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Trump stands firm on surveillance...GOP a Trump obstacle so far...Health care bill uncertainty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 2:10 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't backing away an inch from his unproven accusation that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. He's also sidestepped any blame for the White House decision to highlight an unverified report that Britain helped carry out the alleged surveillance. The British connection came from a Fox News analyst. The British agency denied the charges in a rare public statement, saying the report was "utterly ridiculous."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two months into President Donald Trump's administration, congressional Republicans have emerged as one of his biggest obstacles. For example some Republicans say his proposed budget is "draconian, careless and counterproductive." They predict the health care plan won't pass. And the suggestion that former President Barack Obama spied on him is simply "inexplicable." Trump insisted on Friday that the party is coalescing behind him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some conservative House Republicans say President Donald Trump's latest move on the health care overhaul falls short. Trump has agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs in an effort to bolster support for the measure, which could come up for a showdown vote Thursday. The bill's future remains clouded in the Senate as well.

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in China, fresh from strong comments about North Korea during a visit to South Korea. Pyongyang's nuclear program is likely to be chief among several hot topics Tillerson will discuss in meetings with Chinese leaders today. In South Korea on Friday, he warned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea is on the table along with other possible solutions.

NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn't an ordinary police chase for trying to duck a subway fare. New York City officers found themselves chasing down a genuine duck that strayed onto the tracks at a Brooklyn subway station Friday morning. They eventually corralled the feathered fowl and released it in a park, so everything turned out ducky.

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