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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin shows the large crowd a map of the United States in which Oklahoma is declared the most anti-abortion state during her speech to anti-abortion Oklahomans during Red Rose Day events, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the state Capitol. ( Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman via AP)
February 08, 2017 - 6:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While hundreds of anti-abortion activists descended on the Oklahoma Capitol for a rally on Wednesday, a GOP-led House committee failed to pass an anti-abortion bill in a move that could signal a shift in priorities for Republican lawmakers in a deep-red state. Three freshman...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy, listens during a trustees meeting in Urbana, Ill. Hanah Jubeh, a Kennedy campaign adviser, said Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, that the businessman and the son of the late US Senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, will run for Illinois governor in 2018. (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP, File)
February 08, 2017 - 4:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family's political legacy to what's expected to be a sharply contested race. The Democratic businessman said Illinois is...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy, listens during a trustees meeting in Urbana, Ill. Hanah Jubeh, a Kennedy campaign adviser, said Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, that the businessman and the son of the late US Senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, will run for Illinois governor in 2018. (Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette via AP, File)
February 08, 2017 - 9:53 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy said Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant name recognition of his family's political legacy to what will likely be a sharply contested race to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. In an email and video sent to...
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President Donald Trump has lunch with troops while visiting U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Trump, who spent the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, stopped for a visit to the headquarters before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 07, 2017 - 9:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of four-star U.S. military officers is delivering lawmakers a bleak picture about the state of the armed forces. During testimony Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee, they say mandatory caps that strictly limit defense spending are crippling the military's...
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In a Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Monty Nye, a retired Meridian Township, Mich., firefighter still active in the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union and the International Association of Fire Fighters, poses in his office at the Michigan AFL-CIO in Lansing, Mich. Michigan is making a push to cut retiree health care and potentially move new public workers from pensions to 401(k) plans. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
February 05, 2017 - 12:38 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Struggling under the weight of pension and health care obligations, Michigan lawmakers appear ready to take another whack at public employee benefits — a move that reflects renewed determination to shift workers to 401(k)-style retirement systems, even if it happens in baby...
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President Donald Trump, followed by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, left, walks into the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, as David O'Steen of the National Right to Life watches. Trump discussed the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 03, 2017 - 1:49 pm
A top aide to President Donald Trump said Friday she misspoke when she cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened. A day earlier, during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations by saying...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, the HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington. Republicans are increasingly talking about repairing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a softening of tone that comes as their drive to fulfill a keystone campaign promise encounters disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 03, 2017 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are increasingly talking about repairing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a softer tone that comes as their march to fulfill a keystone campaign promise encounters disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters. GOP lawmakers insist they haven't abandoned...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Republicans voted Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, to send to the full Senate the nomination of Pruitt to lead the EPA. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 02, 2017 - 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans suspended Senate committee rules Thursday to muscle President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency toward confirmation after Democrats boycotted a vote. It was the latest sign of political hostilities on Capitol Hill as Senate Democrats used...
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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2107 file photo, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, the Senate confirmed Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 01, 2017 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times local): 7:18 p.m. President Donald Trump is swearing in former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. Trump says in the Oval Office that it is "time to bring a clear-eyed focus to foreign affairs...
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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. listens as left as fellow committee member Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, during the committee's executive session for Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 01, 2017 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times local): 3 p.m. The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump's secretary of state. Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson's nomination to be the nation...
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