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Supreme Court to consider challenge to Ohio law that bars lying about political candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?...

Year after Senate rejects tighter background checks, gun-control advocates' goals more modest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms....

Obama, Biden to announce $600 million in grants to spur job training, apprenticeship programs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs....

Reducing a sentence made longer by a typo, Obama seeks others worthy of his commutation power
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences....

Despite tough path to majority, House Democrats amass $40 million to challenge GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November....

Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website, one-stop source for school information
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs....

US backs Ukraine military action against pro-Russian uprising in east region
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists....

Frustrated immigration activists urge Obama to curb deportations, warning of political peril
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S....

Obama observes moment of silence at White House for Boston Marathon bombing anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office....

Leading candidate for Texas governor faces difficult decision that could disrupt executions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation's busiest death chamber....

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Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website, one-stop source for school information

Obama, Biden to announce $600 million in grants to spur job training, apprenticeship programs

Reducing a sentence made longer by a typo, Obama seeks others worthy of his commutation power

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine city fly Russian flags; unclear who the masked men on them are

Year after Senate rejects tighter background checks, gun-control advocates' goals more modest

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Long a model of stability, Iowa's popular governor finds himself scrambling over missteps


 
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