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Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

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Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the... More>>

GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

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After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to take... More>>

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the... More>>

Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger... More>>

Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

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A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges,... More>>

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

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More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political... More>>

Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

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Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground... More>>

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

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Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet." More>>

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

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The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: More>>

DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

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The Democratic National Committee narrowly outraised its Republican rival last month and cut its debt to just $3 million, down from a onetime high of $23 million, according to federal financial forms due Sunday. More>>

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

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The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings: More>>

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

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Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's... More>>

Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

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By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats... More>>

Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

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At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary... More>>

La democracia indonesia a punto de ser testada

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Después de una desagradable campaña electoral para elegir presidente, Indonesia ha fijado el martes como el día en el que anunciará quien es el ganador, y por tanto nuevo presidente del país, sin embargo el anuncio puede... More>>

Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

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President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White... More>>

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

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Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday. More>>

Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike - while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image... More>>

Judge OKs gay marriage in Florida Keys

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A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding Thursday with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal... More>>

Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger... More>>

Afghan ballot audit starts; Kabul airport attacked

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Afghanistan's election commission began auditing ballots Thursday following a U.S.-brokered deal between the two presidential contenders while a brazen attack on the Kabul airport underscored the dangers the country... More>>

Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

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Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections. More>>

Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

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Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. More>>

2 critics of Swaziland government convicted

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Two government critics in Swaziland were found guilty of contempt of court on Thursday in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom. More>>

US says Myanmar resorting to police-state tactics

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The State Department's top human rights official is accusing Myanmar authorities of resorting to police-state tactics after five journalists from a weekly magazine got 10 years at hard labor for a disputed story about... More>>

Climate politics group falling short of money goal

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A super PAC aiming to make climate change a key issue in this year's midterm elections is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million, cramping the group's ability to influence major races with just four... More>>

Illinois Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

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Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he... More>>

Immigration leads to O'Malley and Obama spat

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign and supporting him regularly on political talk shows. Now,... More>>

FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

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Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted... More>>

Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans.... More>>

Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

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Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. More>>

McDaniel lawyers: Challenge likely in primary loss

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Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel's loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary. More>>

Rock vs. Chris Christie ends with (video) takedown

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has body-slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's humorous attempt to sell a pension-reform plan. More>>

NJ Gov. Christie to be in Iowa and 2016 spotlight

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New Jersey's Chris Christie insists it's his role as Republican Governors Association chairman that's bringing him to Iowa this week, to raise money for other politicians, including Gov. Terry Branstad, a... More>>

GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

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A planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is justified because his actions carrying out his health care law dangerously exceed his powers, constitutional lawyers backing the litigation told... More>>

Gov't to release more Clinton White House records

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The National Archives said Wednesday it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. More>>

Cambodian opposition MPs charged with insurrection

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Six Cambodian opposition politicians were charged Wednesday with leading an insurrection movement after a clash with security forces who prevented their followers from rallying in a public park. More>>

No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

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Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become... More>>

No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

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Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become... More>>

Opposing camps criticize gay candidate

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Carl DeMaio figures he must be doing something right if both social conservatives and members of the gay rights community oppose him. More>>

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

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House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that's engulfing the... More>>

House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising

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Donors keep opening their wallets for campaign committees and outside groups to pack the airwaves with ads and stuff mailboxes full of political mail. Some highlights from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday: More>>

AP INTERVIEW: Afghan hopeful credits US deal

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Somber and reflective, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says his country was on the verge of a "very serious, serious situation" before he struck a U.S.-brokered deal with his rival to avert the crisis by... More>>

House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

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The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. More>>

Gay candidate faces criticism from opposing camps

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Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. More>>

Senate hopeful says he'll return to reality show

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A day after presenting signatures to run for U.S. Senate, former state treasurer and convicted felon Thomas Ravenel reversed course Tuesday and said he will return for the second season of a reality TV show based in... More>>

House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

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House Democrats' campaign arm once again outraised its Republican rival last month, according to summaries of fundraising reports released Tuesday. More>>

Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

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Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who... More>>

Cochran challenger asks court to open poll records

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The challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. More>>

