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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current spending limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check....

Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key Republicans heaped praise on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch Thursday and one senior lawmaker announced his outright endorsement, setting the stage for Lynch's confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job....

As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush....

Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate moved Thursday toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many expected battles with the White House over energy and the environment....

Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety....

Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas....

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years....

McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum."...

Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal....

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes....

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