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AP Top Political News at 12:51 p.m. EDT

Trump says he is "considering" veto of $1.3 trillion budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump cast doubt on whether he would back the massive spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown Friday, saying he was "considering" a veto over concerns about a program protecting young "Dreamer" immigrants that he moved to end and money for his promised border wall....

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies....

AP-NORC Poll: Support soars for stricter gun control laws
NEW YORK (AP) -- Support for tougher gun control laws is soaring in the United States, according to a new poll that found a majority of gun owners and half of Republicans favor new laws to address gun violence in the weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 dead and sparked nationwide protests....

Bolton's appointment comes at sensitive time for China ties
BEIJING (AP) -- Foreign policy hard-liner John Bolton's appointment as U.S. national security adviser comes at a particularly sensitive time for relations with Beijing following President Donald Trump's approval of new tariffs on China and a law encouraging closer relations with Taiwan....

Highlights of massive spending bill nearing congressional OK
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The $1.3 trillion spending bill the House approved Thursday is so big that lawmakers are using it as a prop....

Bolton replacing McMaster as Trump national security adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump said he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering an administration facing key decisions on Iran and North Korea....

Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war....

Army Corps faces questions about vetting border wall company
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Federal officials are saying little about how they chose a Nebraska startup to build an $11 million section of border wall in California, including whether they knew of the company's connections to a construction firm flagged in a government audit for "many potential fraud indicators."...

Trump's plan to remove McMaster wasn't true _ until it was
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It wasn't true, it wasn't true - until it was....

Missouri attorney general subpoenas Greitens charity
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri attorney general's office has issued 15 subpoenas in an investigation of a veterans charity founded by Gov. Eric Greitens....