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AP Top Political News At 7:21 a.m. EDT

Obama and the Kurds: Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turkey's dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey's targets while relying heavily on the other target....

Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling....

Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive....

Health care spending to accelerate, US report says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down....

Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP....

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance....

Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars....

House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House and Senate are moving toward passage of three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal....

Christie: Republican primary rivals lack policy specifics
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday chided his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House....

Obama delivers frank words about Africa's problems
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing....

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Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm

Obama and the Kurds: Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan

Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch

Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

Conservative move against Boehner a sign of discontent

Fed is likely to delay 1st rate hike in 9 years a bit longer

GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid