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Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:34:10 GMT2017-04-27T21:34:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend in Atlanta....

Congress doing bare minimum to keep government running

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:32:37 GMT2017-04-27T21:32:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is doing the bare minimum to keep the country running, readying a short-term spending bill to keep the lights on in government past Saturday, when President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office....

House GOP leaders scrounge for votes to exhume health bill

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:01:40 GMT2017-04-27T21:01:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life....

Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:14:40 GMT2017-04-27T21:14:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Students attending private schools in the nation's capital through a federally funded voucher program are doing worse in math compared to their peers, according to a government study released Thursday....

Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:17:06 GMT2017-04-27T22:17:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday created an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers, calling it a "bold step forward."...