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Army official: Security in Afghanistan is worsening

By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next American commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating and assured senators…

States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the new…

Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison,…

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in fed prisons

By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential…

Obama has plan to expand access to retirement accounts

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget…

Analysis: GOP needs budget cuts to fulfill political promise

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Thanks to Congress’ recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans intent on fulfilling a political promise will have to propose far deeper cuts to domestic programs to…

Tally no: House postpones coming votes, cites snow storm

(WASHINGTON, AP) — The House has postponed votes this coming week — including one on overriding President Barack Obama’s health care veto — because of the snowstorm that has socked in the…

AP FACT CHECK: GOP candidates misstate military spending

By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the Obama administration has “gutted” every weapons system in the U.S. military’s inventory. GOP rival Donald Trump says…

Obama contrasts Clinton’s pragmatism with Sanders’ idealism

By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama is casting the Democratic primary to replace him as a contest between Hillary Clinton’s pragmatism and experience versus Bernie Sanders’ idealism…

Clinton’s response to Sanders has some Democrats worried

By LISA LERER and KEN THOMAS Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders’ electability. She’s criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she’s…