AP Explains: How GOP health care plan would turn into law

Republicans leaders want to push their bill repealing and replacing much of the 2010 health care law through Congress by April. But the GOP must navigate a complicated path to get the proposal to President Donald Trump's desk. ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? GOP leaders say the House will consider the bill Thursday. Three House committees -- Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Budget --already moved the legislation ahead.

Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made.

The Latest: Trump optimistic on new health law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Latest on the Republican health care plan (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan will be passed "substantially pretty quickly." Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday, Trump calls it a "great plan" and says it is "getting more and more popular with the Republican base, the conservative base and with people generally.

Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story March 17 about the House Republican health care bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is a freshman from the Hudson River Valley. He is a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York.

Health bill short of votes, GOP leaders look to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Short of votes for their health care bill, Republican congressional leaders turned to President Donald Trump on Thursday to wrangle support for the divisive legislation they hope to push through Congress before Easter. But Trump sounded more like he was at the start of a negotiation than ready to close the deal.

House GOP health bill would cut women's services

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the House Republicans' proposed bill. The legislation, which would replace much of former President Barack Obama's health law, was approved by two House committees on Thursday.

Republicans in Maine, Utah want Trump to undo monuments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn't give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump isn't like other presidents.

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TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has lifted federal guidelines that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. The Wednesday decision is a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May. It will now be up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity.

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OIL PIPELINE UPDATE: Police arrest 9 protesters at Dakota Access camp BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say nine people have been arrested in a confrontation outside the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp. But police plan no further action Wednesday against about 50 people still remaining at the site. North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt.

GOP members of Congress meet with protests at town halls

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn returned to her district Tuesday in Tennessee and was greeted by tough questions on topics from health care reform to President Donald Trump's cabinet appointees. She also was met with protests. While 100 people crammed into her town hall gathering about 30 miles from Nashville, another 100 people outside chanted about immigrant rights, Planned Parenthood and other topics in protest against the congresswoman and the president.