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AP Top Political News At 11:38 a.m. EDT

Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House....

Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued....

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects....

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat....

White House front door now locks automatically
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach....

Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart....

Treasury targets those tied to Pakistan extremists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan....

Gov't to reveal drug company payments to doctors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors....

Obama welcomes signing of Afghan security pact
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the signing of a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan marks a "historic day" in the partnership between the two countries....

Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar....

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