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AP Top Political News at 5:24 a.m. EDT

In NH and Iowa, Trump eyes 2020 re-election as midterms loom
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first visit to New Hampshire as president was soaked in nostalgia for his first campaign - and punctuated with subtle nods to his next one in 2020....

Senate committee launches effort to prevent election hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the 2018 primary season already underway, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee are launching an effort to protect U.S. elections from a repeat episode of foreign interference....

In Egypt election, el-Sissi imposes stability over democracy
CAIRO (AP) -- The sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has had two showcase campaign rallies in downtown Cairo. The first was a disaster. No one showed up except a few campaign workers....

On marathon US tour, crown prince seeks Saudi image makeover
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's young crown prince has an ambitious list of to-dos: modernize his conservative kingdom, weaken Iran's hand across the Mideast and, this week, rehabilitate his country's image in the eyes of Americans....

Supreme Court takes up challenge by crisis pregnancy centers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free speech fight over California's attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers....

First lady to hold first public event on cyberbullying
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady....

Border wall, Hudson River project hold up spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Battles over priorities in a huge government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, leaving a scaled-back plan for President Donald Trump's border wall and a huge rail project that pits Trump against Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrat as the top issues to be solved....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates pros of anti-opioid ideas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has laid out a new plan for tackling the deadly opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities across the nation. But some of the president's proposals have proven ineffective in the past....

GOP leaders have yet to move to protect special counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Republicans are telling President Donald Trump in ever blunter terms to lay off his escalating criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia probe. But party leaders are taking no action to protect Mueller, embracing a familiar strategy with the president - simply waiting out the storm....

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook "likes" can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of - and which Facebook may have enabled....