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Top Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump's wall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation....

Sessions questioned in Russia probe, Trump may be up soon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for hours in the special counsel's Russia investigation, the Justice Department said, as prosecutors moved closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts between Russia and his 2016 campaign....

Beating back IS in Syria raises new challenges for US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the last few years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a single, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the last bits of their former territory, the Trump administration is struggling to define the boundaries of its mission, and how and when America's lengthy engagement will end....

Work requirements may prompt more states to expand Medicaid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor....

Changes in FBI leadership follow criticism from Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for perceived biases against him and has been calling for a shakeup at the top....

US officials defend trade moves as Davos braces for Trump
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Top U.S. officials trumpeted America's commitment to free and fair trade while bracing for possible retaliation by China over new U.S. import tariffs, ahead of a much-ballyhooed visit by President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland....

What shutdown? Frustrated voters shrug as pols point fingers
NEW YORK (AP) -- What if they shut down the government and no one cared?...

Powell taking over as Fed chairman at time of economic calm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would seem like a pretty good time to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve....

Trump to invite France's Macron for first state visit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump will invite French President Emmanuel Macron on the first state visit of the Trump administration, the White House confirmed Tuesday....

A moment for moderates: Senators hope deal builds goodwill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Centrists in the Senate are celebrating their work to reopen the government after a three-day shutdown. They hope to build on their momentum to address a host of issues beyond immigration, including health care and disaster relief....