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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....

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....

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....

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?...

Obama mingles with power brokers at Alfalfa Club luncheon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon....

Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't face any big-name challengers in his push for a second term, but the former White House chief of staff isn't taking any chances....

Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix
NEW YORK (AP) -- Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags....

Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever....

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism....

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