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Hastert case is said to be linked to decades-old sexual abuse

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

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Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes?

Former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his Democratic presidential nomination campaign today.

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Patriot Act’s future uncertain as Sunday night Senate vote looms

President Barack Obama warned that U.S. intelligence agencies could be left in the dark.

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 “It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” George Pataki said in a video announcing his run for the Republican nomination for president.

Pataki adds socially liberal voice to Republican presidential race

Pataki, who served three terms as governor from 1995 to 2006, has flirted with running for U.S. Senate or the presidency in past years.

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Nebraska abolishes death penalty

The Cornhusker State became the first conservative state since 1973 to abolish the death penalty.

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 Rick Santorum, with wife, Karen, and daughter, Bella, 7, announces his candidacy for president Wednesday at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Butler County.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Courting voters who he said had been abandoned by both parties, he pledges to battle the allied abuses of big government and big business.

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 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

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Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

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Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

Plus: Clinton email ‘witch hunt’, Officer shot to death, Protester leaves Shell ship

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 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School, at the Allegheny HYP Club.

Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Akhil Reed Amar spoke in Pittsburgh on his new book, “The Law of the Land,” which shows how regionalism helped shape the Constitution.

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State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

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 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

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Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks down main street in Independence, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Clinton urges State Department to speed release of emails

Her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign.

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Candidates call Iraq war a mistake

Many people have been saying that for years, of course. But politicians hoping to be president rarely run ahead of public opinion.

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 Political campaigns down to the state House level are targeting voters via social media based on information collected by social media companies and Big Data firms.

Political campaigns rely on social media data to target voters

Political campaigns now buy your data, and send their messages directly to you via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube because it is efficient.

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House passes Pentagon measure after fights over funding and immigration

The 269-to-151 vote was an unusually low level of support — the bill received 325 votes in 2014.

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Toomey signs off on nominee for federal appeals court

Democrats have been pressuring Mr. Toomey to sign off on the the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals nomination, but he refused.

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 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell stands underneath the rusting Liberty Bridge to blast Congress for cuts to federal highway and transportation funding. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, left, and Greg Scott, right, representing the American Society of Civil Engineers, look on.

Rendell as lobbyist urges U.S. Congress to pass long-term transportation bill

“We need federal funding to go with state funding,” former Gov. Ed Rendell said.

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Senate Democrats block debate on trade bill

Only one Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, backed the measure, despite a White House campaign blitz.

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Obama disputes Warren’s claims on trade

The president said the Democratic senator is a factually wrong and politically motivated “politician.”

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Michelle Obama opens up on race in graduation speech

Mrs. Obama referenced her satirical portrayal on a July 2008 cover of The New Yorker magazine as a terrorist.

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Democratic path to a House majority could run through the courtrooms

Democratic attorneys are arguing that district maps drawn in a handful of states violate the Voting Rights Act.

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 Harry J. Gilmore

Obituary: Harry J. Gilmore / 1st ambassador to Armenia after Soviet Union’s collapse

Mr. Gilmore, who became a model for U.S. government personnel overseas, graduated from Clairton High School in 1955.

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 Senator Pat Toomey

Confirmation vote on Pennsylvania jurist awaits 'blue slip' from Toomey

Sen. Toomey backs Judge L. Felipe Restrepo for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, but hasn’t acted to move a confirmation vote forward.

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 The lives of six police officers in Baltimore will never be the same, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a speech sympathetic to law enforcement.

Toomey sides with police in speech

Senator says a lot of social ills are being blamed on police instead of on broken family structures, criminal behavior and poverty.

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 President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominates Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., center, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, right, to be vice chairman during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Obama nominates Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

The president signaled that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants remain top priorities for the nation’s military.

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 Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. last month.

Huckabee declares 2016 GOP presidential candidacy, running as conservative populist

To an unusual degree, strategists for Huckabee are counting on his likability to break through the pack of competitors.

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Diversity of GOP field widens as more launch campaigns

Former Hewlett-Packard exec Carly Fionina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the growing ranks of 2016 GOP presidential contenders.

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 Ben Carson announces his candidacy for president during an official announcement in Detroit today.

GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson launch White House bids

Ms. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Dr. Carson the only likely African-American.

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 Ben Carson

Retired surgeon Ben Carson announces bid for presidency

He has become a conservative favorite on the strength of his motivational life story and strong opposition to President Barack Obama.

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Election agency unable to curb finance abuse in ’16, chief says

The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to be able to effectively enforce campaign finance laws, its chairperson says.

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 U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on his agenda for America Thursday during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Independent Sanders launches campaign for Democratic nomination

Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, has formally launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.

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