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New Jersey's Christie to conservatives: 'I'm still standing'

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed head-on questions about his volatile temper on Thursday and dismissed critics, telling a gathering of conservatives: "I'm still standing." | Video

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White House hopeful Walker: Union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin's governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State. | Video

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U.S., Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks

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WASHINGTON - Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. | Video

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Legal marijuana begins in Washington, D.C. as 'green rush' is on

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WASHINGTON - Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday, launching a pot "green rush" despite a face-off between local officials and the Republican-led U.S. Congress over the new standards. | Video

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White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.

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Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

FORT MEADE, Md. - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured.

U.S. 26 Feb 2015

Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

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WASHINGTON - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. | Video

26 Feb 2015

On visit to U.S., Britain's Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

U.S. 26 Feb 2015

IRS joins influence-peddling probe of Oregon ex-governor, fiancee

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has joined federal and local agencies investigating criminal corruption allegations involving former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, state officials said on Thursday. 

26 Feb 2015

White House hopeful Scott Walker says union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin's governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.