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Romney takes aim at Obama, Hillary Clinton in new speech

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WASHINGTON - Republican Mitt Romney, considering whether to run for president a third time, on Wednesday will take aim at President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.

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Obama's pick for attorney general aims to smooth ties with Congress 6:45pm GMT

WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, on Wednesday sought to make a clean break from the testy relationship her predecessor had with Congress, while supporting the legality of Obama's controversial actions on immigration.

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Cuba's Castro warns U.S. against meddling in internal affairs 8:11pm GMT

SAN JOSE - Cuba will not accept any interference in its internal affairs in talks with the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling would make a diplomatic thawing between the two countries meaningless. | Video

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Exclusive: Spending- why 'red' states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama 5:04pm GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 - As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. | Video

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Senator Rand Paul re-introduces 'Audit the Fed' bill 4:43pm GMT

WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday re-introduced a bill that would expose the Federal Reserve's monetary policy discussions and decisions to a congressional audit.

Texas' Perry says criminal case has not affected White House plans 6:44pm GMT

AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas governor Rick Perry said a criminal prosecution against him for abuse of power has not affected his decision on whether to run for the presidency and pledged on Wednesday to fight the charges against him.

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New York speaker's absence slows state budget process 4:48pm GMT

NEW YORK - The loss of New York Assembly leader Sheldon Silver from state budget negotiations following his arrest on corruption charges last week could delay the process and threaten recent strides toward better fiscal management.

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Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election 'inappropriate' - CNN interview 2:23pm GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

House passes bill to pressure regulators on LNG exports 5:26pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to speed permits for exports of natural gas, a measure that even if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, is not expected to help bring much new fuel to global markets.

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U.S. military budget to start funding post-F-35 'X-plane:' Pentagon 5:03pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Wednesday its fiscal 2016 budget proposal will fund early technology development and prototyping of a "next-generation X-plane" that would eventually succeed the F-35 fighter jet being developed and built by Lockheed Martin Corp.