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Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes....

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away....

Debate Takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night....

The Latest: GOP candidates offer closing arguments to NH
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The Latest on the race for president, with candidates focusing on New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the 2016 race on Tuesday (all times local):...

Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders' New Hampshire advantage
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) -- Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi....

Clinton's New Hampshire challenge: Winning trust
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The private email server. The Wall Street ties. The evolving policy positions. The speaking fees....

After Iowa, Trump showing off effort to win in New Hampshire
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) -- With wet snow already ankle deep and falling fast, Dave Chiokadze and James Radcliffe trekked down one long driveway after another in search of potential votes for Donald Trump....

GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama's new clean energy bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled....

That Iowa couple Christie talks about? They voted for Rubio.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- An Iowa couple whose son is heading to Iraq made such an impression on Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie that he's made them a staple of his New Hampshire campaign speech this week. But while the couple came away from the encounter just as impressed, they supported rival Marco Rubio in the state's caucuses....

Speeches that earned Clinton millions remain a mystery
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton told voters in the latest Democratic debate there's "hardly anything you don't know about me."...

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