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Carly Fiorina makes Planned Parenthood into a centerpiece

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Obama refuses new temporary spending bills

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.


Sanders rakes in big money

WASHINGTON — For someone who rails almost daily against big money in politics, Bernie Sanders has suddenly become pretty good at getting it.


McCarthy tries to lock up top House job

WASHINGTON — Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.

Planned Parenthood chief rebuts videos

WASHINGTON — The head of Planned Parenthood defended the women’s health organization Tuesday before a Republican-run Congress bent on slashing its federal funding, telling lawmakers that accusations against her group fed by stealthily recorded videos are “offensive and categorically untrue.”

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Can anyone tame GOP House rabble-rousers?

WASHINGTON — The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House and may threaten the entire Republican Party and Congress itself.


Boehner to step down

WASHINGTON — Plunging Congress into deeper turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation Friday, shutting down a tea party drive to depose the nation’s highest-ranking Republican but opening up fresh troubles for the GOP.

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John Boehner was moved by his job

WASHINGTON — The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since.


Obama’s personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a grand state visit, it’s clear that Obama’s overtures have produced decidedly mixed results.

McConnell moves ahead with bipartisan stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican moved swiftly to avoid a government shutdown in six days, pushing legislation that would keep agencies operating without a contentious fight over money for Planned Parenthood.

Fallon mounts capitalism defense

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, came to the defense of capitalism near the end of a Denton Chamber of Commerce luncheon that recapped the Texas legislative session.

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With ranks thinning, GOP candidates try to adapt

WASHINGTON — Scott Walker and Rick Perry entered the 2016 presidential race with a combined 18 years of experience as governors. They exited the Republican primary — the first candidates to do so — with negligible support and dwindling bank accounts.


Anti-abortion bill blocked by Senate; new showdown set

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban late-term abortions on Tuesday as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the dispute — all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics.


Clinton pushes plan to address rising drug costs

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target drug companies that flood the airwaves with ads.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Take the first step to voting — register

I haven’t done the math, but if I did, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I missed more elections than I’ve voted in over the years.


Black Lives Matter skipping 2016 endorsement

WASHINGTON — The Black Lives Matter network will skip a presidential endorsement but keep up its political activism by confronting candidates about the treatment of African-Americans in the United States, one of the group’s founders says.


Clinton tries to rally Dems

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton attempted to rally thousands of influential New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday with a fiercely partisan message as she struggled to regain her footing in the primary contest.


Trump rivals see reasons for hope

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s rivals emerged from the second Republican debate newly confident the brash billionaire will fade if the nomination fight takes a more substantive turn and they can play a role in taking him down without hurting their own White House ambitions.

House OKs GOP bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

WASHINGTON — Seeking to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders drove a bill blocking Planned Parenthood’s federal funds through the House on Friday, hoping to contain conservatives’ demands for a politically risky showdown with President Barack Obama by striking a quick blow against abortion.


Clinton to GOP: Shutdown would imperil economy

CONCORD, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton warned congressional Republicans on Thursday that they would be endangering the economy if they shut down the federal government in an effort to block funding for Planned Parenthood.


Fiorina looks to capitalize on debate accolades

WASHINGTON — Propelled by her standout debate performance, Carly Fiorina sought on Thursday to turn accolades for her crisp, confident showing into actual support from voters and donors. It’s a quest that will determine whether her breakthrough moment is a turning point in the Republican primary or simply a footnote.

Estimated 22.9 million viewers tune into CNN

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 22.9 million people tuned in for Wednesday’s second presidential primary debate on CNN.

Tonight’s debate big for Carson

LOS ANGELES — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper.


Senate Dems block vote to disapprove of Iran deal

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy initiative.

2016 candidates jump to raise money via new Twitter service

WASHINGTON — Think of it as tweeting for dollars.


On Iran deal, Obama threw everything into uniting Democrats

WASHINGTON — A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: They’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House triumph.

Biden’s high tide overlaps baring of grief

WASHINGTON — In one minute, Joe Biden seems like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, eating up adoration from die-hard supporters who are pleading with him to run. The next minute, he seems light-years away from convincing himself he’s ready to run — a man still reeling from personal tragedy.


Perry leaves Republican presidential race

ST. LOUIS — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Friday, becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House.


2nd presidential bust may be the end of Perry’s political career

AUSTIN — Rick Perry spent four years after his 2012 presidential collapse trying to ensure that “Oops” wouldn’t be the final word on his political career.

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Bid to shut down Guantanamo roils Pentagon, Congress

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s struggling quest to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is mired in state and federal politics. Frustrated White House and Pentagon officials are blaming each other for the slow progress releasing approved detainees and finding a new prison to house those still held.

For GOP, better to be with pope than against

WASHINGTON — To some Republican presidential candidates, it’s better to be with the popular pope than against him.

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Trump tested by wave of criticism

WASHINGTON — A wave of criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike rose Thursday after GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump insulted the physical appearance of Carly Fiorina, his party’s only female White House contender.

Iran nuclear deal survives: Democrats block disapproval vote

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran on Thursday, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority.

11 to share stage in next GOP debate

WASHINGTON — Eleven Republican presidential candidates have qualified for next week’s prime-time debate, a slate that features the full diversity of the GOP’s 2016 class and is believed to be the largest group to share a presidential debate stage in modern political history.


Clinton apologizes for use of private email account

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized Tuesday for her use of a private email account after declining since last week to express remorse for the State Department arrangement that has shaken her presidential campaign.

Dems clinch votes for Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON — Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.


Cruz cozies up to Trump, aims for supporters

ATLANTA — As other Republican presidential candidates go after Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is getting cozy with him. The two men are in a so-far cordial competition for many of the same anti-establishment conservatives, and they’re about to share a stage.


Ohio voters take measured view of 2016 race

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The unexpected rises of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Signs of weakness for Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Curiosity about the future of Vice President Joe Biden.


Clinton says family paid State Dept. employee for email work

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday her family paid a State Department employee to maintain the private email server she used while secretary of state and compensated him “for a period of time” for his technical skills.

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Congress returns to weighty list of unfinished business

WASHINGTON — Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer — cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama.


Benghazi panel interrogates Clinton aide amid public spat

WASHINGTON — A senior member of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inner circle testified Friday before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya as a nasty spat erupted between a Republican staffer and a Democratic lawmaker who insists it’s time for the committee to disband.


Trump vows to back GOP primary winner

NEW YORK — Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid on Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination — a U-turn made easier by his position at the front of the field.


Cruz: Obama cause of violence against police

FORT WORTH — Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz blamed President Barack Obama on Thursday for a climate of violence against police, contending the president and his administration have long vilified law enforcement.

Bush-Trump feud intensifies in GOP primary

MIAMI — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.

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Clinton presents a tough challenge for Biden's run

MINNEAPOLIS — The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper.

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Illinois’ Durbin gets a shot at political redemption

WASHINGTON — For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption.

Donald Trump courts tea party voters in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday.


Trump widens GOP’s division on immigration

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House.

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Fox News chief: Trump owes Kelly an apology

NEW YORK — Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that “is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” but Trump isn’t backing down.

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Top 2016 hopefuls struggle to change the subject

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t supposed to be this way.