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More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle....

Philanthropist, GOP powerbroker Elsie Hillman dies at 89
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Elsie Hillman, a philanthropist and political activist who helped propel moderate Republicans to state and national offices, died Tuesday. She was 89....

Debate illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaign
NEW YORK (AP) -- Iowa and New Hampshire are still on the horizon - but first there's the Fox primary, and the buildup to this week's first Republican presidential debate shows that the influence of Fox News Channel on the GOP selection process is stronger than ever....

Despite rhetoric, border security less urgent in 2015
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- In the weeks leading up to Thursday's first debate of the 2016 presidential race, Republican candidates have sought to distinguish themselves from each other - and President Barack Obama - with ever-tougher positions on border security and illegal immigration, claiming current measures are failing....

Before the GOP can debate, Fox will say who makes the cut
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The debate awaits, but first: Who's in and who's out?...

Bush earned over $9 million from business, speaking gigs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newly released financial records show that Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush earned more than $9 million from his business endeavors and speaking fees....

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections....

Obama, Netanyahu make dueling appeals on Iran to US Jews
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made dueling appeals to the American Jewish community Tuesday as they sought to rally support for their opposing positions on the Iranian nuclear deal....

Tax filing problems could jeopardize health law aid for 1.8M
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 1.8 million households that got financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law now have issues with their tax returns that could jeopardize their subsidies next year. Administration officials say those taxpayers will have to act quickly....

News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most crucial national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq....

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