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Virginia governor's debate revolves around 'dangerous' Trump
HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) -- The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor argued Saturday over the typical debate fare - guns, abortion, health care - as well as the best approach to dealing with President Donald Trump....

Trump's new message man deletes inconvenient tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A day after accepting a top White House job, President Donald Trump's new communications adviser announced Saturday that he's deleting old tweets, saying his own views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn't be a distraction....

Kushner discloses additional $10M in assets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday....

Trump: USS Ford is '100,000-ton message to the world'
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- With praise and a blessing for the military, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Navy on Saturday and said the state-of-the-art aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed....

Trump fires off volley of angry tweets on Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours before he was to help commission a new aircraft carrier at a patriotic ceremony on the Virginia coast, President Donald Trump fired off a volley of early morning tweets that again showed how furious he remains over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election....

Mixed signals from Trump White House on health care strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Repeal and replace "Obamacare." Just repeal. Or let it fail - maybe with a little nudge. President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of mixed messages, raising questions about the White House strategy on health care....

US states vie for big Foxconn display panel factory
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn's plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize....

Vet groups urge House to reject plan to fix VA's budget gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight major veterans' organizations on Saturday urged Congress to provide emergency money to the Department of Veterans Affairs without cutting other VA programs as the House moved quickly to address a budget shortfall that threatened medical care for thousands of patients....

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria....

Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up
WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the president "could benefit from a clean slate" as he seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown....

 
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