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Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared

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Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the... More>>

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

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Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt. More>>

Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

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A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. More>>

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

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Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke. More>>

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

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With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters - especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama - to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover... More>>

Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

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After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected. More>>

Dems' House campaign raises almost $5M this week

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Democratic donors online gave their party's House campaign arm almost $5 million in the week that ended Friday, a record for the group attempting the uphill task of ousting Republicans from their majority. More>>

Congress votes final passage on highway bill Video included

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Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections. More>>

Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure Video included

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Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking... More>>

Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

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The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback... More>>

Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

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Promising to visit New Hampshire often, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended his economic record against Democratic attacks while courting voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the... More>>

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

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Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after... More>>

Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

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President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly... More>>

GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

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Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have." More>>

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

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The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be... More>>

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

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Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid... More>>

Investigators reach Ukraine crash site

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An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time. More>>

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee

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Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous... More>>

Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

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Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy. More>>

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead Video included

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A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other... More>>

Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

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Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of... More>>

Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

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The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. More>>

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

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Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival... More>>

GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

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Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. More>>

Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects

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Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated... More>>

Leaders of Spain, Catalonia hold secession talks

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The leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held firm in a meeting with Spain's prime minister on Wednesday, saying he intends to push ahead with a secession referendum in November despite the central... More>>

Poll: Turks divided on Erdogan before election

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Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published... More>>

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

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The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to... More>>

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

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The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election... More>>

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

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In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races. More>>

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

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House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus. More>>

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

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The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional... More>>

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

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Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's... More>>

Strip club endorses Democratic pastor for Congress

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An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. More>>

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

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The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending... More>>

Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

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House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. More>>

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

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Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. More>>

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for... More>>

Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

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Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law... More>>

California to have 4 governors in 4 days next week

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How many governors does it take to run the state of California? Next week, the answer's four. More>>

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

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Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive -... More>>

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

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Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. More>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture Video included

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U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. More>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

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Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political... More>>

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit Video included

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Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law... More>>

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

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Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor... More>>

Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

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Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying. More>>

Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

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It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber. More>>

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

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Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed... More>>

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state. More>>

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian... More>>

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

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President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and... More>>

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

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New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help... More>>

This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

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Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and... More>>

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

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Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an... More>>

Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

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Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the... More>>

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term... More>>

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

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When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas. More>>

Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

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Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. More>>

Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Ohio

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The National Urban League wants to make sure job issues and economic insecurity are in the forefront of this fall's election campaigns, its leader said Wednesday as members of the civil rights organization gathered for... More>>

Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales

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Markets were steady Wednesday as the focus turned toward U.S. corporate earnings and as tensions between Russia and the West over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine eased. More>>

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

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Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine... More>>

Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

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Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that... More>>

Pat Schroeder: Clinton would face 'subdued sexism'

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Former House Democrat Pat Schroeder predicts that Hillary Clinton would face "a lot of sexism" if she decides to run for president in 2016. More>>

Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

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Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal... More>>

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

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Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the... More>>

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the... More>>

Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger... More>>

Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

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A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges,... More>>

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

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More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political... More>>

Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

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Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground... More>>

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

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Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet." More>>

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

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The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: More>>

DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

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The Democratic National Committee narrowly outraised its Republican rival last month and cut its debt to just $3 million, down from a onetime high of $23 million, according to federal financial forms due Sunday. More>>

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

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The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: More>>

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

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Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's... More>>

Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

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By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats... More>>

Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

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At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary... More>>

La democracia indonesia a punto de ser testada

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Después de una desagradable campaña electoral para elegir presidente, Indonesia ha fijado el martes como el día en el que anunciará quien es el ganador, y por tanto nuevo presidente del país, sin embargo el anuncio puede... More>>

Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

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President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White... More>>

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

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Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday. More>>

Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike - while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image... More>>

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