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Carter says Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital

Sunday 05/24/2015
UK's Labour Party says it won't try to block EU referendum

LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union.

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Saturday 05/23/2015
Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers.

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Obama includes Vice President Biden in regular golf game

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama's regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden.

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Senate Republicans block changes to NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.

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Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.

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Deadline near, Senate faces last-minute vote on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

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Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.

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Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.

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Friday 05/22/2015
Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade negotiating authority.

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Justice Department issues policy on domestic drone use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is acknowledging that the FBI, DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies are likely to make increasing use of unmanned aerial drones in the United States.

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Bush, Christie rise in defense of Patriot Act

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are heartily endorsing the Patriot Act and mocking those who say the intelligence overhaul encroaches on civil liberties.

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Senate tweaks health law to boost specialized care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill further expanding a law giving veterans easier access to federally paid medical care from private doctors.

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Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.

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Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants.

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Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation that gives Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.

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US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants.

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Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by another man with a gun.

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Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

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US, Cuba close round of talks with no embassy announcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies.

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7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert — he died years before they were born. But they saw what his loss did to their family.

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1st batch of Clinton emails to be released around 12:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department will release the first batch of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state around 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday.

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US envoy on NKorea heads for talks in Seoul, Beijing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy will hold joint talks about North Korea next week with Japan and South Korea, and then with China.

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Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.

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Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.

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Benghazi emails show Clinton's correspondence with adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal had been blocked from working for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department by skeptical White House officials. But that didn't cut his direct line to Clinton on one of the most sensitive matters of her tenure at the agency.

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Obama to address anti-Semitism at Jewish congregation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is addressing one of the largest Jewish congregations in Washington to highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism, a problem he says has created an intimidating environment worldwide for Jewish families.

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Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show.

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Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Clinton speeches raised at least $12 million for foundation

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Clinton Foundation says Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have raised at least $12 million to support the family's philanthropy since 2002 by giving paid speeches.

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Nebraska votes to scrap ban on immigrant driver's licenses

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation's last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state's new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.

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Bush shifts campaign style, focuses on 'my own life' story

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After months of relentlessly raising money to support his likely campaign for president, and unquestionably his roughest week in politics this year, Jeb Bush is spending more time talking about himself.

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Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.

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Pentagon says US anti-armor weapons due in Iraq next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an expedited shipment of 2,000 lightweight anti-armor weapons should arrive in Iraq as soon as next week.

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Walker promises pre-emptive strikes to prevent attacks on US

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is doubling down on his promises of pre-emptive strikes to prevent what he says are certain future attacks on American soil.

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US proposal would ease voting access for American Indians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is proposing legislation to make it easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote.

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US concludes airstrike in Syria killed 2 innocent children

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has concluded that two innocent children were likely killed during an American airstrike in Syria last year, wrapping up the first of four ongoing investigations into allegations of civilian casualties.

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GOP senators advance bill to ease rules on smaller banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators have advanced legislation that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis.

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Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding war accounts with $36 billion for the Pentagon.

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Senate panel OKs letting VA docs give advice on medical pot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has approved a plan to permit veterans to receive information about medical marijuana from their government doctors.

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Obama cites 'personal interest' in locking down Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake in ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long term.

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States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

DENVER (AP) — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements.

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IRS refunds $10M to tax preparers who paid to take test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test.

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House presses Senate to pass domestic surveillance changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders are pressing the Senate to take up a bill that ends the National Security Agency's collection of American telephone records but preserves other surveillance powers.

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Watchdog report examines FBI's use of Patriot Act authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new watchdog report examines how the FBI has gathered records under the same section of federal law that's also been used to authorize the collection of bulk telephone records.

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Not just Denver: VA problems in Florida, Louisiana, Nevada

DENVER (AP) — The $1 billion cost overrun at the Denver veterans hospital is the VA's worst construction problem, but the department also had difficulties at health care facilities in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida. A look at those projects:

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US, Cuba push to finalize talks on re-establishing embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) — American and Cuban officials are trying to complete talks to re-establish embassies in each other's capitals after a half-century interruption.

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Clinton's Benghazi emails show correspondence with adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — A batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state show her corresponding with a long-time adviser about the Libyan rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi and the Benghazi attack.

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2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform.

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Obama's trade allies scramble to line up 60 Senate votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda are scrambling to keep Senate foes from killing it Thursday before a full-blown debate even begins.

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Obama, Tunisia's new president to meet at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is showing support for Tunisia's transition to democracy by opening the Oval Office to the North African country's newly elected president.

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