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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

Rick Perry tries to break out by attacking pretty much everybody

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Lagging in the polls and unable to escape the shadow of Donald Trump, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused his Republican rivals over the weekend of being converts to conservatism.

Without mentioning names, Perry made an appeal to tea party activists at the annual meeting of the group founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch that he is an...Read more

Obama endorsement possible as Biden considers Clinton challenge

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may issue an endorsement in the Democratic primary, his press secretary said Monday, as Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

While Obama considers his selection of the former Delaware senator as his running mate the best political decision he's ...Read more

Reid dismisses 'longshot' prospects for Iran deal filibuster

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters gathered in Las Vegas that filibustering a bill to disapprove of the nuclear deal with Iran would be a "longshot."

Still, the Nevada Democrat has far from given up hope on rounding up not only the 34 votes needed to sustain a veto from President Barack Obama, but the 41 needed to ...Read more

In the San Gabriel Mountains, they're asking: What monument?

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LOS ANGELES -- Visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains can be forgiven if they see overflowing trash bins, broken marijuana pipes, graffiti and road kill and wonder what became of President Barack Obama's vision for the wilderness.

Nearly a year after he upgraded Southern California's mountainous backyard to national monument status, with a ...Read more

Americans recount French train attack

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PARIS -- "He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we."

Spencer Stone, the U.S. serviceman who was the first American to tackle a gunman aboard a Paris-bound train, spoke publicly for the first time since Sunday and described a fierce struggle that neutralized the attacker but left Stone with injuries requiring surgery, ...Read more

Democrats defend Hillary Clinton's use of private email server

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WASHINGTON -- Several prominent Democrats hit the TV airwaves Sunday to defend Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private server for work-related emails while she was secretary of State, batting down claims that her presidential campaign has been damaged by the controversy.

Polls show a growing number of Americans believe the Democratic front-...Read more