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Trump declares war on Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump declared war on members of his own party on Thursday by threatening the political careers of conservative Republicans who helped torpedo healthcare legislation he backed, but was quickly told the lawmakers will not bow to "bullying." | Video

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First two Democrats back Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

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High court pick could help decide fate of Trump's climate policy

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Israeli cabinet approves first West Bank settlement in 20 years

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Environmental groups sue Trump administration for approving Keystone pipeline

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U.N. experts see 'alarming' U.S. trend against free speech, protest

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Kansas governor vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

The governor of Kansas on Thursday vetoed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) because the measure was not fiscally responsible and would still fund Planned Parenthood.