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NSA's Domestic Surveillance Program May Expire: What You Need to Know


Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Certain provisions of the Patriot Act, including those the National Security Agency uses for the controversial bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, will expire when the clock strikes midnight on June 1 if Congress can’t reach an agreement about the future of the program.Lawmakers are at odds over whether and how the controversial practice should continue, and with the expiration deadline approaching, the White House has warned o

No 'Plan B' If Congress Misses NSA Deadline, White House Says


NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House warned Friday that there is no fallback position if the Senate fails to reach a deal on the Patriot Act before Sunday night’s deadline.“There is no plan B,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during Friday's press briefing. “There is no executive action that the president can take to give our law enforcement and national security professionals the tools they need, all of the tools that they need, including the t

Chris Christie Was for Common Core Before He Was Against It


Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have won points with conservatives when he announced Thursday he was pulling his state out of the federal Common Core education standards, but his concerns about the program don’t appear consistent with his two-term record on the program, according to an examination of his past statements and actions.“It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted. And the truth is that it's simply not wo

Dennis Hastert Allegedly Engaged in Sexual Misconduct During Time as Teacher, So


Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- The past misconduct referenced in Thursday's indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is of a sexual nature, dating back to his time as a high school wrestling coach and history teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, sources with knowledge of the case tell ABC News.Hastert has not been arrested, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago told ABC News Friday, but his arraignment is expected to take place as early as next week. According to Thursday

Boehner: Removal of Cuba from State Terrorism List Gives Castro Regime 'Politica


Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House John Boehner ripped the Obama administration on Friday, saying that by taking Cuba off of the State Department's list of state sponsors of terror, it had "handed the Castro regime a significant political win in return for nothing."Boehner says the Cuban regime "has offered no assurances it will address its long record of repression and human rights abuses at home" and has failed to indicate that "it will cease its support

Ash Carter Joins Facebook to Connect With Troops


Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Catching the social media wave, Ash Carter has become the first defense secretary to join Facebook.The decision to sign up on Facebook was made in an effort "to personally communicate with our nearly three million service members and civilians on social media," the Pentagon said Friday in a statement.Like most Facebook users on the road, Carter wanted to share a bit of his travels with his Facebook friends.Currently in Singapore for a meeting of A

Bernie Sanders' Sexually Explicit Essay Resurfaces


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign was thrown a curveball this week after an essay he penned in 1972, at the age of 30, about gender stereotypes and sexual fantasies resurfaced. Titled "Man-and-Woman" the short essay includes graphic sentences about male and female rape fantasies. "A woman enjoys intercourse with her man -- as she fantasizes about being raped by 3 men simultaneously," it reads. Written in a stream-of-consciousness style with incompl

Dennis Hastert Nixed Statue in His Honor


United States Congress(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- The Illinois state legislature scrapped plans to construct a statue of Dennis Hastert earlier this month after the former U.S. House speaker asked that the project not move forward. The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, had put forward a bill in early May proposing that $500,000 be set aside to place a statue of Hastert in the Illinois state Capitol. But soon thereafter, he withdrew the proposal at the request of Hastert, whom

'Hope' Poster Artist Shepard Fairey Says Obama Let Him Down


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The artist behind one of the defining images of the 2008 presidential campaign -- the “Hope” poster -- says President Obama has not lived up to the ideal expressed in the artwork.In an interview with Esquire, artist Shepard Fairey said Obama hasn’t even come close to embodying the break with the past administration that Fairey and so many voters hoped he would, but said the president is also a victim of the political system.“I'm no

Martin O'Malley Expected to Announced 2016 Plans Saturday


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to launch his 2016 White House bid in Baltimore Saturday, injecting another dose of competition into the Democratic nominating contest that heavily favors Hillary Clinton. No one denies the herculean effort -- and huge helping of luck -- it would take to stop, or even slow, the Clinton juggernaut, but O’Malley has a message that could resonate during a presidential cycle when so much talk is a

Jeb Bush on Economy: 'Most Tepid Recovery in Modern History'


William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush focused on the economy and job creation at a speech in Michigan Thursday night.An aide for Bush passed along an excerpt of the speech to ABC News: "In Washington, D.C. the last six years, we’ve had the most tepid recovery in modern history, growing at about a 2 percent rate. The kind of rate that creates more demands on government, that makes it harder and harder for us to imagine how we’re going

Marco Rubio Won't Burn Campaign Cash on Iowa Straw Poll


Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio has decided not to spend money to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll -- delivering another blow to the Iowa tradition once considered a staple for presidential candidates. “We're running a lean operation, so we're only going to spend money in contests where delegates are at stake,” Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, confirmed to ABC News. Asked if Rubio would actually attend the straw poll, Conant said the schedule for August is

Lindsey Graham to Retire from Air Force Reserves


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Thursday that he is retiring from the Air Force Reserves this summer. “I’ll turn 60 this summer which is the mandatory retirement age for the Air Force Reserves,” Graham said. “Although I would cherish the opportunity to continue to serve, I know that the time has come for me to end my service and transfer to the retired reserves.” Graham served in the Air Force on active duty for six and a half years in the 198

2016 Candidates Get Creative with Their Website Error Pages


The 404 page on Rick Santorum's campaign website. (RickSantorum.com)(WASHINGTON) -- Iowa and New Hampshire typically play host to the rough-and-tumble early days of presidential campaigning, but in recent weeks another arena has gained traction in the battle for voters’ hearts and minds: candidates’ website error pages.Campaigns on both sides of the aisle have put a creative spin on the usually boring “404 page,” the website page that appears when a URL is entered incorre

Governor Christie Pulls New Jersey Schools Out Of Common Core


Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(PEMBERTON, New Jersey) -- Governor Chris Christie says Common Core education standards are “not working” for New Jersey, and he wants the state to try a new, more Jersey-focused system. “It’s now been five years since Common Core was adopted," Christie said. "And the truth is that it’s simply not working." The presumed Presidential hopeful joins ranks of Republican governors who are critical of the education standards, inclu

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