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Supporters of Iran deal near key vote total to back up Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal are on the cusp of clinching the necessary Senate votes to keep the contested agreement alive and hand President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory, in spite of furious opposition....

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) -- President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change....

Kerry to outline US assurances to Israel, Gulf to lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday outlining U.S. security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal....

CNN amends debate criteria, Fiorina may get in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CNN on Tuesday amended its criteria for the next Republican presidential debate, giving former technology executive Carly Fiorina a better chance at appearing in the Sept. 16 primetime affair....

Bush-Trump feud intensifies in GOP primary
MIAMI (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on....

Marco Rubio says nation doesn't need US Education Department
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn't need a federal Education Department, arguing that its recommendations to state and local governments often turn into mandates tied to money....

US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to visit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday....

Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018....

Senate leader: Not enough votes to defund Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood, prompting heated rebuffs from conservatives....

Carter, in folksy talks, describes US military of future
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a speech and a wide-ranging exchange with troops on social media sites Tuesday to press his agenda for change in the military, signaling his early support for expanded maternity leave, women serving in combat jobs and greater flexibility pay, promotions and benefits....

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