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Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) -- A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe....

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation
VIENNA (AP) -- Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition - significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons....

Report: Border Patrol should add 350 internal investigators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Customs and Border Protection should more than double its ranks of internal affairs investigators, an advisory panel has recommended in a report sent to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson....

Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservatives cheered the demise of the federal Export-Import Bank Tuesday and vowed to beat back efforts to revive it, even as business leaders issued dire warnings that letting the agency expire at midnight would hurt U.S. competitiveness globally....

Since 1981, Bush paid an average tax rate of 36 percent
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Jeb Bush paid an average federal income tax rate of 36 percent over the past three decades....

State Dept.: Trade bill can't defend Israel's territories
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is taking issue with language in a new trade bill meant to discourage boycotts of Israel....

First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday....

State Department to release Clinton emails on Tuesday night
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department said it would release about 3,000 pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's correspondence from 2009, her first year as the nation's top diplomat, on Tuesday night....

Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president
The Republican presidential field: who's in and who's still waiting for the right moment....

Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines....

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State Dept.: Trade bill can't defend Israel's territories

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Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration

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