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Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general....

DC court blocks for now immigrant teen's access to abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington appeals court is blocking for now an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling Friday that the government should be given time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of its custody....

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation's tax system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans....

Bannon brings message of Republican revolt to California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former White House adviser Steve Bannon wants to oust Republican senators he feels are disloyal to President Donald Trump. But in California on Friday, he's in a state that Trump lost by over 4 million votes and where Republicans have become largely irrelevant in state politics....

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he is considering dual nominations for the Federal Reserve's top two jobs....

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow....

Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief - but without mentioning him by name....

AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts congresswoman's actions
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's chief of staff distorted the facts when he accused a "selfish" Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson of grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two slain FBI agents in 2015....

Appeals court takes early look at lawsuits in DACA cases
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court in New York agreed Friday to take an early look at some legal issues surrounding President Donald Trump's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation....

White House: No required sentences in military justice cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Friday that any military justice case must be "resolved on its own facts" after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued that President Donald Trump's past criticism prevented him from receiving a fair sentence on charges he endangered comrades in Afghanistan....