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Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar

The policy change is announced after videos inflamed anti-abortion sentiment in the U.S. and in Congress.

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

Analysis: Several things to watch at first Democratic presidential debate

Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the debate stage for the first time in this campaign tonight to face four rivals.

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U.S. House’s Flores will seek speakership if Ryan doesn’t

The Texas representative laid claim to a post that others have so far found too hot to handle.

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 John Boehner

Divided Republicans agree that Ryan could be speaker

Across the Sunday talk shows, members of the Freedom Caucus said they could swing behind Ryan in the wide-open race for a successor.

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Sanders: Clinton now adopting my positions

The senator’s statements comes two days before they will appear on the same stage in the first Democratic presidential debate.

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Sanders calls for stiffer gun control

The Democratic presidential candidate also called for vastly improving the country’s mental health care system.

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 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters Thursday after the speaker of the House nomination vote on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Republicans in House ask Ryan to seek speaker seat

House Republicans achieved no new clarity Friday about who might step forward to claim the speaker’s gavel.

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 Oregon Governor Kate Brown (R) watches as US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich after meeting Friday with the families of the Umpqua College shooting victims in Roseburg, Ore.

Gun violence erupts at 2 universities

Meanwhile, two unrelated shootings at universities in Arizona and Texas on Friday left two students dead and four injured.

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U.S. court places hold on clean water rule nationwide

It is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for Obama administration environmental regulations.

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 In 2013, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey crafted legislation that would have expanded background checks to prevent gun purchases by criminals and the mentally ill.

Senate Democrats plan push for gun control legislation

In their latest gun control push, Democrats are leaving out Pat Toomey, the Republican who forged the last bipartisan effort.

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Clashes intensify between Syrian troops, insurgents

U.S. says cruise missiles fell short in Iran.

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World briefs: US considers warships near China islands

Plus: Unrest moves to Tel Aviv, Wedding party bombed, Crackdown on migrants, UN to audit agencies

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 U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone

Nation briefs: Train hero stabbed in brawl

Plus: Wrong drugs used, Clinton proposes risk fee, Cosby case can proceed, Ex-school chief charged

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 Sen. Bob Casey said supporters of his legislation had not identified a funding source but could collaborate across party lines to do so.

Sen. Casey pushes to halt premium increases expected under Medicare Part B

Seniors at risk of facing higher Medicare costs next year would avoid the increases under Senate legislation, the senator said.

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 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., flanked by his wife, Judy, explains Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

GOP in chaos after speaker favorite quits

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues’ endorsement for the post.

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Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal in major break with Obama

She joins the rest of announced Democratic candidates, although Joe Biden is backing it.

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Coast Guard abandons search for 33 missing crew members

The cargo ship went down during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.

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National briefs: Senate OKs massive defense bill

Plus: Threat of auto strike, VW cancels sales, New air pollution bill, Man arrested for bomb threats

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World briefs: FBI interrupts nuclear smugglers

Plus: Netanyahu cancels visit to Germany, Visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Truce violation wounds 4, Migrant smuggling ring broken up

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Obama issues apology for strike on Afghan clinic

Doctors Without Borders still seeks an independent investigation.

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 Kevin McCarthy

Candidates jockey for House Speaker 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.

2 weeks ago

 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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