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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.

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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.

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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.

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House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill

WASHINGTON — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years..

Two vie in area mayor’s race

Campaigning once again for mayor of Oak Point is the last thing that Duane Olson wanted to do. He’d already served as mayor from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2011, and running against the current mayor, Jim Wohletz, wasn’t his intention when he passed the mayoral duties on to him.

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Boehner off to Israel; Netanyahu’s ties to Obama hit a new low

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is heading to Israel as already strained relations between the White House and newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week.

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Illinois Rep. Schock resigns

WASHINGTON — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned Tuesday following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of Downton Abbey.

Email rules don’t apply to Congress

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails are largely exempt from such scrutiny themselves.

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Bush tells New Hampshire he won’t change views to win votes

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told skeptical voters Friday that he would not soften his views on immigration or education to win their backing.

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Jeb Bush’s emails detail relationships with donors

WASHINGTON — Among the many thousands of emails Jeb Bush received as Florida governor are a string of notes from campaign donors asking favors and making suggestions.

President, GOP reach new low in their relations

WASHINGTON — Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have hit a new low.

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Clinton concedes mistake

UNITED NATIONS — Confronting a growing political furor, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday it was a mistake to exclusively use private email as secretary of state, but she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or violated the law. She also defended getting rid of tens of thousands of personal emails.

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GOP grooms black congressman

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Rep. Will Hurd’s Urdu is better than his Spanish, even though the latter is the preferred language of many constituents in his sprawling, two-thirds Hispanic district.

Amid probe, Sen. Menendez says he’s honest

NEWARK, N.J. — Amid a federal investigation, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez insists he has always been honest in his more than 20 years in Congress and says he is “not going anywhere” even as a person familiar with the matter says he’s expected to face criminal charges soon.

In Texas politics: Tax cuts soar, regent picks languish

AUSTIN — Nearly 180 years after Mexican soldiers surrounded the Alamo, state Sen. Donna Campbell worries another invading foreign force may be closing in on the historic outpost.

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

WASHINGTON — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.

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Congress seeks short-term Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON — With hours to spare, the Republican-controlled Congress struggled Friday to approve stopgap funding for the Department of Homeland Security in time to prevent a partial agency shutdown.

Candidate files for City Council, District 2

Another candidate has filed for Denton City Council in the waning days of the May 9 election filing period. Longtime resident Keely Gilchriest-Briggs, 34, a stay-at-home mother, filed for District 2. Incumbent John Ryan first ran and won the office last year, finishing an unexpired term.

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Clinton says she would push problem-solving if she runs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday if she decides to seek the White House again she would seek to bring Republicans from red states and Democrats in blue states into a “nice, warm, purple space” that would encourage problem-solving.

Lawmaker facing expenses questions hires lawyers, PR experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.

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In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.

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Republican governors backing Homeland Security showdown

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Texas’ 2-year Legislature not so ‘part time’

AUSTIN — Texas is proud of its part-time Legislature, where many lawmakers make non-political livings and only pass laws on the side. That’s why their annual pay is only $7,200 plus expenses, and sessions come just once every two years.

Perry visits up north

BEDFORD, N.H. — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was talking about the weather Wednesday when he told New Hampshire voters he was “just warming up,” but he also said he was carefully preparing for a possible presidential campaign.

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Vaccine debate tests 2016 hopefuls

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks. Long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight.

Obama sends record budget

WASHINGTON — Promising to help America’s middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would hammer corporate profits overseas and raise taxes on the wealthy while boosting tax credits for families and the working poor.

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Obama’s budget sparks battle with GOP-controlled Congress

WASHINGTON — After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

District 3 hopefuls turn in candidacy papers

Two women filed for Denton City Council District 3 on Wednesday morning, the first day candidates could file for a place on the May 9 general election ballot.

Change adds to Texas’ clout

Texas Republicans are set to have a bigger hand in picking their party’s next presidential nominee, thanks to some rule changes on when states can hold their primaries.

$500,000 spent trying to turn tide just before vote

Energy industry supporters spent more than $500,000 in the final days of an unsuccessful $1.1 million campaign to defeat Denton’s ban on fracking, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

Denton races taking shape

Early rumbles on Denton’s political landscape suggest contested races are coming in District 1 and District 3, though the official day for City Council candidates to file their applications is two weeks away.

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Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment

.DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. Now it appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.