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    Poll: Big partisan gap in views on gender equality in the US

    NEW YORK (AP) — Does the United States still have hard work ahead of it in enabling women to attain equality with men? The answer, according to a new large-scale survey, may depend on whether it’s coming from a Democrat or a Republican. The survey, released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center , found a […]
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    Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate rejected Democratic attempts to spare health programs for the poor and elderly from cuts, absorbing political hits as the price for advancing a $4 trillion budget plan that’s a crucial step in the GOP’s drive to rewrite the tax code later this year. In rapid-fire party-line votes, Republicans defended […]
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    Trump: US faces ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the nation faces a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to overhaul the tax system. Trump spoke during a White House meeting with a group of senators. The president is convening Republicans and Democrats from the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee to build support for his plan. Trump says it […]
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    US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was […]
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    IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine. The agency says on its website that it will automatically reject electronic returns for tax year 2017 that don’t specify if the taxpayer had health insurance. That […]
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    Former drug czar nominee Marino defends role in opioid law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former nominee to be the nation’s drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., said he’s proud of his work on the 2016 law, which passed without opposition in the […]
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    In Virginia, Gillespie trying to find way in age of Trump

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ed Gillespie has been in plenty of tight spots during his three decades in and around politics. A Washington insider well accustomed to the public eye, he’s helped sell a military surge in Iraq to a war-weary public, stood up for a doomed U.S. Supreme Court nominee his own political party […]
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    The Latest: Sessions won’t say if he’ll jail journalists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is refusing to pledge that he won’t seek to jail journalists for doing their jobs. Under questioning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, […]
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    Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability. Tillerson’s remarks on relations between the world’s two largest democracies, ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary […]
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    The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 10 p.m. A bipartisan group of governors is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm health insurance markets after President Donald Trump blocked federal subsidies to insurers. The letter, signed by 10 governors, says, “Stabilizing insurance markets […]
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    Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely “exonerating” her before the 2016 election. “Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this […]
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    A Saudi Arabian first: Spokeswoman at kingdom’s US embassy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Saudi Arabia feverishly portrays itself as ready to join the ranks of modern, tolerant societies, the kingdom has turned to a once-unlikely messenger — one of its daughters — to make its case to the West. On Fatimah Baeshen’s first day as the Saudi Embassy in Washington’s official spokeswoman, the ultra-conservative […]
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    Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.” He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!” Trump appeared to be […]
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    Karen Pence: ‘All of us could benefit from art therapy’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration. She said in a speech in Florida that her goals are to raise awareness about art therapy, help people understand […]
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    Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier’s grieving family

    MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. “I have proof,” he insisted. The controversy over how Trump has conducted one […]
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