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Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?...

A year after background check defeat, modest goals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms....

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences....

House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November....

US backs Ukraine military action in east region
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists....

Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S....

Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office....

Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber....

Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, visiting the state with the first GOP presidential primary in the South, said Tuesday it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year....

Congress is giving states the transportation blues
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements....

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