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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Announce 2016 Plans on July 13


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Scott Walker will announce his presidential intentions on July 13, aides to the Wisconsin governor confirm to ABC News.The announcement will come in the afternoon in Waukesha, Wisconsin.Walker will also officially file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.The news comes on the same day that Walker will greet President Obama on a tarmac in La Crosse, Wisconsin.Obama is coming to Walker’s home turf to tout a plan to give a pay increase to som

President Obama Says He's 'Not Buying' "New York Times" Advice to Add Peas to Gu


nata_vkusidey/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has officially settled #GuacGate2015, the Internet's intense reaction to a controversial New York Times tweet on Wednesday saying, "Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us." The verdict? Obama, like the majority of America, isn't buying the ideas of peas in his guac. Obama added he respected the Times but that he's sticking to his "classic" recipe of onions, garlic and hot peppers for his guac. His response was favorited over 8,00

How Harry Reid Is Fighting for Burning Man


Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate's top Democrat has joined the ongoing fight between the Burning Man arts festival and the Bureau of Land Management over adding amenities to the famed do-it-yourself celebration. The agency, which administers government-owned land, has asked organizers to construct a million-dollar compound for officials supervising the event, which is held on federal land. In a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Senate Majority Leader

Here Are All the Companies That Have Dumped Donald Trump


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It’s only been two weeks since he entered the presidential race, but billionaire Donald Trump has already seen some of his most prominent business relationships go up in smoke following remarks he made about Mexico on the very first day of his campaign. “When Mexico sends its people they aren't sending their best,” Trump said at his announcement event last month from Trump Tower. “They are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they are rapists an

Take a Look at the Cuban Embassy That Will Reopen in the US


The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- After more than 50 years, the Cuban and American embassies will fly their flags once again. According to diplomatic notes exchanged on Saturday, formal diplomatic relations between the two countries will be normalized beginning July 20; following that day embassies in both countries will be o

Metal Spikes Installed on White House Fence


Pictured are the old (R) and new parts (L) of the White House fence. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- Metal spikes were installed atop the White House fence Wednesday, the latest enhancement to fortify the security perimeter at the White House.Two metal spikes of different lengths were squeezed in between the existing spears lining the fence. U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service mounted the “removable anti-climb feature” Wednesday afternoon, but the entire installation process

Umbrella Closes On President Obama's Head


An umbrella closed on President Obama's head as he walked in rainy Tennessee, July 1, 2015. (ABC News)(MADISON, Tenn.) -- Everyone’s had an umbrella close on their head from time to time. But it’s not every day you see it happen to the president of the United States. As he stepped out of his limo into rainy Nashville weather Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama was handed an umbrella. But seconds later as the president was walking, the umbrella closed on his head. The mishap o

White House Lifts Ban on Photos During Tours


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The first photos are beginning to trickle out on social media of people enjoying the first White House tours free of a photo ban.In what appears to be the first selfie shared on Twitter from a White House tour, a woman poses with a bust of George Washington and tweets “a quick selfie with George W before the Secret Service get me!”This is the first time in over 40 years that people have been allowed to take photos during White House tours and the Whit

Hillary Clinton Raised More Than $45M in First Quarter, Campaign Says


Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s campaign says it has raised more than $45 million in the first three months of her campaign alone -- with 91 percent of the donations falling at $100 or less. That total is nearly half of the campaign’s goal to raise $100 million by the end of 2015. It would also break the record for any candidate’s first quarter of running for president, surpassing President Obama’s $41.9 million in 2011, per Clinton’s campaign.

Marco Rubio Will Oppose Confirmation of a Cuba Ambassador


John Paul Filo/CBS(WASHINGTON) — For the first time in five decades, President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, isn’t ready to embrace the news.A staunch opponent of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the republican senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio issued a statement issued Wednesday in response to the president’s announcement. “It remains unclear what, if anything,

Obama: 'New Chapter' Begins as US, Cuba Will Open Embassies


BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama hailed the start of a "new chapter" Wednesday as he announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years."Today I can announce the United States has agreed to formally establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba" and open embassies in the two countries, the pres

Your Member of Congress Could Be a Taylor Swift Fan


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(WASHINGTON) — Nothing brings Congress together like Taylor Swift.Members are holding at least 19 fundraisers around the pop star's two Washington, D.C. concerts in mid-July, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks political fundraising.While tickets can be found on Swift’s website for about $180, members are asking supporters for as much as $5,000 in political contributions in exchange for concert seats at Nationals Park on July 13 and 14."With so much

Hillary Clinton Emails: Nearly 2,000 Messages Released by State Department


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department has released nearly 2,000 emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton in her first year as Secretary of State, according to officials and the agency's website.The release Tuesday evening is the first in a federal court-ordered rollout that will make 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails available on the department’s website by Jan. 29, 2016.Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. said in May the State Department s

Michelle Obama Welcomes Girl Scouts for White House Campout


SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michelle Obama welcomed a group of fifty Girl Scouts to the White House on Tuesday night for a campout on the Pennsylvania Avenue lawn."This is the first time we've ever done a campout on the South Lawn on the White House," Obama said Tuesday night, telling the girls that they were "making history."The event is part of the first lady's Let's Move Outside intiiative that aims to get children active.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years of Tax Returns


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Jeb Bush released 33 years worth of tax returns on his campaign website on Tuesday, making public information including his worth and effective tax rate.Bush's 33 years of returns are, according to his campaign, the most ever released by a presidential candidate. Bob Dole released 30 years of returns during his campaign.His campaign says that Bush is worth between $20 and 22 million, and has made $28.5 million in the seven years since he left office in early 2007.In 2013,

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