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Trump Says He Was Mocking Reporter's 'Groveling,' Not Disability

iStock/Thinkstock(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he wasn't mocking a New York Times reporter's muscular disorder when he made jerking motions seeming to imitate the man's condition during a speech last week, saying Saturday at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, that he was just showing a reporter who was "groveling.""I was very expressive in saying it, and they said that I was mocking him," Trump said. "I would never mock a person that has difficulty. I would never do that. I'm

Carson Calls on U.S. to Help Refugees Settle in Middle East

Scott Olson/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) --  Ben Carson said Saturday the United States must do more to help solve the Syrian crisis, but that bringing 25,000 refugees from the conflict to the U.S. will "do nothing."The Republican presidential candidate was in Jordan Saturday, where he visited a refugee camp and met with medical professionals, humanitarian workers and government officials. Campaign officials told ABC News that Carson was traveling to Jordan on a "fact finding and information

Philadelphia 76ers Struggling More Than Twitter Foe Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Ben Gittleson / ABC News(NEW YORK) --  In the match-up of Philadelphia’s professional basketball team and the Republican presidential candidate from Ohio, the politician seems to have come out on top.The Philadelphia 76ers and John Kasich, the Buckeye State's governor, got in a bit of a Twitter tiff last month when Kasich jokingly insulted the team's skills at a town hall meeting. The Sixers fired back with a quickly deleted tweet that hit at Kasich's low poll numbers: "At least we wi

GOP Presidential Candidates Practice Pardoning a Turkey

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- How is the president of the United States supposed to pardon a turkey?Three Republican presidential hopefuls tried out their own turkey-pardoning skills with the Independent Journal. Dr. Ben Carson said he was pardoning the turkey "for being ugly" while Carly Fiorina spent a lot of her time petting the turkey and offering it compliments.Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio offered the turkey some cooking advice and said never to fry a frozen turkey.Watch the full video fro

First Lady Receives White House Christmas Tree

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  First Lady Michelle Obama and dogs Sunny and Bo received the White House Christmas tree Friday morning, continuing a tradition that serves as the centerpiece of holiday decorations at the White House. "This is the tree that we use to honor our military, our main tree," the first lady said as she examined the 19-feet tree. "It’s beautiful, it’s gonna work. We’ll get it in the house."The Fraser fir came from Bustard’s Christ

Ben Carson Making Surprise Trip to Jordan to Tour Refugee Camp

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was making a surprise trip to Jordan to visit a camp with Syrian and Iraqi refugees, a campaign official said.The visit, which was announced on Thanksgiving, marks the first time one of the 2016 candidates has visited such a camp since the refugee crisis began this year.Carson, who left Thursday night for the trip, posted a Thanksgiving message on his official Twitter account Thursday and made no mention of his tr

Obama Administration: States Can't Legally Block Refugees

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration said Wednesday that states can't legally block the resettlement of refugees, according to a letter from the Department of Healthand Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement sent to state officials.In the letter, the agency said states are bound by the Refugee Act of 1980 to provide "assistance and services" to refugees "without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex or political opinion," and cannot cut off ORR-funded s

Trump Tweets Lengthy Statement About Reporter, Demands Apology from New York Tim

Robin Marchant/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump responded to critics who accused him of imitating the mannerisms of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski in a lengthy statement he tweeted on Thanksgiving day.“I have no idea who this reporter, Serge [Kovaleski] is, what he looks like or his level of intelligence,” the statement began.Trump said in the statement that he was merely mocking Kovaleski’s journalism credentials for attempting to shy away from the Washington Po

Thanksgiving at the White House: First Family's Dinner Menu

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After serving turkey to homeless veterans and pardoning a turkey on Wednesday, President Obama will privately enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family at the White House on Thursday.So what will the first family be eating this Turkey Day? Check out the menu below:DINNERThyme Roasted TurkeyGarlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange RelishHoney-Baked Ham with Apricot-Mustard GlazePrime Rib and Creamed HorseradishCornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers Oyster Stuf

How 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Spending Thanksgiving

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- This Thanksgiving, candidates are taking a break from the grind of the 2016 campaign trail to relax at home with their families -- even if it's only for a day.Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson will be with their families in Miami, Chappaqua, New York and Baltimore, respectively. Rubio told voters at a campaign event he will be frying the turkey.Jeb Bush, like Rubio, will also be in Miami. But this holiday will not be spent with the famous Bush clan. Instead, he

Obama Likens Syrian Refugees to Pilgrims in Weekly Address

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s address, President Obama tied the story of the Pilgrims to the plight of refugees fleeing ISIS in the Middle East, saying the settlers who inspired Thanksgiving were “refugees who had fled persecution and violence in their native land.”“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims -- men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better futur

How to Avoid Talking Politics at Your Thanksgiving Dinner

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Politics and religion: two topics that are best avoided with coworkers and new acquaintances. Same goes with family on Thanksgiving.But, in an election season like this one, politics is in the air and it’s easy to forget this rule of thumb once the turkey is served.So, ABC News spoke to two etiquette experts -- Jacqueline Whitmore, an author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, Fla., and Diane Gottsman, who runs the Protocol School of Texas -- to

Sen. Mike Lee Delivers Thanksgiving Message in Weekly GOP Address

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Mike Lee delivered the Republican weekly address on Thursday, saying he is thankful for the service members who protect the U.S., the volunteers who help those less fortunate and the parents who provide their kids with loving  and supportive homes.But while he said Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, he noted that living costs are rising in the U.S. while pay remains stagnant."We have too many Americans trapped in poverty, sometimes for ge

Paris Attacks Spark Congressional Debate About Freedom From Surveillance vs. Nat

tupungato/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- The terrorist attacks in Paris, which left 130 dead, have reignited a Congressional debate over how much information the government should be able to access from citizens -- and how to balance national security concerns with individual freedoms.Some members of Congress are calling for the government to continue a program that collects vast amount of phone data that is set to expire shortly, and others are saying the problem is the existence of smartphon

First Daughters Gobble Up President Obama's Jokes at Turkey Pardon

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama trotted out his best jokes at the 2015 White House turkey pardon Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Garden, even getting some laughs from his daughters -– who appeared at times disinterested in last year’s proceedings.“It is hard to believe that this is my seventh year of pardoning turkeys,” Obama said. “Time flies, even if turkeys don’t.”“That was good, that was good,” Sasha, his youngest da

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