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Obama visit puts spotlight on rough plight in rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It's a good bet that President Barack Obama will never use a honey bucket....

Biden to test political waters in Florida as he mulls 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is headed to Florida, where he's sure to get a glimpse of his presidential prospects as he considers a late entry into the 2016 Democratic primaries....

Obama locking up votes in Senate for Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is just one Senate vote shy of being able to declare success on the Iran nuclear deal and cement a foreign policy legacy....

Kerry to outline US assurances to Israel, Gulf to lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday outlining U.S. security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal....

NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president....

US Rep. Michael McCaul writing book on homeland security
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, has a book deal....

CNN amends debate criteria, Fiorina may get in
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CNN on Tuesday amended its criteria for the next Republican presidential debate, giving former technology executive Carly Fiorina a better chance at appearing in the Sept. 16 primetime affair....

Bush-Trump feud intensifies in GOP primary
MIAMI (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on....

Marco Rubio says nation doesn't need US Education Department
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn't need a federal Education Department, arguing that its recommendations to state and local governments often turn into mandates tied to money....

US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to visit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday....

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