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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the still-unfolding Louisiana Senate race, when Republican Bill Cassidy wants to hurt Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's standing, he suggests that a vote for her is a vote for unpopular President Barack Obama.

Democrats have their supposed bad guy too: When they want to hurt Cassidy, they link him to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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President Obama expressed his condolences to the family of Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C., who passed away Sunday.

The president said he was sad to hear that Barry had died and honored the former mayor for his commitment to civil rights and the poor.

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace pointed out to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that if the GOP blocks all of President Obama's nominees, Eric Holder will remain Attorney General.

Cruz has been calling for Senate Republicans to not confirm Obama's nominations, unless they are for important national security positions, over his executive action delaying deportations for undocumented immigrants.

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President Obama said that Americans are ready for a fresh presidential candidate in 2016 and indicated that he will give the Democratic nominee some space on the campaign trail.

"I think the American people, you know, they're gonna want-- you know, that new car smell," Obama said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that aired on Sunday. "They wanna drive somethin' off the lot that-- that doesn't have as-- as much mileage as me."

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Buffalo says the city is making significant progress clearing snow-clogged streets even as a flooding threat looms.

Mayor Byron Brown says Sunday a ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removing equipment continue to work around the clock.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America.

They did it again this year.

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner.

After Obama took about five hours to play the 18 holes at Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas on Saturday, the White House said that he had decided to play an additional nine holes.

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