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AP Top Political News at 5:53 p.m. EST

Analysis: Emboldened Democrats take page from the hard right
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink....

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries....

Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation....

A lot won't get done if the government shuts down
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a budget plan....

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way."...

Bad timing: Shutdown threat shadows Trump 1-year festivities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about lousy timing....

Trump signs surveillance law after confusing tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bill into law to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program, announcing his action in the latest in a series of confusing tweets about the spy program....

Mueller, Manafort OK with lawsuit being transferred
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lawsuit challenging special counsel Robert Mueller's authority may soon be transferred to another judge....

Prosecutors to retry Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him....