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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have scored an early triumph as a second key House panel approved a bill to end the Obama health law and fundamentally restructure Medicaid for low-income people. The House Energy and Commerce Committee cleared the GOP bill on a party-line vote of 31-23 — after more than 27 hours of debate. The Ways and Means Committee approved the legislation earlier in the day. With backing from President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan wants to push the bill through the House in weeks. Ryan appears to be off to a good start, though opposition is building. Hospitals, doctors, and consumer groups are warning of large coverage losses and cost shifts if the bill is signed into law as written.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is asking a federal judge to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Washington was the first state to sue over the original travel ban, which resulted in a federal judge in Seattle halting its implementation around the country. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state will ask the judge to extend his temporary restraining order against the first ban to Trump's revised order. It bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries. Unlike the initial order, the new order says current visa holders will not be affected. And it removes language that would give priority to religious minorities. Hawaii yesterday filed a lawsuit against Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump has "grave concern" about the release of classified material and believes the systems at the CIA are outdated. Spicer was responding today to questions about WikiLeaks' disclosure of thousands of documents that it says reveals details of the CIA's cyberespionage toolkit. Spicer also denounced Assange for his previous release of classified material, saying he has undermined U.S. national security in the past. During the campaign, though Trump declared, "I love Wikileaks" after it published damaging emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is signaling that it intends to maintain leadership of the coalition fighting the Islamic State group. A State Department official says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a meeting of nations in that coalition later this month in Washington. Foreign ministers and senior officials of 68 nations and international organizations are invited.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has scheduled another rally, this time in Nashville, Tennessee. The president's campaign website is advertising the event next Wednesday at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. It will be the president's second campaign rally since his inauguration. He held his first last month in Florida. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said the president intends to hit the road to sell the American public on the Republican health care plan that he supports. It's unclear whether the Tennessee rally is part of that tour.

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