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A survey of children ages 13 to 17 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds teens are almost as politically polarized and pessimistic about the nation's divisions as their parents
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense....

A new strategy designed to meet President Donald Trump's demand for a more aggressive campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops, even as the current U.S. approach in Iraq appears to be working and will require fewer changes....

The White House is planning to propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year....

President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday offers him an opportunity to stand before millions of viewers around the United States and the world, and try to reframe his presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum....

Congress is facing tough 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....

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest news on President Donald Trump (all times local):...

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the VA's hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll teens and politics was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on teens and politics was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31, 2016. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 790 teenagers whose parents are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel....

President Donald Trump makes his points with dramatic overstatements
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."...

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....

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President Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday offers him an opportunity to stand before millions of viewers around the United States and the world, and try to reframe his presidency

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is headed toward confirmation as Commerce secretary in President Donald Trump's Cabinet

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the VA's hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to The Associated Press

Republican efforts to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenues could eliminate some very popular tax breaks

Congress is facing tough decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency

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.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll teens and politics was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31

A survey of children ages 13 to 17 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds teens are almost as politically polarized and pessimistic about the nation's divisions as their parents

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


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