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Obama proposing $478 billion public works program in budget
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades....

Some highlights of proposals in Obama's new spending plan
Highlights of proposals in the $4 trillion budget for 2016 that President Barack Obama sends to Congress on Monday:...

Foreign affairs, culture wars split GOP focus ahead of 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Need evidence there's no clear path to the Republican presidential nomination? Consider the competing messages some likely candidates delivered on Sunday's talk shows....

Huckabee compares being gay to using alcohol, profanity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said being gay is akin to choosing to drink alcohol or use profanity - lifestyle choices he says are appealing to others but not to him....

Christie begins trip to London with soccer, not politics
LONDON (AP) -- An unabashed fan of the Dallas Cowboys, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Super Bowl Sunday on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, watching football of another sort....

Obama tells parents to get their kids vaccinated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the midst of a measles outbreak, President Barack Obama is telling parents to get their kids vaccinated....

Obama weighs in on deflated footballs, politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Sunday said the NFL should consider how referees can control game footballs instead of individual teams and he defended his aggressive stance with congressional Republicans during a live interview during NBC's Super Bowl pregame show....

Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt....

A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state

Walker open to sending troops to fight Islamic State group
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is open to sending U.S. troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters, but the potential Republican contender for 2016 presidential nomination isn't calling for them immediately....

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