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Pentagon seeks to expand fight against Somali extremists...GOP Medicaid plan gets cool reception from Democratic governors

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 6:44 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is asking for an inroad into Somalia to battle a notorious al-Qaida-affiliated group there. The recommendations sent to the White House would allow U.S special operations forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army in the struggle against al-Shabab militants. Senior U.S. officials contend the stubborn extremist group has plotted attacks against America.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid is getting a cool reception from Democrats at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C. GOP governors intend to present Congress with a plan that they say would give states more flexibility to administer health coverage for poorer residents. The governors will meet with President Donald Trump and congressional leaders tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman says an investigation by the attorney general wouldn't be appropriate in the case of Russia's alleged interference with the 2016 election. Appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," California Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) said that's because Attorney General Jeff Sessions was appointed by President Donald Trump. Issa called for a special prosecutor.

ATLANTA (AP) — Observers say Tom Perez has his work cut out for him as new Democratic Party Chairman. Many liberals were disappointed that he beat Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, even though Perez offered and Ellison accepted the deputy chairmanship. Perez, the former labor secretary, now faces the task of unifying Democrats as well as rebuilding party fortunes which have taken a beating of late.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit related to restrictions on the use of social media. Lester Packingham Jr. posted on Facebook about a traffic court win in 2010, despite being barred from using social networks by a 2008 North Carolina law because he's a sex offender. He was prosecuted and convicted. His suit says the law is too broad.

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