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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, adding political experience and conservative bona fides to his Republican presidential ticket. Trump announced his decision on Twitter Friday morning, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice.

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As I look upon the 2016 election for president and vice president, I realize how little the American public knows about the process of electing our nation’s chief executives.

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Downtown Washington Inc. and its sister organization, the Historic Washington Foundation, Tuesday will mark the fifth anniversary of operating a contract postal unit (CPU) in the historic post office building at Second and Lafayette streets.

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States, even as the idea was widely condemned by rival Republican presidential candidates, party leaders and others as un-American.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president in 2016, he said Wednesday, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday that she won't run for Missouri governor in 2016, avoiding a potential Democratic primary with Missouri's attorney general.

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Cost-cutting legislators want Illinois to join a national push to fight fraud by adding identification photos to Illinois food-stamp cards, an idea that opponents say amplifies a negative stigma about food stamps and targets the poor instead of addressing the real problem.

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The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."

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Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - No resolution appeared imminent Monday to the stalemate over union rights in Wisconsin, leaving Senate Republicans resigned to forge ahead with less-controversial business such as tax breaks for dairy farmers and commending the Green Bay Packers on winning the Super Bowl.

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Republicans in the House of Representatives moved to block the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing new rules that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with Internet traffic on their networks.

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Civic leaders in the Middle East and beyond must seize the "historic moment" for democratic change created by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Candidates for high political office usually grovel for newspaper endorsements. Not Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Breaking from a decades-old tradition, the governor isn't even bothering to meet with editorial writers, much less ask for their blessing.

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort to repeal the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, handing gay rights groups a defeat in their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

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It's been three years since Scott Eckersley was fired after pointing out that his then-boss, former Gov. Matt Blunt, and others in Blunt's administration should not be deleting certain e-mails because they belonged to the public record.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate "cubs" endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Self-described outsider Chuck Purgason is making waves in Missouri's U.S. Senate race — the radio airwaves, that is.

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BRUSSELS — The agency that controls Internet addresses said Friday it will consider adding the .xxx suffix for pornography to the list that people and companies can pick for their online identities.

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TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Authorities in Georgia on Friday tore down a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his birthplace of Gori to make way for a memorial to the fallen in the Russian-Georgian war of 2008.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea overshadowed local elections Wednesday seen as a gauge of public sentiment toward the pro-American president's handling of the security crisis.

At the annual Congressional Blues Festival Wednesday night, members of Congress enjoyed musical performances from renowned blues artists, crispy fried chicken, and cold Miller High Life.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's condemnation of the federal government and championing of states' rights is moving into print with the planned publication of a book he's writing in time for this year's midterm elections.

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