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House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America....

$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans....

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency....

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic and Republican members of Congress are scrambling to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess....

Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments....

US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans....

Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members and other conservatives dead set against raising the deficit....

Obama dining with 4 Kansas City letter writers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess....

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either....

Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration....

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Ernst back from military training to Senate race

Michigan lawmaker's mom supports primary opponent

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16