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Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers....

Deadline near, Senate faces last-minute vote on Patriot Act
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records....

Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server....

Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects....

Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- In the Clinton administration's final months, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time that the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, Clinton-era documents show....

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House....

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops -some are operating artillery and other heavy weapons - in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials say....

Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday....

Justice Department issues policy on domestic drone use
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is acknowledging that the FBI, DEA and other federal law enforcement agencies are likely to make increasing use of unmanned aerial drones in the United States....

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital
DENVER (AP) -- Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project....

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