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Sanders kicks off 2016 bid

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Challenging Hillary Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a “political revolution” to transform the nation’s economy and politics.

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Congress on familiar path of short-term solutions

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

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House OKs letting clergy refuse certain marriages

AUSTIN — The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs — further shielding the nation’s largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.

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Clinton: ‘I want those emails out’

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.

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Obama, first lady thinking about life after White House

WASHINGTON — Presidential library? Check. Future home? TBD.

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Among rivals in Iowa, Bush tries to bounce back from remarks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Republican Jeb Bush tried Saturday to regain his stride after an awkward week, noting his misstep about the Iraq war with humility and a laugh while reaffirming his affection for brother George W. Bush, the president who ordered the invasion.

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Cuomo faces questions after newest scandal

ALBANY, N.Y. — They were Albany’s most powerful men: the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly speaker. Together, they negotiated billion-dollar budgets and decided which bills passed and which ones didn’t.

Perry to say June 4 if he’ll run for president

AUSTIN — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say whether he is running for president at an announcement next month in Dallas.

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Texas GOP targets gay marriages

AUSTIN — Racing both a U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage and legislative deadlines, Texas Republicans pushed ahead Tuesday toward putting the state at the forefront of resistance if same-sex weddings are ruled constitutional.

City may see rise in voter turnout

Denton voters may have gotten the memo that there’s an election Saturday, particularly in one City Council district where turnout is pacing far ahead of years past.

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Two candidates seek Corinth mayor’s seat

Spring election campaigns in a number of Denton County towns, cities and school districts are quickly reaching the finish line. Election day is Saturday.

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Six seek Argyle board seats

It’s a crowded race Saturday for two vacant at-large seats on the Argyle school board.

PAC, tip jar money in local races

Some big money showed up on the latest round of campaign finance reports from Denton City Council candidates, including political action committee money from local Texas real estate agents and envelopes of cash reported as “miscellaneous donor donations.”

Senate OKs ban on abortion coverage

AUSTIN — The battle over abortion in Texas returned to the floor where Democrat Wendy Davis staged a nearly 13-hour filibuster as the Senate on Tuesday approved eliminating coverage for the procedure under plans purchased through the federal marketplace.

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Huckabee declares his presidential candidacy

HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn’t build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination.

Senate adopts GOP budget targeting health law

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

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Problems facing poor inch into presidential race

WASHINGTON — In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate.

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Sanders campaigns for president in N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — One day after raising $1.5 million in donations, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was out to convince supporters in the early voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday he could raise the $40 million to $50 million to run a competitive presidential primary campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Ex-Christie allies charged in bridge scandal

NEWARK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors brought charges Friday against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie — but not Christie himself — in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, apparently easing the legal threat that has hung over his 2016 White House ambitions for more than a year.

Cain removes Facebook post, points to stepson

A Denton City Council candidate removed a post from his Facebook page this week, after some people were offended by the content, calling it a rape joke.

Mayor of 8 years faces off against 2

As part of an ongoing series, the Denton Record-Chronicle sent questions to mayoral candidates across Denton County to shed light on some of the issues facing each city and how the candidates plan to respond if elected. This week, we turn our attention to Krum.

Joey Hawkins faces no stress in his upcoming election

Walk into Joey Hawkins’ coffee shop on the Square, and the choices are almost endless.

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District 2: Numbers guy vs. heart reader

When early voting begins Monday, District 2 voters will return to their polling place for the third time in three years to elect their representative to the Denton City Council.

League of Women Voters forum draws crowd

Candidates for Denton City Council were again in the spotlight Thursday night, going before the public in the final forum before the May 9 elections.

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Obama AG nominee heads for vote after five months

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way.

Two seek Dish mayor’s seat

Spring election campaigns in a number of Denton County towns, cities and school districts are in full swing. Election day is May 9.

Candidates quizzed on parks use, fracking ban

A small crowd attended a candidate forum Saturday morning, hoping to better inform their decisions on who might be the best fit for spots on the City Council.

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GOP hopefuls bicker over America’s role

NASHUA, N.H. — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field.

Rubio-Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

NASHUA, N.H. — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up.

District 1: New face duels 2nd-term councilor

An incumbent and a political rookie are vying to represent the changing face of the central city.

Group’s forum widens scope

Candidates fielded questions of neighborhood concerns for nearly two hours Thursday night at a forum hosted by the Denton Neighborhood Alliance.

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Clinton lays out tenets of campaign

MONTICELLO, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton declared herself a “champion” for struggling families Tuesday, offering a full-throated embrace of economic and good-government policies promoted by liberal Democrats at the first formal event of her young presidential campaign.

Obama, Congress compromise on Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject his emerging nuclear pact with Iran.

Fire group makes picks

There weren’t enough votes among the members of the Denton Firefighter Association to swing an endorsement for the open race in District 3, but the incumbents seeking re-election to the Denton City Council on May 9 could get a boost from the group.

District 3: Race to return woman to dais

No matter the outcome of the May 9 election, the city council will have at least one woman back on the dais this spring.

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Clinton campaign to focus on economic security, opportunity

CHICAGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and expanding opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to get results, two senior advisers said Saturday.

Presidential hopefuls struggle with being themselves

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had some simple advice for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the days before the launch of her presidential campaign. “If she’s her wonderful self, I’m sure she’s going to do great,” he said.

Briggle, Wazny keep it casual

More casual conversation and less straight question-and-answer session was the theme of Thursday night’s District 3 City Council candidate forum between Kathleen Wazny and Amber Briggle.

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Sen. Rand Paul launches campaign for president

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative challenge both to Washington and his fellow Republicans, cataloging a lengthy list of what ails America and pledging to “take our country back.”

Senator charged with corruption

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

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Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state’s biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

Robson Ranch hears hopefuls

The questions were familiar ones, but the candidates answered them with as much poise and enthusiasm as ever during a City Council District 3 candidate forum hosted by the Robson Ranch Republicans.

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Town tries to fight change

The Lincoln Park Town Council voted last week not only to fire its town manager, Nathaniel Parker, and town attorney, Rider Scott, but also to abolish an agreement that would move the town’s limits north of the mobile home park where all of the town residents are currently living.

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Forum touches on economy

Denton City Council candidates vying for contested positions squared off on issues from fracking to poverty in a forum presented Monday night by the Denia Area Community Group.

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Federal record-keeping proving to be tough task

WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction.

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Immigration divisive for GOP contenders

DENVER — Thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it’s becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics.

Harry Reid retiring, looks to Schumer to be leader

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year.

Lawmakers unhappy with fracking rules

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common.