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AP Top Political News At 11:04 a.m. EDT

Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors....

House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care....

US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new travel restrictions against Venezuelan officials believed to have committed human rights abuses during a spring crackdown on anti-government protests....

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes....

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally....

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law....

Senate heads toward vote on border bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border was headed for a procedural vote in the Senate Wednesday despite bickering between Democrats and Republicans over which party is to blame for Congress's failure to act....

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to hunters, and conservation groups liked it too....

Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy" and not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Obama prods Congress to fix corporate loopholes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him....

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