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Candidates jockey for Speaker John Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

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U.S. to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-overhaul campaign

The move implements a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

He urged farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

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 The Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, where the high court started a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

The justices rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer.

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Boehner: House to vote for speaker Oct. 29, other jobs after

It was a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Clinton announces gun safety initiatives

Her willingness to put the gun issue at the forefront of her campaign represents a risk that the politics have indeed changed on the issue.

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 Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.

Poll shows Trump, Carson ahead among Pennsylvania Republicans

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Caron and businessman/reality-TV-star Donald Trump each got 18 percent registered Republicans in the poll.

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Chaffetz challenge deepens U.S. House Republicans’ disarray

Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the House of Representatives.

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National briefs: Clinton pokes fun at herself on SNL

Plus: Students arrested in plot, BP settlement details, Deadly explosion in NYC, Biden gives support, Trump talks polls and guns

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 Madina, an 8-year-old who was at the Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, is comforted Saturday by Georgia Novello, a nurse at another hospital in Kabul.

Doctors Without Borders leaves city after airstrike

The U.S. and Afghan governments vowed Sunday to jointly investigate the attack on a hospital in Kunduz that killed 22 people.

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After five years of negotiations, Pacific trade talks near deal

A dozen Pacific nations reached a breakthrough over how long a monopoly pharmaceutical companies should be given on new biotech drugs.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum on health care Sept. 22 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Teachers union endorses Clinton, but makes her work for support

National Education Association leaders said Hillary Rodham Clinton came to the board meeting at their request.

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Obama says he won’t sign another stopgap spending measure from Congress

The president instead called on Congress to join him in forging a longer-term deal.

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 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the senior Democrat on the committee speak on Capitol Hill Thursday about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Bipartisan effort in Congress leads to comprehensive sentencing reform proposal

A bill advancing through Congress would give judges more discretion to sentence below the mandatory minimum for nonviolent offenders.

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Clinton camp ready to expose Benghazi committee

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy boasted that his party has spent nearly three years dragging her through investigations.

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 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a campaign stop at the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Carson raises $20 million for 2016 bid in past three months

The haul of campaign cash shatters records and sets a new bar for his Republican rivals.

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 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., center, walks to a procedural vote and debate in the House on a stopgap spending bill.

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

Even as the stopgap spending bill makes its way to President Obama, the process looks likely to repeat itself before a new Dec.11 deadline.

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 Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., points while talking with visitors Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Congress averts government shutdown

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., voted yes on the measure, while Republican Sen. Pat Toomey voted no.

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 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveils his energy policy at Rice Energy in Canonsburg on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Jeb Bush rolls out his energy policy in Canonsburg

Jeb Bush spoke Tuesday to a receptive audience outside the Canonsburg headquarters of natural-gas developer Rice Energy.

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 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses while speaking about his tax plan during a news conference, Monday in New York.

Trump proposes extensive list of tax cuts

Critics say it would either add to the deficit or shift the burden to the middle class.

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 President Barack Obama delivers an address Monday on the opening day of the United Nations General Assembly.

Obama criticizes Russia, Putin for 'aggression' during statement to U.N.

The president calls out his Russian counterpart for military buildup in Ukraine and Syria.

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Peduto joins other mayors in pledging to accept Syrian refugees

Mayor: “This is also an opportunity ... to say to refugees seeking a new, safe homeland where they can set roots: Pittsburgh welcome you.”

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 U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma.

U.S. ambassador to India recalls his Western Pennsylvania roots

Richard Verma, in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, will meet today with President Barack Obama.

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 Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Boehner warns GOP of ‘false prophets’

The House speaker said there will not be a government shutdown and announced a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

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Clinton cannot explain how old emails surfaced

On “Meet the Press,” the former secretary of state also discussed why her stance on some issues have shifted over the years.

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 Cuban President Raul Castro addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Raul Castro lashes out at superpowers in first U.N. address

Cuban leader chastises world leaders for failing the world’s poor, sick and hungry.

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 President Barack Obama addresses attendees during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit at the United Nations headquarters Sunday in New York.

Obama makes forceful defense of new development goals

He is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin today.

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 House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks during a news conference where he announced he will give up his House seat at the Capitol, in Washington, Sept. 25.

What to expect in Congress with Boehner’s departure

Mr. Boehner’s announcement effectively ended the immediate threat of a government shutdown.

