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Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

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WASHINGTON -- In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

It's one reason why political insurgents Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders have become the raging bulls of the 2016 presidential race and the political ...Read more

Million-dollar donations fuel super PACs' new dominance

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Nearly 60 people have already donated at least $1 million each to independent political committees supporting Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in what promises to be the most expensive election ever.

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of this year, according to filings with ...Read more

As Joe Biden resumes official work, so does talk about a 2016 run

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WASHINGTON -- Amid heightened speculation about whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, Vice President Joe Biden remains at least a month from a decision and has largely left preparatory work to a small circle of trusted longtime aides.

Biden has returned to full involvement in political and official work after a period of ...Read more

Clinton warns of 'cowboy diplomacy' if Republicans retake White House

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Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday in her first major foreign policy speech of the 2016 presidential campaign that her potential Republican opponents would return to "cowboy diplomacy and reckless warmongering," while she embraced President Barack Obama's policy of engagement and vowed to advance normalization of ties with Cuba by ending the ...Read more

Man arrested near Obama home after bomb scare ordered on electronic monitoring

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CHICAGO--A man claiming to be the son of President Barack Obama was charged and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet after spurring a police bomb unit response outside of the president's Kenwood home on Thursday, prosecutors said Friday.

Marquez Hassell, 20, appeared before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr. and ...Read more

State Department review scrubs sensitive information from latest Clinton email release

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received emails through her private server containing sensitive U.S. and foreign government information on a range of issues -- from an American detained in Myanmar and Iran's nuclear program to the Afghanistan war -- that State Department reviewers have now classified.

The ...Read more

States rethink restrictions on food stamps, welfare for drug felons

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WASHINGTON -- Johnny Waller Jr.'s 1998 felony drug conviction has haunted him since the day he left a Nebraska prison in 2001.

Waller, now 38, applied for 175 jobs without getting one. He had trouble getting a federal loan for college because of his drug conviction, so he started his own janitorial business, in Kansas City, Mo. And when his ...Read more

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton to address black voters in Florida on Friday

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MIAMI -- Rivals Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will speak at the same event for the first time during the presidential campaign when they deliver their messages to black voters at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, a gathering that will also draw three more 2016 contenders.

Bush has frequently said that he will ...Read more

2016's must-have presidential campaign tool: super PACs

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WASHINGTON -- In the 2012 presidential campaign, super political action committees were helpful, but not required.

Four years later, they are crucial.

The organizations, which can collect unlimited amounts of money, formed earlier this time around. They are raising tens of millions of dollars, more money than ever before. And they are ...Read more

How Medicare fulfilled a president's half-century-old promise

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WASHINGTON--Half a century after President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid with a pledge that seniors no longer would "be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine," the promise has been largely fulfilled.

The two entitlements – one for the elderly and one for low-income Americans -- have kept generations ...Read more

Hillary Clinton to speak about Cuba policy in Miami

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MIAMI -- Hillary Clinton will use Friday, her first day of public appearances in Florida as a presidential candidate, to declare her allegiance to President Barack Obama's Cuba policy in the hometown of Republican rivals who oppose it, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

Much like her speech on immigration reform in Las Vegas, in which she tried to ...Read more

Boehner challenger prepared for the political consequences

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WASHINGTON -- It's not everyone who celebrates their 56th birthday by trying to remove the speaker of the House of Representatives from power.

But Rep. Mark Meadows, a conservative Republican from North Carolina, did just that Tuesday. He quietly filed something called a motion to vacate the chair.

Translation?

Kick House Speaker John Boehner...Read more

Obama says he's not interested, but could win election again

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- President Barack Obama may have some election season envy.

While constitutionally prohibited from seeking a third term in the Oval Office, the president used a speech in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday to express confidence that if he appeared on U.S. ballots again, he would prevail.

"I actually think I'm a pretty ...Read more

Jonathan Pollard, jailed spy for Israel, to be released in November

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WASHINGTON -- Former intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, whose spying for Israel created a serious breach in U.S-Israeli relations, has been granted parole and will be released in November after serving 30 years of a life sentence, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The impending release could remove an irritant from relations with Israel ...Read more

Longshot bid for Boehner's ouster filed by fellow Republican

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WASHINGTON-- A U.S. House Republican filed a procedural move Tuesday that could set off a longshot maneuver to topple Speaker John Boehner from his post -- if a committee controlled by the speaker allows it to advance.

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows's procedural move to declare Boehner's office vacant, while almost certain to fail, again ...Read more

GOP's 2016 candidates: Please pay attention to us, not Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Look at me! Look at me!

It's become the battle cry of Republican presidential candidates who find Donald Trump drawing the attention they badly crave.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas took the extraordinary step Friday of saying on the Senate floor that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was "lying." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told ...Read more

S.C. senator proposes to help police buy body cameras

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WASHINGTON -- After several violent high-profile incidents involving police and citizens in his home state and around the country, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Monday announced a $100 million proposal to help local police agencies buy body-worn cameras for their officers.

Scott's bill would provide up to $100 million over five years -- from ...Read more

Bush faults Trump, Huckabee for their sharp words

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Monday that he would make immigration reform a priority if elected president, and he criticized two of his rivals for making statements that "don't help" solve such problems.

In his first Spanish-language interview since launching his bid for the White House, the former Florida ...Read more

Obama strikes a chord with Kenyan women

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NAIROBI, Kenya--Esther Nduta dreamed of finishing school and starting a business, but her parents took her out of school when she was 14 because they couldn't afford the fees. Now she spends her days doing menial jobs such as washing clothes and dishes to pay her younger brother's school fees.

Another of her brothers has already finished school...Read more

Huckabee on Obama's Iran deal: He's marching Israelis 'to the door of the oven'

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came under fire Sunday after accusing President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" by agreeing to an Iran nuclear deal that the former Fox News host says is too weak.

"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the ...Read more