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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

Apple, Goldman among companies in $140 billion climate pledge

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WASHINGTON -- Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations will announce Monday at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.

Companies including Apple Inc., Berkshire Hathaway...Read more

In grief, Joe Biden reveals a new authenticity

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The presidential campaign seemed consumed last week by Trumpian madness.

As many in his party looked on in horror, Donald Trump flung tart criticisms of fellow Republicans, denounced illegal immigration and reviled the abject failure, as he sees it, of everything touched by politicians from both parties.

The Republican candidates obscured by ...Read more

Marco Rubio has a new answer for his inexperience problem

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WASHINGTON -- Has Marco Rubio hit on a way to turn two political minuses into a plus?

The 44-year-old first-term senator is competing for the Republican presidential nomination against a crowded field that includes eight governors or former governors and several more experienced lawmakers. He has also been dogged by questions about his acumen ...Read more

Challenge for Obama: Embracing a Kenya that's still corrupt

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Though welcomed here as a "son of Kenyan soil," President Barack Obama faces a difficult balancing act as he seeks to mend frayed ties with the country while also prodding it to move more forcefully to end corruption and embrace democracy.

Obama sought to do that on Saturday, meeting with Kenyan's President Uhuru Kenyatta to ...Read more

Guantanamo prison closing plan means new Obama-Congress battle

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would bring as many as 64 of the 116 current detainees -- those deemed too dangerous to transfer elsewhere -- to the U.S. for federal prosecution or continued military detention.

The others would be transferred home or to third countries under...Read more

Cruz calls McConnell a liar on Senate floor over Ex-Im vote

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz attacked his own party's leader on the Senate floor Friday, accusing Mitch McConnell of lying by telling fellow Republicans he wouldn't allow a vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank.

"I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie," said Cruz of Texas, who is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "We ...Read more