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Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day, putting new strains on the Obama administration's strategy of partnering with a hodgepodge of local fighters against the Islamic State group without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war or rupturing relations with Turkey....

Before debates, Clinton aims to keep Trump expectations high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- By virtue of her long political resume, Hillary Clinton will enter her highly anticipated fall debates with Donald Trump facing the same kind of heightened expectations that often saddle an incumbent president. Trump, as the political newcomer, will be more of a wild card with a lower bar to clear....

As Trump tries minority outreach, many blacks unconvinced
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities....

Black voters critique, question Trump's overtures
Donald Trump says he wants support from more black voters, asking them "what do you have to lose?" by breaking tradition and voting for a Republican presidential candidate....

Clinton sees Trump ties to "alt-right" dystopian ideology
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is ready to call out Donald Trump and his advisers for embracing a "disturbing alt-right" political philosophy that her campaign says presents "a divisive and dystopian view of America."...

Trump: Perry will 'do well' if he challenges Cruz for Senate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Donald Trump is applauding the prospect of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry mounting a possible primary challenge against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, saying, "Boy, will he do well."...

The Latest: Sanders says he'll campaign for Clinton, Dems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):...

Horrified by Trump, Democrats getting nostalgic about Romney
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Barack Obama ran for re-election, Democrats made no secret of their disdain for Mitt Romney. That was all before Donald Trump....

Trump asked Florida Gov. Scott to appoint attorney to bench
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has bragged about his influence with politicians, urged Gov. Rick Scott to give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration, newly released emails show....

Trump's evolving immigration plan compared to Clinton, Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's new line on immigration - "fair, but firm" - is leaving both Republicans and Democrats with the same question: Is the famously hard-line GOP nominee softening his approach?...

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