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Rubio launches new attacks in jumbled South Carolina primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Trying to re-establish his place as a White House contender, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is unloading on nearly all of his rivals, declaring them unprepared for the national security responsibilities of the presidency....

The Latest: Trump: Pope is ill-informed on US-Mexico border
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):...

Obama administration opening 2-front campaign on Syria
MUNICH (AP) -- The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another....

Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing'
ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on "strong legal footing" in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda....

Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback
OKATIE, S.C. (AP) -- The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party's presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention....

Obama: 'strange things' happen when voters are scared
ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that "strange things" can happen in politics when voters are scared and that the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties....

House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening....

Clinton aims to boost campaign with focus on black voters
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid....

Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday....

US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday....

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