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AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:45:31 GMT2017-03-22T21:45:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates....

Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump's wrath

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:02:05 GMT2017-03-22T22:02:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the House GOP health bill are bracing for payback from a president who claims his favorite biblical passage is "an eye for an eye." Many appear ready to risk it....

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:54:55 GMT2017-03-22T21:54:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Their top legislative priority dangling in peril, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. A day ahead of a long-awaited House showdown roll call, conservatives insisted they had the votes to torpedo the measure and the number of lawmakers publicly expressing opposition snowballed....

Trump feels 'somewhat' vindicated after Nunes intel briefing

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:31:19 GMT2017-03-22T21:31:19Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials - possibly including the incoming president himself - may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday....

Lawmakers want details on Flynn's foreign contacts, payments

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:04:46 GMT2017-03-22T22:04:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years....

Senate votes to block Labor Department rule

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:11:24 GMT2017-03-22T22:11:24Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led Senate is blocking an Obama-era rule that critics said would have led to excessive citations for workplace safety record-keeping violations....

Manafort has served top US pols and a sketchy cast abroad

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:05:31 GMT2017-03-22T20:05:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pick any decade over the past half-century, and Paul Manafort has had a starring role in the rise (and maybe fall) of somebody big....

Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to "horse and buggy" era

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:47:55 GMT2017-03-22T20:47:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was wrapping up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public....

US declines to join letter criticizing China on human rights

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:08:36 GMT2017-03-22T21:08:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has declined to join other countries in criticizing China over allegations of torture against human rights lawyers....

NATO says it will reschedule meeting so Tillerson can attend

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:33:37 GMT2017-03-22T21:33:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of NATO said Wednesday he is certain a semiannual meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers can be rescheduled so Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can attend....