Government and politics

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks in support of the Republican health care bill during a TV interview in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 23, 2017 - 3:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. gestures during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans’ health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America’s big income gap between the rich and everyone else. “This is a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very richest people in this country,” said Sanders. “In this case, all the people will be forced to pay more for health insurance while billionaires get a tax break.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 23, 2017 - 3:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else. Over the past quarter century, only one group of people has seen significant...
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After eight hours of debate, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the vice-chair, listen to arguments from committee chairs as the panel meets to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 22, 2017 - 11:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation. The White House seemed to make progress with the hardliners while House...
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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams arrives for his arraignment on bribery and extortion charges at the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
March 22, 2017 - 9:58 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and extortion charges on Wednesday as pressure mounted from the mayor and others for him to resign. Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams appeared cool and calm as he entered his plea in a courtroom full of...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 22, 2017 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday — an...
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After eight hours of debate, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the vice-chair, listen to arguments from committee chairs as the panel meets to shape the final version of the Republican health care bill before it goes to the floor for debate and a vote, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 22, 2017 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Their top legislative priority dangling in peril, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. A day ahead of a long-awaited House showdown roll call, conservatives insisted they had the votes to...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, walks out the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to speak with reporters after a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 22, 2017 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials — possibly including the incoming president himself — may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, a sign marking the location of the TransCanada Keystone underground oil pipeline, running under farmland is seen in Moberly, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
March 22, 2017 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A House committee wants the White House and Trump administration officials to detail all the payments and contacts that Flynn had with foreign government representatives spanning the past three years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 22, 2017 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years. In a sign of deepening interest among congressional...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. gives reporters an update about the ongoing Russia investigation adding that President Donald Trump's campaign communications may have been "monitored" during the transition period as part of an "incidental collection," Wednesday, March 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 22, 2017 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the chairman of the House intelligence committee will brief President Donald Trump on the possible monitoring of Trump associates. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials — possibly including Trump...
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