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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have snagged their first win each in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday as early voting in the race for the White House rolled into its second week
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders snagged their first win each in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday as early voting in the race for the White House rolled into its second week....

Hillary Clinton is getting the help of her African-American allies in Congress, who are undermining Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation's first black president....

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy on Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) -- The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow....

Facing the greatest challenge of his young presidential campaign, Rubio is drawing personal and political strength from his family
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Just for a moment, Marco Rubio stops trying to explain what went wrong in New Hampshire. He needs to find out why Dominick is crying....

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have failed to release their tax returns despite promises to do
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening....

Republican candidate Ted Cruz is out with a new ad mocking Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server when she was secretary of state
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AP FACT CHECK: Clinton has trouble owning up to deep pockets powering her campaign; Sanders struggles to make convincing case on cost of health plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan....

Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the US Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat....

Diplomatic push for a pause in fighting in Syria faces huge hurdles as Russia makes clear it won't stop airstrikes and the government makes gains against rebels near Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) -- A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria's civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because "the belt is narrowing around you."...

Legislation that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program....

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Diplomatic push for a pause in fighting in Syria faces huge hurdles as Russia makes clear it won't stop airstrikes and the government makes gains against rebels near Aleppo

The U.N. envoy for Syria says the key to the agreement reached on a cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week is that it is "a commitment" by key nations not just a declaration

President Barack Obama has granted national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert

A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of Arkansas freshman Republican Tom Cotton

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Friday he will call Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA chief Gina McCarthy to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Right fight; wrong strategy. Many ranchers and sympathizers opposing federal control of public lands in the West concluded after the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage plans to name himself as the state's education commissioner to avoid confirmation hearings for his choice to head the department

The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override a governor's veto with the help of a senator who was able to vote twice due to his recent change in seats

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax-exempt status to one of the best-known and best-funded politically active nonprofit organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies


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