Vote deal will work, Afghan candidate tells AP

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Declaring his nation "is not Iraq," one of two contestants in Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election told The Associated Press on Monday that both he and his rival are committed to lead their war-ravaged nation... More>>

UK foreign minister William Hague stepping down

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Britain's high-profile foreign minister, William Hague, is leaving his job, the government said Monday - a surprise announcement that precedes a major shakeup of the Conservative-led administration. More>>

Jeb Bush nods to Brown in New Hampshire Senate run

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his first foray into New Hampshire politics on Monday, supporting Republican Scott Brown in his campaign for the U.S. Senate. More>>

Super PAC fills void as Iowa GOP's Ernst on duty

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Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks. More>>

Reality star, felon Ravenel running for US Senate

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Former South Carolina treasurer, reality TV star and convicted felon Thomas Ravenel plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Lindsey Graham. More>>

As 2016 looms, Christie skirts hot-button issues

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who bills himself as a say-what-I-think straight-talker, has been unusually silent recently on some hot-button national issues. More>>

Perry-Paul launch foreign policy war of words

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Two leading Republicans have begun an unusually personal war of words over foreign policy, highlighting a broader divide within the GOP over international affairs in one of the first public clashes of the Republican... More>>

Egypt: Mubarak party leaders can run for elections

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An Egyptian appeals court ruled Monday that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak will not be barred from running for elections, opening the door for old regime figures to return to the... More>>

Democrats get help from Massachusetts Sen. Warren

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. More>>

New Mexico judge elected by coin toss after tie

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A New Mexico county magistrate race that ended in a tie has finally come to a head, or rather, heads. More>>

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis

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Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government. More>>

Witty dealmaker Juncker to be EU's new CEO

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The incoming leader of Europe's most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal - and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis. More>>

After Brazil, Blatter focuses on FIFA election

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When Brazil's football fans finally got their best chance to see Sepp Blatter at the World Cup, they had a message for him. More>>

Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

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Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. More>>

Kingston, Perdue hone attacks in Ga. Senate debate

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Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue sharpened their attacks on each other during a heated debate Sunday with just over a week to go before their runoff election. More>>

Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

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Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the... More>>

Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

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The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage - and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio... More>>

Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

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Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the... More>>

Perdue touts business record in Georgia Senate bid

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David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he's best positioned to tackle the nation's debt. More>>

Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. More>>

UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

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The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks... More>>

Biden calls on governors to lead nation

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Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve... More>>

James' return to Cleveland could complicate GOP

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Celebrations aside, LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party's plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie's shores in 2016. More>>

Senate candidate records GOP address, then deploys

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A new item on Lt. Col. Joni Ernst's checklist as she packed up for two weeks of annual training with the Iowa National Guard: denounce the health care law in the weekly Republican radio address. More>>

Florida's political landscape upended with ruling

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Florida's political landscape is being upended by a landmark legal ruling that one legal expert says could influence the way other states draw their congressional districts. More>>

Biden calls on governors to lead nation

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Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve... More>>

US struggles to resolve Afghan election crisis

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The United States struggled Friday to find a path out of a presidential election crisis in Afghanistan that has jeopardized chances for a democratic transfer of power, a central plank of President Barack Obama's... More>>

GOP's Ernst of Iowa to give party's radio address

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Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans'... More>>

Judge rules Florida Legislature broke laws on maps

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The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn. More>>

A look at who's running in Slovenia vote

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Slovenia is holding an early parliamentary election on Sunday to choose its third government in three years. The EU-member country was forced into a vote after the outgoing prime minister, Alenka Bratusek, lost a power... More>>

Kansas senator's longevity gives GOP foe opening

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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning show. More>>

Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

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The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's... More>>

Asian stocks weak amid new Europe jitters

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Asian stock markets were muted Friday, following the lead of Wall Street traders spooked by worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal that raised the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe. More>>

Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

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A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates... More>>

Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

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At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental... More>>

Some in GOP worried over Fla. governor's missteps

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott is a multimillionaire and flies in a private jet, yet his campaign decided to criticize Democratic challenger Charlie Crist as an elitist for wearing a Rolex watch. More>>

Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

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Like her high-profile parents, Chelsea Clinton is becoming a draw on the speaking circuit, with some organizations shelling out as much as $75,000 per speech. More>>

Senators block election-year bill aiding hunters

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Republicans and liberal Democrats on Thursday derailed a Senate bill to help hunters and potentially aid Democratic senators seeking re-election in GOP-leaning states. It's the latest bipartisan measure to fall victim... More>>

No easy path to overturn Cochran victory in Miss.

