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Retired general: Nuclear launch order can be refused

Retired general: Nuclear launch order can be refused

WASHINGTON -- A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal.

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Will Weissert
Texas trading House seniority for newcomers

Texas trading House seniority for newcomers

AUSTIN -- Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country's largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party's leadership on Capitol Hill.

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Republicans unveil long-shot effort on health care

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Alan Fram

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

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Senate GOP looking for budget deal to open way to tax redo

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Marcy Gordon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.