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President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to La Crosse, Wis., where he is to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse about economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama blasts Scott Walker’s policies in visit to Wisconsin

- The Washington Times

President Obama gave a ringing endorsement for unions and more overtime pay in Wisconsin Thursday while attacking the polices of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a labor foe who filed papers on the same day to officially launch his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, hit Venezuela's "flawed economic policies and political system," just as the U.S. is seeking to repair ties. (Associated Press)

Sen. Corker slams Venezuela as U.S. seeks better ties

- The Washington Times

A key Senate Republican on foreign policy slammed Venezuela’s “flawed economic policies and political system” on Thursday, a day after reports emerged that the Obama administration is engaging in its most expansive dialogue in hopes of improving long-strained relations with Caracas.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters after speaking at a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Bernie Sanders gains on Hillary Clinton in Iowa: poll

- The Washington Times

Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining on front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential race in Iowa, more than doubling his support among likely participants in the state’s first-in-the-nation nominating contest, said a new poll released Friday.

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The White House, in circus regalia        Photo courtesy The White House

The surging truth-tellers of the GOP

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie's back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They're both long shots -- the Donald is off the board -- but they're making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can't make.

Republicans propose limiting public access to records

- Associated Press

Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget.

Lawmakers pass bills helping students with tuition costs

- Associated Press

Oregon lawmakers in both chambers are making it easier for a large cohort of students to pay for their higher education under two bills they passed Thursday, despite criticism the programs could be too costly or unfairly favor some students over others.

Immigration detention center expands in Southern California

- Associated Press

Immigration authorities will expand a Southern California detention facility to get more bed space for women with criminal records, immigrants with medical needs, recently arrived asylum seekers and other detainees.

Nevada Democrats brace for life after Reid's retirement

- Associated Press

Local and state officials gathered near Hoover Dam in April to celebrate the groundbreaking of a highway bypass that might ultimately become part of an interstate connecting Las Vegas with Phoenix.

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2013 file picture the US  flag flies  on top of the US embassy in front  of the  Reichstag building  that houses the German  Parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin,  A German official says Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged U.S. spying on Germany. The official says chief of staff Peter Altmaier invited Ambassador John B. Emerson to the chancellery Thursday July 2, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)

Merkel's office invites U.S. envoy to discuss latest spy claim

- Associated Press

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged American spying on Germany and told him that German law must be adhered to, the German government said.