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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.

Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters sat in the second row at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, nearly two miles north of the White House.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking.

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Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday said that the candidates nominated in the GOP primaries will hold the Republican party back in the 2014 elections.

"You have the Republican Party who is strangled by the Tea Party. They are weighed down by Republican primaries in which the Tea Party candidates are the likely winners," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And we have countless elections now that Democrats have won because the Republicans have nominated extremists that their voters reject."

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on Sunday bashed the Obama administration's approach toward Russia and Syria.

"I think the administration is basically saying to Russia, 'Look, don't do anything overt. Don't come across the border with 40,000 troops. Don't embarrass us in that way. But you can continue to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine by doing the things that you've done.'" Corker said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday criticized President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East and toward Russia.

"Let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a (I'll say it crudely) but a manhood problem in the Middle East: Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin?" Brooks said on NBC's "Meet the Press." " I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there's an assumption he's not tough."

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Glenn Greenwald, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on National Security Agency surveillance practices, responded Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who said the Pulitzer committee's decision to give Greenwald the Public Service award a "disgrace."

“I think of Peter King’s condemnation as an enormous badge of honor," Greenwald said in an interview with CNN's "Reliable Sources" that aired on Sunday.

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TORONTO (AP) — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home.

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.

Republicans back in Washington think they've found the right candidate in Monica Wehby, a children's brain surgeon who's raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law at the center of her campaign.

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Sunday said he thinks that it's appropriate for justices to consider politics when weighing their decision to retire.

"It's an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job," Stevens said on ABC's "This Week." "I'm just finishing the book by former Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates. He thought a lot about his successor, too. If you're interested in the job and in the kind of work that's done, you have to have an interest in who’s going to fill your shoes."

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