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Mitt Romney to update supporters on plans for 2016 campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering another run for president, Mitt Romney plans to update supporters about his plans for the 2016 presidential campaign....

US-backed Mexico dam project triggered protest, rare defeat
SANTA URSULA, Mexico (AP) -- People in the hamlet of Santa Ursula began to worry when the logging started. In a few short weeks, more than a mile of densely forested riverbank was stripped from the Arroyo Sal to make way for heavy dredging equipment....

What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit....

House Democrats vow to explain their vision better in 2016
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones....

Scott Walker ramping up a national political operation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects....

Obama proposes 'precision medicine' to end one-size-fits-all
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes....

Key Romney donors and longtime staffer moving toward Bush
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer - defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush....

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment....

Obama to Democrats: Time to end budget austerity
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for an end to the automatic spending cuts that have reduced money for domestic and defense programs. He says the cuts triggered by a 2011 budget act don't "differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending."...

AP source: Obama to give Congress more info on trade deals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- President Barack Obama has told House Democrats he'll give them more information about the specifics in the trade deals he's negotiating overseas....

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