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Trump courts tea party voters in Nashville, says decision on 3rd party run coming 'soon'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday....

Ridin' with Biden? Democratic meeting shows it'll be a rough road for VP to challenge Clinton
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The only trace of the vice president came on a candy wrapper....

Common Core test results trickle in, but goal of comparing among states goes unfulfilled
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing....

Obama to navigate competing energy, environmental interests in historic visit to Alaska
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil....

Illinois' Durbin, No. 2 Senate Democrat, gets a shot at political redemption with Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption....

Experts see a divide between GOP candidates' tough talk about China and economic realities
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation....

The Latest: Sanders: Nation doesn't need 'more establishment politics'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Here are the latest developments Friday from the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where four Democratic presidential candidates are addressing the party....

Before nation's top Democrats, Hillary Clinton sends message to Biden: 2016 bid won't be easy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won't be easy....

With hard-line proposals, Trump risks deepening Republican rift on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future that the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House....

Latin music academy says Donald Trump's statements 'cannot be tolerated'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is drawing protests from another Latino organization - this time, one based in the music industry....

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Obama to navigate competing energy, environmental interests in historic visit to Alaska

Obama predicts US-Israel relations will improve after implementation of Iran nuclear deal

In call with Ukraine president, Biden criticizes separatists for threatening to take more land

Common Core test results trickle in, but goal of comparing among states goes unfulfilled

Illinois' Durbin, No. 2 Senate Democrat, gets a shot at political redemption with Iran deal

New Mexico secretary of state charged with theft, campaign finance violations

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he won't seek re-election in 2016, cites family

Commission says states can use federal election grants to investigate possible voter fraud

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