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GOP govs starting to strut their stuff for 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders spent last week peacocking across the sprawling grounds of a pink-hued luxury resort, schmoozing with donors and sizing up the competition in the party's most fractured field in decades....

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived....

Black lawmakers against recognition of Va. tribe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks....

Christie's decision on pig crates down to the wire
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie has until Monday to decide whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages - a piece of legislation seen by many as a gauge of his presidential ambitions....

Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service....

Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery and is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday....

Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics
ATLANTA (AP) -- Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well....

Presidents pick up the check for their meals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no free lunch - or breakfast or dinner - for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter....

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with - sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table....

Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama's executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of the 2016 contest....

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