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  • FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, The U.S. Capitol is seen in the distance as rain falls on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) National News

    Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised them. Why is President Donald Trump, who has promised […]
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    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. While 41 percent of Republicans […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, a traditional dhow floats in the Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar, with tall buildings of the financial district in the background. Acting as a mediator, Kuwait has presented Qatar a long-awaited list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, four Arab nations that cut ties with Qatar in early June, 2017. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File) National News

    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. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in a statement that a list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates includes […]
  • President Donald Trump walks off of the stage following a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017," in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Lifestyle

    The Latest: Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate Republican health care bill (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on passing a health overhaul to replace “Obamacare.” But some lawmakers have doubts. Trump tells “Fox and Friends” he believes his majority party is “going […]
  • President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) National News

    Trump: Not ‘that far off’ from passing health overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on a health overhaul to replace “the dead carcass of Obamacare.” Expressing frustration, he complained about “the level of hostility” in government and wondered why both parties can’t work together on the Senate bill as […]
  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. The legal fight has been going on since President Donald Trump rolled out a ban a week after his inauguration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Lifestyle

    Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries. The high-stakes legal fight has been going on since President Donald Trump rolled out a travel ban just a week after his inauguration. He casts […]
  • FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, The U.S. Capitol is seen in the distance as rain falls on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) National News

    Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised them. Why is President Donald Trump, who has promised […]
  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, center, is greeted on the House floor on the first day of the legislative session in Atlanta. In 2017, Georgia Republicans sought to change the boundaries of several state House districts, including a couple won by Republicans by single-digit margins last November. Some of the proposed shifts sought to move heavily black precincts _ where voters overwhelmingly support Democrats _ from Republican-held districts into ones occupied by Democrats. Although the bill passed the House, it died in the Senate. Ralston has said lawmakers were merely “trying to put communities of interest together.” (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) AP

    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. Political scientists say a major reason for the lack of choices is the way districts are drawn — gerrymandered, in some cases, to ensure as many […]
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. An Associated Press analysis, using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage, finds traditional battlegrounds such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia were among those with significant Republican advantages in their U.S. or state House races in 2016. (Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer, File via AP) AP

    Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP

    The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — […]
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    The Latest: Koch rep says bill insufficiently conservative

    COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the Koch brothers’ weekend conference (all times local): 4 p.m. Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network are condemning the Senate Republican health care bill as insufficiently conservative. The leader for the Koch network’s political arm, Tim Phillips, says the Senate bill “needs to get better.” […]
  • FILE- In this March 8, 2017, file photo, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, accompanied by FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington. Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday, June 24, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans. “This Senate bill needs to get better,” said Phillips. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) AP

    Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

    COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) — Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans. Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch […]
  • In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump watches as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin walks to his fiancée Scottish actress Louise Linton after he was sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.   Trump plans to be among the guests as Mnuchin weds Linton Saturday at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Lifestyle

    Trump, Pence to attend Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s wedding

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence plan to be among the guests as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin’s) weds a Scottish actress. Mnuchin is to exchange vows Saturday night with Louise Linton at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Mellon is a former treasury secretary. The 54-year-old Mnuchin worked […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers speaks in the Illinois House chamber in Springfield, Ill. Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, a move that will deepen a multibillion-dollar financial hole and cost taxpayers more for years to come. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP File) National News

    Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers […]
  • President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017, as they return from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Lifestyle

    Now in Washington, Melania Trump still no social butterfly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Not that she hasn’t been busy fulfilling her duties as first lady and first mom. Her top priority has been settling in 11-year-old son Barron — the first […]
  • In this June 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they’re not. So it was when he told Iowans he’s put farmers back at their plows, secured a historic increase in military spending and empowered homebuilders to swing their hammers again. Those all remain aspirations, not achievements. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file) National News

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump and missions unaccomplished

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they’re not. So it was when he told Iowans he’s put farmers back at their plows, secured a historic increase in military spending and empowered homebuilders to swing their hammers again. Those all remain aspirations, not achievements. Trump is […]
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