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AP Top Political News At 5:25 a.m. EDT

Obama to wrap Africa trip with speech to African Union
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama highlighted his administration's efforts to combat hunger worldwide on Tuesday as he prepared to end a historic return to the land of his father's birth with a speech to the African Union....

5 things to consider as Trump dangles 3rd party prospect
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lot of Republicans would like Donald Trump to go away. But not too far....

Cabinet secretaries on Capitol Hill again to sell Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues - this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries will face tough questioning on Tuesday from skeptical Democrats and Republicans....

Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot....

Short-term highway extension may be way out for Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are weighing a three-month highway funding extension that could offer Congress a way out of an impasse days ahead of a crucial deadline....

Florida congressional delegation will see upheaval in 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential ambitions and a court ruling tossing out several congressional district maps will cause upheaval among Florida's representation in Washington, including political complications for a congresswoman considered one of the state's few Democratic stars....

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there....

House backs bill to help vets who've suffered sexual assault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans who suffered sexual assault or other sexual abuse while in uniform would get help more easily from the Department of Veterans Affairs under a bill approved Monday by the House....

5 things to know about the fight over the Export-Import Bank
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. The bank is a small federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their products overseas, by underwriting loans to foreign customers. Conservatives oppose it as corporate welfare and are pushing for it to stay dead. But late Monday the Senate voted 64-29 to add legislation reviving the bank to a sweeping highway bill being considered on the floor....

Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella organization" that would resolve disputes between them....

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