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Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff....

Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion....

GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate....

News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most significant national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq....

Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- One by one, the wealthy conservative donors stood up Monday and pledged millions of dollars to the favorite causes of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch....

Bush, Rubio to speak before Southern Baptist group
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio hope to connect Tuesday with Christian conservatives, a key group of voters in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina....

Q&A: A look Obama's climate change plan and impact on states
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- President Barack Obama unveiled the final regulations in his plan that will cut carbon dioxide emissions nationwide 32 percent by 2030. Obama touted it as a bold step to slow climate change, while opponents said it was federal overreach that will raise prices for electricity consumers. Here's what you need to know about the impact of the new plan on the states:...

More fights ahead on Planned Parenthood after Senate vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle....

Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity....

Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize....

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