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AP Top Political News At 12:19 a.m. EDT

Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law....

Bergdahl charges stoke fresh criticism of prisoner swap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tough military charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have revived the questions and controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's decision to swap five Taliban detainees to secure his release, as well as the wisdom of the White House fanfare that followed....

House panel asks White House for documents on Bergdahl swap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Oversight panel is asking the White House for intelligence information, reports and documents on the swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years, for five members of the Taliban....

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews....

Capitol Hill Buzz: Senators vote on amendments, score points
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there's the "vote-a-rama."...

Obama talks drug war with 'The Wire' creator David Simon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business - but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say....

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years....

Gov. Scott Walker's immigration stance at center of dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration erupted on Thursday, highlighting the Republican's struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch a Republican presidential bid....

US sees opportunity in Iran's pullback in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States persuaded Iraq to sideline Iranian-backed Shiite militias as a condition to American airstrikes in the strategic city of Tikrit, a senior U.S. general said Thursday. The move limits Iran's influence, at least temporarily, and could re-invigorate a ground offensive that U.S. officials said had become stalled under Iranian leadership....

FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core
ATLANTA (AP) -- In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact....

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