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Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

Apr 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its ...

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Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

Apr 20, 2014

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But with eight months ...

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Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

Apr 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.

The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville."

The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell.

Mrs. Obama and the wife of Vice President Joe ...

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Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Each of the four countries on Obama's ...

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Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Apr 19, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support ...

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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

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Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

Apr 18, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as ...

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From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

Apr 18, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support ...

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US delays review of contentious Keystone pipeline

Apr 18, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, indefinitely extending its review of the project.

In a surprise announcement Friday as ...

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Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

Apr 18, 2014

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate.

But his early resignation after being named U.S.

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Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

Apr 18, 2014

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

The decision is a victory for rivals ...

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Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker

Apr 18, 2014

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

For ...

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White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

Apr 18, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region.

But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the ...

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Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

Apr 18, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, getting just the leader of the free world doesn't seem to be enough. People want the first lady, too.

But Michelle Obama won't be with her husband when he sets off Tuesday on a four-country visit ...

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Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

Apr 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.

The military service academies had to suspend some sporting events last fall amid budget fights in ...

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Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

Apr 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court said the emissions-related provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency standard are permissible.

The ...

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Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

Apr 18, 2014

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius' fellow ...

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

Apr 18, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White ...

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Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

Apr 18, 2014

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.

The president announced Thursday that 8 million have ...

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Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

Apr 18, 2014

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.

In a memorandum to U.S. Citizenship and ...

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