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AP Top Political News At 12:39 p.m. EDT

House-Senate negotiators approve $17B VA bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays....

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked him to....

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday....

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price may be high but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million....

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have agreed to vote on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America....

US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its sovereignty....

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal....

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama helped House Democrats' campaign committee raise $1 million online in one day....

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending more economic sanctions on Tehran, but said the administration won't necessarily seek lawmakers' approval....

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency....

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