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AP Top Political News at 5:23 p.m. EST

Rubio family stars in South Carolina comeback attempt
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Just for a moment, Marco Rubio stops trying to explain what went wrong in New Hampshire. He needs to find out why Dominick is crying....

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation's first black president....

Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening....

The Latest: Rubio says he doesn't support women's draft
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on campaign 2016. (all times local):...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan....

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) -- The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow....

Angle mulls US Senate bid; testing waters for money, support
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat....

Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
BEIRUT (AP) -- A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria's civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because "the belt is narrowing around you."...

House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program....

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday delivered a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it....