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Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

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AUSTIN Texas - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power.

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Judge blocks Louisiana governor's move to scrap Common Core tests 2:58am BST

NEW ORLEANS - In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal's plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.

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Republicans tussle in Alaska primary for U.S. Senate bid 19 Aug 2014

JUNEAU Alaska - Three Alaska Republicans, including an outspoken Tea Party candidate, are vying on Tuesday for the chance to face a Democratic incumbent in a closely watched race seen as critical to their party's bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations 2:13am BST

SACRAMENTO Calif. - California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state's rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

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Lawmakers threaten Ex-Im Bank subpoena in oversight rebuff 12:55am BST

WASHINGTON - Top members of the House of Representatives Financial Services panel are threatening to subpoena the U.S. Export-Bank over the bank's refusal to make three employees available for questioning as Congress considers whether to renew the bank's charter.

New Hampshire Republican staffer in chicken suit runs afoul of law 19 Aug 2014

MANCHESTER N.H. - Feathers are flying in New Hampshire following the arrest of a state Republican party staffer who dressed in a chicken suit and allegedly disrupted a parade that featured two prominent Democratic politicians.

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Advocates urge U.S. top court not to block gay marriage in Virginia 18 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - Gay marriage supporters on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to block a court ruling that would allow same-sex couples to wed in Virginia.

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Lawmakers slam Fed's crisis lending proposal 18 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday urged the Federal Reserve to restrict its crisis lending programs for big banks, which were criticized as bailouts during the 2007-2009 meltdown.

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Challengers in Florida gerrymandering case reject map revisions 18 Aug 2014

TALLAHASSEE Fla. - Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over gerrymandering in Florida's congressional districts on Monday asked a state judge to reject the Republican-controlled legislature's revised map.

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Republican-turned-independent former Senator Jeffords dies 18 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, died on Monday at age 80, his former aide said.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.