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McCain calls for dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State 2:55pm EDT

EDGARTOWN Mass. - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and said the attacks should also extend into Syria.

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U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

WASHINGTON - Business backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing.

U.S., 6:19pm EDT
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Boehner's troubles with House conservatives may only get worse

FOND DU LAC Wis. - Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America.

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California Governor decries Calpers vote on pensions

LOS ANGELES - California Governor Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.

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Judge reviews congressional maps in Florida gerrymandering case

TALLAHASSEE Fla. - A Florida judge held a hearing on Wednesday to review new congressional maps drawn by the legislature in a lawsuit over gerrymandering by Republican leaders, raising the possibility of election delays in some races.

2:48pm EDT

Sullivan claims victory in Alaska's U.S. Republican Senate primary

JUNEAU Alaska - Mainstream Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory early on Wednesday in Alaska's three-way primary race ahead of a November election seen as critical to the party's bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

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