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AP Top Political News At 9:54 p.m. EDT

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration....

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday....

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas....

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency....

This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dishonor among Washington's political elite....

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder....

Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises....

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for....

Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections....

House, Senate advance competing border proposals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress' annual August recess looming....

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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

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Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

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Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

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