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Perry-Paul launch foreign policy war of words

Jul 14, 2014

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two leading Republicans have begun an unusually personal war of words over foreign policy.

The dispute between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlights a broader divide within the GOP over international affairs in one of the ...

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty

Jul 14, 2014

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular Army duty Monday, a senior defense official said.

Bergdahl is now assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San ...

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Democrats get help from Massachusetts Sen. Warren

Jul 14, 2014

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign 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 March, the ...

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Kerry, top Iranian diplomat to hold in-depth talks

Jul 14, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran's top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement.

The scheduled talks come ...

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A Vexing Crisis at the Border

By | Jul 14, 2014

The influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States is a wrenching humanitarian crisis, and the federal government’s handling of it will create an indelible impression around the world of America’s commitment to human rights and child welfare. Or maybe it’s a ...

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Kingston, Perdue hone attacks in Ga. Senate debate

Jul 13, 2014

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue sharpened their attacks on each other during a heated debate Sunday with just over a week to go before their runoff election.

Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and ...

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No Iran breakthrough with Kerry in Vienna

Jul 13, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Joint efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and three other Western foreign ministers failed Sunday to advance faltering nuclear talks with Iran, with the target date for a deal only a week away.

"There has been no ...

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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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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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