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GOP's Ernst of Iowa to give party's radio address

Jul 11, 2014

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst has recorded the Republicans' national radio address.

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House votes to make business tax break permanent

Jul 11, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year.

The tax break allows ...

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Judge rules Florida Legislature broke laws on maps

Jul 11, 2014

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that ...

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Obama Diverts Attention Back to Economy

By | Jul 11, 2014

President Barack Obama is trying to shift attention away from the humanitarian crisis caused by a new wave of illegal immigration and instead underscore that the U.S. economy has been improving on his watch.

It's part of his effort to court voters on behalf of fellow Democrats in this November's ...

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In Afghanistan, Kerry seeks path in voting crisis

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control.

Kerry, who arrived predawn in Kabul on ...

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Kansas senator's longevity gives GOP foe opening

Jul 11, 2014

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning show.

"Every time I get an opponent — uh, I mean, every time I get a chance — I'm home," Roberts said during the KCMO ...

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Fall elections loom over governors' meeting

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation's governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications.

The three-day gathering of the ...

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Officers say no 'stand-down order' for Benghazi

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi,

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Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

Jul 10, 2014

By ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on ...

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Obama offers US help negotiating Israel cease-fire

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered the help of the United States on Thursday in negotiating a cease-fire to end escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, as world leaders warned of an urgent need to avoid another ...

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Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have ...

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Obama books summer getaway on Martha's Vineyard

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has booked a two-week summer getaway for his family on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

The White House says Obama will head north on Aug. 9 and stay until Aug. 24, when he returns to Washington. It will be the longest summer ...

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Obama: US willing to negotiate Israel cease-fire

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israel's leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) on Thursday, as Israel was intensifying an bombardment of the Gaza ...

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Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Jul 10, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.

A hazardous materials response team was in the building following an ...

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Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over ...

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APNewsBreak: No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a "stand-down order" held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a ...

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House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

Jul 10, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before the government says it will have to slow down payments.

The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill ...

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Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

Jul 10, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like her high-profile parents, Chelsea Clinton is becoming a draw on the speaking circuit, with some organizations shelling out as much as $75,000 per speech.

Attention to the younger Clinton's speaking fees, first reported by The New York Times,

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Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

Jul 10, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 ...

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