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Obama Offers Mixed Verdict on Immigration Ruling

Jun 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing his immigration agenda, President Barack Obama said he is pleased the Supreme Court struck down key parts of Arizona's immigration law Monday but voiced concern about what the high court left intact.

The court allowed a provision requiring police to check the immigration ...

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State corporate campaign spending limits rejected

Jun 25, 2012

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a plea to revisit its 2-year-old campaign finance decision in the Citizens United case and instead struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

The same five conservative justices in the ...

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Court: No automatic life without parole for kids

Jun 25, 2012

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for state laws to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made,

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Poll: Half doubt next president will alter economy

Jun 25, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the economy, half of Americans in a new poll say it won't matter much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins — even though the presidential candidates have staked their chances on which one would be better at fixing the economic ...

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THE RACE: Events in capital may shape rest of race

Jun 25, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Looming large over the presidential race this week are decisions ranging from a suspenseful Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's landmark health-care law to a possible House vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

Congress also ...

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Public stations may get OK for political ads

Jun 25, 2012

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal court decision has created the possibility that some public television and radio stations that are perpetually challenged financially could see a windfall of cash from political advertising.

Stations that get that chance would have to ...

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Reid: Court ruling paves path to racial profiling

Jun 25, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats and Republicans scrambled for election-year gain from the Supreme Court's ruling Monday that threw out key provisions of Arizona's immigration law but upheld one that requires police to check the status of people who ...

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Romney: States Have Right to Secure Their Borders

Jun 25, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney on Monday said states have a duty and a right to secure their borders even as he called for a bipartisan national immigration strategy.

The likely Republican nominee did not address the merits of the Supreme Court's decision to ...

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Health care ruling expected on Thursday

Jun 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will issue its last opinions on Thursday, with its decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul expected to come down that day.

The court will begin its summer recess after announcing its decisions, with health care topping the list of undecided ...

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Obama ad seeks to counter 'doing fine' criticism

Jun 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign is using a new television ad to refute Republican attacks on Obama's recent assertion that the private sector is "doing fine."

The ad says Republican rival Mitt Romney and his "billionaire allies will spend millions to distort the president's ...

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Germany rebuffs Obama's advice on euro crisis

Jun 25, 2012

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is rejecting U.S. President Barack Obama's calls on Europe to move faster in fighting its debt crisis, telling him to get the American deficit under control instead.

Wolfgang Schaeuble told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview late Sunday that "people are ...

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Biden, in Leaked Memo, Told Obama War Plan Flawed

Jun 25, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 U.S. forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Joe Biden warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed, a new book about Obama's expansion of ...

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Utah Sen. Hatch seems to have weathered GOP storm

Jun 25, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING and PAUL FOY, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was an entertaining exchange, as one-man debates go.

Dan Liljenquist, hoping to shock the political world on Tuesday, didn't let Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch's absence this month stop him. The GOP challenger opened his show ...

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Court keeps upcoming health care decision secret

Jun 25, 2012

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the biggest secret in a city known for not keeping them.

The nine Supreme Court justices and more than three dozen other people have kept quiet for more than two months about how the high court is going to rule on the constitutionality ...

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US health care reform efforts through history

Jun 25, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law comes after a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. A look at the issue ...

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Pawlenty says to look elsewhere for potential VP

Jun 24, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (puh-LEN'-tee) says he's told Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to look elsewhere for a running mate.

Pawlenty, who competed briefly last year for the GOP nomination before dropping out and endorsing Romney, says he thinks he could serve the ...

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Utah Sen. Hatch seems to have weathered GOP storm

Jun 24, 2012

By KEVIN FREKING and PAUL FOY, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was an entertaining exchange, as one-man debates go.

Dan Liljenquist, hoping to shock the political world on Tuesday, didn't let Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch's absence this month stop him. The GOP challenger opened his show ...

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Court keeps upcoming health care decision secret

Jun 24, 2012

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the biggest secret in a city known for not keeping them.

The nine Supreme Court justices and more than three dozen other people have kept quiet for more than two months about how the high court is going to rule on the constitutionality ...

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New ad by pro-Obama PAC targets Romney over Bain

Jun 23, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political committee supporting President Barack Obama is out with a new ad accusing Mitt Romney of making millions while shutting down an Indiana paper plant.

The ad, from Priorities USA Action, is the latest in a series attacking Romney's record at the investment firm Bain ...

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In Va. Senate race, Obama emerging as key figure

Jun 23, 2012

By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The dominant figure in a Virginia Senate race that could determine the direction of Congress next year is President Barack Obama even though both candidates are former governors well-known to voters.

Republican George Allen is trying to redeem ...

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