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AP Top Political News At 11:47 a.m. EST

Democrats say they won't support Iran sanctions bill for now
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of Senate Democrats told the White House on Tuesday that they won't support passage of an Iran sanctions bill until at least the end of March....

Obama aide asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Democratic senator's complaints Tuesday, and noisy protesters, underscored the Obama administration's challenge in seeking congressional approval for enhanced powers to cut trade deals with Japan, India and many other countries....

US loans fueled insider deal, failed power plan in Liberia
BUCHANAN, Liberia (AP) -- The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold....

Obama says US must catch up to ensure drones are safe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds....

Gowdy says Obama admin slow-walking documents on Benghazi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that the bipartisan inquiry is being hobbled by resistance from the Obama administration....

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah....

Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles' in Congress' opening weeks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) acknowledges that there've been "a couple of stumbles" in the opening weeks of the new Republican-run Congress....

Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An appeals court is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court, a case that's unfolding amid a national debate about police use of force and the legal protections afforded to law enforcement....

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday....

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system....

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House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

Gowdy says Obama admin slow-walking documents on Benghazi

Appeals court weighs suit in US Marshals shooting

Democrats say they won't support Iran sanctions bill for now

Obama aide asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority

Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles' in Congress' opening weeks

US consumer confidence jumps to 7 1/2-year high in January

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