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A tight timeline and potential cash crunch could make it impossible for tea party-backed Chris McDaniel to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. More>>

Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash

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Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. More>>

Some in GOP worried over Fla. governor's missteps

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign for re-election is hitting Democratic rival Charlie Crist with a barrage of attacks but his campaign team has also committed a series of blunders this year. More>>

Benghazi: 2 days, 2 distinct attacks on Americans

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Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly... More>>

Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

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Faced with a potentially awkward scene at the Texas-Mexico border, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over a flood of young migrants as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem,... More>>

What now for Indonesia after poll dispute?

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Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former army general Prabowo Subianto are both claiming victory in Indonesia's presidential election based on unofficial "quick counts," raising the specter of prolonged... More>>

APNewsBreak: Different attackers in Benghazi?

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Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who... More>>

Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections. More>>

Biden to speak at liberal Netroots Nation

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Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention. More>>

Obama raises money for absent Colo. senator

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In a tough race for re-election, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall chose the benefit of President Barack Obama's fundraising prowess Wednesday over the pleasure of his company. More>>

Udall stays away as Obama raises cash for campaign

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President Barack Obama urged Colorado Democrats to throw their support and their money behind the state's Sen. Mark Udall, who is locked in a tight re-election bid. But the senator himself was nowhere to be seen,... More>>

FACT CHECK: It's 'Mediscare' time in Kentucky

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Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they've surfaced in this year's midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in the country. More>>

5 things to know about Indonesia's election

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Indonesians voted Wednesday for their next president, and unofficial results showed a narrow victory for former furniture maker Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general, was also claiming victory, but... More>>

Udall cancels appearance at fundraiser with Obama

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who was to appear with President Barack Obama in Denver at a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday, says he's too busy with legislative business in Washington to attend. More>>

Polish opposition calls for no-confidence vote

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Poland's main opposition leader called on Wednesday for a no-confidence vote in the liberal government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk following leaks of secretly taped conversations of some ministers and officials. More>>

Widodo leads early results in Indonesia election

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Unofficial quick-count results of Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election Wednesday showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ahead of his rival with more than 80 percent of the votes tallied. More>>

A glance at presidential election in Indonesia

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Some 190 million voters headed to the polls Wednesday in a hotly contested election for president in Indonesia. The race is pitting Jakarta Gov. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo against former military general Prabowo Subianto.... More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More>>

Obama inches into competitive Colorado Senate race

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For the first time, President Barack Obama is inching into one of the highly competitive races that could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate this fall. Obama's trip to Colorado to raise money... More>>

Obama intervenes in Afghan presidential election

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President Barack Obama has taken the unusual step of intervening in a foreign election, asking both candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential race to allow the process for investigating fraud claims to go... More>>

Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

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Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. More>>

Convention another step for Cleveland's comeback

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The vote by a Republican panel to make Cleveland its host for the party's 2016 national convention could be a big step in the city's efforts to remake a hard-bitten image forged by decades of misfortune. More>>

Iraqi parliament to meet early next week

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Iraq's parliament Tuesday officially rescheduled its next session for early next week after criticism over initial plans for a five-week break, amid pressure for political leaders to agree on a new government that can... More>>

Cruz, tea party groups want probe of Miss. runoff

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In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation Tuesday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering... More>>

FACT CHECK: Grimes releases first negative TV ad

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Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they've surfaced in this year's midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in the country. More>>

Afghan candidate rejects election results

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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Tuesday that he will declare victory in the country's election, claiming massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results that... More>>

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