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AP Top Political News At 9:32 p.m. EDT

Obama: Freedom is paid for by men and women of US military
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "greatest blessings" in the greatest country on earth....

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades
AMHERST, N.H. (AP) -- Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates....

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades
AMHERST, N.H. (AP) -- Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates....

New tune for piano-playing senator: Revised education policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?...

Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws....

Bush says he takes Trump's immigration remarks personally
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought....

Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran
GLEN, N.H. (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a "strong verifiable deal" to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program by next week's deadline....

Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers....

Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder
KATONAH, N.Y. (AP) -- The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember - Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison....

Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has shaped up as a classic Republican primary, pitting the son of a longtime Illinois congressman and Cabinet member against a conservative writer who has railed at what he sees as the "establishment" GOP hand-picking the disgraced lawmaker's successor....

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