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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 19, 2017 - 2:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 8:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has invited Senate Republicans to the White House after a GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed for a second time...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo, protesters gather to support the Tucson Unified School District as Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announces that the Tucson Unified School District violates state law by teaching it's Mexican American Studies Department's ethic studies program at a news conference at the Arizona Department of Education in Phoenix, Ariz. Arizona authorities are back in federal court in Tucson this week over a years-long legal battle against a 2010 state law targeting ethnic studies in public schools that resulted in the shuttering of a popular Mexican-American Studies program, launching tense student protests. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)
July 19, 2017 - 12:13 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The former leader of Arizona's public schools defended his yearslong battle to end a popular Mexican-American history program, testifying Tuesday that he was troubled by what he described as radical instructors teaching students to be disruptive but insisting he targeted all ethnic...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with Putin at the summit it Germany. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says that Trump and Putin spoke during a world leaders’ dinner at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 18, 2017 - 9:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month. White House spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke at a dinner...
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A big Polish national flag is spread by protesters in front of the parliament as police officers guard the building in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Poland's lawmakers began a heated debate about the controversial draft law by the ruling populist party that will reorganize the work of the Supreme Court, which, the opposition says, will subordinate the court to the justice minister. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
July 18, 2017 - 3:40 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president sought on Tuesday to end a bitter political conflict surrounding changes that the ruling populist party is introducing into the nation's judicial system. The parliament, dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party, held a heated debate over a draft law...
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July 18, 2017 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of advocacy groups are urging state education officials around the country to protect transgender students after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era guidance on school bathroom use. In a letter sent Tuesday, the nation's leading civils rights organizations say...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday, July 18, 2017, over the failure of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law, and warned, "we will return." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
July 18, 2017 - 10:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 10:50 a.m. At least two Republican senators say they can't vote to repeal the health care law without a replacement. West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said in a statement...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday, July 18, 2017, over the failure of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law, and warned, "we will return." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 18, 2017 - 10:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday over the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law, and warned, "We will return." Trump's early morning tweet led off a barrage of Republican criticism of Congress over the...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 18, 2017 - 10:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions Tuesday for aiding the country's non-nuclear weapons programs, in a bid to show that President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves to let the nuclear deal stay in place for now...
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President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience before being introduced during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 18, 2017 - 10:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Speaker Paul Ryan says he would like to see the Senate "move on something" after the collapse of GOP plan to repeal and replace the health care law. Ryan told reporters on...
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, left, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, right, arrive at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017, to meet with Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 18, 2017 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to resolve irritants in the U.S.-Russia relationship, as Moscow stepped up its impatient calls for the return of two seized diplomatic compounds. The State Department said the latest round of high-level talks, a...
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