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Diplomacy is the best course with Iran: Obama

US President Barack Obama says diplomacy is the best way to deal with IranUS President Barack Obama said on Saturday that diplomacy was the best option to deal with Iran's contested nuclear program, two days after the conclusion of a framework agreement with Tehran. Iran and six world powers determined the outlines of a landmark agreement which would curb Iran's nuclear program and potentially lift economic sanctions. "As President and Commander in Chief, I firmly believe that the diplomatic option -- a comprehensive, long-term deal like this -- is by far the best option," Obama said in his weekly address. Many of Obama's Republican opponents in Congress have been skeptical of a deal with Iran and suggested the US may be giving too much away in its negotiations.


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Budget, economy in Wis. complicate Walker’s pitch for 2016

Gov. Scott Walker has transformed Wisconsin politics, winning three elections in four years and signing laws that weaken unions, crippling a key ally of the Democratic Party. But the likely Republican ...

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Personal quirks at heart of 2016 prospects for Ohio’s Kasich

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, center, is greeted after speaking at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. If Kasich joins the 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes will be watching to see if his frenetic, unfiltered personality lights a fire in the contest or proves his undoing. You never really know with Kasich, a politician who can be just as abrasive as potential rival Chris Christie and may be even less guarded, now that the New Jersey governor is watching his words. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — If Ohio Gov. John Kasich joins the 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes will be watching to see if his frenetic, unfiltered personality lights a fire in the contest or proves his undoing.


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Personal quirks at heart of 2016 prospects for Ohio’s Kasich

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, center, is greeted after speaking at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. If Kasich joins the 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes will be watching to see if his frenetic, unfiltered personality lights a fire in the contest or proves his undoing. You never really know with Kasich, a politician who can be just as abrasive as potential rival Chris Christie and may be even less guarded, now that the New Jersey governor is watching his words. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — As Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) considers a 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes are watching to see if his unfiltered personality will help or hurt him.


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Personal quirks at heart of 2016 prospects for Ohio’s Kasich

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, center, is greeted after speaking at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. If Kasich joins the 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes will be watching to see if his frenetic, unfiltered personality lights a fire in the contest or proves his undoing. You never really know with Kasich, a politician who can be just as abrasive as potential rival Chris Christie and may be even less guarded, now that the New Jersey governor is watching his words. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — As Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) considers a 2016 Republican presidential race, his friends and foes are watching to see if his unfiltered personality will help or hurt him.


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Obama asks Congress to widen Arctic refuge protections

The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress to block about 12 million acres (5 million hectares) from oil and gas drilling. U.S. President Ba...

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End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Iran Deal Raises Hopes and Eyebrows

End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Iran Deal Raises Hopes and EyebrowsThere are lots—lots—of opinions about Thursday's framework nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers. Republican presidential hopefuls were less sanguine. Iranians danced in the streets of Tehran and President Hassan Rouhani said his country would stick to the terms of the deal. The highlights: While the final deal still needs to be worked out, Graham Allison details five crucial numbers related to the framework agreement, from breakout time to centrifuges to pounds of enriched uranium.


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Walker’s Wisconsin still lags nation in job growth

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledges people in the gallery during Governor's State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Walker has transformed Wisconsin politics, winning three elections in four years and signing laws that weaken unions, crippling a key component of the Democratic Party. But the likely Republican presidential contender has had less success changing Wisconsin’s economy and budget. The state lags in job growth and its budget faces a shortfall. It’s a record that complicates Walker’s path in early primary states as he sells himself as a reformer. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Scott Walker's economic record as Wisconsin governor is a mixed one, and that poses complications as well as opportunity for him in the 2016 Republican presidential race.


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Utah latest stop on Obama tour of Republican states

President Barack Obama greets people on the tarmac as he arrives from Air Force One, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The president is scheduled to speak at Hill Air Force Base about the economy, Friday, April 3. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama's visit to Utah isn't just the first time he's been to the state while in office. It's also the latest stop on his tour of Republican "red" states.


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Missouri Senate panel OKs lump-sum budgets for 3 departments

A plan from the Senate's top budget official aimed at limiting costs in the fastest-grown parts of the state's budget faced criticism from some Republican lawmakers even it moved forward Thursday. The ...

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