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Senate Democrats step up pressure for vote on attorney general

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WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday wrote a formal letter to Republicans urging them to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.

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Obama administration asks judge to speed up immigration decision 10:56pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asked a federal judge in Texas to decide by Monday whether he will put on hold his prior decision to block the White House's executive orders on immigration, or at least limit the impact to Texas.

Lawmaker becomes first Republican to enter California's U.S. Senate race 11:44pm GMT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California state lawmaker Rocky Chavez on Thursday became the first Republican to jump into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer.

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Senate Iran debate postponed after Democrats object 10:14pm GMT

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday postponed plans to debate and vote next week on a bill requiring President Barack Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress for approval.

Michigan's Miller, U.S. House's only female committee chair, to retire 11:13pm GMT

- U.S. Representative Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican who is the only female committee chair in the U.S. House, announced on Thursday she would not seek re-election.

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Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: U.S. official 8:31pm GMT

WASHINGTON - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. | Video

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Boehner, other top House members urge weapons for Ukraine 5:11pm GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other senior Republican and Democratic House members urged U.S. President Barack Obama to quickly authorize lethal weapons for Ukraine as it battles Russian-backed separatists, according to a letter released on Thursday.

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Wisconsin Assembly debate begins on right-to-work bill 8:50pm GMT

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts.

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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge 1:19am GMT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

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Hillary Clinton's focus on women's pay may resonate broadly: poll 1:04pm GMT

WASHINGTON - A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton's message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should she run for president in 2016. | Video