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AP Top Political News At 3:08 a.m. EST

Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service....

Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery and is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday....

Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics
ATLANTA (AP) -- Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well....

Presidents pick up the check for their meals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no free lunch - or breakfast or dinner - for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter....

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with - sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table....

Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama's executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of the 2016 contest....

Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks....

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more....

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday....

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House....

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Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies

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Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits

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Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics

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