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Possible GOP presidential candidates to court NRA

Apr 25, 2014

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several potential Republican contenders for president will court gun-rights supporters at the NRA's annual convention Friday.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are set to ...

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Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions

Apr 24, 2014

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

In unusually blunt language, Kerry said Thursday that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation,

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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

Apr 24, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees,

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US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet

Apr 24, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes there is a way forward to brokering Mideast peace even after talks were abruptly suspended Thursday.

However, Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to make necessary compromises so ...

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South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.

South Korea is reeling from ...

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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

Apr 24, 2014

By CHARLES D. WILSON, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the ...

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GOP senators attack Obama deportations review

Apr 24, 2014

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Barack Obama Thursday of displaying "an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens" by considering ...

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Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy

Apr 24, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy.

It's a new generation reflecting a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves.

Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky stand on either side of the ...

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Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to ...

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WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit

Apr 24, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you."

President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted.

His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid ...

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Ky. Senate candidate wants Keystone pipeline OK'd

Apr 24, 2014

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 other incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

Grimes'

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Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute ...

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Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

Apr 24, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure ...

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Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues

Apr 24, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.

Obama is speaking at a news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay). The two leaders say they are stepping up ...

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Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

Apr 23, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she believes that the outcome in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia.

Clinton, who is considering another run for president, says the United States and Europe need to do more to stand up ...

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NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

Apr 23, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

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Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Apr 23, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

The ...

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Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

Apr 23, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering.

Americans for ...

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