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Some key provisions changed...Ryan backs new travel ban...FBI chief wanted to challenge wiretapping claim

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.

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SEATTLE (AP) — One of the state attorneys general who successfully challenged President Donald Trump's initial travel ban says he's taking a serious look at the revised version that was issued today. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says it appears that the administration has given in on some of the "key provisions" that were blocked in court. They include bans on legal permanent residents, visa holders and dual citizens, as well as explicit preferences based on religion. After the court challenges by Washington and Minnesota, people traveling from the seven countries listed in the initial order were allowed to enter the United States on visas that had been previously issued.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is supporting the updated version of President Donald Trump's contentious travel ban. It now bars new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and shuts down the U.S. refugee program. The White House has dropped Iraq from the list of targeted countries, which include Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Wisconsin Republican condemned Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. But in a statement today, Ryan said Trump's revised executive order advances "our shared goal" of protecting the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials today are defending President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama tapped Trump's phones during last year's election, although they won't say exactly where that information came from. The comments came even as FBI Director James Comey privately asked the Justice Department to dispute the claim because he believed the allegations were not true.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. troops are playing a new role in Syria, in addition to advising local Arab and Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamic State militants. A spokesman says a small number of U.S. troops have taken up positions just west of the northern city of Manbij with the declared mission of deterring violence between Turkish, Russian and other forces that have converged there. The spokesman says this is a new mission for the U.S., but that it falls within authorities held by U.S. commanders since before President Donald Trump took office.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Trump administration is taking steps to drop the federal government's legal fight against North Carolina's "bathroom bill." That's the legislation requiring transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. North Carolina residents challenging the law can press ahead with a separate lawsuit, but they've lost the dual punch provided by federal lawyers.

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