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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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Kerry meeting again with Afghan candidates

Jul 12, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day as the United States struggles to find a path out of the crisis enveloping the nation's elections.

The prolonged uncertainty about ...

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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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White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B

Jul 11, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday that the federal government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget ...

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James' return to Cleveland could complicate GOP

Jul 11, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — LeBron James' return to Cleveland potentially complicates Republicans' plan to nominate their 2016 presidential pick there.

The NBA star announced Friday that he would play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team where he spent seven seasons.

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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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