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AP Top Political News at 7:15 p.m. EDT

Lawmakers find common ground on $1T plan to keep gov't open
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1....

Trump's UN envoy often off-message, seems in his good graces
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nikki Haley didn't wait to take office as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to break with the Trump administration's foreign policy stances....

Beyond 100 days, Trump faces more legislative challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than three months in office without passing any major legislation, President Donald Trump faces a week that offers the possibility of averting a government shutdown and progress on health care....

Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed Washington's commitment to their treaty alliance and his interest in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday....

Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States....

Thousands brave weather to protest Trump climate policies
SEATTLE (AP) -- Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change - mass protests that coincided with President Donald Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections....

School vouchers, rising in many GOP states, founder in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gary VanDeaver describes himself as a conservative less than a minute into many conversations. The Texas state representative blames "unelected federal judges" for imposing gay marriage on America and has been endorsed by anti-abortion groups and the National Rifle Association....

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American in Congress, to retire
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it's time to move on after 38 years in office....

Trump's first 100 days: A president's very public education
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health care is complicated. China can be a useful ally. NATO isn't obsolete. Being president is hard....

US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says an American soldier has died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul....