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Meet the 22-year-old millennial who beat a politician who had served longer than he'd been alive
Obtained by ABC News (HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Candidates up and down tickets in the 2018 midterm elections were some of the most diverse in U.S. history -- they were also the youngest. About 700 millennial candidates ran in roughly 6,000 state legislative races, according to the group Run for Something. Will Haskell was one of those millennials who won. "We need every generation to have a seat at the table," he told ABC News' "The Briefing Room." Haskell, a 22-year-old Democrat, was elected to Connecticut’s state senate in November when he beat incumbent Republican Toni Boucher who had been serving...
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Federal court blocks Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law from taking effect
iStock/visual7 (JACKSON, Miss.) -- A federal court in Mississippi on Friday temporarily blocked the state's new "fetal heartbeat" law that bans abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. The law was set to take effect July 1. “Here we go again," U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves wrote in his opinion. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.” Mississippi is one of ten states to push through a law restricting access to abortion in 2019, though all of those laws have faced lawsuits that challenge their constitutionality and none of them are in effect. Georgia, Ohio and...
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Trump defends personal attacks on Pelosi: 'Did you hear what she said about me?'
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday continued his showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats regarding oversight of the Mueller investigation and potential impeachment, declaring: “It’s over.” “All they do is want to try and do a redo of the Mueller report,” Trump charged, fielding questions from reporters at the White House as he departed for a trip to Tokyo, Japan. “They were very unhappy with the Mueller report. They want to do a redo of the Mueller report. It's over. There is no redo. They lost. It's very clear. There was no collusion....
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Trump gives attorney general Barr sweeping power to declassify intelligence in Russia probe review
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Saying he wants him to be "fair," President Donald Trump on Friday described why he has given Attorney General William Barr sweeping powers to declassify intelligence as part of his review into how the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election began and the resulting surveillance on the Trump campaign. “He's a great gentleman and a highly respected man,” Trumps told reporters as he left the White on Friday on a trip to Japan. “They will be able to see how this hoax, how the hoax or witch hunt started and why it started. It...
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1,500 more troops and defensive capabilities headed to Middle East to deter Iran
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- An additional 1,500 U.S. troops and increased defensive capabilities are being sent to the Middle East to continue to help deter Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday. While departing the White House for a trip to Japan, President Donald Trump described the number of troops headed to the Middle East as a "relatively small number." "We want to have protection," he told reporters. "We'll be sending a relatively small number of troops -- mostly protective. Some very talented people are going to the Middle East, right now. We'll see what happens." “I don't think Iran wants to...
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Manipulated Nancy Pelosi video may be a sign of things to come in the 2020 election cycle
Mark Makela/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Major digital companies have reacted differently to slow the viral spread of a subtly manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – a video that could be a harbinger of the political digital fakery to come in 2020 and beyond. A video that appeared to have been digitally altered to slow the speech of the House Speaker at a recent public appearance, making her appear impaired, made the rounds on social media and major digital platforms in recent days. YouTube said it had removed versions of the slowed-down video, saying it violated company policies. A...
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Robert Mueller wants to avoid 'political spectacle' before Congress: Nadler
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller is eager to avoid the politics swirling around his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia’s 2016 influence efforts and doesn’t want to testify publicly on Capitol Hill about his findings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday. “He doesn't want to be public in what some people will regard as a political spectacle, I think,” Nadler said in an interview with MSNBC, confirming reports from ABC News and other outlets about House Democrats pushing back on DOJ's offer for limited Mueller testimony. “He’s willing to make an opening statement,...
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler appears to nearly faint at New York event
WABC (NEW YORK) -- Democratic Rep, Jerry Nadler, who as House Judiciary Committee chairman is leading his party's congressional investigation into President Donald Trump, appeared to nearly faint at an event in New York City on Friday. “He is okay. Seems to have been dehydrated and it was very warm in the room. He is now responsive and receiving a check-up,” a Nadler spokesman told ABC News. The New York congressman, who's 71, was at an event with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio when video showed him slumping in his chair. Microphones picked up De Blasio saying to Nadler,...
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Trump administration rolls back Obama-era protection for transgender patients
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration announced plans Friday to roll back Obama-era health care regulations that provided nondiscrimination protections for transgender patients and women seeking to terminate their pregnancies, calling instead for new protections for health care workers who cite religious objections to refuse care.The proposal by the Health and Human Services Department, subject to a 60-day public comment period before becoming final, has alarmed advocacy groups that say they are worried transgender patients, in particular, could be denied care, particularly in less populated areas where services can be scarce.Roger Severino, director of...
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Pete Buttigieg takes on President Trump over Vietnam War medical deferment
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate and war veteran Pete Buttigieg went after President Donald Trump over his medical deferment during the Vietnam War."I don't have a problem standing up to somebody who was, you know, working on season seven of Celebrity Apprentice when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan," the South Bend, Ind., mayor said in wide-ranging discussion with the Washington Post's Robert Costa on Thursday.Buttigieg added that he believed Trump used his status to fake a bone spur disability to avoid serving."You believe he faked a disability?" Costa asked. "Do you believe he has a disability?...
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Gov. Jay Inslee, 2020 Democrats weigh in with sweeping plans to combat climate change
Office of Governor Jay Inslee (NEW YORK) -- The rising tide of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls calling for environmental reform now includes Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, a politician who has made climate change the crux of his campaign.Inslee unveiled his initiative, dubbed the "100% Clean Energy for America Plan," on Friday morning. The proposal's scope is sweeping -- laying out 100% clean energy standards across three sectors: electricity, new vehicles and the construction of new buildings.The plan would meet, and even exceed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change targets for carbon reduction -- which say that carbon dioxide emissions...
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Trump places flags at Arlington graves in annual Memorial Day ritual
FrozenShutter/iStock (ARLINGTON, Va.) -- President Donald Trump traveled to Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday to take part in the annual "flags in" Memorial Day ritual, a somber tradition honoring service members killed in the nation's wars. On a hot and sunny afternoon, with first lady Melania Trump, dressed in black, at his side, the president took small American flags and pushed them into the ground in front of several headstones, including that of Frank Buckles, the last U.S. World War I veteran to pass on.Eight active duty soldiers assisted the Trumps.All told, soldiers from the U.S. Army's "Old Guard" --...
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