China is rattling nerves as it prepares to strut its military might

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BEIJING -- Amid florid pomp and extreme security measures, China on Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II by staging a massive parade featuring tanks, aircraft and thousands of goose-stepping soldiers.

Chinese leaders say the spectacle is intended to "remember history and uphold peace," but the weaponry display is ...Read more

Defense secretary to troops: If we close Guantanamo prison, we keep the base

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MIAMI -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told troops Tuesday "it would be nice" to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay by moving roughly half the war-on-terror prisoners there to the United States. But, even if the prison is gone, he said, the Pentagon would keep the base.

Carter, on a question from a sailor at the base in southeast...Read more

Obama opts for optics to show reality of climate change

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SEWARD, Alaska -- As President Barack Obama makes his biggest sustained public push yet on fighting climate change, he and top aides seem to be realizing that they need their own theatrics.

Six months ago, a leading Republican skeptic brought a snowball onto the Senate floor. On Tuesday, Obama saw that snowball, and raised the senator a melting...Read more

It's back to Denali, but some McKinley supporters may be in denial

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He was a president for another century, another era of American political infighting.

William McKinley spent a little more than four years in the White House before his assassination in 1901 in Buffalo, N.Y. He also is remembered as a mediocre chief executive, controlled by his cronies and pressured into war with Spain by imperialistic ...Read more

Democrats pressure SEC to force disclosure of political spending

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is being dragged into the 2016 presidential election -- and it has nothing to do with how it regulates Wall Street.

More than 40 Democratic senators signed a letter Monday urging SEC Chair Mary Jo White to require that public companies disclose their spending on political campaigns. The ...Read more

McConnell expects to cut budget deal, avert shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that funding the government is the top challenge facing him when he returns to the Capitol next week.

The Kentucky Republican said he would work with the White House to come up with budget levels to keep the government open past Sept. 30, conceding that President Barack Obama won'...Read more

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