Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders' New Hampshire advantage

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton peeks through signs of hers as she greets supporters during a campaign stop in a Manchester, N.H., neighborhood Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi.



U.S. officials say North Korea may be nearing launch

Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North satellite image of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North KoreaBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this week of North Korea's Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past shortly before a rocket launch, a U.S. think-tank said, as U.S government officials signaled that a launch could occur as early as Monday. North Korea has told U.N. agencies it will launch a rocket carrying what it called an earth observation satellite some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test. On Friday, U.S. government sources said U.S. intelligence agencies believed North Korea could be ready by the U.S. Super Bowl kickoff on Sunday, which will be Monday in Korea.



Correction: GOP 2016-Cruz-White Turnout story

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to media in Weare, N.H. Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters, mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class, who didn’t participate in the last presidential contest. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — In a story Feb. 5 about presidential candidate Ted Cruz's turnout strategy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that political strategist Matthew Dowd is a Republican. He is an independent.



Cruz's 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to media in Weare, N.H. Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters, mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class, who didn’t participate in the last presidential contest. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America.



Clinton's New Hampshire challenge: Winning trust

In this Feb. 3, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic primary town hall sponsored by CNN in Derry, N.H. It seems Clinton is having trouble earning the public’s trust. As the Democratic presidential contest hurtles toward the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the former secretary of state is seeking to convince voters of her authenticity as rival Bernie Sanders criticizes her Wall Street ties and questions whether she’s really a liberal. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The private email server. The Wall Street ties. The evolving policy positions. The speaking fees.



States taking action to keep guns out of abusers' hands

Hollie Ayers poses for a photo while reminiscing about her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. She was shot in the face and the leg. Her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. (AP Photo/ John Beale)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation's highly polarized debate over guns.



Five years after Egypt's Arab Spring; India-US relations; China and Saudi Arabia partnership; Clinton feels 'the Bern'; Russian politics
“I still do not know who represents Egyptians...,” writes Emad El-Sayed on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Arab Spring uprising. “Between each anniversary and the next, the streets of Egypt become the sight of political posturing.

Conservative Lawmakers Seek Consensus
What do Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, and Bernie Sanders have in common? (Besides disliking Ted Cruz, of course.) All were among the top villains invoked—repeatedly—at this week’s annual Conservative Policy Summit, hosted by Heritage Action, the advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation. For seven-plus hours Wednesday (followed by cocktails and dinner schmoozing), die-hard conservatives gathered in Heritage’s stately Capitol Hill digs to hear Republican lawmakers hold forth on topics ranging from “the three-legged stool” of conservatism (defense, economy, and social issues), to the state of the movement, to the pros and cons of killing the filibuster. (At least, that was supposed to be the closing panel until anti-filibuster Representative Bob Goodlatte bailed at the last minute, leaving filibuster defender Senator Mike Lee with a half-hour to fill and no one to debate—his own mini-filibuster of sorts.)

Factbox: What will be in Obama's final budget proposal?

U.S. President Obama reacts at a meeting with students from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur(Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Tuesday to unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, his final year in office. The following are some of the proposals that will be included: PENTAGON The Pentagon will ask for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, up about 35 percent from the previous year's budget request to Congress, and wants a fourfold increase for military training and exercises in Europe to support NATO allies. TAX ON OIL In a long-shot bid to raise $20 billion to expand transit systems and research self-driving cars, Obama will propose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil.



Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, a view of an iPhone in Washington showing the Twitter apps among. Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is proactively looking at other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.



The Latest: Clinton makes pitch to young NH voters

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Verizon Wireless Center during the 2016 McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Celebration, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local):



Snyder defends office's handling of Legionnaires' outbreak

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, left, meets with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Snyder visited the church that's distributing water and filters to its predominantly Latino parishioners. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended how his office responded to an email flagging a potential link between a surge in Legionnaires' disease and Flint's water, saying an aide asked for further investigation but a state agency did not bring forward the issue again.



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