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Obama Emails Caught Up in Russian Hack

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The more authorities dig into the hacking of the State Department and the White House, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Russians were hunting for weaknesses.Sources tell ABC News that some of President Obama's emails were caught up in the Russian cyberattack last October that led to a partial shutdown of some White House computers.Hackers associated with the Russian government accessed computers that contained archives of uncl

George W. Bush Critical of US Nuclear Deal with Iran

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Former President George W. Bush, who has mostly stayed away from criticizing his successor in the White House, ended that embargo Saturday night by faulting President Obama for making a tentative nuclear deal with Iran.During a question and answer session at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Bush charged that the agreement if it's finalized by late June is not in the best interests of the U.S. and that the Obama administration was too quick to ru

Ted Cruz Facebook Interactions More Than Double Those of Jeb Bush Nationally

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Interactions on the social platform Facebook related to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas more than doubled those of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a period measured earlier this month according to data -- which is approximate -- provided to ABC News by Facebook.Facebook, which measured the data from April 17 to April 23, reported 2.2 million interactions related to Cruz and about 1 million interactions related to Bush. Facebook defines "interactions" on the social pla

"Clinton Cash" Author Defends Upcoming Book

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The author of a forthcoming book on Hillary Clinton and foreign donations made to her family's foundation defended the accuracy of his research, saying in an interview on ABC's This Week Sunday that while he found "no direct evidence" she took official action at the State Department to benefit donors to her family's foundation, the "smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior." Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Busin

Potential Shift in Hostage Policy: Officials to Recommend Families Be Free to Pa

zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week. "There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, f

White House Correspondents' Dinner 2015: Obama's Most Hilarious One-Liners

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama once again brought jokes to the 89th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. From cracks about his birth certificate to jabs at his vice president, Obama has always been willing to go the distance to get laughs from the White House press corps and their Hollywood guests. This was Obama's second to last dinner - or "nerd prom," as it has been dubbed in the capital - and the president wasted no time throwing out the comedic punches at the Washingto

President Obama Reveals Surprise Guest at White House Correspondents' Dinner

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama brought out a surprise guest during his monologue at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night. Obama had Keegan-Michael Key, of Comedy Central's Key and Peele, come on the stage in character as the president's anger translator Luther. As the president rattled off issues like global warming and campaign finance, Luther interjected, giving the audience a clue as to what Obama was really thinking. Luther even got to sneak in a Game of T

US Offers Help in Wake of Nepal Earthquake

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Government is offering help to Nepal after Saturday's massive 7.8 earthquake. The U.S. is sending disaster response teams to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.A team from USAID will determine how much long term help the United States can provide, including a specialized search and rescue team from Virginia to help search for survivors. The U.S. is providing an initial $1 million to help with quake relief, with more aid expected in comin

Official: US Readying Hacking-Related Sanctions

scyther5/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government is preparing to order the first round of sanctions against foreign entities or individuals involved in hacking, according to a senior Department of Justice official, in what will be the first test of the government's newest tool in cyber deterrence. The presidential authorization for cyber-specific economic sanctions, announced at the start of the month, is still "hot of the presses" in government time, but Deputy Assistant Attorney G

How Jeb Bush Sticks to His Paleo Diet on the Campaign Trail

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to food, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is learning the art of self-control. As he travels around the country weighing a run for the presidency in 2016, Bush has managed to adhere to the Paleo diet, learning how to navigate a campaign trail with tempting food around every corner. On a recent trip to New Hampshire, Bush showed that discipline while eating dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn, dissecting his plate in what the New York Times des

US Hostage Policy Review To Focus on Family Communication

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can be difficult when you have a wide range of agencies that are involved in those conversations,” Press Secretary Josh E

Obama on Hostages: 'We All Bleed When We Lose An American Life'

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told employees at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I know those of you who are here share

Warren Weinstein Family Blasts US Government over Al Qaeda Hostage Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of need.“I want to thank Congressman John Delaney, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Senator Ben Cardin -- as well a

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