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The House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told the Associated Press that Republicans plans to overhaul Medicare as early as next year.

Brady joins a growing number of voices in the House of Representatives who have signaled interest in changing the program even as Senate Republicans have pushed back such talk.

"Democrat tactics of 'Mediscare' have been around a long time. They've stopped working," Brady told The Associated Press in a story published Friday. "Voters have figured out Republicans want to save Medicare for the long term, and they know that those who say everything's just fine with it aren't leveling with them."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's government denies that it tampered in the U.S. election or even took sides. But now that the results are in, members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party aren't holding back.

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President-elect Donald Trump is in hot water after speaking on the phone with Taiwan's president, something that hasn't been done for decades in an effort to preserve U.S.-China relations. But, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) praised him.

Trump spoke on the phone with President Tsai Ing-wen Friday, which has not been done since 1979 when the U.S. agreed to normalize relations with China and embrace the "one China" policy. China views Taiwan as an illegitimate government.

Cotton, a hawk on foreign policy, sent out a statement commending Trump for the call.

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China's foreign minister delivered a stark reminder to President-elect Trump Saturday. There is only one Chinese government to talk to.

The statement from the foreign minister's office came after reports that Trump violated the "one China" policy and spoke on the phone with Taiwan's president Friday. It was the only known time in nearly four decades that a a U.S. President has spoken on the phone with the president of Taiwan.

China views Taiwan's president as an illegitimate leader, because they still view Taiwan as part of China. The U.S. has been delicately balancing that for more than 30 years.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's supporters moved Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, involving the courts less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.

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