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Veteran Democratic Sen. Mikulski won't seek re-election
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, said she had one question as she weighed seeking a sixth term: "Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?"...

Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday of passage of long-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security without immigration provisions attached, as his alternatives dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats....

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force....

Ferguson News Guide: No charges expected for policeman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal investigation of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to allege patterns of racial bias in the city's mostly white department. But the probe, nearing release, is likely to stop short of charging the officer whose shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old touched off weeks of protests...

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel's security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that his plans to address Congress are not aimed at disrespecting President Barack Obama, even as he assailed the U.S. leader's bid for a nuclear deal with Iran as a threat to his country's survival....

Possible elements in an Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks are the biggest source of tension in the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Justices seem skeptical of independent electoral map boards
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court, unwilling to limit partisan influence in redistricting in earlier cases, now seems poised to stop states that have tried to take matters into their own hands by removing map-drawing power from elected lawmakers....

Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption....

Lawmaker billed taxpayers for private plane to football game
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock billed taxpayers at least three times for more than $14,000 in private air travel last fall, including for a trip to a Chicago Bears football game, The Associated Press has learned....

Florida's Rubio close to decision about presidential run
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president, yet admits it sure does look like he will seek the White House in 2016....

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