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Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources - just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed....

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents....

AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States....

Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people 'very few'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few....

Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days - the middle of political tumult....

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing
News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday....

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border....

Best tactic for some governors is to avoid mention of Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states....

AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters
ATLANTA (AP) -- National Democrats will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to Republican President Donald Trump....