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Unable to garner support in his own party, Trump's health care initiative fails

House Republicans failed to come to a consensus on proposed legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, even after spending the past seven years attempting to repeal former-President Obama's signature piece of legislation.

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Rep. Nunes' charge of Trump team surveillance – why it's key

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has in recent days roiled his panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the US election. Democrats say he's put the probe's credibility in doubt.

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How Washington, D.C., is using social media to find missing children

There are 501 reported missing juvenile cases in Washington, D.C. in this year alone. What's being done?  

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Tillerson's week: How top US diplomat’s ‘big reveal’ offered little clarity

Diplomats gathered for the anti-ISIS conference in Washington and looking for signs of Trump’s commitment to his allies were left wondering about Tillerson's priorities and the direction of US foreign policy.

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'Snooki' inspired bill could cap N.J. college speaker fees: How much is too much?

The former reality star received $32,000 for a comedy appearance at Rutgers University in 2011, more than the school paid Nobel-prize winning author Toni Morrison was paid to deliver the school's commencement address in the same year.

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Trump says Keystone XL will bring 28,000 jobs. A pipe dream?

TransCanada has a clearer path for the pipeline, after Trump reversed Obama's block of cross-border construction. But local opposition remains formidable.

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Samantha Ponder to host 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' despite backlash from internet trolls

ESPN has announced that Ponder will become the new host of their football program. Ponder says her career progress in a field notoriously hostile to women has been the result of co-workers who saw her as an equal.

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Can judiciary recover from political battles over Supreme Court seat?

While Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for a filibuster, most expect that Judge Neil Gorsuch will eventually fill the vacancy left after Antonin Scalia's death. But, many ask, at what cost?

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For US visa hopefuls, screening hurdles grow. Shades of 'extreme vetting'?

Some of the new vetting guidelines sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were later withdrawn. One big change includes mandatory social media checks for anyone who has ever entered territory occupied by the Islamic State militant group.

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Hawaii’s Beth Fukumoto is quitting the GOP. Whose defection is it?

Once a rising star in Republican national politics, the Hawaii state representative was asked to resign as state House minority whip in February after criticizing President Trump at a Women's March rally. Now she's trying to join the Democrats.

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From caricature to man of character: How time and art change image of Bush

In the early tumultuous weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, some former detractors are reappraising the words and deeds of George W. Bush, now a self-described 'sensitive artist.'

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Delay on GOP health care vote: Bill 'too conservative' and 'not conservative enough'

If Speaker Ryan is unable to forge a compromise to pass the American Health Care Act, it will be a blow to the Republican agenda, to his speakership, and to President Trump. A new vote is scheduled Friday.

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Who's the greatest leader in the world? Chicago Cubs's Theo Epstein

Surpassing the Pope, Jeff Bezos, and LeBron James, the Cubs's team president is ranked No.1 on Fortune's list of 'the world's greatest leaders.'

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Rick Perry casts doubt on win of first openly gay student president at Texas A&M (+video)

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a Texas A&M alum, says the student body election was 'stolen,' prompting the university and others to push back against the former state governor. 

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Why has Jackson, Miss., been labeled 'the fattest city' in the US?

The top 20 cities on the list are all in the southern United States, with Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue coming in at the bottom.

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US-Israeli teen arrested in connection with threats to Jewish community centers (+video)

Three months after Jewish community centers began receiving bomb threats, Israeli police say they have arrested the man responsible for the hoax.

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In Exxon climate change probe, how will the ‘lost emails’ be recovered?

A New York state judge has ordered ExxonMobil Corp. to cooperate with New York's attorney general in recovering lost emails from the 'Wayne Tracker' account once used by US secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Tim Allen, conservatives in Hollywood, and Nazi Germany (+video)

The comedian is one of a number of conservatives in Hollywood to attest to a climate that oppresses and punishes their views. The comparison to the Third Reich is anything but apt, historians say – but the industry's relationship with politics is a complicated one.

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What we know about Trump team Russia links – and why that matters (+video)

The White House moves to disassociate itself from four Trump associates linked to Russia. A new report suggests that one of them, former campaign chair Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to help Vladimir Putin.   

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort received millions to promote Putin (+video)

An Associated Press investigation finds ties between Manafort and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Putin's, stretching back to at least 2005.

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In unanimous decision, Supreme Court raises bar for special education (+video)

The ruling could bring major benefits to students with disabilities – especially those with 'individualized education programs,' or IEPs.

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Calif. class action suit alleges 'unfair competition' with Ivanka Trump brand

Ivanka Trump's fashion brand is facing a class action lawsuit brought by a California boutique, claiming that the first daughter's close relationship to the president and role in the administration gives her business an unfair advantage. 

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Data didn't change tech's frat-boy culture. Will storytelling?

Some high-tech firms are finding that storytelling and empathy create far more buy-in for diversity than reams of data about its boost to innovation and profits.

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Supreme Court tightens restrictions on presidential appointments

This ruling could narrow the president’s nominating authority, say experts. But it's not clear what effect it will have on the slow progress filling vacant spots in the executive branch.

