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Secret Service Working to 'Regain the Trust of the American People,' Says Direct


ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  The new head of the Secret Service has this piece of advice for anyone thinking about trying to breach White House security: Don’t.“I wouldn’t suggest it,” Secret Service director Joseph Clancy told ABC News in an expansive sit-down interview that explored the scandals that have rocked his agency and the path he’s now charting to protect the First Family and “regain the trust of the American people.”“We have not receiv

White House Threatens to Veto Latest Iran Bill


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- The White House says President Obama would veto a bill requiring congressional approval of any nuclear deal with Iran, as the two sides appear to be making progress toward an agreement."The president has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan told ABC News. "If this bill is sent to the president, he will veto it."Along with Sen. Tim Ka

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll for Third Consecutive Year


Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) -- The Conservative Public Action Conference ended on Saturday, and the results of the event's straw poll revealed that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul may have an edge as the 2016 election season nears.After three days of speeches and jockeying, CPAC announced that Paul received support from the highest percentage of votes from among the 17 options voters were presented with. Paul had won CPAC's straw poll the last two years as well.More than 3,000

Jeb Bush 'Will Not Sign Any Pledges' In 2016


NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Anti-taxman Grover Norquist recently told ABC News he believes Jeb Bush will likely sign his no-new-taxes pledge if and when he officially becomes a candidate for president.But, as Dana Carvey might say, "Not gonna happen."Norquist may have had good reason to believe Bush would sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, where candidates vow to oppose "any and all efforts to increase taxes." After all, the vast majority of Republican candidates for nationa

CPAC: Possible Presidential Candidates Choose Favorite Fictional Presidents


Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While House of Cards may have returned for season three on Netflix on Friday morning, the potential Republican candidates at the Conservative Public Action Conference would be loathe to call Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood character their favorite fictional president.Instead, ABC's Rick Klein and David Wright asked some of the possible candidates whether they had a preferred fictional commander-in-chief."I know he was a Democrat...I know the show was

Rick Perry and Rick Santorum Bro-Out at CPAC


Rick Perry (L): ABC/Matthew Putney Rick Santorum (R): ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- It isn’t something you see every day: Two potential 2016 contenders bro-ing out.But it happened Friday when former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum unexpectedly hugged it out in the halls at CPAC.“Ricky! Don’t run off!” Perry shouted at Santorum in between interviews. “How are you brother? The only other guy I can call Ricky.”The two

Pentagon Not Pushing Timeline for Mosul Offensive


Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Pentagon spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said at Friday's press briefing that the U.S. was not putting pressure on Iraqi forces to be ready for an offensive against ISIS militants in Mosul.Asked whether a timeline that would lead to a spring offensive in Mosul was realistic, Kirby said that he feels it would be unfair to describe the situation as "the Pentagon or the military...pushing the Iraqis on any specific timeline.""I think the most gener

President Obama Stumps for Retirement Rule in Weekly Address


Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to stump for the IRA/401k rule he ordered the Labor Department to craft, which will require retirement-plan brokers and advisors to act in clients' best interests, with some exceptions.“Middle-class families cannot afford to lose their hard earned savings after a lifetime of work.  They deserve to be treated with fairness and respect.  And that’s what this rule would do,&r

GOP Weekly Address: Obama Should Back College Savings Plan


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican Address, Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio called on President Obama to back a bipartisan savings plan passed by the House this week. Renacci says that to adapt to the times, 529 college saving plans should be clarified to include computers as qualified expenses and remove unnecessary paperwork burdens for the administrators of these plans.“We talk all the time about rewarding people who work hard and play by the rules – well, that’s

Homeland Security Dodges Partial Shutdown After President Obama Signs One-Week E


DHS(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security and furloughing thousands of employees Friday when they reached a last-minute deal to approve a one-week funding measure for the department.Just two hours before the midnight deadline, the House voted 357 to 60 to fund the department for one week. The Senate passed the measure earlier in the evening by a voice vote.Less than one hour before the vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent her

Homeland Security Dodges Partial Shutdown After Congress Passes 1-Week Extension


DHS(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security and furloughing thousands of employees Friday when they reached a last-minute deal to approve a one-week funding measure for the department. Just two hours before the midnight deadline, the House voted 357 to 60 to fund the department for one week. The Senate passed the measure earlier in the evening by a voice vote. Less than one hour before the vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent h

Congress Risks Department of Homeland Security Shutdown Hours Before Funding Exp


DHS(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement to fund the Department of Homeland Security, threatening a potential midnight shutdown of the department that would include worker furloughs. The dysfunction that has become all too familiar on Capitol Hill was on full display Friday as the House failed to secure enough votes to pass a short-term funding bill that would keep the department open for three weeks. The last-minute strategy proposed by House Republicans failed with a vote of

House Rejects Continuing Resolution to Fund DHS for Three More Weeks


DHS(WASHINGTON) -- In a very dramatic vote, about seven hours before the Department of Homeland Security is scheduled to run out of money, the House rejected a stop-gap continuing resolution, moving closer to a partial shutdown later tonight.By a count of 203-224, the House overwhelmingly voted down the temporary funding measure. Rather than consider the Senate-passed “clean” bill funding DHS through the end of the fiscal year, Republicans had hoped to negotiate a bill to fund DHS th

CPAC: Jeb Bush Answers Boos With Defense of Immigration and Common Core Position


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, despite a smattering of boos, stuck to his views on immigration and education, controversial with some conservatives, in his question-and-answer session Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying any immigration overhaul needs to include a “path to legal status” for undocumented immigrants. “The simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11 million people,” Bush told the audience and mo

President Obama Mourns Leonard Nimoy: 'I Loved Spock'


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has joined thousands of Americans in mourning the loss of iconic actor Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83. "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock." Mr. Obama said Nimoy's signature role as fi

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