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Perez to head up DNC...Governors clash over GOP Medicaid reform plan... Trump turns down invite to WH correspondent's dinner

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.



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ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Perez is the first Latino to chair the Democratic National Committee. He was elected to the post today at the DNC meeting in Atlanta. Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama, beat out Congressman Keith Ellison in the second round of voting. In a show of unity, Perez asked members to make Ellison his deputy. Both pledge to rebuild state and local parties across the nation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — At their meeting in the nation's capital, Republican and Democratic governors are clashing over a GOP proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, Republicans endorse a plan they say would give states more flexibility to administer health coverage for poorer residents while protecting states from absorbing the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Democrats say their counterparts of being dishonest about the plan's effects.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be skipping this spring's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. In a tweet on Saturday, the president doesn't give a reason but says he wishes "everyone well and have a great evening!" The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. Trump has an adversarial relationship with news media and has accused some news outlets of publishing "fake news."

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedes are puzzled after a prominent Fox News program featured a guest identified as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's Defense Ministry and Foreign Office. The agencies told a Swedish newspaper they knew nothing of the man who was on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Thursday. Nils Bildt told news outlets he's a U.S.-based independent analyst and Fox News chose its description of him.

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man drove a rental car into pedestrians in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, then fled and was shot and wounded after being tracked down by officers. One of the victims later died. The suspect is a 35-year-old German. There's no word on the man's possible motives. Authorities say there are no indications of any terrorist background and the man appears to have acted alone

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