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Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall....

Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has passed a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds....

House Dem Kildee supports Obama's Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Democrat who represents an American hostage in Iran says he supports the Iran nuclear deal....

On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016....

Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink....

Defense secretary calls for review of security policies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is directing the military branches to review security policies - including adding armed personnel - in the wake of the July 16 attacks at a Chattanooga Navy-Marine reserve center that killed four Marines and a sailor....

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine....

Perry dials back Christian appeal in Iowa, cites job record
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) -- Rick Perry bragged to an Iowa barbeque crowd about the strong economy back in Texas, drew laughs comparing President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and won applause vowing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. But in a state where evangelicals wield political influence, he didn't mention religion until 25 minutes into his address, and only then when asked about it....

Sanders rallies supporters in nationwide simulcast
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on supporters to spark a "political revolution" for his candidacy on Wednesday night, offering a rallying cry of "enough is enough" on a video simulcast to events across the country....

GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes....

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