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Democrats elect Perez national chairman
ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump....

The Latest: Obama congratulates Perez as new DNC leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local):...

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."...

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

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."...

Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner - sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes....

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....

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award....

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....

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