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With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines 1:14am EST

NEW YORK - Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..."

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Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports

MADISON, Wis. - Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday.

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Delayed trade bill no impediment to Pacific deal: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - A delay in finalizing legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through the U.S. Congress should not push back the timetable for completing a Pacific trade deal, a senior State Department official said on Friday.

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Kentucky officials wary of senator's EPA warning

WASHINGTON - Officials in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky rejected the senator's plea to states this week to ignore federal deadlines to comply with proposed carbon limits for power plants, warning it could cause more economic harm in the long run.

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Kerry promotes Jon Finer to be his chief of staff

LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry informed the State Department on Friday that he has promoted Jon Finer, a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, to be his new chief of staff.

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