vote on their prized health care bill Tuesday until at least next month, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debate....

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing -or not yet supporting - legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing....

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years....

Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country....

Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question Tuesday as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad?...

Wisconsin senator's health care stance welcomed back home
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Conservatives and liberals in Wisconsin both see hope in Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's steadfast refusal to back the current version of the GOP Senate health care bill....

Trump holds first talks with Ireland's new prime minister
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with Ireland's new prime minister, Leo Varadkar....

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach....

US to Syria: 'Heavy price' awaits any chemical weapons use
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay "a heavy price" if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack - warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants....

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