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Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

- Associated Press

Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers' political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans.

Pima County Sheriff calls for state investigation into funds

Associated Press

After a former Pima County Sheriff's official revealed in federal court that a criminal conspiracy to misuse federal funds had been going on for about 20 years, the current sheriff is asking the state to step in and conduct a second investigation.

The Sunshine Law legislators scorecard: How it was done

- Associated Press

The scoring system for the Florida Society of News Editors assigns points for a list of critical government openness bills. Legislators get three points for a floor vote, seven points for co-sponsoring a bill and 10 points for sponsoring a bill that's on the list. Votes against openness lose points; votes for openness gain points. Legislators got a bonus point for communicating with the Florida First Amendment Foundation about the bill. The scores were compared to the session's most extreme legislator - good or bad - and turned into standard letter grades for comparison. A perfectly neutral legislator would get a C. In 2017, the most extreme good score paled in comparison with the most extreme worst vote, leaving no legislator with an A score but some with Fs.

On open records, half Florida's legislators rate "F" or "D"

- Associated Press

Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

In this photo taken Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Brentwood, N.Y., high school valedictorians Michael Simoes, left, Reeda Iqbal, center, and co-salutatorian Saray Vazquez pose at the high school. The students are graduating after a year that saw several gang killings in their Long Island community, including five victims who attended Brentwood High School. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

Top scholars rise above gang violence in suburban NY town

- Associated Press

Their senior year began with sadness and horror. Two fellow students at Brentwood High School were beaten to death in the street. The corpses of three more were discovered in secluded spots - all victims of suspected gang violence.

President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump leaving McConnell to handle Senate bill on health care

- Associated Press

Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience - and it's showed.