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US infant mortality rate declines, but disparities remain

After hitting a record high in 2005, the rate of infant mortality in the United States has steadily declined.

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Gorsuch hearings: Should agencies – or courts – decide the law? (+video)

Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the most prominent critics of a legal doctrine that gives the power to federal agencies to interpret regulations. Scaling it back could also have significant repercussions for President Donald Trump.

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What is Facebook's responsibility when people broadcast crimes? (+video)

The apparent assault of a Chicago teenager was broadcast on Facebook Live, but no one reported it through the Facebook system designed to review inappropriate content. 

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Why the airline 'electronics ban' may not be discrimination (+video)

The policy's timing and targeted locations have prompted concerns that the ban was motivated by anti-Muslim rhetoric. But security experts aren't so quick to denounce the move.

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With health-care vote, Republicans seek to prove they can get things done (+video)

With the outcome of the American Health Care Act still up in the air, President Trump headed to the Capitol to lobby his party Tuesday. This week's vote is the GOP's first big legislative test as a governing party.

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Biden returns: What's next in the Obamacare fight?

Former Vice President Joe Biden will return to Washington on Wednesday to join House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats in an effort to rally support for Obamacare.

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Youth opioid use has declined somewhat. What's behind the drop?

Between January 2000 and December 2015, about 188,000 calls were received by poison control centers concerning pediatric and teenage exposure to opioids. Most involved children under 5 years old.

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Defeating ISIS: Is Trump administration ready for the long haul?

As members of the anti-ISIS coalition meet in Washington to coordinate measures to defeat the jihadists, a harder question may be how to prevent their return to liberated territory.

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Why were Confederate battle flags flown during March Madness? (+video)

The NCAA had previously boycotted South Carolina due to the display of the Confederate battle flag above its statehouse.

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Cinco de Mayo cancelled in Philadelphia amid immigration fears (+video)

The immigration crackdown has canceled one of Philadelphia's most prominent celebrations of Latin American culture.

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Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office, access to classified information (+video)

Though she is not technically a government employee, first daughter Ivanka Trump is now working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information.

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California boosts efforts to stamp out hunger on campus

Two-thirds of community college students have trouble paying for food, according to a new 24-state study. California schools are combining federal aid with campus food pantries and other programs to help.

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Amid Puerto Rico's financial crisis, communities fight to keep schools

After 150 schools closed on the island – part of an austerity plan to close up to 600 – parents serve as janitors and students face up to a two-hour round-trip by foot to get an education.

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US Secretary of State Tillerson to skip meeting of NATO foreign ministers (+video)

Rex Tillerson's decision to miss his first meeting with NATO foreign ministers has raised concerns that President Trump's commitment to the alliance might be wavering.

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In Gorsuch hearings, questions of religious liberty and the law

'The balance of faith and freedom, the balance of free exercise rights and ... self-determination rights, are pretty fundamental questions,' says Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the committee that will question the high court nominee, in an exclusive interview.

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In day of testimony, 'Russia problem' deepens for Trump White House (+video)

An FBI probe of possible Russian links with the Trump campaign has gone on for months, Director Comey confirms. Testifying to a House panel, he and NSA Director Rogers agree: Russian attempts to meddle in US elections are 'not likely to stop.'

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In this Trump enclave, a pining for Obamacare?

Ninety percent of voters in Georgia's Glascock County voted for President Trump. Now, their aging, rural community is among those to be hard hit by the Republican health-care plan.

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Global Teacher Prize awarded to Canadian educator who works with Inuit

Maggie MacDonnell's teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness, which she puts to practice in an isolated corner of Quebec.

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What Judge Gorsuch (and the rest of us) can expect at his confirmation hearing (+video)

The nominee to replace Justice Scalia has won over some Senate Democrats, but will likely still face tough questioning over his conservatism and what liberals say are his rulings against the little guy. 

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Pressure builds on Trump to back off wiretap accusations

The White House has refused to back down from Trump's claim that his predecessor wiretapped him, despite the lack of reported evidence and amidst concerns it could distract from campaign promises and alienate key allies.

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Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, he made his name at the New York Daily News writing in a "New Journalism" style that seemed to blur fact and fiction.

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Will Steve King’s immigrant comments keep wary tourists out of Iowa?

The Iowa Tourism Office has received calls, emails, and social media complaints following the congressman’s controversial comments.

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Meals on Wheels receives massive donations following proposed budget cut. Will it matter?

Supporters of Meals on Wheels showered the organization with donations after its value became subject to debate amidst White House budget talks.

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Why Kellyanne Conway's husband has been tapped for a big post at the DOJ

The longtime Republican lawyer would likely help lead the defense of the Trump administration's executive order on immigration, which was blocked by two federal judges last week. 

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In Iowa, more constituents flood a GOP town hall to protest Trump policies

Sen. Joni Ernst (R) of Iowa faced a sea of frustrated constituents at a town hall Friday. She's just one of many GOP legislators to face backlash for what voters see as complacency in the Trump agenda. 

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What will the wall look like? Trump administration unveils guidelines

Contractors will be able to submit proposals for two potential versions of the wall: one made of solid concrete, and the other that would include 'see-through components.'

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