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U.S. Senator Rubio could announce White House bid April 13: report

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is likely to make an announcement on his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 13 in Miami, according to a local news report.

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Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server 2:53am GMT

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel's subpoena for documents in the case.

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays 4:06am GMT

- The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people.

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Senate Democrat Reid to retire; wants Schumer as next leader 1:39am GMT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader after he leaves office. | Video

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Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations 27 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. | Video

U.S. ethics panel probes Kentucky lawmaker over wife's lobbying 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - A special investigative panel will probe allegations that a Kentucky lawmaker helped his wife lobby on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday.

Pentagon vows 'demanding but fair' in F-35 talks with Lockheed 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday said it will be "demanding but fair" in negotiations with Lockheed Martin Corp for the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets, one of the Pentagon's largest-ever sole-source contracts.

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Kerry orders probe of U.S. State Department email procedures 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked the department's inspector general to look into procedures for handling emails by State Department employees, the department said on Friday.

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Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.

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Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut in payment rates.