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AP Top Political News At 2:13 p.m. EDT

The bilingual Bush in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Jeb Bush confronted one of the Republican Party's touchiest debates head-on Tuesday, telling Puerto Ricans that conservatives should be proud that America is "an immigrant nation" and value the contribution immigrants make to the country....

Obama: Too many troubling police interactions with blacks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As National Guard troops responded to rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens across American in what he called "a slow-rolling crisis." But he said there was no excuse for rioters to engage in senseless violence....

Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Advocates of same-sex marriage filled the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, waving rainbow-colored flags and taking selfies. Opponents were fewer in number, but louder and with towering signs quoting the Bible and using a microphone to denounce what they called the nation's demise....

Obama, Abe declare progress, but no breakthrough, on trade
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared progress Tuesday in trade talks between their two nations, stopping short of announcing a breakthrough in negotiations that are central to a massive 12-nation trade deal that would open markets around the Pacific rim to U.S. exports....

Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade....

Senate debates bill on congressional approval of Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday urged his colleagues to back legislation empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran and warned GOP presidential hopefuls not to use it as a "platform for their political ambitions."...

Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry....

Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential
BERLIN (AP) -- A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted....

House GOP bill blocks new air flights, cruise ships to Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration's recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba....

Iran seizes cargo ship after firing warning shots
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iranian forces fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz, boarded the ship and directed it toward the Iranian mainland, a Pentagon official said Tuesday....

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