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US, Germany vow cooperation despite espionage spat

Jul 13, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — The United States and Germany are vowing to work closely together on global matters despite strains in their relationship linked to recent espionage accusations.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier ...

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Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely

Jul 13, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to try and advance troubled nuclear talks with Iran, with a target date only a week away for a pact meant to curb programs Tehran ...

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Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats

Jul 13, 2014

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Since ...

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Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

Jul 12, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama.

The Republican governor says that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel's behalf and that the country no longer trusts it ...

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Candidate scraps shotgun-blast ad against Congress

Jul 12, 2014

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Democrat running for Congress in conservative central Washington on Saturday removed an online campaign video that showed him blasting an elephant-shaped piñata with a shotgun.

The Tri-City Herald reported (http://is.gd/17w5n6 ) that the advertisement for Estakio ...

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Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

Jul 12, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years.

While the ...

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Kerry: Afghan candidates agree to audit results

Jul 12, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible.

Kerry stood with the two ...

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Perdue touts business record in Georgia Senate bid

Jul 12, 2014

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he's best positioned to tackle the nation's debt.

The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok touts his business acumen while campaigning for ...

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Obama cites letter writers in pitching economy

Jul 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his travels beyond the capital and his visits with selected letter writers demonstrate the need for Congress to act on his stalled economic agenda.

In his weekly radio and Internet address Obama cited meetings this week with a college student and with ...

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Senate candidate records GOP address, then deploys

Jul 12, 2014

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new item on Lt. Col. Joni Ernst's checklist as she packed up for two weeks of annual training with the Iowa National Guard: denounce the health care law in the weekly Republican radio address.

An Iowa state senator who is running for ...

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Fog of war in Benghazi hampered military response

Jul 12, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military might have been able to prevent two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA installation where Americans had taken refuge and ...

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Obama relishes roadshow, but agenda still stuck

Jul 12, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcome to Barack Obama's split-screen presidency.

On one side: a confident Obama making campaign-style stops around the country and ridiculing his political opponents to the delight of cheering supporters. On the other side: an ...

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House chairman: $3.7B border request 'too much'

Jul 11, 2014

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price ...

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Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

Jul 11, 2014

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Hagel was asked ...

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Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints

Jul 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental ...

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Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES and ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve ...

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Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets' care

Jul 11, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at ...

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US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

Jul 11, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy to leave behind ...

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Commanders: Benghazi rescue hampered by info lack

Jul 11, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented, military leaders say, if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans had taken refuge and ...

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Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails

Jul 11, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois ...

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