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Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius' 29 Aug 2014

NEWPORT R.I. - Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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Texas frontrunner for governor, Abbott, backs out of sole TV debate

AUSTIN Texas - The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott, has pulled out of the sole statewide televised debate, the debate's broadcaster, WFAA-TV, said on Friday.

29 Aug 2014
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Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering.

29 Aug 2014

Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies

SACRAMENTO Calif. - A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it.

29 Aug 2014
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Prosecution gives closing argument in trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

RICHMOND Va. - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife knew that a wealthy businessman had lavished gifts and loans on them to get political favors, a prosecutor said on Friday during closing arguments of the couple's corruption trial.

29 Aug 2014
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Judge dismisses Mississippi Senate election challenge

JACKSON Miss. - A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud.

29 Aug 2014