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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a key House committee is pledging that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.

GOP Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, head of the Ways and Means Committee, insisted Thursday that Republicans won't be deterred by the politics, even though Donald Trump won election as president on promises to protect the popular health care program for older Americans, and Democrats are already warning of a "war on seniors."

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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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