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AP Top Political News At 5:31 p.m. EDT

Senate, House on collision course on border money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week....

GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration....

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed....

US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement....

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday....

Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law....

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups....

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian....

First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink Up" campaign launched in September....

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border....

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