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Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students […]

07/10/2013

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White House says deficit is shrinking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year will shrink to $759 billion. That’s more than $200 billion less than the administration predicted just three […]

07/08/2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Perry won’t seek re-election in 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered “oops” after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he’d pledged to close, announced Monday […]

07/08/2013

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Biden rouses Va Dems, gives GOP a tea party label

RICHMOMD, Va. (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden continued a busy political pace Saturday, appearing with Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate at the swing state’s premier party fundraiser and ridiculing this fall’s conservative Republican statewide ticket […]

06/29/2013

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Ex-teen mom heads filibuster versus abortion limit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — To lead their nearly 13-hour filibuster attempt aimed at blocking a contentious abortion bill, Texas Democrats turned to a 50-year-old lawmaker who pulled herself up from a tough background as a […]

06/26/2013

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Texas Republicans on verge of passing abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster […]

06/24/2013

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Gov’t report: Smooth launch unsure for health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no guarantee that President Barack Obama’s health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in the first in-depth independent look at its progress. But in a report […]

06/18/2013

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House panel backs bill to ban later-term abortions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is girding for another wrenching debate on abortion after a House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 […]

06/12/2013

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Jumble of education topics facing Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill. After months of relative neglect, education […]

06/06/2013

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AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly […]

05/11/2013

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Study sets off immigration bill squabble

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate immigration bill would cost the government a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years to provide benefits for millions of people now living in the U.S. illegally, the […]

05/06/2013

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FACT CHECK: Did FAA have to furlough controllers?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With disgruntled passengers complaining about airline flight delays, Republican lawmakers and the airline industry pounced on the Obama administration. The glitch was invented by the White House for political reasons, they charged.

04/26/2013

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