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AP Top Political News At 9:05 p.m. EDT

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law....

Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama....

US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities....

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon....

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime....

Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants
OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) -- Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs....

A year after background check defeat, modest goals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms....

Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer - only known now as "Company Doe" - in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death....

Clinton White House documents to be released
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration....

Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration....

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