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Pentagon: Bergdahl detainee returned to fight

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location i...

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WH: No, Castro, you can't have Gitmo back

Just over a month after the release of American aid worker Alan Gross from a Cuban prison ushered in a new era between Washington and Havana, the relationship is facing a new chill.

Coalition aims to increase young voters

The formation of the nonpartisan Jax Young Voters Coalition was announced Thursday on the Southbank Riverwalk by Friendship Fountain.

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Senate passes Keystone XL measure

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to clear construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The vote was 62 to 36. Nine mostly centrist Democrats joined with R...

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Obama to rally Democrats in Philly

After giving up on his controversial plan to end 529 college savings plans, President Barack Obama will attempt to draw a new battle line with congressional Republicans over automatic spending cuts that remain baked into the nation's budget.

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Committee approves Iran sanctions bill

The Senate Banking Committee approved Thursday a bill that would impose additional sanctions on Iran if negotiations to curb the country's nuclear program fail.

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans.

A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the...

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Boehner defends House GOP immigration lawsuit

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday confirmed House Republicans are filing a lawsuit against Obama's executive action delaying deportations for millions of immigrants here illegally.

"The President's overreach when he took executive action to deal...

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The Obama oil boom

The greatest oil boom in this nation's history has occurred during the tenure of self-proclaimed environmentalist Barack Obama.

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Pentagon picks new Air Force One

The Pentagon has chosen Boeing's 747-8 to replace the two aging planes that serve as the President's Air Force One fleet.

Scott proposes nearly $77 billion budget

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for a nearly $77 billion state budget in the coming year.

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Clinton's world is dropping the pretense

Neera Tanden, one of Hillary Clinton's longtime confidants and former policy adviser, dropped whatever coyness was left regarding the former secretary of state's all-but-certain presidential run at an event on Tuesday night.

Gov. defends against criticism of FDLE ouster

The Associated Press' pre-session meeting is generally meant to focus on legislative priorities; 2015's annual get-together had a different tone. A war of words broke out between a top Democrat and the governor.

Balance Of Power In Congress

America awoke to a new political dynamic Wednesday with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans took over formerly Democratic Senate seats in seven states, including GOP-leaning Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. That number also included three states that figured prominently in Obama's two victorious presidential campaigns: Iowa and Colorado, where he won twice, and North Carolina, where he won in 2008. Republicans needed a net gain of six seats in all to win back the majority for the first time since 2006.

In the House, Republicans were on track to meet or exceed the 246 seats they held during President Harry S. Truman's administration more than 60 years ago.

Voters expressed bitterness with a sluggish economic recovery and the nation's handling of foreign crises. Nearly two-thirds of voters interviewed after casting ballots said the country was seriously on the wrong track. Only about 30 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction.

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