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Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

WASHINGTON — The three teenage girls from Colorado swapped Twitter messages about marriage and religion with recruiters for the Islamic State group, then set out for Syria with passports and thousands of dollars in stolen cash. Authorities intercepted them in Germany, then returned them to their families without criminal charges.

Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON — No longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.

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Number of states challenging Obama on immigration grows to 24

President Barack Obama’s executive action to halt deportation for as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants continues to inflame passions — and action—on both sides of the issue, with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announcing Wednesday that seven more states have signed on to court action challenging the policy while a broad coalition of law enforcement and faith leaders voiced their support of the president.

Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends

WASHINGTON — Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama’s health care law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage.