• September 29, 2016

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The Latest: Clinton visits Iowa as early voting begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (All times EDTl):

WHY IT MATTERS: Russia looms as key issue for United States

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt.

Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa on Thursday with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state.

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely benefactor, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.

Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weekslong struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has vowed to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States.

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

Trump's stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue. On the other hand, his words — by design or coincidence — mirror the nub of a policy argument the administration is wrestling with in the final months of Barack Obama's presidency.

Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror.

Wells Fargo CEO to face lawmakers with better defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wells Fargo's CEO, newly stripped of tens of millions in compensation in a scandal over sales practices, will face lawmakers with more defenses than he had in the last round, when some senators called for his resignation.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.

Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into separate corners.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress clears bill to keep government running through Dec. 9, provide $1.1B to fight Zika virus.

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

The Latest: Trump says he saved Machado's job

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential election (all times EDT):

After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital

DENVER (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department turned over documents to Congress on Wednesday in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Congress adopts bill of rights for sexual assault survivors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved legislation outlining a federal bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault.

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Remains thought to be those of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War have been flown to a military mortuary in Delaware in an effort to determine whether they belonged to militia members of a Tennessee regiment known as "The Bloody First."

House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute.

The Latest: VA gives Congress documents on costly hospital

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a congressional subpoena demanding documents from the Veterans Affairs Department about an over-budget VA hospital in the Denver area (all times local):

New nursing home standards preserve patients' right to sue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is issuing new nursing home standards that reverse a longstanding industry practice and preserve the rights of patients to sue in cases of abuse or neglect.

Obama: Veto override 'a mistake' and 'a political vote'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress' vote overturning his veto of Sept. 11 legislation was "a mistake" and "basically a political vote."