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AP Top Political News At 5:27 p.m. EST

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies....

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll....

Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond....

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge....

Added tax season hassle for some due to health form errors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season....

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling California Republicans the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pundits and donors....

Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending....

Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press....

Wisconsin's Walker adjusts to rigor of presidential politics
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics....

Democrats caught between Obama, Netanyahu on speech
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran - a less provocative, closed-door session....

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