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First Family Hands Out Thanksgiving Food in DC


MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday afternoon, the First Family handed out Thanksgiving food items to recipients at Bread for the City, a DC agency that provides food, clothing medical care, and legal and social services to the poor.President Obama gave out bags of sweet potatoes and the First Lady gave out turnips. Malia handed out cranberry sauce and canned beans, while Sasha provided canned mixed vegetables and White House Hershey kisses.The Obamas were joined by family a

Obama Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese'


The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama issued yet another executive order Wednesday afternoon, granting two turkeys amnesty from Thanksgiving dinner."I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked-about executive action this month," the president said before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House."Today, I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority -- the same kind of action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to

House Ethics Committee Defers Rep. Grimm's Case to DOJ Again


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House Ethics Committee has once again deferred consideration of Rep. Michael Grimm's alleged violations of campaign finance law to the Department of Justice.Grimm, R-N.Y., is alleged to have solicited and accepted prohibited campaign contributions, caused false information to be included in campaign finance reports and allegedly made a deal with a foreign national to collect campaign contributions in exchange for help getting a green card.The committ

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Underwent Heart Procedure


Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization on Wednesday.According to a press release from the court, Ginsburg experienced discomfort while partaking in "routine exercise." Ginsburg was taken to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where a coronary blockage was found and a stent was placed in her right coronary artery.Ginsburg is "resting comfortably" and is expected to be released within 48 hours.Des

EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards


hxdbzxy/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new smog standards in an effort to safeguard Americans from air pollution on Wednesday."Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. "We deserve to know the air we breathe is safe."The current standard deems 75 parts per billion of ozone as a

Where Turkeys Go After They're Pardoned by the President


seyitali/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It's a presidential tradition to "pardon" a turkey on the eve of every Thanksgiving -- and now we know where the lucky birds go to retire.After the ceremony at the White House, this year's spared turkey will head to Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In past years, the birds have gone to George Washington's Mount Vernon."Before that, Disney World. And before that, Disney Land," said Keith Williams, a spokesperson for the National Turkey Federation.

New Name Added to List of Defense Secretary Candidates


US Department of Homeland Security(WASHINGTON) -- At least one new name has shown up on the list of candidates who could potentially replace Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who announced Monday that he would step down from that role.ABC News has learned that Jeh Johnson, the current Secretary of Homeland Security, may be under consideration for Hagel's old job. Initial reports indicated that Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Michelle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and Ashton Carter, former D

Federal Judge Deems Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


senky/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against Arkansas' state laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Amendment 83 of the Arkansas Constitution defines marriage, court documents say, as "consist[ing] only of the union of one man and one woman." A state law also defines marriage the same way and declares all marriages of same-sex couples as void.The lawsuit was brought by a pair of same-sex couples. One couple, Rita and Pam Jernigan who ar

'Disappointed' Holder Vows New Federal Action to Build Trust After Ferguson


Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was “disappointed” by the violence that erupted overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, and he said the federal government would soon announce a series of new programs to help ease tensions between law enforcement and citizens in cities and towns like Ferguson.“There are other communities around this country that have these same issues that have to be dealt with,” said Holder, reflecti

Obama on Ferguson: 'I Don't Have Any Sympathy' for Protesters Burning Buildings


Alex Wong/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- With Ferguson, Missouri, bracing for a second night of violence and vandalism in the wake of the grand jury decision, President Obama warned protesters that “nothing of significance, nothing of benefit results from destructive acts.”“I’ve never seen a civil rights law or a health care bill or an immigration bill result because a car got burned,” Obama said at an afternoon event in Chicago Tuesday originally scheduled to promote his

The White House Thanksgiving Turkey: A Pageant for Poultry


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- They're well-bred, blow-dried, and on their best behavior. Thousands of them compete every year. But only one will be pardoned by the president of the United States.The National Thanksgiving Turkey is chosen "based on looks and behavior, kind of like a beauty pageant," said a spokeswoman for Cooper Farms, where this year's bird was hatched and raised.One will be pardoned by President Obama and crowned National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House ceremony on We

Michael Brown's Family Gets Sympathy from Congress


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Members of Congress from around the country posted messages of sympathy for the family of Michael Brown after a grand jury cleared the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot the teenager on Aug. 9. But the elected officials included in their messages calls for peace and changes in the criminal justice system.Rep. Lacy Clay, a Democrat who represents the Browns' congressional district, and Missouri's two senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, sen

Here's What's Next for Ferguson Case


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Within hours of the Missouri prosecutor announcing the grand jury’s decision to clear a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement assuring the public that his department's own investigations into the matter were still underway.“The federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now,” he said in a statement Monday night

Sen. Cory Booker to Have a Vegan Thanksgiving


Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., won’t be serving up turkey at his Thanksgiving table -- or mac and cheese, or pumpkin pie.The vegetarian senator announced on Twitter that he’s committing to a vegan diet until the end of the year.Vegan until end of yr at least. Vegetarian for last 22yrs MT @NickPatrickNYC Are u a vegan? I never knew this. I'm moving to mostly veg diet— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 23, 2014That means he'll have to

Poll: Voters Split on Obama's Executive Order on Immigration, President's Approv


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- While Americans are split on President Obama's immigration action made earlier this week, the Commander in Chief's approval rating is nearing an all-time low, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday.Asked -- prior to the announced executive order -- whether Obama should use executive order to address the immigration issue should Congress fail to act, 45 percent of respondents said the president should take matters

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