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AP Top Political News at 5:55 a.m. EDT

Clinton's 'nasty' Trump ads are mostly his own words
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy....

Trump injects Bill Clinton scandals into 2016 race
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Donald Trump is warning voters that a Hillary Clinton victory would bring her husband's sex scandal back to the White House....

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria, aiming to flex its national security muscles and prop up beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals: getting the U.S. to coordinate combat operations in the civil war. And prospects of a diplomatic resolution seem dim....

House lawmakers heap blistering criticism on Wells Fargo CEO
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed....

Clinton struggling to win over the young voters she needs
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- John Morales was interning for Bernie Sanders' campaign when the longshot Democratic candidate's hopes started to fade in the spring. That's when Libertarian Gary Johnson caught his interest....

Obama: Peres won his wars but understood the need for peace
JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Barack Obama hailed Shimon Peres Friday as a man who showed the world that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal and saw "all people as deserving of dignity and respect."...

Obama signs short-term bill to fund government past election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week....

Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year....

Dismissing risks, Trump goes all-in on Bill Clinton's past
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump says he took the moral high ground at the first presidential debate by not mentioning the infidelities of former President Bill Clinton. But he hinted at them, talked about them immediately afterward and then sent his campaign's top backers out to do the same....

Brain freeze? Gary Johnson can't name favorite world leader
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a brain freeze or another "Aleppo moment," but Gary Johnson has stumbled again in his quixotic presidential campaign....