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AP Top Political News At 2:31 p.m. EDT

Secret Service head takes heat for WH breach
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed in its mission of protecting the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued....

Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine....

Savvy Utah lawmaker leads GOP on Secret Service
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known....

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects....

Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful
SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas Tuesday despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate stepped up campaigning for Republicans in tight races ahead of the midterm elections....

Education Dept awards $75M in innovation grants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency....

Obama turns to economy with Illinois speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will deliver an economic address this week seeking to promote the recovery as the campaign season heads into its final weeks before midterm congressional elections....

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat....

White House urges Secret Service to release probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible....

Government: NFL TV 'blackout' rule unsportsmanlike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market....

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