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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a Senate office building after meeting individually with some members of the committee that would vet him for the post, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump defends VA pick amid Capitol Hill questions

- The Washington Times

President Trump defended his nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department Tuesday against reports of problems with Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s confirmation process — but said it’s up to the doctor if he wants to fight for the post.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, pauses for a reporter's question at the Capitol  in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate panel advances sweeping opioids bill

- The Washington Times

The Senate Health Committee advanced opioid legislation Tuesday that would facilitate the government's ability to seize and destroy deadly fentanyl as it comes into the U.S. and speed safer painkillers to market to try to curtail the spread of addition.

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks about the House-passed version of next year's budget Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards called the proposal "unworthy of the people of Louisiana." (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Many issues decided at Louisiana regular session midpoint

- Associated Press

Louisiana lawmakers have reached the midpoint of their regular session mired in sharp disagreements over the budget, with most gun proposals stalled, the governor's legislative agenda struggling and efforts to end early questionable.

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 File, photo, a neon sign hanging in the window of Healthy Harvest Indoor Gardening in Hillsboro, Ore., shows that the business accepts bitcoin as payment. The Wisconsin Ethics Commission is considering a policy guiding what to do about political contributions made in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is gaining in popularity as a type of privately issued digital money. The Wisconsin Ethics Commission is holding a hearing Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in response to February request from the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin for public input and a policy on the use of campaigns accepting cryptocurrencies and making payments with them.(AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus File)

Wisconsin grapples with allowing bitcoin campaign donations

- Associated Press

Wisconsin ethics officials are considering making the state among the leaders in accepting political contributions in bitcoins and other digital currencies, despite concerns about the inherent anonymity of such donations and the fluctuation of exchange rates.

S Carolina's largest city focuses on stopping gun violence

- Associated Press

After a sharp increase in gun violence, often committed by the same people with the same guns, the police chief in South Carolina largest city is announcing a different approach to cracking down on crime and weapons.

Paul Manafort departs Federal District Court for a hearing, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Prosecutors defend search of Manafort's storage locker

- The Washington Times

A search of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's storage locker was legal because a business associate who signed a lease for the unit allowed the FBI inside, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office said in court filing late Monday night.

Ohio Supreme Court hears Toledo traffic camera arguments

- Associated Press

The Ohio Legislature "thumbed its nose" at the state Supreme Court by passing a law reducing funding for cities that operate traffic camera programs after the court previously found such programs constitutional, an attorney for the city of Toledo told the court Tuesday.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron pose for a photo in front of Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

- Associated Press

With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship Tuesday, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement, Syria and more.

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017, file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. Attorneys for Kelly and Baroni are scheduled to argue in court, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia, to try and convince a federal appeals court their clients' convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case should be reversed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Former Christie allies: Bridge realignment didn't break law

- Associated Press

The tales of political vendettas and back-room machinations that animated the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were replaced Tuesday with comparatively dry legal arguments as two former associates of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued before a federal appeals court to have their convictions overturned.