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 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in July.

Boehner to resign from Congress next month

The 65-year-old Republican from Ohio has served as a congressman since 1991 and as House speaker since 2011.

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Obama group quietly explored ways to bypass smartphone encryption

There have been government discussions about how to deal with the use of encryption in which no one but the user can see the information.

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 Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday in Washington.

Analysis: Why Pope Francis' speech to Congress was even more remarkable than anticipated

The pontiff made an articulate and wide-ranging primer of Catholic social teaching.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets audience members Tuesday following a community forum at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

The leading Democratic presidential candidate breaks her longstanding silence on the contentious project.

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 Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Scott Walker ends campaign for president

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has become the second Republican presidential contender to exit the race.

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 People walk past signs posted Tuesday ahead of Pope Francis' scheduled visit to Philadelphia. The pope arrives in Washington, D.C. today and will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Washington preps for Pope Francis' visit

President Obama and other dignitaries of church and state will be greeting him this afternoon as he begins a six-day trip.

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Tension builds over state visit, tour by China’s president

China’s President Xi Jinping can expect something of a rough U.S. landing as he arrives today in Seattle for a weeklong U.S. visit.

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U.S. weighs abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN

To pressure Congress to ease the Cuban embargo after 54 years, the Obama administration may let the UN condemn the restrictions.

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Nation briefs: Dems push for anti-abortion group at Planned Parenthood hearing

Plus: Child cancer victims get apology, Peanut exec sentenced, Attempted drowning, Alaskans get oil money, Wildfire continues

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 A child held by a migrant cries after being stopped by the police when walking towards Greek border Monday on a motorway near Istanbul, Turkey. Hundreds of migrants attempt to walk from Istanbul to the western city of Edirne, on Turkey's Greek border.

U.S. plan to let in more refugees faces stiff opposition in Congress

Obama administration plans to let in more refugees met with complaints from Republican lawmakers Monday, citing fears of terrorism.

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  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Republican Walker to drop out of 2016 U.S. presidential race

Walker's campaign announced he would hold a news conference in Madison, Wisconsin, at 6 p.m. on Monday

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 U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit  in Australia in 2014.

China's Xi Jinping arriving in U.S. at a moment of vulnerability

Chinese president is to arrive in the United States on Tuesday facing economic headwinds and growing doubts about his formula for governing.

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 Ben Carson

Republican candidate Ben Carson says Muslims unfit to be U.S. president

His statements on NBC’s “Meet the Press” drew swift condemnation from Muslim leaders in the U.S.

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 Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina promises a fight for Republican nomination

Meanwhile, other GOP candidates made their pitches to voters at key events in Iowa and Michigan over the weekend.

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 Secretary of State John Kerry meets Sunday at Villa Borsig in Berlin with refugees fleeing Syria.

Kerry: 15,000 additional refugees to be resettled in U.S. next year

The U.S. secretary of state would like to bring more refugees here, but he said doing so would require help from Congress.

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 Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, left, speaks as Jeb Bush looks on during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Wednesday night in Simi Valley, Calif.

FACT CHECK: Republican debate features a few inflated claims

Here’s a summary of some of the claims in the debate Wednesday night and how they compare with the facts.

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 Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, appear during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif.

As GOP debate turns to issues, Trump is quiet

The second Republican presidential debate Wednesday night focused primarily on insults and countering them..

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 Charles Koch and David Koch.

Billionaire Koch brothers struggle to rein in GOP

The Republican Koch brothers’ network, which pushed the Republican Party rightward, faces a presidential primary it can’t control.

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 Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland in early August. Eleven top-tier Republican presidential hopefuls face off in their second prime-time debate of the 2016 campaign tonight in Calif.

Shifting debate strategies, GOP hopefuls to take on Trump

The 12 Republican candidates face off beginning at 8 tonight at the CNN-sponsored debate in Simi Valley, Calif.

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More Republicans see Trump as a winner, poll finds

The poll found that 39 percent of Republican primary and caucus voters viewed Trump as their best shot at winning the presidency.

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Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jingping for official state visit Sept. 25

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jingping for a state visit on Sept. 25, the White House announced

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Wary of shutdown, GOP leaders try to refocus abortion debate

Republican leaders in Congress are attempting to push stand-alone measures to halt federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

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