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PRESIDENT VS PRIME MINISTER

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of lecturing and name-calling. Here's a look at how the dynamic between Obama and Netanyahu has played out over the years.

CONGRESSIONAL CHAOS

WASHINGTON — Legislative chaos and dysfunction still grip the U.S. Congress even though Republicans promised effective governance after taking control of both houses of the legislature. The battle over funding for the Department of Homeland Security tells the tale.

OBAMA-RACIAL POLITICS

WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, it will be a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation's first black president plans a speech at the site of one of the civil rights movement's most stirring moments, and he will refocus on last year's fatal shooting by a white police officer of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

CONGRESS-HOMELAND

WASHINGTON — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House of Representatives wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. Senate Democrats are not interested.

REPUBLICANS 2016-RUBIO

PALM BEACH, Florida — Marco Rubio isn't quite ready to say he's running for president, yet admits it does look like he will seek the White House in 2016.