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Koch warns conservatives must demand smaller government
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government....

Clinton's presidential campaign airs its first TV ads
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire....

Close aide to VP's late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign....

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states....

Proof of Trump's charity giving elusive
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country's most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings....

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate_and Donald Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate....

US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
CAIRO (AP) -- Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring....

5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers....

Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran....

Trump fires adviser after racially charged Facebook posts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired a campaign aide after racially charged Facebook posts surfaced on the aide's account....

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