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AP Top Political News At 1:42 p.m. EDT

Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire....

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time....

GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) -- The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade....

Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine....

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change....

Sen. Warren's book focuses on working family woes
BOSTON (AP) -- At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up....

Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is going a little bit country....

US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula....

Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China....

National energy boom blurs political battle lines
DENVER (AP) -- The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country....

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