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AP Top Political News at 2:24 a.m. EDT

Back home after foreign trip, Trump faces slew of challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- His whirlwind foreign trip complete, President Donald Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home and mushrooming inquiries into allegations that Russia meddled in the U.S. election and had improper dealings with his campaign and associates....

AP source: Kushner sought secret communications with Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S....

What if US quits climate deal? Doesn't look good for Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That's because America contributes so much to rising temperatures....

Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Well before he went to the White House in 1977, Jimmy Carter was impressed by the views of foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. That Carter immediately liked the Polish-born academic advising his campaign was a plus....

AP FACT CHECK: President Trump and his mistold NATO tales
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's been a muted week for the "real" Donald Trump, the Twitter account where the president normally says a lot of things that are unreal. That respite may have come to a close, though, as he wrapped up his foreign trip with yet another mistold tale about NATO....

Supreme Court travel ban case could test Trump's reach
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump....

Jim Bunning, tough pitcher, hard-nosed senator, dies at 85
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jim Bunning was an intimidating figure as a major-league pitcher and was just as hard-nosed and uncompromising as a U.S. senator....

Trump's budget renews debate on Arctic refuge oil drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to help balance the federal budget features a new attempt to open the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling....

The Latest: Italian police tear gas protesters near G-7 site
TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) -- The Latest on Group of Seven summit (all times local):...

Myanmar, having warmed to the West, turns to China again
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myanmar was supposed to turn away from China and toward the West when the United States helped the Southeast Asian country make the transition to a civilian government after five decades of military rule....