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President Barack Obama is pressing Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the communist country's economy, stability and regional power....

Presidential hopeful Sanders says Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be 'messy'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get "messy" but asserts in an interview with The Associated Press: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."...

House panel giving high-profile forum to top Republican seeking to impeach IRS commissioner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a cause that excites conservatives but seems unlikely to go far in Congress this election year....

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says the court has not been diminished by having only eight members since the death of Antonin Scalia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Stephen Breyer said Monday that the Supreme Court has not been diminished by having only eight members since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February....

Hillary Clinton is closing in fast on the Democratic presidential nomination
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is closing in fast on the Democratic presidential nomination....

Supreme Court upends conviction, death sentence of a black Georgian because prosecutors insisted on an all-white jury
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate....

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state's June 7 primary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state's June 7 primary....

A U.S. law enforcement official says that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign, according to a U.S. law enforcement official....

FBI appears close to completing investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of private email server
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI agents probing whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server imperiled government secrets appear close to completing their work, a process experts say will probably culminate in a sit-down with the former secretary of state....

Sanders embraces comedian Larry David's job impersonating him on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says comedian Larry David shouldn't worry about his role on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."...

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain say President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam proves that old enemies can become new partners

President Barack Obama is pressing Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for its citizens

Republicans are criticizing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he compared wait times to receive health care at the VA to the hours people wait for rides at Disney theme parks

House panel giving high-profile forum to top Republican seeking to impeach IRS commissioner

A House committee says the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been removed from the job

A $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November

Correction: Campaign 2016-Foreign Hacking story

A federal judge has upheld Virginia's 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls

A judge says Kansas can't require people to show proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote for federal elections at motor vehicle offices


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