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President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014,  after having lunch with Rebekah Erler.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama greets a small child on the sidewalk outside of Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 26, 2014, after having lunch with Rebekah Erler. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama pitches economic priorities in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Republican obstructionism in Congress is keeping intact a system that is "rigged" against average people who are trying to do the right thing.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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AP Analysis: Bergdahl Release Talks Had Wider Goal

The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Congress Kept in Dark on Bergdahl Swap Since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, senior Democrats and Republicans said Tuesday.

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The South Portico of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
The South Portico of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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White House Tries to Soothe Lawmakers’ Frustrations

Frustrated by criticism of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan, and defense spending.

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3 State Legislators Vie for Open Seat in Congress

The surprise retirement announcement by Rep. Rush Holt in February set off a scramble to fill the 12th District seat held by the Democrat for nearly 20 years.

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Obamacare website (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Obamacare Takes Root But Issues Remain

 As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country.

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Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
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Senate, House Back Bills to Aid Ukraine

Congress spoke with one voice on Thursday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, passing legislation in the House and Senate giving help to cash-strapped Ukraine and imposing sanctions against Russia.

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Steve Lonegan (Kena Betancur, Getty Images)
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Packed Race in Congressional Primaries [AUDIO]

With several congressional seats up for grabs in New Jersey this November, the primary race has become a crowded one for both parties.

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Representative Rush Holt at Democrat headquarters on Election Night
Representative Rush Holt at Democrat headquarters on Election Night (Maggie Sarlo, Rider News)
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US Rep. Rush Holt Won’t Seek Re-election

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat and former college professor who has represented New Jersey's 12th Congressional District since 1999, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election this November.

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.
(Getty Images News) President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 28, 2014.
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President Obama Signs Debt Limit Measure

President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees.

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