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Obama Touts American Progress, Democratic Leadership at House Retreat


NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- President Obama spoke Thursday night at the House Democrats' annual retreat in Philadelphia, pointing out the progress being made under Democratic leadership."As much as we should appreciate the progress that's been made...it shouldn't be a cause for complacency," Obama said, "cause we've got more work to do." Instead, Obama called on Democrats to "stand up and go on offense and not be defensive about what we believe in."Asked about the possibility

White House Crash Drone Owner Blames Manufacturer Glitch for 'Whole Fiasco'


U.S. Secret Service(WASHINGTON) -- The owner of the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds Monday morning -- prompting a pre-dawn security scare -- says his friend who borrowed the ill-fated aircraft shouldn't be blamed for the “whole fiasco.”Instead, the drone’s owner told ABC News that both of them are now convinced the company that manufactured the drone deserves much of the blame.The owner said drones sold by China-based DJI have a “well-documented” pro

Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House


Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- They act like terrorists, they regularly kill civilians like terrorists, but the White House does not consider the Afghan Taliban to be a terrorist group.“They do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained Thursday, but “they have a different classification.”Semantics aside, the Taliban is suspec

Senate Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation


Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate passed legislation on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill. The legislation passed by a vote of 62-36 and will now be sent to the House of Representatives for final passage before being sent to President Obama's desk. Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto the legislation, were it to make it to his desk.On Thursday, the veto threat was repeated by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who said that Obama "will not sign

Texas Legislator Instructs Staff: Ask Muslims to Pledge Allegiance to America


Credit: Allan Baxter/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas state representative on Thursday said she instructed her staff to ask Muslim constituents to “publicly announce allegiance to America.”“Today is Texas Muslim Capital [sic] Day in Austin,” newly-elected Republican state Rep. Molly White wrote on Facebook. “I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Isl

FTC Bars Website Operator from 'Revenge Porn' Business in Settlement


jrwasserman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Trade Commission has banned the operator of an alleged "revenge porn" website as part of a settlement after the operator allegedly illegally acquired and posted nude photographs and offered a fake "takedown" service.The FTC accused Craig Brittain of using deception to obtain and post lewd photographs of women, then referring those women to another website he controlled, "where they were told they could have the pictures removed if they pai

What We Know About When Potential Presidential Candidates Will Announce


JPLDesigns/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the 2016 presidential race heating up, tracking all the potential candidates can keep your head spinning.Though the list of possible White House hopefuls is growing by the day, no one has officially declared -- yet.Here's the cast of characters likely to be a part of the 2016 contest, and a look at what we know about when they plan to make it official:DEMOCRATSHillary ClintonAnnouncement expected by: JulyFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

Senators Introduce Legislation to Lift Cuba Travel Ban


Ruskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday that would end the travel ban between the U.S. and Cuba -– the first legislation to be introduced this year following President Obama’s executive action to start opening diplomatic relations with Cuba.“We’ve tried this current policy that we have prohibiting travel for about 50 years, and it hasn’t worked, so it’s time for something new,” Sen. Jeff Flak

Rand Paul Is Turning Out to Be the 2016 Troller-in-Chief


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., may be mulling a bid to be the next commander-in-chief in 2016, but he may have already earned the unofficial title of troller-in-chief with his pointed digs at his potential rivals -- Democrats and Republicans alike.The latest came Wednesday evening, when Paul used “#ThingsToRunFrom” to describe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The same old candidat

Romneys and Clintons to Attend NYC Lunch After Mitt's Attack on Hillary


/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Romneys and the Clintons could meet sooner than in 2016. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston confirms to ABC News that the two couples are expected to attend a New York City lunch together Friday to benefit the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Disorders. Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky is on the board of the center. The lunch was first reported by The New York Times.The Times points out the lunch will now be quite awkward after Romney went on

McCain Calls Out Protesters Who Swarmed Henry Kissinger


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain earned some applause inside the Senate Armed Services hearing Thursday morning, after he erupted at protesters of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, calling them “low-life scum.”“I've been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” said McCain, R-Ariz. Protesters from the group CodePink

Sen. Lindsey Graham Launches 2016 Exploratory Committee


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has officially launched an exploratory committee to “test the waters” for a potential 2016 run, a spokesman for the South Carolina senator confirms.The exploratory committee is dubbed “Security Through Strength” and is described on its website as a “political committee helping United States Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. ‘test the waters’ for a potential 2016 run for president. The committee will fund

What Obama's Bro Hugs, Parade Visits in India Mean for the US


Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- During his landmark visit to India this week, President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi swapped hugs, sat side-by-side at India’s Republic Day Parade, and declared an era of “new trust” between the two nations.But for all the colorful festivities and declarations of good will, what did the visit actually accomplish?ABC News/Yahoo! News posed the question to the highest ranking U.S. diplomat to India, Amba

Farewell Ceremony Held for Resigning Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel


JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is still on the job until his successor -- Ash Carter -- is confirmed by the Senate, but on Wednesday the military held a farewell ceremony for the resigning secretary.The event, held at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, including a marching honor guard and the Marine Band. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey all attended and spoke about Hagel's commitme

Civilian Army Contractor Charged in Bribery Case


VladimirCetinski/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. Army civilian contractor was charged on Wednesday with soliciting bribes from executives bidding on a contract that he managed out of the Pentagon.James Glenn Warner, 44, allegedly made arrangements to meet with two executives of a Virginia-based company which held a five-year contract with the U.S. Army worth up to $120 million. During the meeting, the FBI claims that Warner had the two executives from the company communicate by typing in

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