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  • O'Malley: Islamic State rise unintended result from war rush
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 7:45 am
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Friday the rise of the Islamic State group was an unintended consequence of a "mindless rush to war" in Iraq, and said the U.S. must avoid "mission creep" there and work with the government as it seeks to defend its country.
  • US urges China to free family members of US-based journalist
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 7:12 am
    The State Department is urging Chinese authorities to release family members of a Washington-based Radio Free Asia journalist who have faced harassment in apparent retribution for his reporting.
  • With court defeat, GOP health law effort now aimed at '16
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 7:12 am
    The Supreme Court's resounding rejection of a conservative attempt to gut President Barack Obama's health care overhaul won't stop Republicans from attacking the law they detest. But now, their efforts will be chiefly about teeing up the issue for the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.
  • Kerry off to Vienna for Iran nuke talks as deadline looms
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 5:52 am
    With next week's deadline for an Iran nuclear deal fast approaching, Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, this time leaning on crutches.
  • Obama and Roberts legacies intertwined in health care law
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 5:20 am
    The chief justice who once mangled President Barack Obama's oath of office has once again helped rescue the president's signature achievement, his health care law.
  • White House Brief: Things to know about Gov. Chris Christie
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 12:44 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and plans to announce that Tuesday. Here's a quick snapshot of things to know about him.
  • AP sources: NJ Gov. Christie prepares to join 2016 field
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 12:44 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest early next week in a far different position than he was in four years ago. At that time, many prominent Republicans were urging him to challenge President Barack Obama and he declined, saying he wasn't ready.
  • Other legal challenges to health overhaul remain
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 12:36 am
    If you thought the legal fight over the health care overhaul was finally over, think again. At least four issues related to the Affordable Care Act still are being sorted out in the courts, although none seems to pose the same threat to the law as the challenge to nationwide subsidies that the court rejected on Thursday, or the constitutional case that the justices decided in favor of the law in 2012.
  • Where They Stand: Chris Christie on issues of 2016 campaign
    Associated Press | June 26, 2015 12:24 am
    Where two-term New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign, a race he's joining.
  • Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 8:25 pm
    A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.
  • White House: Putin calls Obama, discuss Ukraine, IS, Iran
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 8:25 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama spoke by telephone Thursday and discussed continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. The last time the men spoke was in February, the White House said.
  • AP sources: NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 race
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 7:08 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.
  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 6:56 pm
    A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists.
  • State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 5:12 pm
    The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.
  • New phase in federal effort to combat human trafficking
    Associated Press | June 25, 2015 2:56 pm
    The Justice Department is announcing a new phase in efforts to combat human trafficking.