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Possible effects of gerrymandering seen in uncontested races
When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents....

Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground....

PROMISES, PROMISES: What Trump has pledged on health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way....

Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- ...

Joint chiefs chairman in Afghanistan to push new strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived in Afghanistan Monday with a mission to pull together the final elements of a military strategy that will include sending nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops into the country....

US urges Qatar, neighbors to 'sit together' to ease tension
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States says some demands on Qatar (KUH'-tur) by its Mideast neighbors "will be very difficult to meet." But the U.S. isn't rejecting the demands outright....

Poll: Younger Republicans more liberal on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Young Republicans hold significantly more liberal views of immigrants and immigration than their older counterparts, reflecting a difference consistent with white Americans regardless of which political party they identify with, according to the latest American Values Atlas, a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute survey....

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. But the idea is exposing deep divisions within the administration on the best way to approach Moscow in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections....

Bloomberg to launch $17M contest for US cities
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eager to help local leaders bypass Washington, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg's foundation is putting up more than $17 million for a new contest that encourages the nation's mayors to address critical issues themselves....

What's happened to the pro-gun wish list in Washington?
ATLANTA (AP) -- Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. At the top of the list: a gun-owner's ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity....