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U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor 9:03am EDT

WASHINGTON - Aiming to shake up the debate over fighting poverty, Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday called for charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with government in spending taxpayer money to aid the poor.

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U.S. Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday proposed cutting $1 billion from President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency funding request to deal with a surge of some 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border.

23 Jul 2014
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U.S. Republican lawmakers seek greater say on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to submit quickly to Congress any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and give lawmakers the chance to reject the deal and reimpose sanctions.

23 Jul 2014
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Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday.

U.S. 23 Jul 2014

Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana may have lifted parts of thesis: report

- U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana may have lifted at least a quarter of his master's thesis from works by other authors, the New York Times reported on Wednesday in an examination of the 14-page paper the Democrat submitted to obtain his degree in 2007.

23 Jul 2014
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U.S. Senate panel unanimously approves Veterans Affairs nominee

WASHINGTON - Bob McDonald, President Barack Obama's choice to run the Veterans Affairs Department, looked set for an easy Senate confirmation after the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved his nomination on Wednesday.

23 Jul 2014