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House Republicans' campaign committee sets aside $31 million to hold onto majority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday....

Grand jury investigation could complicate Texas Gov. Perry's 2016 political outlook
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time....

Retired Justice Stevens says it's OK for justices to consider politics in weighing retirement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire....

Republicans test health care law strategy in US Senate race in reliably Democratic Oregon
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade....

Lawmakers say Russia is ignoring threats of more western sanctions, urge tougher US stance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine....

Research casts doubt on global warming benefits of biofuels made with cornfield waste
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change....

In new book, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren details fight for economic fairness for working families
BOSTON (AP) -- At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up....

Michelle Obama to appear on May 7 episode of ABC country music drama 'Nashville'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is going a little bit country....

Western official: US considering deploying Army company to Poland and Estonia for exercises
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula....

Against backdrop of Ukraine crisis, Asia seeks Obama's assurances in land disputes with China
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China....

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