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Speaker Candidates to Audition for House Conservatives

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House conservatives who helped force Speaker John Boehner’s early retirement will hear from the candidates looking to succeed the Ohio Republican.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., and House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are set to address a number of House conservative groups, including the House Freedom Caucus and Tea Party Caucus, at a Monday evening forum held after votes.Conservatives have call

Democratic Presidential Candidates: Where They Agree, Disagree on Gun Control

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic Party’s first debate of the 2016 Presidential campaign is exactly one week from Tuesday and after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, gun control will likely take center stage.Several of the candidates have laid out new proposals addressing gun violence in the last few weeks -- Hillary Clinton did so on Monday -- energizing gun control advocates across the country.“This is really a seed change in terms of how presidenti

Ben Carson 'Much More Comfortable' If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that more people should be armed in the United States and said he would be okay with teachers being armed.“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. I would feel more comfortable,” Carson said in a

Marco Rubio Laughs Off Donald Trump's 'Care Package'

David Greedy/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the fight between GOP hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio heats up, it seems the Trump campaign thought Rubio might need a little help cooling off.On Monday, the Trump campaign sent Rubio’s Washington office a special care package, with 24 bottles of water with Trump’s face on them and the words “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.” Also in the care package: two “Make America Great Again” towels, bumper stickers, and a

Clinton Says She Sings to Her Granddaughter, Admits She's Terrible

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — At an early childhood education conference in Manchester Monday, Clinton spent a lot of time talking about the importance of talking — and singing — to your children. At one point, she talked about her granddaughter, tying it to her appearance on Saturday Night Live. "She’s a little over 1, so we’ve got a long way to go. She’s so over-stimulated it’s embarrassing,” the Democratic frontrunner said. “

Cruz on Syrian Refugee Crisis: 'Nothing Short of Crazy' What Obama Suggests

ABC News(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) — “Nothing short of crazy.”That’s what 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz thinks about President Obama’s proposed plan for handling the Syrian refugee crisis.At a rally in Kalamazoo, Michigan Tuesday morning, Cruz was asked about the refugee crisis and defeating ISIS in Syria. “What President Obama is proposing — bringing tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims to America — is nothing short of crazy,” Cruz

Today on the Trail -- 10/6/15

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Tuesday? Read below to find out their schedules:Hillary ClintonAfter Hillary Clinton made headlines Monday in New Hampshire, the Democratic frontrunner is ready to turn her attention to the very first contest in the presidential race: Iowa. The former Secretary of State, who made news Monday for her emotional comments on gun control and Benghazi, will hold a community forum in Davenport and another organizing event in M

The Supreme Court's 2015 Term: Inside the Key Cases and Big Issues

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court justices took the bench Monday and like last term, this one is shaping up to be a blockbuster — with affirmative action in college admissions, unions and legislative districts at issue.Below are a few of the most significant cases the justices have already agreed to hear; two other big cases they haven’t yet taken but almost certainly will; and a few notes on another big issue to watch this term.GRANTED CASESFisher v. Unive

Hillary Clinton Uses McCarthy's Benghazi Comments in First National TV Ad

andykatz/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday released its first national television ad, set to hit airwaves on Tuesday -- featuring comments made by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about how the committee investigating Benghazi and her emails has led to a drop in her poll numbers.The 30-second spot, titled “Admit,” is the latest move by Clinton’s campaign to highlight McCarthy’s remark, made last week on Fox News, which her

President Obama to Visit Families of Victims of Umpqua Community College Shootin

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will visit with the families of the victims in last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.A White House official confirmed that the President will head to Roseburg, Oregon "to visit privately with families of victims in the shooting."Last Thursday, gunman Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at the college, killing nine people before shooting himself to death.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Mental Health

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --   Singing sensation Demi Lovato wants Congress to make mental health a top priority and she heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with members of Congress to raise awareness of mental illness.Earlier on Monday she spoke candidly at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention in Washington, D.C., about her own mental health struggles. The popular singer credited her friends and families for her recovery.“The people around me know my d

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: 'I'm Probably Going to Lose' House Speaker Bid

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  “I'm probably going to lose, but I'm okay with that.”That’s a pretty surprising admission from someone who just announced they were running for Speaker of the House.But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said that kind of uncertainty is exactly why he thinks he could also become the replacement for outgoing speaker John Boehner.In an interview with ABC News, Chaffetz acknowledged that House Majority Leader Kevin McCar

Youngsters Arrested for Arson in NW Wichita

WICHITA - Two youngsters have been arrested after a fire in northwest Wichita. Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says it happened Saturday, after a fire was discovered at a vacant house in the 3200 block of N. Arkansas; he says the fire was intentionally set, and ...

Hillary Clinton Tears Up While Unveiling Gun Control Plan

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Less than one week after the deadly shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Hillary Clinton on Monday unveiled a series of gun control measures she would enact as president, including renewed calls for universal background checks and a crackdown on the sale of guns on the Internet.After rolling out her policies, the democratic presidential candidate invited the mother of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the December 2012

Chaffetz on House Speaker Bid: 'I'm Probably Going to Lose'

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) — “I’m probably going to lose, but I'm okay with that.”  It was a surprising admission from House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who announced Sunday that he was challenging House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the House speakership in light of Speaker John Boehner’s imminent departure. He explained that McCarthy is the far-and-away leader going into Thursday’s likely closed-door GOP conference ele

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