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AP Top Political News At 1:14 a.m. EDT

GOP hopefuls take on illegal immigration in debate preview
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The Republican Party's presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season's first full-fledged debate....

Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections....

5 things to know about the fight over Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans lost Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers....

Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity....

Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize....

Wealthy conservatives cap Koch brothers weekend with pledges
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- One by one, the wealthy conservative donors stood up Monday and pledged millions of dollars to the favorite causes of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch....

Kerry talks trade in Singapore before regional security meet
SINGAPORE (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Singapore to talk up an Asia trade agreement that has hit snags in final negotiations....

Vocal Biden backer joins super PAC urging VP to run in 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Vice President Joe Biden's most vocal supporters joined the super PAC urging him to run for president Monday, as interest in Biden's political future spiked amid fresh signs that his aides are looking closely at a 2016 campaign....

State workers' suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid
JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) -- A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the country's most competitive 2016 Senate races....

Texas attorney general accused of lying to investors
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an investment opportunity: a tech startup making data servers. He told people he had put his own money into Servergy Inc., according to prosecutors, and helped persuade a state lawmaker and another wealthy businessman to buy more than $100,000 in shares....

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