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WASHINGTON (AP) — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm have found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the U.S. The three-page report said that of 82 people that the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the United States, just over half were born in the U.S. The others were from 26 countries, including Somalia and Iraq. Those are the only two countries included in the ban. A Homeland Security spokeswoman says the report is not complete or comprehensive.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. Spokesman Sean Spicer says Priebus had little choice in seeking FBI assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters from news organizations including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico have been barred today from taking part in an informal, on the record White House press briefing. The Associated Press chose not to participate in what's known as a gaggle. CNN released a statement calling the action retaliation by "the Trump White House" for reporting "facts they don't like."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Details are emerging about a draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law. It would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. It's only preliminary, but Democrats have offered swift criticism. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the measure would "put insurance companies back in charge"
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NAACP is urging religious conferences, athletic events and musicians to avoid North Carolina as part of a national boycott protesting the state's conservative policies. The civil rights organization today announced what it calls the first steps of a national boycott over it says are unfairly drawn voting districts and a state law limiting LGBT protections.
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