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For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump....



Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over....



Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set 'to rock'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....



AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies knowing women he met
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Like Roy Moore before him, President Donald Trump has denied he knows or ever met women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances. That denial is no more plausible than what people heard from the defeated Alabama Senate candidate....



After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races
ATLANTA (AP) -- Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, with one of the most evangelical electorates, is sending an abortion-rights supporter to the U.S. Senate, despite GOP efforts to paint Democrat Doug Jones as an unacceptable extremist on the issue....



Health law sign-up deadline extended for some people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a rush of last-minute sign-ups, the Trump administration says it's extending the deadline for some people to finish health insurance applications for next year under the Affordable Care Act....



AP-NORC Poll: 52 percent say country worse off under Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close....



Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward passage of the final package by the House and Senate next week, with the aim of sending the measure to President Donald Trump to sign before Christmas....



Trump calls wife of hospitalized Sen. John McCain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has called the wife of John McCain as the Arizona senator is hospitalized for cancer treatments....



On Trump turf, GOP still seeks North Dakota Senate candidate
BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) -- In North Dakota, where Donald Trump won in a landslide last year, Republicans' lone Senate candidate is a little-known state lawmaker and potato farmer from a remote town closer to the Canadian border than the state capital....