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The Summer of Donald Trump: The Biggest Winners and Losers

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Since the dramatic escalator ride that marked Donald Trump’s official entrance into the 2016 presidential contest in June, the real estate mogul has broken just about every strategy in the campaign rule book and defied political logic on his way to dominate both the conversation and the polls in the Republican presidential primary.Trump’s reign has become the new normal and the Republican field has been forced to adjust accordingly.While many candidates have gon

President Obama Talks Economic Progress and Budget

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama discusses the economy and tells Congress to avoid a government shutdown in his weekly address.In honor of Labor Day, President Obama talked about the country's economic progress and what else needed to be done to continue to improve the economy.He mentioned Friday's jobs report that announced the economy created 173,000 more jobs in August, and unemployment's drop to 5.1 percent, the lowest in seven years.He also said Congress could avoid a g

Sen. Pat Toomey Talks Iran Nuclear Deal in Republican Address

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican Address, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey talks about the Iran nuclear deal and the upcoming Senate debate discussing it.According to the senator, the Iran nuclear deal is "very dangerous.""It will make America, and the rest of the civilized world, less safe," said Toomey.In the coming week, the Senate will take up a resolution going against President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran."The deal jeopardizes American security in a fun

President Obama Hosts Saudi King at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama hosted Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz at the White House on Friday, the first visit since he became king earlier this year.The two leaders' meeting comes as Gulf nations fear the Iran nuclear agreement will destabilize the region through the lifting of sanctions.Despite those misgivings, a summary of the meeting provided by the White House said clearly that the king told the president he approves of the agreement.“King Salman expre

Clinton 'Didn't Really Stop and Think' About Emails When Starting at State Dept.

Kendra Helmer/USAID(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton talks emails, declining favorability and more in a new interview.A 30-minute interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell touched on a wide range of issues, including Clinton’s declining favorability, Biden, Trump, the Iran nuclear deal, and more.Here are some of the highlights of the interview:EMAILS: “I didn’t really stop and think” about emails when starting at the State Department. Clinton said that she “

Bill Richardson: Donald Trump's Immigration Positions Are 'Racist'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, slammed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in an interview with ABC News, calling his positions on immigration “racist” and “ludicrous.”Richardson, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, also weighed in on the 2016 race, saying he did not think Vice President Joe Biden would ultimately enter the race for president.See more of the conversation below.Former Gov. Ed Rendell told the New

Benghazi Committee Grills Second Hillary Clinton Aide

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A second top aide to Hillary Clinton is testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Friday, following news that a former Clinton aide who worked on Clinton's private email server plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment before the committee.Jake Sullivan, Clinton's former deputy chief of staff and policy adviser at State, is expected to answer questions about the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi as well as Clinton's use of private ema

Saudi King and President Obama to Discuss Syria, Iran

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama hosted Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz at the White House Friday, the first visit since he became king earlier this year.The two leaders' meeting comes as Gulf nations fear the Iran nuclear agreement will destabilize the region through the lifting of sanctions. In a rare move and show of respect, President Obama greeted the Arab leader at his car in front of the West Wing.Obama commented on their plans to discuss the implementation o

Today on the Trail -- 9/4/15

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Friday? Read below to find out their schedules:Hillary Clinton All eyes will be on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, as she emerges from her vacation in the Hamptons to participate in a rare television interview Friday afternoon with Andrea Mitchell at NBC. She then hosts a healthcare roundtable in Puerto Rico. Marco RubioRepublican Marco Rubio will also be in Puerto Rico Friday afternoon for a rally.Bernie Sander

Clinton Campaign Adds $4 Million in Airtime in Iowa and New Hampshire

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has just spent roughly $4 million to continue airing ads in Iowa and New Hampshire through the next two months, a Clinton aide confirms to ABC News. In Iowa, the campaign spent an additional $1.5 million, and in New Hampshire, another $2.6 million. The ramped up funds will ensure airtime through September and October for the campaign to continue airing the same ads -- which focus on Clinton's mother -- that

President Obama Comments on 'Inspirational' Humans of New York Post

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- A photo and story posted to the Facebook page "Humans of New York" on Thursday received attention and praise from the president on Thursday.The post featured an Iranian man writing about his son, who he calls "a very emotional young man" who "likes to solve other people's problems." He recalls an instance when he purchased two pounds of fresh apricots and let his son carry them home. Along the walk, the man says, he asked his son to give hi

Joe Biden Says 'I Just Don't Know' to 2016 Presidential Run

Scott Olson/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run Thursday night, telling an audience in Atlanta that he is unsure about pursuing the nation's highest office."The honest to God answer is I just don’t know,” Biden said.The VP said he is still weighing whether he and his family have the “emotional energy” for another campaign -- especially after Biden's son Beau passed away.But he wondered if he could

Feds Will Need Warrant to Use Cellphone Scanning Technology Known as 'Stingrays'

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a major policy shift, the Justice Department announced Thursday that the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service will now have to obtain a warrant before using a cellphone scanning device to track down wanted criminals. Before the announcement, those law enforcement agencies have been able to use those devices -- commonly known as Stingrays -- virtually at will.DOJ officials confirmed Thursday that Stingrays are widely used by federal, state and local law enforceme

New Safety Review Ordered at Pentagon's Anthrax Labs Following Contamination

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A safety review has been ordered for the Defense Department’s nine labs and facilities involved in the production, shipment and handling of live and inactivated agents and toxins after anthrax was discovered outside the primary containment area at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, military officials said on Thursday.The contamination was found on Aug. 20 in a secure area of the facility, and according to a Pentagon statement there is no evidence that lab e

Inside Look at the Discounted Furniture Martin O'Malley Bought From Governor's M

Maryland Department of General Services(WASHINGTON) -- Documents obtained by ABC News reveal some of the stately furniture used by 2016 Democratic hopeful Martin O’Malley when he lived in Maryland’s governor’s mansion were later purchased by his family at steeply discounted rates when they moved out of the residence earlier this year.There is a photograph of a brown rustic Maitland Smith armoire originally purchased for $3,695 by the state and used in the lower family room of t

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