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That buzzing in your pocket? It's a politician wanting your vote

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WASHINGTON -- If you thought you couldn't escape the onslaught of political ads in 2012, just wait until 2016.

This election cycle, campaigns are expected to fully embrace mobile advertising as a way to target voters anytime, anywhere.

For the first time, spending on political ads for digital media is expected to top $1 billion, rivaling the ...Read more

Planned military parade unnerves region already wary of China

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HONG KONG –– As Xi Jinping presides over thousands of goose-stepping troops marching down Beijing's Changan Avenue -- or "Eternal Peace Street" -- on Thursday, the Chinese president will also proclaim his commitment to the world's peaceful development.

It's a message China's neighbors may find hard to swallow as it flexes its military ...Read more

Obama administration to rename Alaska's Mount McKinley as Denali

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WASHINGTON -- North America's tallest peak is getting a new name as the administration resolves a decades-long dispute between Alaska and Ohio.

President Barack Obama will announce Monday that his administration is officially redesignating Alaska's Mount McKinley as Denali, the original name for the 20,237-foot-high mountain given by the area's...Read more

Walker and Rubio bash China in dueling speeches

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants President Barack Obama to cancel Chinese president Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit. Stealing some of his thunder, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio swooped in and countered that it should be downgraded to a regular working visit.

Welcome to the summer of China-bashing, brought to you by Donald Trump's surge to the top...Read more

D.C. appeals court lifts injunction against NSA's bulk-collection program

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WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency may continue to collect phone data until November when a new law takes effect, a U.S. appeals court decided Friday.

The court ruling is a symbolic win for the Obama administration and its national security team, but it's also largely moot since Congress voted this summer to phase out the controversial ...Read more

Clinton seeks to assure Dems: I'm trying to do a better job

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hillary Clinton battled to position herself at the Democrats' summer meeting as the party's strong, inevitable presidential candidate, but she couldn't escape the furor over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Clinton didn't mention the emails during her 25-minute speech to the Democratic National ...Read more

Kentucky county clerk asks Supreme Court to shield her from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The same-sex marriage protest of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, which has drawn national attention to Kentucky, is entering its endgame.

On Friday, Davis filed an emergency application to the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a stay in the Aug. 12 injunction handed down by U.S. District Judge David Bunning that ordered her to ...Read more

Rhetorical abuse over Iran deal is troubling, Obama tells Jewish groups

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday that he and other supporters of the Iran nuclear deal have received more rhetorical abuse than they've dished out in the debate over the agreement.

Speaking to two Jewish groups in a live webcast from the White House, Obama said he had to "challenge a little bit the idea that there's been an ...Read more

At Democratic Party meeting, Joe Biden's the elephant not in the room

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a meeting of Democrats, their heroes, their hopes and their neuroses.

All were there under one roof but one -- Vice President Joe Biden, whose deliberations over making a late entry in the presidential race injected unexpected intrigue into the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Hillary Rodham Clinton's ...Read more

Crisis, what crisis? US economy steams along

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WASHINGTON -- A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world's largest, showed a recovery that's continuing to gain steam.

Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy ...Read more

Trump speaks to 'silent majority' of disgruntled voters in S. Carolina campaign stop

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has built a lead in polls by tapping into voters' worries the United States has faltered under Democratic President Barack Obama.

Trump continued to hit on that theme Thursday, speaking to 1,400 supporters in Greenville the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star ...Read more

Obama marks Katrina's 10th anniversary with praise for New Orleans' recovery

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NEW ORLEANS -- As President Barack Obama toured the Treme neighborhood of this city on Thursday, admiring the neat rows of brightly painted houses on a street battered by Hurricane Katrina, a 92-year-old woman -- a local icon -- told him she was proud of all he had done.

Obama responded to the woman -- Leah Chase, the former chef and owner of ...Read more

How Trump turned the immigration debate from reform to 'anchor babies'

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At a recent anti-immigrant rally in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, where activists stood on a street corner chanting, "Help America, not illegals," several sported the same white T-shirt. On it, in large blue letters, was a name: "Trump."

This has been a satisfying summer for those who favor stricter immigration enforcement, ...Read more

Army appeals court reverses rape conviction, citing appearance of unlawful command influence

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WASHINGTON -- A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was inspired by the military's ramped-up campaign against sexual assault when she reported in 2012 she had been raped several years before.

The soldier's belated testimony helped convict Army Staff Sgt. Gabriel C. Garcia. But now, an appeals court has dismissed Garcia's rape conviction, citing ...Read more

Clinton vows to 'do something' about gun violence in wake of Virginia shooting

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Hillary Rodham Clinton used the high-profile shooting deaths of two Virginia television reporters on Wednesday to call for stricter gun-control measures, vowing that as president she would "do something" about gun violence.

Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Clinton said lawmakers must figure out how to balance Second Amendment rights with "...Read more

Univision anchor finds self at center of story after clash with Trump

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MIAMI -- The man who single-handedly started the Latino backlash against Donald Trump found himself at the center of his own story.

Jorge Ramos, the star Univision television anchor, stood up during a news conference to ask Trump a confrontational question about immigration. And Trump, who hadn't called on Ramos, kicked him out.

Broadcast live...Read more

Democratic women seek to regain lost ground in California

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Women have long enjoyed a key advantage in California's strong Democratic political ecosystem: Sheer numbers.

Polling taken before last November's election underscored the obvious: 56 percent of Democrats were women, clocking men by 12 percentage points. Evidence of their power can be seen in the forms of Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, who...Read more

Pentagon: No deadline, progress on site surveys for Guantanamo closure plan

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MIAMI -- The Pentagon's new press secretary said Tuesday that the Obama administration has not settled on a date to deliver its Guantanamo closure plan to Congress and has not identified future survey sites beyond U.S. military lockups at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter "wants to move ...Read more

Feds could call Ed Rendell, Bob Casey as witnesses when Rep. Fattah's trial begins

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PHILADELPHIA -- A veritable who's who of Pennsylvania politics could end up taking the stand as U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah heads to trial next year to fight off federal racketeering conspiracy charges.

A list of possible government witnesses filed with the court Tuesday contains such bold face names as U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pa., former ...Read more

Christie joins effort to sway Booker to reject Iran deal

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined rabbis and groups advocating for Israel's security Tuesday to call on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to oppose the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

"We cannot permit a treacherous, murderous, deceitful regime to possess the most dangerous weapon that the world has ever invented," ...Read more