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AP Top Political News at 5:53 a.m. EDT

As in 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Trump fosters rivalries
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers....

Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump....

AP-NORC Poll: Interest, not excitement in White House race
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Mary Heintzelman shakes her head in disgust over the presidential election....

AP-NORC Poll finds bare confidence in government, elections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Few Americans have much confidence in the U.S. political system, the government in general, or in either political party....

Presidential race shows deep seated strife toward
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It started with Mexicans being publicly compared by presidential candidate Donald Trump to criminals and rapists. It escalated to ejections, to sucker punches, to pepper spray. And now violence and strife seems to be a commonplace occurrence out on the campaign trail....

Sanders fails to oust Clinton backers from convention roles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention....

In Asia Pacific, a tense game of political brinksmanship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow....

DOD uses undisclosed files to defend sex assault testimony
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is relying on information it won't make public to dispute an Associated Press investigation that found the military misled Congress about sexual assault cases to blunt support for Senate legislation....

Obamas take a night out at Mexican restaurant in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's date night for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle....

Trump tells California 'there is no drought'
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring, "There is no drought."...

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