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Paul running hard on civil liberties after his Senate gambit
CHICAGO (AP) -- He infuriated his party leaders by almost single-handedly delaying the extension of the Patriot Act. Now, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with the voters who will select the next president....

US says China has artillery vehicles on artificial island
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. officials say that two large artillery vehicles have been detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea....

Marco Rubio grabs some Vegas pizazz for campaign
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourists and shoppers idled outside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Thursday, while the setting of the reality show "Pawn Stars" hosted an even odder spectacle: the 2016 Republican presidential campaign....

Clinton to unveil platform in June campaign kickoff rally
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton will end weeks of smaller campaign events with a splashy rally designed to kick off a run for the White House that aides expect to cost over $1 billion, senior Clinton advisers said Thursday....

Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons since it opened in 1942....

Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."...

US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday....

Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A skeptical federal judge grilled Obama administration lawyers Thursday over the House GOP's health care lawsuit, sounding unlikely to side with the president and dismiss the case....

Bush earned millions in juggling act as corporate adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) -- During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards of or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches....

When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it....

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