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Trump tweets US must be paid more for defending allies...Governors push alternative health overhaul plan...Another White House intrusion attempt

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reiterating his stance that European allies need to meet their end of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from NATO. A day after hosting a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump is tweeting that Germany owes "vast sums of money" to the alliance. He says the U.S. "must be paid more" for providing defense.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament is launching an investigation into U.S. news media that operate in Russia. The lawmaker who initiated the move calls it "a response to the actions of American politicians who have systematically accused Russian news media of interference in U.S. internal affairs." A statement on the website of the Duma doesn't specify how the investigation would be conducted or what might be done with its results.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that 57 percent of young Americans view Donald Trump's presidency as illegitimate. The number is larger among young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans. About three-quarters of young blacks think Trump's presidency isn't legitmate, according to the GenForward poll. GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-N-O-R-C Center for Public Affairs Research.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican health care bill has competition from another GOP group: governors with their own idea for how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. A plan being pushed by four GOP governors calls for a more gradual approach, with additional options for states. It's likely to involve more federal spending than the House bill, but also keep more people covered. The governors behind the plan say they represent most of the 33 Republican state chief executives.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Another would-be intruder has been apprehended near the White House. That's according to press secretary Sean Spicer, who says on Twitter that someone "jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave" but did not make it onto White House property. The incident comes about a week after a man breached a 5-foot outer perimeter fence and scaled an 8-foot vehicle gate to gain entry to the White House grounds. This time, the president isn't at the White House. He and his family are spending the weekend in Florida.

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