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AP Top Political News At 8 p.m. EDT

On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016....

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine....

GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes....

Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds....

US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday....

House votes to provide money for highways, transit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision....

Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....

Judge chides State official over AP records request response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state....

Million-dollar donors lift Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A dozen million-dollar contributors account for at least 10 percent of Jeb Bush's record-setting presidential fundraising haul....

Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike....

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