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Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday in a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and insisted they send him a better version that doesn’t tie his hands on some of his top priorities.

For House conservatives, blocking Ryan's rise poses risks

The truculent House Freedom Caucus has flashed a green light — or perhaps a blinking yellow one — to Rep. Paul Ryan, opening the door for him to become the next House speaker. Yet on their way to becoming Ryan’s kingmaker, the group’s anti-establishment conservatives have faced a decision that could make or break their own clout as well.

Fact check: Clinton and critics on Benghazi, emails

Congressional investigations, by definition, are about finding facts. But some facts were twisted Thursday in a showdown between Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Republican questioners over how history — and voters — will remember the deadly 2012 attack on a diplomatic compound and CIA quarters in Benghazi, Libya.

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Joe says no: Biden won't run, a boost for Clinton

After months of tortured indecision, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he won't be a candidate in the 2016 White House campaign, solidifying Hillary Rodham Clinton's status as the Democratic front-runner and the party's likely heir to President Barack Obama's legacy.

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Ryan to seek speakership if he’s unity candidate

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if he emerges by week’s end as their consensus candidate — a bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House. Ryan spoke to the House GOP behind closed doors and said if all factions can share his vision and he can get the endorsement of the major caucuses, then he will “be all in.”

Missouri gubernatorial candidates raise millions of dollars

A Republican and a Democrat expected to run for Missouri governor raised more than $1 million apiece in recent months that could be spent on what’s turning out to be an expensive race.

Sen. Blunt touts $4.4M for election, rival Kander at $1.6M

Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he hauled in nearly $1.3 million in contributions during the past three months as he builds toward an expected re-election campaign.

Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased

Bernie Sanders' campaign said it raised nearly $2 million from the first Democratic debate of the 2016 race, and social media metrics showed he was the most-searched candidate on Google and most-discussed on Facebook and Twitter.

Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, economy, foreign policy

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over U.S. involvement in the Middle East, gun control and economic policy in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, outlining competing visions for a party seeking to keep the White House for a third straight term.

Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Trump defends 2nd Amendment following Oregon shootings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead.

Trump gives Putin an ‘A’ on leadership

One day after President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin made little headway in their standoff over Syria at their first formal meeting in more than two years, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is agreeing with Putin on his backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Long-term budget talks ahead for Obama, GOP lawmakers

Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Barack Obama on a long-term budget pact.

Soul-searching in House as McCarthy tries to lock up top job

Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.

House, Senate negotiators reach deal on defense policy bill

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a $612 billion defense policy bill that maintains restrictions on transferring terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and challenges the administration on the budget, drawing a veto threat from President Barack Obama.