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Obama says 'it's about the families' after Oregon meeting
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, "Today, it's about the families."...

US abandons Pentagon's failed rebel-building effort in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday....

US weighing Russian response on Syria flight safety
ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) -- Russian leaders have responded to a proposed draft of safety guidelines for military aircraft flying missions in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria, the Pentagon said Friday....

Analysis: GOP is party desperately in search of a leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP is a party in chaos, desperately in search of a leader....

Divided House Republicans see savior in Paul Ryan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Endlessly divided, House Republicans pleaded with Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday to rescue them from their damaging leadership vacuum. But the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee showed little appetite for the prestigious yet thankless job of speaker of the House....

Sanders not overloaded with prep for 1st Democratic debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There are no image consultants, no mock stages and no body language coaches....

Petition drive assures House vote to revive Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several dozen Republicans teamed up with Democrats Friday to assure a House vote on reviving the U.S. Export-Import Bank, giving the effort to save the bank new life more than three months after its charter lapsed....

Million Man March anniversary inspires memories
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Million Man March is remembered by many who were there as a watershed event, despite the fact that its impact on the way America regards African-American men remains an open question 20 years later....

Overhaul of Florida's districts hurts would-be House speaker
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A judge called Friday for a sweeping overhaul of Florida's electoral map, including the congressional district held by a Republican seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker....

Charges dropped against Ron Paul's former campaign manager
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has dismissed charges against Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign manager, leaving two other campaign operatives to stand trial on charges alleging they secretly paid an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement....

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