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Rep. Chaffetz, brash committee chairman, eyes speaker's race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A brash congressman who's led high-profile investigations into the Secret Service, Planned Parenthood and other issues seems ready for his most attention-grabbing move yet: an underdog challenge to ascend to House speaker....

Biden backs transgender military service as US weighs policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his unequivocal support behind letting transgender people serve openly in the U.S. military, as the Obama administration considers whether and when to lift the longstanding ban....

Trump defends 2nd Amendment following Oregon shootings
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead....

Biden: No question transgender people can serve in military
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says there is no longer any question that transgender people can serve in the U.S. military....

Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years....

Supreme Court: A look at some noteworthy cases in new term
Some noteworthy cases the Supreme Court will hear in its new term that begins Monday:...

Meet Val the bartender: Hillary Clinton does an 'SNL' skit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Set 'em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate....

Obama rejects candidates' ideas for solving crisis in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is accusing White House hopefuls of concocting "half-baked" ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic front-runner....

Clinton promotes gay rights as a main pillar of 2016 bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday delivered the strongest speech in support of gay rights in the 2016 presidential race on Saturday, promising that ending discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people would be a central pillar of her administration....

Sanders says he opposes no-fly zone in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he opposes a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria, arguing that it could pull the U.S. into the Syrian civil war and "lead to a never-ending U.S. entanglement in that region."...

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