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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released the text of his pared-down bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. It's a legislative maneuver so the Senate can pass a bill that a House-Senate conference committee can use as the base to try to work out a comprehensive "repeal and replace" measure.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is speaking out after the appearance of an expletive-laced interview. He says he sometimes uses "colorful language" and pledges to refrain. The interview appears on the website of The New Yorker magazine. In the article, an angry Scaramucci uses expletives to accuse White House chief of staff Reince Priebus of being a "paranoid schizophrenic."

WASHINGTON (AP) — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. Sessions tells The Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs." The attorney general says he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda as long as Trump "sees that as appropriate."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia. That represents a remarkable acknowledgement that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve the new package of financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea two days after the House pushed the measure through by an overwhelming margin.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes, with the death toll in nearly four months of unrest rising above 100 Thursday. Most of the dead in anti-government protests that began in early April have been young men killed by gunfire. The toll also includes looters, police allegedly attacked by protesters and civilians killed in accidents related to roadblocks.

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