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AP Top Political News At 5:18 a.m. EST

Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month....

Republicans see diversity in their 2016 hopefuls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long criticized as the party of old white men, Republicans are seeing a diverse group of people step up for possible contention in the 2016 presidential race....

Young generation no slouches at volunteering
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tired of hearing people grouse about a tuned-out, apathetic younger generation?...

Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015
HONOLULU (AP) -- Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it....

Obama doesn't rule out US embassy in Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama isn't ruling out the possibility the U.S. could one day reopen an embassy in Iran....

Obama: Longest war in US history is ending
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion....

In 83 speeches, senator pushes for climate change
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change....

Arizona Gov. Brewer leaving legacy of battling Washington
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought President Barack Obama on immigration and border security for most of her tenure, earning national prominence by enacting tough laws that were mainly struck down by the courts and famously wagging her finger in the president's face during a meeting on an airport tarmac....

Clinton economic approach under scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats....

AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. As the 2016 candidates get set to kick off their campaigns, here are five things to know about public opinion on the economy....

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