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Bill Clinton Spends 30 Minutes Debating Bernie Sanders Supporter


Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- President Clinton is known for his surprise retail stops along the campaign trail, often surprising patrons who have no clue he is coming.Wednesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, President Clinton made a pit stop at an authentic Mexican restaurant just along the Santa Fe plaza. While greeting patrons he came across Bernie Sanders supporter, Josh Brody, 24.A 30-minute debate ensued as Brody questioned the former president’s record and argued that many

Donald Trump Hits Hillary Clinton on Email Controversy


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With his first trip to the Golden State in a few weeks, Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday digging into the news about Hillary Clinton’s emails.“She's as crooked as they come, she had a little bad news today [Wednesday] as you know from some reports came down weren't so good,” Trump told the packed crowd.According to the State Department's inspector general, Clinton and some of her predecessors violated the government's policies on email use and records

Muslim Organization Touts Chewing Gum as Cure-All for Islamophobia


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In its first satirical attempt to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released a one-minute ad Wednesday poking fun at discriminatory interactions many Muslims in the country regularly face. The organization claims that it has developed a “cure” for this in the form of a chewing gum called ISLAMOPHOBIN.Who, exactly, is the ad aimed at?&

Calls Continue for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Resign as DNC Head


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speculation reached a tipping point Wednesday over whether or not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should step down from her post as the head of the Democratic party.The Bernie Sanders campaign has been warring with Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said he was being "diplomatic" by asking her to leave."I think someone else could play a more positive role," Weaver said when asked about whether

Paul Ryan and the Art of the Non-Endorsement Endorsement


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday addressed rumors that he would soon be endorsing presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump during.“I haven't made a decision,” Ryan said during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, referring to the much-speculated-about endorsement. And as for when a possible announcement might come, Ryan said he has “no timeline in mind."These are the kind of lukewarm responses and slippery semantics that Ryan and many

New Mexico's Governor Brushes Off Trump Attacks


ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- After Donald Trump slammed New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez during a raucous rally in Albuquerque Tuesday night, the Republican governor's office is firing back.“Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her -- she cares about what he says he will do to help New Mexicans,” Martinez’s press secretary Mike Lonergan told ABC News in a statement. “She’s disappointed that she didn’t hear anything about tha

Speaker Ryan Says He Hasn't Made a Decision on Endorsing Trump


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that he hasn't made a decision about whether to endorse Donald Trump's presidential campaign."I have no timeline in mind," Ryan told reporters in his office on Capitol Hill about any future announcement.Ryan and Trump met privately at the Republican National Committee office off Capitol Hill two weeks ago, after Ryan had said he wasn't prepared to support the presumptive GOP nominee.Ryan wouldn't speculate on why the Trump camp

'Get 'Em Out': How Donald Trump Deals with Hecklers


ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Donald Trump may now be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but that doesn't stop him from reacting to hecklers in the same way he has throughout his campaign.At a particularly turbulent rally in New Mexico on Tuesday, where demonstrators clashed with police outside of the venue, multiple protesters interrupted Trump during his speech.Trump used his trademark "Get 'em out!" dismissal for at least one, and brushed off another by declaring it "So ex

Why Melissa Gilbert Ended Her Bid for Congress


Nick Hagen for The Washington Post via Getty Images(BRIGHTON, Mich.) — Melissa Gilbert has ended her bid for Congress because of health problems.The Little House on the Prairie star, who was running as a Democrat for Michigan's 8th congressional district, told People she's "devastated" that her doctors advised her to withdraw from the race."My doctors said there's no way for me to continue to deal with the incredibly rigorous demands of a congressional campaign without continuing to do har

Hillary Clinton Violated Email Policy, State Department Says


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some of her predecessors violated the government's policies on email use and records retention, the State Department's Inspector General says.The department's investigative agency made the conclusion in a report released only to members of Congress and obtained by ABC News. The report examined the email practices of the five past secretaries of state and found that there was "a limited ability to retrieve email records, inacce

Donald Trump Mocks Gov. Susana Martinez at New Mexico Rally


ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — At his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald Trump took a swipe at the nation’s first — and only — Latina governor, Susana Martinez. “Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled,” Trump said Tuesday. “We have to get your governor to get going. She’s got to do a better job, okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey, maybe I’ll run for govern

Sanders Calls for Recanvass of Kentucky Democratic Primary Vote


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Sanders campaign has officially requested a recanvass of the vote from the May 17 Kentucky Democratic primary. The goal seems to be earning the one remaining delegate in the neck-and-neck contest.In a letter to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes -- a Hillary Clinton supporter -- sent Tuesday and signed by Bernie Sanders himself, Sanders requests a "full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all

Paul Ryan to Endorse Trump, According to Trump Senior Level Campaign Sources


United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Senior level Trump campaign sources confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan will be endorsing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.It's unclear when the endorsement will take place, but Ryan has a briefing on the House GOP agenda scheduled later Wednesday in Washington.Its been widely reported that Trump and Ryan haven't seen eye to eye on several issues.The Wisconsin Republican has frequently condemned

The Story Behind Trump's Decision to Go Negative Against Bill Clinton


Charles Ommanney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has brought up old dirt for his latest campaign moves, mentioning Bill Clinton's sex scandals in an Instagram video posted Monday.That Trump's campaign started zeroing in on Clinton's history with women may not come as a shock; Trump has been hinting at the former president's past on the campaign trail, and one of his best-known confidants has been doing so for years.Roger Stone, a close friend and sometime adviser of Trump's, co-authored a

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Slams Obama Over Inaction on Military Sexual Assault


MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has long called for President Obama to step up efforts to address sexual assault in the military, renewed her call Tuesday for the president to take executive action to help address what she calls a still-pervasive problem in the armed services.“I'm very frustrated with the White House,” she said during a press conference.Gillibrand is trying to get cases of sexual assault moved from outside the military justice

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