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Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama

By Phil Stewart and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S.

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Trump's top picks for bank oversight face Senate grilling

By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are expected to grill two of President Donald Trumps nominees for top banking oversight roles about their past lives as financiers at a joint

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Trump criticism prompts questions over Attorney General's future

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump further stoked speculation about the fate of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday by assailing him in a fresh round

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Attorney General Sessions to unveil leak probes soon: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to announce soon several criminal investigations into intelligence leaks, news outlets reported on Wednesday, as the country's top law

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Senate aims for a 'skinny' Obamacare repeal as other options fail

By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a

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Secretary of State Tillerson says he is 'not going anywhere'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that he was "not going anywhere," denying news reports that he was considering leaving his post.

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Congress close to deal on funding for nearly broke VA program

Lawmakers in Washington are nearing an agreement on funding in an effort to save a nearly bankrupt Department of Veterans Affairs program.

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Trump donates three-month salary to Department of Education

President Donald Trump is donating his second-quarter salary to the Department of Education.

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Pence praises Trump's 'candor' in Sessions confrontation

In an exclusive interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence touted President Trump's "candor" in airing his frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Scaramucci on White House leaks: 'We're going to let people go if we have to'

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci vowed Wednesday to take a hard line against leaks from the West Wing, telling Fox News' "Hannity," "we're going to let people go if we have to."

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Senate blocks proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare

The Senate has blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Republicans to repeal much of former President Barack Obamas health care law and replace it with a more restrictive plan.

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Potential ObamaCare 'skinny repeal' plan increases number of uninsured by 16 million, CBO projects

A rumored plan by Senate Republicans to pass a bill that repeals only a few key elements of ObamaCare would still increase the number of uninsured people by 16 million by 2020, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected late Wednesday.

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Scaramucci mentions Priebus in since-deleted tweet on leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) Newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has promised to contact investigators over what he says is an illegal leak of his financial disclosure form.

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AP Analysis: GOP disunity painfully clear in Senate debate

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate debate over health care has made it painfully clear: behind their self-confident "repeal and replace" slogan, Republicans were never united around an alternative to "Obamacare."

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GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on \"Obamacare\" repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) They couldn't pass a repeal of "Obamacare," or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law.

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US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall

DENVER (AP) For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and lower taxes.

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AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

WASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S.

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Pentagon caught flat-footed on Trump's transsexual ban

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump's "guidance."

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Senate Rejects Proposal to Repeal ObamaCare

The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement, the AP reports. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats Wednesday in a 45-55 vote defeating the plan. It was the second self-inflicted setback the GOP has suffered...

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Trump Won't Stop Attacking Jeff Sessions

Wednesday marked the third day in a row in which President Trump publicly attacked Jeff Sessions, who was once one of his closest allies, Politico reports. In a series of tweets, the president criticized his attorney general for not replacing Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director, calling McCabe "a Comey...

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'Excellent' News for Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise is out of the hospital. The House majority whip, who was injured in last month's shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Virginia, was discharged Tuesday, Politico reports. The Louisiana Republican will now start "intensive inpatient rehabilitation," his doctors announced Wednesday. A statement from the hospital notes...

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The Big Question After Transgender Military Ban

President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving "in any capacity" in the military raises a question, notes Slate . What about the thousands of transgender troops already in the ranks? A study by the RAND Corporation estimated that up to about 11,000 trans troops may be in the...

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Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested at Airport

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an IT staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan. A rep for Wasserman Schultz says Irman Awan was fired by the Florida Democrat on Tuesday, reports the AP . Awan's attorney,...

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State Department: No 'Rexit,' but He Is Taking Time Off

A State Department spokesperson continues to push back against reports that Rex Tillerson has plans to exit the Trump administration. But in doing so, she made a point to say that he serves "at the pleasure of the president," reports the Hill . Tillerson himself hasn't responded to multiple reports that...

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