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Five Ways Democrats May Boost Turnout at 2016 Iowa Caucuses


iStock/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The Iowa caucuses can make or break presidential candidates just like they did for Barack Obama in 2008.But caucuses, unlike a regular primary, take a lot more effort for the average voter. Like clockwork every four years, Hawkeye State voters gather in meetings to discuss — and ultimately decide which presidential candidate they want to see on the ballot in November — while also selecting convention delegates. These meetings can sometime take h

Calif.'s GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Lives as Homeless Person for a Week


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Neel Kashkari, the GOP candidate for governor of California, reportedly lived a week as a homeless person to gain some traction for his campaign.Kashkari says he took a bus from Los Angeles to Fresno with $40 in his pocket. He says he slept on park benches and ate at a homeless shelter.The Republican candidate is 19 points back in the polls to Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. Kashkari says he did it all to disprove Brown's claim that California is making a come

Ex-Mayor of Bell, Calif. Sentenced for Inflating City Leaders' Salaries


Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  The former mayor of a scandal-ridden Los Angeles town is heading to jail.Oscar Hernandez is the latest in a series of former city officials in Bell, California-- a small, blue-collar L.A. suburb-- to be sentenced to jail.Hernandez has been sentenced to a year in jail for illegally inflating city leaders' salaries.The judge said Hernandez should never have run for office -- he couldn't read English and wound up rubber-stamping documents for a cor

'We Tortured Some Folks,' Obama Says


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday admitted the CIA tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 attacks, saying “we did some things that were contrary to our values.”“We tortured some folks,” the president told reporters at the White House, ahead of the release of a Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques.In a rare reflection on the practices that he banned after taking office, Obama said, “I understand why it

Seven Jabs from Obama to GOP on Eve of Congressional Recess


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On the eve of the August Congressional recess, President Obama took a big swat at Republican lawmakers.On Friday Obama summarily dismissed efforts by the GOP to refashion a bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, blasted them for blocking several of his ambassadorial nominees and needled them for their inability to reach consensus within even their own ranks.Obama didn't hold himself totally blameless though -- "ther

Obama Dismisses House GOP Border Crisis Bill


The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday dismissed efforts by House Republicans to refashion a bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, calling it a doomed "message bill" that wouldn't solve the problem, but would allow them to "check a box" before leaving on vacation.The president spoke as House Speaker John Boehner huddled behind closed doors with the Republican conference to work several changes into legislation that had been pulled back Thursday because

House GOP Wrangles over Border Crisis Bill


Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans wrangled behind closed doors Friday to win approval of conservatives to pass an emergency spending bill that would address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.A vote on the revamped $694 million was expected later Friday.A day after Republican leaders snatched two bills from the floor due to insufficient support and delayed the start of a five-week summer recess, House Speaker John Boehner huddled behind closed doors with the

Senate Passes Iron Dome Funding for Israel


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate on Friday passed $225 million in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome program.The House is in session Friday but may not act on Iron Dome funding until September. The upper chamber had considered, and failed to pass, that money late Thursday night. Included in Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s supplemental-funding bill to deliver $2.7 billion in emergency border funding, the Iron Dome money had been entangled in the politics of President Obama’s $3.7

It's Been 2,401 Days Since Hillary Clinton Visited Iowa


US State Department(WASHINGTON) -- At this point in the presidential cycle, virtually anybody even thinking about running for president has racked up frequent flier miles going back-and-forth to Iowa and New Hampshire.Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have already made a combined 10 trips to Iowa since the last election. Democrats too -- Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Martin O’Malley and Amy Klobucher, have visited. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders has made two trips each to Iowa and New Hamps

Bill Clinton, Hours Before 9/11 Attacks: 'I Could Have Killed' Osama bin Laden


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia about his missed chance to kill mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to audio released this week.Clinton was speaking at a business meeting in Melbourne when the topic turned to terrorism.“And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden…He’s a very smart guy. I spent a lot of time thinking about him. And I nearly got him once,” C

Congress Approves $15 Billion VA Deal


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a rare moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity, Congress has approved a deal to add $15 billion and institute reforms at the Veterans Administration.The agency has been plagued by scandal; staffers routinely falsified wait times for veterans seeking care, and gamed internal procedures to hide the delays. Dozens of veterans died while reportedly waiting to see doctors.The scandal resulted in the ouster of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.After the House passe

Senate Republicans Block $2.7 Billion Border-Funding Bill


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would provide $2.7 billion in funding to address the crisis of minors from Central America illegally entering the United States.With 50 yeas and 44 nays, the Senate did not advance Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s, D-Md., proposal to provide funding in response to President Obama’s request. The measure required a 60-vote threshold.On July 8, the president asked Congress to supply an emergency $3.7 billion to

Driving While Stoned: Congress Searches for a Test Standard


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the clock ticking down to the congressional recess and amid a day of high drama over how to handle the border crisis, the House of Representatives made time for another matter: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned."That was the title of a hearing held on Thursday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which was reviewing the federal government's response to state-level marijuana legalizati

How the Monica Lewinsky Scandal Would Be Different Today


Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Monica Lewinsky is reclaiming her story.In her second column for Vanity Fair magazine, published online on Thursday, Lewinsky writes about how people who are tarnished in public scandals or who face bullying online have an unprecedented opportunity to defend themselves -- through social media, online essays, and other forms of modern communication.Using Lewinsky's own advice, we wondered how the scandal involving her and President Bill Clinton may h

Lawmakers Summoned Back to DC as Border Bill Hangs in Balance


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Cancel that flight, congressman.Lawmakers departing on Thursday for their annual August recess are now being told “not so fast” after the House Republican leadership pulled a $659 million bill to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border.Several House Republicans told ABC News they were furious about not taking a vote on the bill, and they were pushing for a chance to do so before leaving town.Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told lawmakers

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