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Christie's wife quits Wall Street job amid speculation he will seek White House

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- Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job, his spokesman confirmed, as her husband contemplates a run for the White House in 2016.

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In Iowa for Faith & Freedom, Republican contenders face tricky balance 24 Apr 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa - When the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition plays host to nine Republican White House hopefuls this weekend, the conservative Christian group will simply be pursuing its stated mission to "take back our state and country."

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Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. | Video

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Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program.

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House panel passes fast track trade bill 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Legislation to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress cleared through a key committee on Thursday, but low Democratic support signaled a looming battle over a Pacific trade pact central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia.

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PM Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan is ready for bigger security role 24 Apr 2015

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the United States when he visits Washington next week: Japan is ready to take more responsibility for security on the world stage.

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House speaker tells Obama to 'get serious' about defeating Islamic State 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama must "get serious" about a strategy to defeat Islamic State militants before Congress would consider approving a new military force authorization.

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Obama to Democratic trade critics: 'I take that personally' 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama fought back on Thursday against the biggest domestic obstacle to the Pacific trade pact he wants to conclude before he leaves office: the trade skeptics in his own Democratic party.

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Boehner says would welcome deal to ease U.S. spending caps 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would welcome a bipartisan negotiating effort to ease statutory caps on military and domestic spending similar to a deal reached in 2013 after a government shutdown.

FEC decision may allow more foreign money in U.S. votes, critics say 24 Apr 2015

NEW YORK - The Federal Election Commission has declined to investigate the funding of a campaign to defeat a Los Angeles County ballot initiative by an international conglomerate, raising fears among campaign finance reform advocates that foreign funds may flood into U.S. elections.