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Hollywood, hedge fund heavies giving to super PAC supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 bid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New York hedge fund billionaire George Soros and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg are among the biggest donors to a super PAC backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic campaign for president....

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entering 2016 presidential race, official kickoff expected July 13
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said....

Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure 2016 field to heed Francis' teachings on climate, economics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion....

Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Donald Trump flap, gets July home on Reelz channel
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel....

Emails show top Obama administration officials knew about Clinton's private email address
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department late Tuesday night....

Many but not all in GOP grouse, showing obstacles and openings as US, Cuba ready embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born....

Jeb Bush releases donor list of his Florida education nonprofit, revealing circle of support
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush's roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he began running for president. Bush provided the names to The Associated Press....

After trade rift with labor, Obama attempts to heal with union-backed overtime regulation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Barack Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission....

Kerry consults US partners in nuclear talks before next negotiating round with Iranians
VIENNA (AP) -- High-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week....

FACT CHECK: Chris Christie's not always the straight talker of the 2016 campaign
SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) -- Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is....

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After trade rift with labor, Obama attempts to heal with union-backed overtime regulation

Many but not all in GOP grouse, showing obstacles and openings as US, Cuba ready embassies

Kerry consults US partners in nuclear talks before next negotiating round with Iranians

AP Interview: Prime minister candidate Szydlo vows no euro for Poland, more economic equality

Spain raises 2015 economic growth forecast to 3.3 percent, brings forward tax reduction plan

Bernie Sanders' presidential bid appeals attracts 10,000 like-minded liberals in Wisconsin

Dirty work: Well-funded political opposition groups dig into 2016 candidate backgrounds

After gay marriage loss in high court, conservatives issue call to arms for religious freedom

House speaker's claim that Republican governor pressured school shocks lawmakers in Maine