Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 29 The Telegraph, UK, on Britain formally beginning the process to leave the European Union: This is a historic day for Britain. Today, a UK government triggers Article 50 and begins the process of Brexit. And so the country enters a period of negotiation that, early signs suggest, will be tough, even acrimonious. But the goal is worth some hard work.

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

NEW YORK (AP) -- The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Latest: Judge to rule on longer travel ban block today

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a hearing in federal court in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A federal judge in Hawaii says he'll decide Wednesday whether to extend his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban until Hawaii's lawsuit is resolved. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson heard arguments from state and government attorneys Wednesday.

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BRITAIN-BREXIT-THE LATEST The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain has not received a multi-billion dollar exit bill from the European Union. EU officials have said Britain will have to pay as much as 50 million euros ($63 million) before it leaves to cover EU staff pensions and other obligations.

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

NEW YORK (AP) -- The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care. Since the Republicans' coverage bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of Trump's first major legislative initiative, the president has sent conflicting signals about trying again and left people guessing about whether his words on the subject are meant to be taken literally.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday.

Trump's top health official gets bipartisan grilling

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also dodged repeated attempts by Democrats to flush out the administration's next move on the Obama-era health insurance law.

The Latest: Judges won't delay confirmation during appeals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the confirmation hearing for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A panel of trial court judges won't delay enforcement of their ruling earlier this month that upheld a new law directing the North Carolina Senate to subject Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation hearings and votes.

DeVos says her predecessor wasted money on school reform

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday accused her predecessor of wasting billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools and said that school choice was the way to reform the system. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DeVos said that Arne Duncan's signature $7 billion project targeting failing schools did not produce any significant improvement.

Trump's budget priorities set small businesses strategizing

NEW YORK (AP) -- The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.

EU regrets Trump's reversal of climate policy

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has expressed regret about President Donald Trump's decision to undo U.S. policies for fighting global warming and is wondering how he will live up to Washington's international climate commitments. EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in a statement Wednesday that "we regret the U.S. is rolling back the main pillar of its climate policy, the Clean Power Plan.

China affirms climate pledge after Trump rolls back rules

BEIJING (AP) -- China promised Wednesday to stick to its climate commitments after President Donald Trump eased U.S. curbs on coal and oil use, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a leader in environmental policy. China is the No. 1 emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases but also the top investor in solar, wind and other renewable energy. It has promised to cap coal use and rein in growth of carbon dioxide emissions.

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement this week combined two issues at the fore of the promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities.

Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role. Priebus, a genial Midwesterner with deep ties to the Republican establishment that Trump toppled, has faced questions about his future since the day he set foot in the West Wing.

The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:15 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain has not received a multi-billion dollar exit bill from the European Union. EU officials have said Britain will have to pay as much as 50 billion euros ($63 billion) before it leaves to cover EU staff pensions and other obligations. May said in a BBC interview Wednesday that "there isn't a formal demand.

Cooper's health agency choice clears first hurdle easily

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former federal official chosen by North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to lead the state's massive health agency cleared her first hurdle to confirmation Wednesday, avoiding potential pitfalls about Medicaid expansion and the health care overhaul that she helped carry out. The Senate Health Care Committee unanimously supported Dr. Mandy Cohen to lead the Department of Health and Human Services after less than an hour of questioning.

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

LONDON (AP) -- Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism -- or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain.