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AP Top Political News At 3:20 a.m. EDT

Kerry trip to Djibouti highlights importance of small nation
DJIBOUTI (AP) -- A sleepy coastal nation in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti was the last French colony to achieve independence. Today, nearly four decades later, the mainly Sunni nation has become a critical part of U.S. foreign policy....

Latest GOP campaigns for White House star Hillary Clinton
HOPE, Arkansas (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton starred in two presidential campaign launches this week. Neither was her own....

Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications....

Clinton pushes immigration overhaul to campaign forefront
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is giving immigration a prominent role in her 2016 presidential campaign, reassuring skeptics and seeking to cast Republican presidential candidates as obstacles to overhauling the nation's immigration system....

Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid
HOPE, Ark. (AP) -- Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn't build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination....

5 Things to Know About Gen. Joseph Dunford
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama nominated Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford on Tuesday to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top U.S. military position, replacing Army Gen. Martin Dempsey....

Campus sex crime reporting increases, says Education Dept.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports of sex offenses on college campuses provided to the Education Department have nearly doubled over a five-year period....

Prosecutor wins NY special election, seat stays Republican
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Republican stronghold nestled in deep blue New York City will remain in the control of the GOP....

Two decades after 'Black Hawk Down,' Kerry visits Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the African nation's fledgling government and the United States' readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history....

Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama tapped a highly respected combat commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Tuesday, signaling that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants threatening the Middle East and the West remain top priorities for the nation's military despite years of trying to change the focus to Asia....

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