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White House says Trump won't immediately pull out of NAFTA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that....

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills....

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals - outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules....

Trump team softens war talk, vows other pressure on NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration told lawmakers Wednesday it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, as an extraordinary White House briefing served to tamp down talk of military action against an unpredictable and increasingly dangerous U.S. adversary....

Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities....

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump errs on the court system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump misstated how the federal court system works in a trio of tweets Wednesday about a judge who blocked his order to penalize cities that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. It was the third time in two months that a federal judge has knocked down a Trump order dealing with immigration....

Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam....

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions....

Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs....