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Pondering campaign, Biden sticks close to Obama

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 8:30am

Exploring a presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday offered a robust defense of a nuclear accord with Iran strongly backed by the White House in the latest sign of his work to present himself as a natural heir to President Barack Obama.

Biden testing political waters in Florida

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 8:51pm

Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that's left a lot Democrats wanting more choice.

AP sources: GOP seeks pledge to avert Trump third-party run

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 8:40pm

Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances.

Super PAC backing Scott Walker announces $9 million ad buy

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:21pm

A super PAC backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's run for the White House announced a $9.25 million ad buy Wednesday for three early voting states, expanding on a $7 million television ad campaign that starts in Iowa next week.

House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 7:01pm

The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Kentucky clerk's defiance is a test for GOP rivals

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 2:11pm

The Kentucky clerk who is defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is putting Republican presidential contenders on the spot as they try to mollify social conservatives without alienating the majority of Americans who support gay marriage.

North Dakota lieutenant governor admits extramarital affair

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 8:11pm

North Dakota's Republican Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says he had an extramarital affair in the past and he is still considering running for the governor's office.

US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to visit Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 4:43pm

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is scheduled to visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico this week, his staff said Tuesday.

Bush-Trump feud intensifies in GOP primary

Sergio Bustos and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 3:41pm

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush escalated his feud with Donald Trump on Tuesday, betting big he can re-energize his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.

Ben Carson campaign reaping cash as he rises in GOP polls

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 3:01pm

Vacation-filled August is typically one of the worst months for any politician to raise money. But it was Ben Carson's best yet.

Clinton, aides stressed protecting State Dept info in email

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 1:43pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides at the State Department were acutely aware of — and occasionally frustrated by — the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other correspondence.

Walker, in office since 25, denies he's a career politician

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 1:41pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he's a career politician — even though he has been in elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22.

Bush: "I laughed" at Trump's criticism of speaking Spanish

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 5:41am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump's criticism of him for speaking Spanish.

Candidates seeking Iowa boost look to 99-county tour

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 3rd - 1:41am

Is it a savvy strategy or a campaign gimmick? Many presidential candidates see a path to success in Iowa by visiting all 99 counties in the leadoff caucus state.

NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 2nd - 10:21am

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 9:31pm

The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."

CNN amends debate criteria, Fiorina may get in

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 4:21pm

CNN on Tuesday amended its criteria for the next Republican presidential debate, giving former technology executive Carly Fiorina a better chance at appearing in the Sept. 16 primetime affair.

Marco Rubio visits Sandoval, but didn't discuss endorsement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 4:21pm

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says he met with Gov. Brian Sandoval during his northern Nevada campaign tour, but the two didn't discuss an endorsement.

Marco Rubio says nation doesn't need US Education Department

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 1st - 3:21pm

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn't need a federal Education Department, arguing that its recommendations to state and local governments often turn into mandates tied to money.