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Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples....

Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it....

Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself....

Correspondents' dinner mixes big names in media, politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom."...

Iowans hear from GOP field on social issues
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- For conservative Christian voters, the 2016 presidential race has almost too many options to take in....

Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations....

As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests....

Absent Clinton, South Carolina Democrats welcome liberals
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Call it the Clinton conundrum....

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails....

Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices....

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