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AP Top Political News at 1:23 a.m. EDT

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform."...

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base....

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's hot air on hurricanes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump won't let go of the false claim that Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 5 hurricane. He also errs in citing praise from a Clinton-era official for the way he's responded to the island's plight....

Senators push for more online transparency in elections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections....

Plenty of bereaved military families did not hear from Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash....

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants....

Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Enraged and rattled by the political brawl over military mourning, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly returned this week to the one place he could go clear his head - Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, some of the saddest ground in America. There, amid the memorials to the recent war dead is Grave 9480, the final resting place of Kelly's son, Robert, a Marine killed in 2010 in Afghanistan....

Judge won't throw out ruling explaining Arpaio's conviction
PHOENIX (AP) -- The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case has refused the retired lawman's request to throw out all rulings in the case, including a blistering decision that explained her reasoning in finding him guilty of a crime....

Trump daughter-in-law becomes face of re-election effort
NEW YORK (AP) -- An image of an American flag waves and the graphic promises "Real News Update." The re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, already sprung to life two-and-a-half years before his name is back on the ballot, is pushing its own online news source to counteract what it believes is an oppositional media....