Texas judge denies bid by ex-Governor Perry to drop charges

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge on Tuesday denied a request from former Governor Rick Perry to throw out felony abuse of power charges filed against the Republican politician seen as a potential candidate for the party in the 2016 presidential race.

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Democrats say Republicans 'hiding' witnesses in Benghazi probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on Tuesday accused a Republican lawmaker of hiding witnesses from members of a special panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

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Senate Democrats hold off on new Iran vote -for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Democratic U.S. senators said on Tuesday they would give the Obama administration at least two more months to reach a nuclear deal with Iran before voting for tighter economic restrictions, easing the threat that Congress might override President Barack Obama's veto of a new sanctions bill.

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Army says no decision made in Bergdahl investigation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Tuesday denied that a decision had been made to bring desertion charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last year in a controversial prisoner swap after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

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Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security.

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Scott Walker has breakthrough moment in Iowa. Now what?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Scott Walker had a breakthrough moment at a forum for conservatives in Iowa. Now the Wisconsin governor has to find a way to break from the pack of politicians considering a U.S. presidential run in 2016.

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U.S. trade chief says Pacific pact near end, urges Congress to back trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers on Tuesday he hopes to wrap up an ambitious Pacific trade pact within months as he urged Congress to back the administration's trade agenda.

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Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion for disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

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Iowa Governor Branstad released from Des Moines hospital

(Reuters) - Six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was released from a Des Moines hospital on Tuesday morning in good condition after being treated for mild flu with dehydration, the governor's office said.

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House Speaker Boehner acknowledges 'stumbles'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November's elections, have gotten off to a clumsy start this year, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, as legislative initiatives have been derailed by attacks from inside the party.

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Obama: Drone that landed at White House available at RadioShack - CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The type of small drone that crashed on the White House grounds on Monday is available at a chain like RadioShack Corp and illustrates the need for more regulation over such new technologies, U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN.

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In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities.

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