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5 things to know about the low standing of major US institutions

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

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Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington DC.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington DC. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Homeland Security funding clears House without strings

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Israel’s Netanyahu, addressing Congress, assails US-Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a step he said the world must avoid at all costs.

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President Barack Obama, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office May 19.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office May 19. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.

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Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the House floor Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the House floor Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday. (AP Photo/Marc Sellem, Pool)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday. (AP Photo/Marc Sellem, Pool)
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Israel’s Netanyahu heads to Washington for Congress speech

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday to press his case against an emerging deal on Iran's nuclear program in a contentious address to the U.S. Congress, which he said he is delivering out of concern for Israel's security.

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Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the House floor Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the House floor Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Congress tries one-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress struggled late into the night Friday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties worked to outmaneuver House conservatives furious that the legislation left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)
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Netanyahu visit ‘destructive’ to relations, top Obama aide says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top adviser to President Barack Obama sharply criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress next week, calling the move "destructive" to the ties between the U.S. and Israel.

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President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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Obama’s tax proposals get cool reception from GOP lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama's pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans.

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Highlights of President Barack Obama’s plan to tax wealthy

The White House says President Barack Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a plan to impose higher taxes on the wealthy and use the revenue to help middle-class families. Congress would have to agree, and lawmakers have rebuffed Obama's earlier proposals to eliminate certain tax provisions and spend the money on road and bridge repair, for example.

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