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With billions set to flood presidential race, campaign finance laws wilt

Campaign 2016In the four weeks after Jeb Bush announced his run for president, his campaign raised more than $11 million in donations, an impressive haul.

That figure is dwarfed, however, by the eye-popping $108 million in unlimited contributions raised through his super PACs, which began soliciting donations five months before he officially entered the race. This novel precampaign fundraising strategy allowed him to ask donors personally for precisely the kinds of no-limit contributions that federal campaign finance laws forbid candidates from accepting.

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Okinawans decry noise, chemical pollution at US bases across island

Okinawa bases pollution protestedSeventy years after the end of World War II, there are 32 U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Many of the U.S. bases there are concentrated in the crowded southern part of the island

. The sparsely populated north is home to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves and the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC). The northern and central training areas make up a 37,000-acre expanse of rugged subtropical jungle that includes the U.S.’s only site designated for practicing jungle warfare and have played a major role in training since before the Vietnam War.

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Hill analysts lower 2015 budget deficit forecast to $426B

CBO DirectorCongress' official budget analyst projected Tuesday that this year's federal deficit will drop to $426 billion, the lowest shortfall of Barack Obama's presidency.

But the annual summertime update by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office also contained words of warning. It cautioned that without action by lawmakers, annual federal deficits will surge upward again later this decade and spike back above $1 trillion in 2025.

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Palestinians ordered to pay $10m to terror victims while appealing lawsuit

Palestinians orderd to pay millionsPalestinian authorities found liable in a high-profile lawsuit over Americans killed in terrorist attacks must pay $10m in cash – and an additional $1m monthly payment while the case is on appeal – to secure the hundreds of millions awarded by a jury, a US judge said on Monday.

In ordering the security payment, Manhattan federal Judge George B Daniels said he had given significant thought to a motion filed this month by the US State Department, which intervened in the case via the Department of Justice to argue a high bond could threaten the stability of the region by straining the cash-strapped Palestinians.

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Sigma Nu frat suspended at Old Dominion following outrage over 'daughter dropoff' 'Mom too' banners

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Weeks after a sorority at the University of Alabama sparked a national debate for a "rush week" promo video that was more about bikinis and glitter than books and grades, a national fraternity at another university has suspended a local chapter following another "welcome week" scandal.

The Sigma Nu fraternity has suspended all activities for brothers at its Old Dominion University chapter, the AP reports, after the school's  administration and many students were outraged by three sexually suggestive banners intended for entering freshmen women were hung from campus housing in Norfolk, Va.

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Ferguson, Mo., court to withdraw all arrest warrants issued before 2015

Ferguson warrants withdrawnThe newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.

Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, announced the order as part of an overhaul of the municipal court six months after the U.S. Department of Justice said it found systemic racial discrimination within the system.The newly appointed municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo., issued an order Monday withdrawing all arrest warrants issued in the city before 2015.

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Iraq War vet praises Iran nuclear deal as list of supporters grows

Seth MoultonDemocratic Rep. Seth Moulton, who served four tours of duty in Iraq before his election to Congress from Massachusetts last fall, has provided the White House a testimonial in favor of the Iran nuclear deal designed to counter criticism from some Iraq War veterans, POLITICO has learned.

“As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war. It is something I still carry with me today,” Moulton writes, arguing that no better deal is possible and that rejecting the deal increases the odds of military action.

Moulton had endorsed the deal earlier this month. But the White House is eager to amplify support for the agreement from a Marine who served in Iraq, where Iranian commanders backed Iraqi militias that killed hundreds of U.S. troops.

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State trooper shot and killed by man whose truck was stuck in ditch

State trooper killed in La.A veteran Louisiana state police trooper has died of a head wound suffered while he tried to help a stranded motorist.

Colonel Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana state police, said 43-year-old senior trooper Steven Vincent died at a hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Monday. Edmonson said Vincent was shot on Sunday by a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch.

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Autopsy indicates officer shot unarmed teen William Chapman from distance

Chapman killed from a distanceAn unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot in the face by a police officer from several feet away during their confrontation outside a supermarket in Virginia earlier this year, the findings of his autopsy indicate.

The typical signs of a close- or body-contact shooting were not found around the bullet wounds William Chapman sustained in the head and chest when he was killed by Officer Stephen Rankin in the parking lot of a Walmart in Portsmouth on 22 April. Chapman was the second unarmed man to be shot dead by Rankin.

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