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Seeking support for gun actions, Obama tears into the NRA

President Barack Obama tore into the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he sought support for his actions on gun control, accusing the powerful lobby group of peddling an "imaginary fiction" that he said has distorted the national debate about gun violence.

Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers

Al-Qaida's East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.

Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

It's been like a long-delayed New Year's resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care law.

Carson staffers quit, question his readiness for White House

Several top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson resigned on Thursday, citing frustration with the influence of the retired neurosurgeon's business manager and questioning his readiness for the White House.

Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has received mixed reviews among gun rights advocates in a key primary state for regulatory changes he backed this week in his home state of New Jersey.

On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

Taunted by Republicans to declare war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.

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Sanders apologizes to Clinton, supporters for data breach

Bernie Sanders apologized to Hillary Clinton and his own supporters Saturday night for a breach of her campaign's valuable voter data, seeking to put the controversy to rest in a debate that quickly moved on to national security concerns and Americans' heightened fear of terrorism.

Sanders files suit to regain access to DNC voter database

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign filed a lawsuit against the Democratic Party on Friday after it was temporarily barred from accessing a trove of information about potential voters as a punishment for improperly accessing data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton.

Obama vows active role in 2016 presidential race

President Barack Obama closed his next-to-last year in office with rare praise for congressional Republican leaders who helped orchestrate a bipartisan budget deal Friday, then vowed to work hard to beat the GOP and get a fellow Democrat elected to succeed him in the White House.

Agreeing at last: Congress sends tax, spending bill to Obama

Congress ended its chaotic year on a surprising note of bipartisan unity and productivity Friday, overwhelmingly approving a massive 2016 tax and spending package and sending it to President Barack Obama, who promptly signed it.

Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'

In Vladimir Putin’s view, Donald Trump is “bright and talented.” But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances.

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Cruz and Rubio spar in fifth Republican debate

In a presidential race reshaped by national security concerns, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio clashed over U.S. military intervention and government spying on Americans’ communications Tuesday night, as front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for banning Muslims from the United States.

New Jersey billed about $8M in George Washington bridge case

The latest legal bills in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal are in.

Tax cuts exacerbating Oklahoma's bust-driven budget crisis

Even as Oklahoma's economy was roaring thanks to an oil boom, Sarah Dougherty watched in disbelief as the Tulsa elementary school her children attend expanded class sizes and eliminated teachers because costly tax cuts and incentives ate up much of the surplus revenue.

Cruz ups Missouri ballot choices to 11

Heidi Cruz’s visit to Missouri Monday included a stop at Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office, filing her husband — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas — as the sixth Republican on the March 15 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary ballot.