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AP Top Political News At 12:27 a.m. EDT

Billionaire Charles Koch warns GOP hopefuls, donors on need for less intrusive government
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government....

Facing primary threats, Clinton campaign airs its first TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire....

Longtime aide to Beau Biden joins super PAC aiming to recruit VP Joe Biden for 2016 campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign....

Climate change: Obama orders steeper greenhouse gas cuts from US power plants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states....

Trump once described as 'ardent philanthropist' but hasn't supported own charity since 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country's most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings....

Republican candidates prepare for first 2016 debate_and the challenge of facing Donald Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate....

Despite rights concerns, US resumes formal security talks with Egypt after 6-year hiatus
CAIRO (AP) -- Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring....

As Senate showdown nears, 5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood videos
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers....

Kerry in Qatar to soothe Arab worries about Iran nuclear deal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran....

Donald Trump's campaign fires adviser after racially charged Facebook posts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired a campaign aide after racially charged Facebook posts surfaced on the aide's account....

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Climate change: Obama orders steeper greenhouse gas cuts from US power plants

Golf outing with friends, Camp David weekend start Obama's 54th birthday celebration early

Despite past snubs from White House, Obama's outreach to congressional Dems gets high marks

As Senate showdown nears, 5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood videos

Texas Republicans quiet as new attorney general expected to turn himself in on fraud charges

Ferguson shooting leads to passage of 40 new measures in states; activists seek more change

Ex-President George HW Bush shows he's in good spirts in tweeting about his fall, neck injury

IRS commissioner says no new rules for big-money political groups before 2016 election

AP's 'Beyond Exit Polls' election polling project wins $250,000 grant from Knight Foundation


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