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AP Top Political News At 1:35 p.m. EDT

Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue
VIENNA (AP) -- Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks pushed past their second deadline in a week on Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The discussions, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday....

US military chiefs face tough questioning from senators
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's top two military leaders on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants amid blistering criticism from Republican senators who argued that the administration's program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering....

Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings....

EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says a Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming....

Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over "political philosophy," the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues....

Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch
CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday, in an economic policy speech that denounced the old ways of both political parties yet drew from the longstanding GOP belief that tax cuts are the key to growth....

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ban on government contractors donating money to federal candidates or political parties, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years....

As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Worried about "Republican-on-Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether....

Senate, House look to update Bush-era education law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on - an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue....

Lawmakers: Feds should have deported SFC man before killing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers criticized federal officials Tuesday for failing to deport an immigrant with multiple felony convictions and an outstanding drug warrant who allegedly went on to murder a woman in San Francisco....

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Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House

Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue

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Lawmakers: Feds should have deported SFC man before killing

Court upholds ban on contractor political contributions

US military chiefs face tough questioning from senators

Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race

Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

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