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Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future." Ryan pulled the "repeal and replace" bill drafted by House Republican leaders and blessed by President Donald Trump after it failed to muster enough support.

Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's promise on repealing health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the failure of Republican health care legislation, President Donald Trump's campaign promise to replace so-called Obamacare "immediately" has been broken. That promise stands at odds with his statement that "I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time.

AP Analysis: Trump yet to meet promise of 'so much winning'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just two months in, Donald Trump's presidency is perilously adrift. His first major foray into legislating imploded Friday when House Republicans abandoned a White House-backed health care bill, resisting days of cajoling and arm-twisting from Trump himself. Aides who had confidently touted Trump as the deal's "closer" were left bemoaning the limits of the presidency.

Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House. With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort.

Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage.

Lebanese businessman appears in US court in sanctions case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Lebanese businessman who the United States says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges that he violated sanctions. Kassim Tajideen, who was arrested in Morocco earlier this month, made his first court appearance in Washington on Friday and was ordered detained after Justice Department prosecutors called him a flight risk.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump overlooks his Obamacare promise

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the failure Friday of Republican health care legislation, President Donald Trump's campaign promise to replace so-called Obamacare "immediately" has been broken. That promise stands at odds with his statement that "I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time.

Some parts of Obamacare working well, problems with others

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future." Ryan pulled the "repeal and replace" bill drafted by House Republican leaders and blessed by President Donald Trump after it failed to muster enough support.

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson closely mirrors the law enacted by the Legislature in 2013 that was found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court the following year.

APNewsBreak: Polling changes could confuse Kansas voters

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- More than 36,000 registered voters in Kansas are being asked to cast their ballots at new polling stations during the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory, prompting concerns that confusion could suppress turnout. The April 11 special election will fill a vacancy in south-central Kansas' 4th District that was created when Trump chose former Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as his CIA director.

Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday. The unexpected ad pullback soon after President Donald Trump took office was termed "sabotage" by Democrats and former Obama officials. The new administration said the ads were a waste of taxpayer dollars. In a letter to Democratic Sens.

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it would be "very helpful" to be given more flexibility in combatting al-Shabab militants, both directly and through local partner forces. He said this would allow him to deliver airstrikes in a more timely way.

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity. "These determinations underscore that the United States continues to regularly impose sanctions under existing authorities, as warranted, against entities and individuals that engage in proliferation activity with Iran, North Korea, and Syria," the State Department statement said in a statement.

How the House GOP health care bill compares to Obama-era law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government's role in health care. Some elements of the Obama-era law are maintained in the House GOP legislation. For example, parents can keep young adult children on their plans until age 26. And insurers can't turn away people with pre-existing medical problems.

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep.

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well. The measure would have repealed major parts of Obama's health law, capping future funding for Medicaid and cutting tax increases for high-income families, health insurance companies and drugmakers.