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AP Top Political News at 4:19 p.m. EDT

Clinton's VP thinking: Don't harm Dem chances to take Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Hillary Clinton considers her choices for vice president, she's seriously weighing the potential negative impact her decision could have on Democratic efforts to retake control of the Senate, according to party members familiar with her thinking....

Big ruling for abortion rights in Supreme Court's Texas case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state....

High court overturns former Virginia governor's conviction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday threw out the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it tougher to prosecute elected officials accused of corruption....

Dems: Clinton never personally denied Benghazi security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional security at the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, according to Democrats on a select House panel who absolved the former secretary of state and the U.S. military of wrongdoing in the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attacks....

Two-thirds say Obama tried to make race relations better
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Almost eight years after electing a black president, vast majorities of blacks and Hispanics think President Barack Obama at least tried to make race relations in the United States better, according to a poll released Monday....

More Clinton emails released, including some she deleted
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server....

Kerry urges calm in meetings with EU, British leaders
LONDON (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met top officials from the European Union and Britain on Monday, telling both sides to act responsibly as they start figuring out how to make good on last week's historic decision by British voters to leave the EU. He also traveled to NATO, saying it would soon have to play a bigger role promoting trans-Atlantic unity....

Court upholds reach of US gun ban for domestic violence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from owning guns....

The Latest: Clinton says gun violence is civil rights issue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):...

Days before deadline, Senate to consider Puerto Rico bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning of widespread consequences, from layoffs of police officers to a hospital closure, if the Senate fails to act before Friday on a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico....

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