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AP Top Political News At 11:46 a.m. EST

Obama defends moves on immigration
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Sunday dismissed Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States....

Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he wants a Democrat in the White House in 2016 and is pledging to do everything possible to help that nominee succeed....

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster....

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council....

Health exchanges' finances face test in 2nd year
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The federal government shelled out billions of dollars to get health insurance marketplaces going in the 14 states that opted to run their own. Now they must act like true marketplaces and start paying for themselves....

Jindal seen as liability for GOP candidate Cassidy
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- In the still-unfolding Louisiana Senate race, when Republican Bill Cassidy wants to hurt Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's standing, he suggests that a vote for her is a vote for unpopular President Barack Obama....

Gambling nuke commander linked to fake poker chips
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press....

Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment....

AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say....

A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?
DENVER (AP) -- Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters can find a playbook in Colorado....

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