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FBI acknowledges flawed testimony in decades of trials

The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals.

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Some Democrats call for competition

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley led the call for a competitive primary, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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John Kasich tests the GOP waters in New Hampshire

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who grew up in McKees Rocks, speaks to Republican activists.

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 Rep. Bill Shuster

Legislation tainted by Rep. Bill Shuster's relationship with airline lobbyist, critics say

By night, the House Transportation chairman wined and dined a top airline lobbyist whose employer was a big campaign donor.

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Obama praises bill that gives Congress a vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday praised a Senate bill giving Congress a vote on an Iran nuclear deal as a “reasonable

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GOP hopefuls swarm New Hampshire for first candidate forum

GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on the overwhelming favorite for the Dem nomination — and on each other.

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Constitutional or not? Court weighs Obama’s deportation deferrals

The president’s executive action on immigration seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives Tuesday for a roundtable with educators and students at the Kirkwood Community College's Jones County Regional Center in Monticello, Iowa.

After 3rd-place finish in 2008 caucus, Clinton seeks redemption in Iowa

Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to the campaign trail Tuesday with a small-scale pitch to focus on the needs of the middle class.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton

On the campaigning trail, Clinton makes an Ohio stop

Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped for lunch Monday in Toledo, Ohio, en route to Iowa.

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Biden lays out differences in partisan tax policies

The vice president is positioning himself at the center of tax policy negotiations as he ponders a run for the White House,

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 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today launches his presidential campaign. Mr. Rubio, 43, told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he's running for president in 2016

The first-term Republican from Florida told his biggest backers today that he sees the campaign as a choice between the past and the future.

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Obama deputies to brief skeptical Congress on Iran nuclear deal

The meetings give the Obama administration a chance to explain to lawmakers in person the particulars of the nuclear deal.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters last month. Her presidential campaign will center on boosting economic security for the middle class and broadening opportunities for working families, while casting the former senator and secretary of state as a “tenacious fighter” able to get results in a tough political climate.

Hillary Clinton enters 2016 race for White House

She is the first Democrat to get into the race. She plans to head to early-voting states to connect with voters.

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 Laurence Tribe

Professor opposes former student’s policies

One of Obama's Harvard Law professors disagrees with the president over his climate change initiatives.

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 President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro talk Friday with an unidentified man before the start of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Obama, Raul Castro to meet on sideline of summit

It would be the first such encounter between leaders of the two nations in more than 50 years.

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White House: Iran deal requires phased sanctions removal

The Iranian pushback indicated that President Barack Obama will walk away from negotiations unless sanctions are removed over time.

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 In this March 23, 2015 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington, D.C.

Ready to run, Clinton to announce 2016 bid on Sunday

She will skip a flashy rally in favor of conversations with voters about the economic needs of the middle-class and the next generation.

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 Yuval Steinitz, Israeli minister of intelligence and strategic affairs

Israel offers list of changes it wants in Iran nuclear deal

The list marked a change in direction for  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

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 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., formally announces his candidacy for president during an event Tuesday in Louisville.

Kentucky's Rand Paul joins 2016 presidential campaign

The first-term senator is likely to challenge his fellow Republicans' views on foreign and domestic policy.

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Kansas wants to ban welfare recipients from seeing movies, getting tattoos on government’s dime

State Sen. Michael O’Donnell said the legislation is designed to pressure those receiving or TANF to spend “more responsibly.”

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Defense secretary supports trade deal with Asia

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned that Asian markets are being gobbled up by global competitors.

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 In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, a Cuban and U.S. flag stand before the start of a press conference on the sidelines of talks between the two nations in Havana.

Cuba-U.S. warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor

The Obama administration wanted the embassies reopened before the Summit of the Americas starts Friday in Panama.

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White House starts its sales pitch for Iran nuclear deal

Top Obama administration officials made the push even as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to U.S. airwaves to blast the accord.

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Indiana faces long road to restore image after religious law

Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome.

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 Craig Hames, of Evansville, Ind., participates in a demonstration with other opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Protesters are pushing for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Successes in Ind., Ark. embolden gay-rights advocates elsewhere

Twenty-nine states don’t include LGBT protections in their nondiscrimination laws, but efforts are underway to change that.

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 Sarah Brady in 2011

Obituary: Sarah Brady / Longtime advocate for gun control

She championed gun control, in part because an attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life left her husband, James, paralyzed.

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 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday.

Arkansas governor not only politician influenced by offspring

Politicians are being influence by their children and their lifestyles.

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Homeland Security seeks bids again for U.S. license-plate tracking system

Homeland Security officials are soliciting bids from companies that gather license-plate tracking data to provide it to law enforcement.

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 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson balks on a religious-objections bill, prompting legislative action.

Arkansas Senate approves updated religious-objections bill

Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill.

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 Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that have had religious freedom protections on their books before the adoption of the recent Indiana law.

Indiana furor prompts calls for Pennsylvania measure against sex bias

Bans languished in committee in the last legislative session. GOP leaders have not indicated whether prospects have brightened this year.

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 The New Jer­sey Dem­o­crat, one of the high­est-rank­ing His­panic mem­bers of Con­gress, was charged Wed­nes­day with ac­cept­ing nearly $1 mil­lion in gifts from a friend in ex­change for po­lit­i­cal fa­vors.

Menendez vows to fight charges as he exits role on Senate panel

Prosecutors accused the New Jersey Democrat of improperly accepting private jet flights and Caribbean vacations.

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 California Gov. Jerry Brown accompanies Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the state’s Department of Water Resources, as he conducts a manual snow survey Wednesday in Phillips, Calif. The recorded level is zero, the lowest in the state’s history.

California imposes water restrictions to deal with drought

Gov. Jerry Brown said the state’s four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter that brought record-low snowfalls.

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Obama defies Congress on shift in union rules

President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected a congressionally passed resolution that would have barred streamlined, speedy union elections.

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Nuclear talks with Iran deadlocked

Both sides looking for leverage as they struggle to reach framework for a deal.

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 Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. The law's opponents say it could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. . (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana governor defends new law

White House says Gov. Mike Pence is in “damage-control mode.”

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Case questions school barring American flags on Cinco de Mayo

The justices are considering the ramifications of a California case for free speech.

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 Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee on Benghazi speaks to reporters earlier this month at a news conference on the findings of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

No copies of Clinton emails on server, lawyer says

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer testified Friday before a House committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, in which the U.S. envoy to Libya

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Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

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 After Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, shown, announced he won’t seek re-election in 2016, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York moved to secure the role as the next Senate Democratic leader.

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Mr. Reid, 75, said.

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U.S. House OKs bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

The measure spares doctors a 21 percent pay cut if it passes a Senate vote. The bill requires high-income earners to pay higher premiums.

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Obama slows U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan

The United States will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year.

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Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

The Homeland Security Department’s top deputy is accused of helping foreign investors get U.S. visas in cases involving prominent Democrats.

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Fraternities lobby against campus rape investigations

College Greek-life organizations are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations.

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 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California looks over her prepared remarks before speaking at an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

In rare deal, Boehner, Pelosi tout wins for seniors, doctors

An extraordinary bipartisan accord is letting both parties move toward ending permanently the annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians.

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 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets a supporter as he stands on stage Friday inside the Vine Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., with one of his daughters after delivering remarks announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for president.

Cruz seeks to enlist Christians for 2016 bid

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday at Liberty University.

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 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University.

Ted Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Liberty University

Mr. Cruz, a divisive figure in his own party, is not expected to be the sole GOP contender for long.

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Cruz first to make formal 2016 bid

The Texas senator, 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate.

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