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Obama administration seeks to advance Iran deal as Senate weighs how hard to press the brakes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies....

United States and Japan boost defense ties with eyes on China, North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions will be the world leader not in the room - Chinese President Xi Jinping....

Obama speaks to Baltimore mayor, pledges federal help amid riots over death of Freddie Gray
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is pledging the federal government's help to respond to riots that have broken out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray....

Kerry says he will urge Iran FM to push Yemen rebels into political negotiations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says he will use a meeting with his Iranian counterpart to urge Iran to push the Shiite rebels it supports in Yemen back to the negotiating table....

WA Democrat Murray, '92's 'mom in tennis shoes,' stands her ground in tradition-bound Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray....

Capitol Hill Buzz: Homeless Senate worker prompts push for higher pay on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill....

Republican candidate Rand Paul faces tough questions as he courts Orthodox Jewish crowd
NEW YORK (AP) -- Looking to woo New York's Orthodox Jewish community, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul faced tough questions Monday about his support for Israel and his approach to foreign policy in the Middle East....

Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general; replaces Eric Holder after 6-year tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official....

House GOP proposed defense budget challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo Bay
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet....

Supreme Court considers use of excessive force against inmates in jail awaiting trial
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes....

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