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Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects

A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America.

Sullivan campaign reserves post-primary air time

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan has reserved some air time past the Aug. 19 primary.

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

Congress goes to the dogs, pushing support for retired military K9s

You want to get something done in Congress, bring a dog.

Sen. Rubio: Traditional marriage advocates face ‘growing intolerance’

Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that supporters of traditional marriage face increasing backlash for their beliefs.

GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in.

GOP border report advises ‘compassionate but tough’ response

Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, who heads a Republican House of Representatives working group on the southern border crisis, offered recommendations Wednesday that she called “common-sense, compassionate but tough solutions” to deal with the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the country.

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems.

Audubon wants Vikings stadium safer for birds

The Audubon Society of Minnesota is asking the Minnesota Vikings to do more to protect birds from fatal collisions with the massive glass walls of its new stadium.

Study: 10M have gained coverage through health law

A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country.

Obama supports Hawaii's governor in radio ad

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election.

US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the former Soviet republic.

Dayton paid more in taxes, to charity in 2013

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton paid nearly $106,000 in state and federal taxes last year, and upped his charitable giving, too.

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.

Republican Milne formally launches campaign

Republican Scott Milne formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor Wednesday, accusing incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of an "ultra-progressive" style of governing and promising a more moderate approach.

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.

S.C. man arrested at Congress office building after loaded gun is found in his bag

U.S. Capitol police arrested a 59-year-old Camden, S.C., man Wednesday as he tried to enter a congressional office building with a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun in his bag.

Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, a choked-up House Speaker John Boehner prompted two bipartisan standing ovations on Wednesday when he praised the doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare fetal condition.

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