Lynch vote could be near as Senate looks for compromise on abortion provision

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WASHINGTON -- More than six months after her nomination to become U.S. attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch may finally get a confirmation vote this week in the Senate.

The choice of Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace Attorney General Eric Holder has become a political casualty of a Senate ...Read more

US trying to restrain Saudi Arabia on deadly Yemen airstrikes

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WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials have failed for several days to persuade Saudi Arabia's government to limit the scope of its airstrikes on cities and towns in Yemen, a campaign that authorities said killed nearly 50 people Monday in Sanaa, the capital.

The U.S. effort to restrain the Saudi attacks came as the Pentagon moved the...Read more

Obama administration signals possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks

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WASHINGTON -- Signaling a potential key compromise in negotiations with Iran, the White House said Monday that it might be willing to start providing sanctions relief as soon as Tehran begins putting in place new curbs on its nuclear program.

The Obama administration and Iran have been at odds over how quickly sanctions will begin to be lifted ...Read more

Obama meets with crown prince of United Arab Emirates

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ISLAMABAD -- When President Barack Obama meets at the White House Monday with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, he'll be in conversation with a small, deep-pocketed Persian Gulf country that has mastered the art of public diplomacy to practically reengineer Hollywood's perception of Arab culture.

The UAE is ...Read more

Analysis: 2016 election pits desire for change against a demographic shift

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WASHINGTON -- Most of what grabs headlines in the coming campaign will have little or no effect on who wins, past experience has shown. But underneath the hoopla, two clashing realities will shape what is likely to be a close and hard-fought battle.

Democrats will be trying to win a third consecutive presidential election, a difficult task made...Read more

Greece remains defiant as creditors step up pressure for a deal

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ATHENS, Greece ––Greece said it won't renege on election pledges to end austerity measures as creditors pressed for a compromise to avert a wider crisis.

U.S. President Barack Obama and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi both called on the Greek government to do more to resolve the standoff as cash reserves dwindle. Greek ...Read more

Republicans drop battle to do away with Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

Republican congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Barack Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other...Read more

Popping the question: Which GOP candidates would go to a gay wedding?

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to attending a gay wedding, not all presidential aspirants say "I do."

It sounded at first like a simple, if unusual, question to ask a potential leader of the free world: Would you go to a same-sex wedding?

But it is fast becoming a kind of conservative litmus test for potential Repubican presidential candidates.

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In New Hampshire, Republicans squabble over foreign policy, experience

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NASHUA, N.H. -- More than a dozen Republicans eyeing the White House gathered here Friday and Saturday to make their cases to hundreds of party activists, drawing out areas of disagreement in the expansive field that will likely emerge as contentious fault lines in the 2016 nominating process.

The most potent conflict at thetwo-day conference ...Read more

Obama to Senate: Delay on attorney general vote is 'embarrassing'

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WASHINGTON -- In a forceful denouncement, President Barack Obama derided the "political gamesmanship" that he said continues to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as attorney general five months after he first nominated her for the job.

Speaking at a news conference Friday with the Italian prime minister, an apparently ...Read more