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AP Top Political News At 7:30 a.m. EDT

Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president's handling of world events....

CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate....

Ginsburg: Court right to void clinic buffer zones
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is defending a rare Supreme Court decision that put her at odds with women's rights groups....

Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia....

House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to address the crisis....

Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. The bill raises the money through:...

Congress sends VA overhaul to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs....

Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive....

Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected....

USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old....

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