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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Committee Vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen on Capitol Hill in Washington as then-Director of National Intelligence-designate Dan Coats testifies at his confirmation hearing before the committee. There is no indication that Trump Tower was “the subject of surveillance” by the U.S. government before or after the 2016 election, the top two members of the Senate intelligence committee said Thursday, March 16, 2017, directly contradicting President Donald Trump’s claims.“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a one-sentence joint statement Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 16, 2017 - 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump's unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there's no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement. Angrily...
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President Donald Trump walks to his motorcade after a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Walking with the president from left, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 16, 2017 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation to overhaul the health care law (all times EDT): 6:30 p.m. Some Republican governors are telling their party's congressional leaders that the House GOP health care bill doesn't work for their states. Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder...
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March 16, 2017 - 5:59 pm
TRUMP-BUDGET Faint praise from GOP as top Democrats slam proposed budget cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.15 trillion budget is being received with faint praise, at best, on Capitol Hill. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey reminds: "Congress...
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President Donald Trump walks to his motorcade after a "Friends of Ireland" luncheon on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Walking with the president from left, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 16, 2017 - 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation to overhaul the health care law (all times EDT): 5:45 p.m. Rank-and-file Republicans want tax credits in their party's troubled health care overhaul to become more focused on lower earners. The GOP-run House Budget Committee voted Thursday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on local government in Albany, N.Y. On Thursday, March 16, prosecutors say state and federal probes of de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the facts were insufficient to successfully argue a provable violation of election laws. But he said the actions appear to be "contrary to the intent and spirit of the law." (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
March 16, 2017 - 4:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — State and federal investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges against him or others acting on his behalf, prosecutors said Thursday as they eliminated an election-year obstacle for the mayor. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:54 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:44 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. leaves a news conference following a GOP party conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 16, 2017 - 10:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the troubled Republican health care bill. Three conservative GOP lawmakers voted against the measure. That's one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing — but not fatal — setback to the party's...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shake hands during their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Tillerson said Thursday cooperation with allies Japan and South Korea is "critical" to addressing the threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
March 16, 2017 - 7:50 am
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States. Tillerson made that declaration after meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo,...
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March 16, 2017 - 5:48 am
TRUMP-BUDGET Trump budget slashes agency money to boost defense spending WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is unveiling a $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes a dozen Cabinet departments to finance a significant increase in the military...
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