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Rubio comes under withering criticism in Republican debate
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator's rise....

Facing NH loss, Clinton looks ahead to counter Sanders
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- With a victory seemingly out of reach in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is looking ahead to the next round of voting to reposition her campaign to counter the rising primary threat of insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders....

Debate Takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night....

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away....

Debate Takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night....

The Latest: GOP candidates offer closing arguments to NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The Latest on the race for president, with candidates focusing on New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the 2016 race on Tuesday (all times local):...

Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders' New Hampshire advantage
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) -- Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi....

Clinton's New Hampshire challenge: Winning trust
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The private email server. The Wall Street ties. The evolving policy positions. The speaking fees....

After Iowa, Trump showing off effort to win in New Hampshire
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) -- With wet snow already ankle deep and falling fast, Dave Chiokadze and James Radcliffe trekked down one long driveway after another in search of potential votes for Donald Trump....

GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled....

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