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AP Top Political News at 3:57 a.m. EST

Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference....

Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House....

What happens if Trump pulls transgender bathroom guidance?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration could revise or withdraw an Obama-era directive requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity....

AP FACT CHECK: Were hands of Obama-era border agents tied?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Assertions from the White House that immigration-enforcement agents had their hands tied in the last administration are difficult to square with the massive deportations of Barack Obama's presidency....

Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals....

Trump denounces anti-Semitism in newly forceful condemnation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully....

Evidence of rising anti-Semitism, but data mostly elusive
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Has anti-Semitism accompanied Donald Trump's rise to power? Some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. But data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection - a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren - and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice....

The Latest: Obama official blasts Trump transgender plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):...

Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them....

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says....