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In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage.

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New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert 03 Jul 2015

- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered heightened security measures across the state over the U.S. July Fourth holiday weekend in response to a call for vigilance by the federal government. | Video

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Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip 03 Jul 2015

HANOI/WASHINGTON - Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States next week in a landmark trip that could prove pivotal in Washington's bid to bolster its Asian alliances in the back yard of an increasingly assertive China.

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Clinton says hopes Iran talks yield deal in the next week 12:34am BST

HANOVER, N.H. - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in coming days to curb Iran's nuclear program.

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Under fire for comments, Trump weighs in on California shooting 12:42am BST

NEW YORK - A random fatal shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant, proves the United States must tighten its borders, according to a statement on Friday by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing heavy criticism for his comments about Mexicans.

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Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes 02 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans.

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Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget 02 Jul 2015

SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO, Illinois - Illinois blew through a budget deadline this week, and now the state faces court battles over spending and a political standoff between rookie Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has dominated state politics for three decades.

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Obama jabs Republican candidates in Walker's Wisconsin 02 Jul 2015

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - President Barack Obama ripped the policies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and poked fun at the large crop of Republican presidential candidates on Thursday, injecting himself into the race to find his successor in 2016.

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Former Democratic Senator Webb announces White House campaign 02 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb launched a long-shot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, promising to fight the political influence of big-money interests and bring a new approach to solving problems. | Video

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Wisconsin's Walker to announce presidential bid July 13: aides 02 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on July 13, aides said on Thursday, a high-profile late entry into the race and one whose hopes largely depend on how he does in Iowa.Walker has been exploring a White House run for months. He has remained near the top of the field by promoting his record of having defeated a 2012 recall effort over his challenge to the collective bargaining process for most public unions