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Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care....

Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee....

Trade trip to Britain adds to Chris Christie's 2016 resume
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- As he considers a White House run, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's third trip abroad in recent months provides an opportunity to build his foreign policy resume and test whether he has the temperament for the world stage....

Obama's choice as ambassador to Mexico withdraws her name
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico has withdrawn from consideration....

Obama condemns slaying of Japanese journalist by IS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling the slaying of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a "barbaric act."...

DeLay: Rick Perry's White House hopes likely hurt by charges
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Saturday he can relate to any fallout from the indictment dogging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, noting his own nearly decade-long legal fight that cost him his powerful congressional post and public career....

Pile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning....

Kerry: 'Enormous interest' in new relationship with Cuba
BOSTON (AP) -- North America has an "enormous interest" in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico....

5 things to know before Obama rolls out his budget Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A quick quiz:...

Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whose Internet is it anyway?...

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