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Problems facing poor inch into 2016 presidential race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a presidential campaign where candidates are jockeying to be champions of the middle class and asking wealthy people for money, the problems facing the poor are inching into the debate....

Walker a 2016 GOP force; might Govs. Kasich, Snyder jump in?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin's Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest. It's a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest, lesser known but similarly ambitious, undoubtedly would like to be in....

AP-GfK Poll: Favorable views of Clinton top her GOP rivals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are more likely to have a favorable view of Hillary Rodham Clinton than any of her potential Republican rivals in 2016's race for the presidency, even though few see the former secretary of state as honest, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....

Portman faces balancing act on trade as he seeks re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is maneuvering with care as he runs for re-election in a swing state while cautiously supporting a free-trade deal that even some fellow Republicans fear could lead to job losses back home....

Bridge scandal charges may prove a mixed bag for Christie
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The charges handed down against three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal provide mixed news for the Republican governor as he tries to regain momentum in support of an expected presidential bid....

Analysis: US experts on Russia fear escalation over Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. experts on Russia see a growing danger the crisis in Ukraine that has already taken thousands of lives could explode, although the latest cease-fire agreement has partially held....

Targeted mayor says bridge plot charges a 'punch in the gut'
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey mayor targeted for political retribution for not supporting Gov. Chris Christie's re-election effort in 2013 said that indictments in the case Friday were a "punch in the gut."...

FEC chair all but giving up hope to rein in money abuses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission says she's largely given up hope of reining in abuses in raising and spending money in the 2016 presidential campaign and calls the agency she oversees "worse than dysfunctional."...

AP-GfK Poll: Doubts about Clinton's honesty after emails
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton's honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....

Kerry pledges closer US ties with reform-minded Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government's push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation....

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