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AP Top Political News At 7:52 a.m. EST

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law....

Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders '16
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn't....

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators weigh Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job....

Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas....

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years....

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes....

Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge is hearing arguments on whether to make permanent a temporary order limiting the use of female guards to move prisoners around the Guantanamo Bay prison....

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008....

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service....

State Dept. officials meet with House Benghazi panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department officials met Wednesday with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a day after the panel's Republican chairman complained about resistance from the Obama administration and vowed to "ratchet up" his inquiry....

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Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

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FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps