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AP Top Political News at 5:18 a.m. EST

Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate, energy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country....

Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty....

President's oldest daughter among those scoping out colleges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple....

White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving....

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is denying he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him....

In 2016 campaign, both parties want reform in justice system
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago....

Obama: Holiday means food, football, and not-too-dry turkey?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry."...

Obama admin says states lack authority to block refugees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a growing political controversy, the Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees....

Obama makes holiday appeal for acceptance of Syrian refugees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama appealed anew on Thanksgiving Day for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."...

Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said there currently is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought to reassure anxious Americans for the Thanksgiving holiday....