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Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio stresses border security

Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next week, officials say.

War plan joggles usual politics in Senate races

In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide control of the Senate.

Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker.

Analysis: Both parties in Congress play it safe

Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls.

Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall marked the one-year anniversary of last year's devastating floods by visiting two battered villages northwest of Denver while his re-election campaign continued to attack his Republican challenger for backing the government shutdown after the deluge.

Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

Two Navy fighter jets based in California crashed Friday in the far western Pacific Ocean, with one pilot safely ejecting but the other missing in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island.

Racial-profiling plaintiff becomes federal judge

A judge who was the plaintiff in a landmark Maryland racial-profiling case has been sworn in as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Sentencing brings call for state senator to resign

California state Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for lying about where he lived when he ran for office and leaders of the Senate said he should resign immediately.

Ohio to judge: Hold off enforcing voting decision

Ohio officials asked a federal judge Friday to hold off from immediately forcing the state to comply with his ruling that expands early voting this fall.

Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the globe.

Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

Speaker John Boehner on Friday promised Iraq's prime minister that the House will provide the new government in Baghdad the U.S. assistance necessary to defeat Islamic militants.

Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border -- even as his department takes the opposite position in court.

Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide control of the Senate.

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