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'When elephants lock tusks:' Instead of fighting Democrats, Republicans fight each other
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016....

Under fire, Planned Parenthood requests expert study of fetal tissue research issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine....

Bernie Sanders rallies supporters in nationwide simulcast: 'Enough is enough'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on supporters to spark a "political revolution" for his candidacy on Wednesday night, offering a rallying cry of "enough is enough" on a video simulcast to events across the country....

GOP leaders rally around Illinois Sen. Kirk after top fundraiser criticizes his public gaffes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes....

Obama and the Kurds: Turkish airstrikes complicate US fight against Islamic State
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds....

US official: Debris in Indian Ocean belongs to same type of aircraft as missing Malaysia plane
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday....

House votes to provide money for highway aid, plug hole in veterans' health care budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision....

Senate confirms Obama's pick for chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....

Hillary Clinton to testify before House Benghazi panel on Oct. 22
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, says Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to appear before the panel on Oct. 22....

Judge chides State Department official over response to Associated Press records request
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state....

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