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Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

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Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads... More>>

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

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More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. More>>

Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around. More>>

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

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The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic. More>>

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

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The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. More>>

New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

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Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while... More>>

Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week. More>>

Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

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Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the... More>>

NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

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Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. More>>

Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

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By The Associated Press President Barack Obama as of Friday has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation, less time away from the White House than his predecessors. Here's a look at how they... More>>

Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

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The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth... More>>

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

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President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as... More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

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An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises... More>>

Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

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The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in... More>>

FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

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The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group. More>>

UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

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The World Food Program may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this fall, the U.N. agency's director for Asia said Friday. More>>

Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

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Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts... More>>

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

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The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. More>>

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

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For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama... More>>

Facts about US racial unrest

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The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there... More>>

Democrats reframe debate on health care

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President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of... More>>

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

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U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam. More>>

Biden voices support for Georgia's NATO wishes

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Vice President Joe Biden tells Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that he supports the former Soviet republic's desire to join NATO. Georgia's aspirations to join the Western alliance are a sore point with... More>>

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

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America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of... More>>

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

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At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. More>>

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages Video included

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,... More>>

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

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America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no... More>>

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

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The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday. More>>

The ice bucket stops with Obama

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The ice bucket stops with Obama. More>>

Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him. More>>

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

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U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said... More>>

Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

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Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday. More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

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The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. More>>

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

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Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state... More>>

Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

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Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad. More>>

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation Video included

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It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago. More>>

Education Department tries to ease testing worries

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance. More>>

Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground... More>>

5 things to know about case against Texas' Perry

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In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not... More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

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After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

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The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. More>>

Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

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Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov.... More>>

SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

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Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home. More>>

Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

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India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday. More>>

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed Video included

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,... More>>

News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

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Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights: More>>

Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

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A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. More>>

GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

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The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan... More>>

Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. But Tuesday's primary produced a GOP nominee with a military record that could hold... More>>

Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the... More>>

McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud. More>>

APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

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Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with... More>>

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

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The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.... More>>

DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

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The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday. More>>

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained... More>>

US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

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The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an... More>>

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

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President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the... More>>

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

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American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials... More>>

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

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The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. More>>

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

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The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. More>>

After somber statement, Obama golfs with friends

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President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast came... More>>

Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

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In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President... More>>

Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

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Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in... More>>

Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

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President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. More>>

Senate control could rest with well-funded women

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The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races. More>>

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

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At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation,... More>>

Obama to speak after militants behead American

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The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded. More>>

US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country. More>>

Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

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Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in... More>>

Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

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A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the... More>>

Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

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Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska. More>>

Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

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Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. More>>

No-fly list rules get changes

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson Video included

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Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story. More>>

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson Video included

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Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story. More>>

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants... More>>

Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

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What had been shaping up as one of this year's most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his... More>>

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being." More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

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More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

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Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime... More>>

AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

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At age 15, Paul Ryan was already feeling isolated from his father, who had grown distant from his family and leaned heavily on whiskey. Then one morning the future congressman found his alcoholic father in bed, dead from... More>>

Many communities still mistrust police

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For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri. After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson... More>>

Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

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The last time voters in New Hampshire saw Rick Perry, the Texas governor's 2012 presidential bid had fallen apart after a series of gaffes punctuated by a much-maligned stumble during a televised debate. More>>

Government wants to make cars talk to each other

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The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid... More>>

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

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Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed... More>>

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role Video included

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When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in... More>>

Rove-backed Crossroads adds Colo. to fall TV plan

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The Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the states where it will be advertising this fall, booking more than $6 million in television time and taking its post-Labor Day media... More>>

US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

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The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it. More>>

Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

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Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday. More>>

Emanuel's critics scurry to find 2015 challenger

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Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise - some might say a threat - to tackle Chicago's many problems with the same... More>>

Senate Democrats have $8M July, have $32M banked

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Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its GOP rival again last month and now has $32 million saved to help endangered incumbents defend their narrow majority, committee officials said Tuesday. More>>

Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

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For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed - a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans. More>>

House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

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House Democrats' uphill effort to oust Republicans from their majority is sitting on a $56.7 million pile of cash heading into what is shaping up to be a costly fall election season, campaign officials said Monday.... More>>

FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

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The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat. More>>

Obama: Time to review local police militarization Video included

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Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with... More>>

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

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President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the... More>>

Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

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President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's... More>>

Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in... More>>

Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife's erratic behavior, causing turmoil throughout the executive staff and nearly prompting a mass resignation among workers in the governor's mansion, a defense... More>>

Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

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Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they don't know when he will be booked on abuse of power charges - but that it won't happen in secret. More>>

Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri Video included

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President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager. More>>

Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

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Vice President Joe Biden gave a hearty welcome Monday to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him. More>>

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

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Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. More>>

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

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A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. More>>

Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

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The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday. More>>

No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

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A judge has decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, meaning the Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run... More>>

Obama on family vacation with just part of family

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President Barack Obama started his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard with just one of his daughters, and he may leave with just one of his daughters when the two-week getaway ends next weekend.... More>>

Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

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President Barack Obama is getting off the island. More>>

Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but... More>>

New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers Video included

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The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. More>>

US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

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U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam. More>>

Police shooting draws protesters from near, far

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Protesters who have for days lined a busy suburban St. Louis street not far from the place where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have walked from nearby apartments, driven from neighboring... More>>

Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

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As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House... More>>

Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

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Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96. More>>

Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

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House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican... More>>

GOP Senate campaign arm has more than $26M saved

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Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $5 million last month and has almost $27 million ready to help candidates, committee aides said Saturday. More>>

Trial of Texas father raises legal, moral issues

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David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas. More>>

Defiant Perry defends veto that led to indictment

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors. More>>

Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters. More>>

John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace... More>>

More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be... More>>

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

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The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian... More>>

Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War... More>>

Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he's kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential... More>>

Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

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Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan's capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government... More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. More>>

Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. More>>

Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls. More>>

Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

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President Barack Obama's top-ranking adviser on his vacation to Martha's Vineyard is a former Illinois political operative who drove him around the state during his Senate campaign a decade ago and then was his... More>>

Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Senate race

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller in this state's GOP U.S. Senate primary on Friday, one day after Miller referred to Palin as a "major inspiration" in a debate. More>>

Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016... More>>

Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

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One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster has taken center stage in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race. More>>

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for... More>>

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria _ what's next

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be... More>>

US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

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U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group. More>>

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

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When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. More>>

Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

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Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state. More>>

Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu "guaranteed" Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday that no Russian troops are involved in the transport of humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said. More>>

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

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No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months. More>>

War college begins review into senator's work

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A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete. More>>

Ex-Eagle Cobb running for Congress in New Jersey

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Garry Cobb spent more than a decade as a pro football player tackling opponents on the field. Now, the former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker-turned-radio-personality is taking on one of New Jersey's most powerful... More>>

Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

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Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline. More>>

Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

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With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants. More>>

Obama to visit Estonia in September

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President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia in September as part of U.S. efforts to reaffirm security commitments to Baltic nations following Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine. More>>

Obama steps into another racially charged incident

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

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By The Associated Press President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot over the weekend by a white... More>>

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

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Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that... More>>

Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee

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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said he will support the eventual GOP nominee if he doesn't win Tuesday's primary. More>>

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea Video included

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Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of... More>>

Challengers line up Wyoming's US senator

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Sen. Mike Enzi said his son didn't benefit from the senator's position in landing a job with a company that received almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a carbon-capture project that... More>>

Battle for obscure Nevada office all about 2016

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Like most lieutenant governors, the No. 2 executive in Nevada doesn't have much to do most days. So why are Harry Reid and Brian Sandoval so involved in the battle over the office this fall? More>>

Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

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The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. More>>

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely Video included

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President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands... More>>

US commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

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The Obama administration commended Iraq's incumbent prime minister Thursday for stepping aside, calling it a milestone that sets the stage for a peaceful transition of power that could unite Iraqis against the security... More>>

Holder promises Brown family a full investigation Video included

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Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised the family of an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Missouri a full, independent civil rights investigation of his death. More>>

Chuck Todd taking over NBC's 'Meet the Press'

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Embattled "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory is leaving NBC News and Chuck Todd will replace him on the venerable Sunday morning public affairs program, NBC said Thursday. More>>

Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

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The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of... More>>

Report: FBI improves national security letter use

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The Justice Department's watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better. More>>

VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

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The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to... More>>

Prosecutors rest in ex-Virginia governor case

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Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday by giving jurors their first in-person look at the designer clothes and other gifts... More>>

For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

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For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president. More>>

IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

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The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government... More>>

Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

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Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely... More>>

Media groups present petition supporting reporter

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Organizations that advocate for news media have presented the Justice Department with a petition in support of New York Times reporter James Risen. More>>

Obama confers on Ebola with African leaders

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President Barack Obama has told the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone that the U.S. is committed to working to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More>>

Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain Video included

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue. More>>

It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

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It's a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would. More>>

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

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The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,... More>>

Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

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In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered together on... More>>

US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt. Video included

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Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night. More>>

US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape Video included

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Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to... More>>

VA referrals to private doctors on rise

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over lengthy patient waiting times at many VA hospitals and clinics and falsified appointment... More>>

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