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President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier, which has receded 1.8 miles in approximately 100 years, while on a boat tour to see the effects of global warming in Resurrection Cove, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Arctic scramble spurs new debate over U.N. Law of the Sea pact

- The Washington Times

The international scramble over development, energy and climate change in the Arctic — highlighted by President Obama’s trip to the Alaska’s far north this week — is prompting fresh debate over whether American influence in the region may be limited by the fact that the U.S. is the only nation in the fight to have never ratified the Law of the Sea treaty.

President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress. (Associated Press)

Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition

- The Washington Times 24 minutes ago

President Obama’s intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate.

Baltimore Police try to control protesters while detaining activist Kwame Rose. Demonstrators marched to Pratt Street and the Inner Harbor on Wednesday during the first court hearing in the case of six police officers criminally charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Six Baltimore police officers face charges. (The Baltimore Sun via Associated Press)

Baltimore protesters reject Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democrats

- The Washington Times

Outside the courthouse where pretrial hearings began Wednesday for six officers accused in the death of a black man in their custody, demonstrators gathered to voice outrage over police brutality and race relations tearing the city apart — but their antagonism was just as intense when asked about the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

"Improving bridges, roads and our infrastructure is critical to our economy, but we're going to need time for the House committees to do their work," Speaker John A. Boehner said before the chamber voted to keep road projects moving through Oct. 29 and to fill a $3.3 billion budget hole at the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Associated Press)

House, Senate look to finalize education reform bill

- The Washington Times

House and Senate lawmakers hoping to avert a government shutdown, pass a long-term highway bill and vote on Iran’s nuclear ambitions this fall are squeezing in another item that has bedeviled Congress for years — settling on a bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that can win over the White House.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Carly Fiorina dismisses ‘sexist’ veep talk

- The Washington Times

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Wednesday she hasn’t made gender an issue in the 2016 presidential race and that she’s not in it to be a running mate on someone else’s ticket, dismissing such talk as “sexist.”

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FILE - In this July 16, 2011, file photo, New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, right, talks during an interim legislative committee hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. Democratic leaders in the New Mexico House of Representatives are raising the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Duran, the state's top elections official, after allegations of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering were leveled against her. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

- Associated Press

The speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Tori Reichelderfer, 17, shows her support as Planned Parenthood Action Council holds a community rally at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Aug. 25, 2015. Planned Parenthood Association of Utah CEO Karrie Galloway says the demonstration is a protest against Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to stop disbursing federal money to Planned Parenthood. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) **FILE**

Obamacare grants to Planned Parenthood spark fury on Capitol Hill

- The Washington Times 40 minutes ago

The Obama administration announced more than $1 million in grants Wednesday to Planned Parenthood, banking on the women's health care provider to help sell Obamacare to patients and defying congressional Republicans battling to end all public funding for the organization.

Judge to move forward with suit over NSA's bulk collection

- Associated Press

A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November.