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The Justice Department is pushing back against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate and that complying with it could cost the government and taxpayers millions of dollars over the next few years....

Americans say in a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that they have little faith in the Democratic or Republican system for selecting a presidential candidate
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Superdelegates. Closed-off primaries. Complicated caucuses....

Nearly 400 pages of documents that reveal sales strategies for the now-defunct Trump University have been unsealed in a class-action lawsuit
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Trump University instructed employees on how to play on peoples' emotions to get them to buy more expensive seminars for succeeding in real estate, according to nearly 400 pages of court documents unsealed Tuesday....

National Public Radio's ombudsman says the network should consider avoiding grants such as one the Ploughshares Fund provided for coverage of the Iran nuclear agreement and related issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Public Radio should consider avoiding grants such as one the Ploughshares Fund provided for coverage of the Iran nuclear agreement and related issues, the radio network's ombudsman said. The White House recently identified Ploughshares as a group that helped sell the multinational deal to a skeptical public....

Under pressure to account for money he claimed to raise for veterans, an irritated Donald Trump lambasted the news media Tuesday for pressing the issue and listed charities he said have now received millions of dollars from a fundraiser he held in January
NEW YORK (AP) -- Under pressure to account for money he claimed to raise for veterans, an irritated Donald Trump lambasted the news media Tuesday for pressing the issue and listed charities he said have now received millions of dollars from a fundraiser he held in January....

Hillary Clinton has landed a coveted endorsement from California Gov. Jerry Brown, patching up a strained relationship between the two Democrats
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hillary Clinton landed a coveted endorsement from California Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday, patching up a strained relationship between the two Democrats as she seeks to deliver a final blow to Bernie Sanders' campaign....

A sobering perk comes with being a major party's nominee for president: a briefing about top-secret intelligence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee....

The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is making it easier for landowners to bring a court challenge when federal regulators try to restrict property development due to concerns about water pollution....

President Barack Obama congratulated the men's basketball team at Villanova University for winning this year's NCAA tournament
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama congratulated the men's basketball team at Villanova University Tuesday for winning what he described as "maybe the best title game of all time" in this year's NCAA tournament....

Truman began intelligencer briefings to prepare presidential nominees for the unforeseen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Harry S. Truman, who became president on April 12, 1945, upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, didn't learn about the Manhattan Project to develop an atomic bomb until his 12th day in office. Vowing never to leave another president uninformed, Truman began the practice of giving presidential nominees intelligence briefings to prepare them for the demands of the job. A look at how some of them went:...

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The Justice Department is pushing back against a Texas judge's demand that its lawyers attend an ethics course, saying the sanction is inappropriate

A veteran aide to Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a court deposition that she talked about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server with a technical aide who helped set up and run the system

Texas' lieutenant governor is encouraging the state's 1,200 school districts to defy the Obama administrative and ignore a directive calling on schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity

Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget as Democrats who rule the Legislature press on with a spending plan Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes while rejecting his call for a short-term deal before they finish work Tuesday

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill pushing legislation aimed at helping WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas

The FBI says it has recovered a gun that was stolen from an agent's vehicle in San Francisco

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is trying to pivot his focus from social issues to Indiana's improving economy as he faces a difficult re-election campaign

Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine has confirmed what political prognosticators have reported for months: He's running for governor

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is defending the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who's been under attack from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders