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Kansas treasurer far ahead in fundraising for race

Today at 4:14 a.m.

— Republican incumbent Ron Estes has a big fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger in the Kansas state treasurer's race.

Senate tires of patching highway programs

Today at 3:35 a.m.

— The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.

Bernstein launching run for Michigan Supreme Court

Today at 3:13 a.m.

— A blind lawyer in suburban Detroit is launching a run for the Michigan Supreme Court.

Senate likely to come up short on border bill

Today at 5:44 a.m.

— A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis.

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

Today at 3:35 a.m.

— Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

Today at 5:04 a.m.

— The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to hunters, and conservation groups liked it too.

House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

Today at 3:35 a.m.

— With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

Today at 3:45 a.m.

— The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

Today at 5:44 a.m.

— When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

Today at 2:59 a.m.

— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.

As Fed meets, key issues likely to stay unanswered

July 29 at 11:14 p.m.

— The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered:

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

Today at 3:19 a.m.

— Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

Governor hopefuls meet in black business forum

July 29 at 9:13 p.m.

— Rhode Island's gubernatorial hopefuls offered their views on immigrant children, racial disparities in employment and the state's new voter identification law at a forum Tuesday night sponsored by an association of minority-owned businesses.

Senate bill would overhaul NSA surveillance

July 29 at 6:44 p.m.

— The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill Tuesday to halt the federal government’s bulk collection of American’s telephone and Internet information.

Malloy, Wyman backed by Working Families Party

July 29 at 6:39 p.m.

— Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will appear twice on the November ballot.

Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

July 29 at 6:16 p.m.

— The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.

Cuomo's biggest test is corruption probe handling

July 29 at 8:40 p.m.

— Allegations that Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration meddled with his state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of his tenure and highlighting his skill at high-wire verbal gymnastics.

Doctors' PAC helps Roberts in Kansas Senate race

July 29 at 9:05 p.m.

— Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is getting help in his Republican primary race from a political action committee representing tea party challenger Milton Wolf's fellow radiologists, and the group's director said Tuesday that it would be "hard to rally around" Wolf because of his past postings of graphic X-ray images on Facebook.

Vikings hire Wells, Kaplan to help in Kluwe talks

July 29 at 9:39 p.m.

— The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe.

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

Today at 1:19 a.m.

— The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy with deeper cuts to nuclear arsenals.

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