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Pence's Arizona trip was delayed due to Secret Service agents testing positive for COVID-19
Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen By JACK DATE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Secret Service agents in Arizona on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of illness while preparing for a trip involving Vice President Mike Pence, leading to the government postponing the trip originally planned for Tuesday to Wednesday, a government official familiar with the matter tells ABC News.The delay was needed for the Secret Service to bring in a new team of healthy agents in to Phoenix to complete the trip, according to the official."The health and safety of our workforce, their families, and that...
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Congress is on recess for two weeks. Here’s where they leave off on COVID-19 relief
drnadig/iStock By CHEYENNE HASLETT and ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- While America’s financial leaders may be split about whether the U.S. is on its way to economic recovery, both Democrats and Republicans largely agree that additional measures -- including another stimulus package -- is inevitable.It will all have to wait, however, until after Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess, a two-week vacation that leaves legislation at a standstill. As the legislators depart, here’s where things stand:Bipartisan action in the nick of time on PPPOne play by the Democrats moved off the Senate floor this week: an extension to...
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'The President's Daily Briefing': How the top secret intel document is put together
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour By LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Recent controversy over what President Donald Trump knew about U.S. intelligence has shed new light on how he -- or any president -- is briefed on top-secret information.A military official has confirmed to ABC News that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, amid peace talks to end the 18-year war there.Outraged members of Congress have been demanding answers about who knew what and when, and more important, was President Donald Trump briefed and if not,...
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DOJ arrests man for alleged vandalism of Andrew Jackson statue
bpperry / iStock By Alexander Mallin, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Federal prosecutors have charged another individual allegedly involved in vandalizing the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park last week.Jason Charter, who self identifies in social media profiles as a supporter of the anti-fascist movement antifa, was charged Friday with two counts of destruction of federal property based on videos that appear to show him participating in the vandalism of both the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike as well as the Jackson statue.According to an affidavit submitted to the DC District Court, Charter was seen on...
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Top intel officials brief Pelosi, congressional leaders on reported Russian bounty on US troops
rarrarorro/iStock By JOHN PARKINSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- CIA Director Gina Haspel led a slate of intelligence officials to the U.S. Capitol Thursday to brief a select group of lawmakers on reports Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.While the White House claims intelligence about the bounty reports was not fully verified by the U.S., a military official confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that Russian intelligence officers offered to pay Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan over the past year, amid peace talks to end the 18-year war there.President Donald Trump has continued...
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ACLU sues AG Barr, feds to delay execution amid coronavirus pandemic
Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian By LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with a law firm to sue Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials in order to delay a federal execution that's scheduled to be carried out later this month, claiming it is unsafe because of coronavirus.The execution is the second of four that the government has scheduled for this summer and which the ACLU argues could become "super-spreader events," according to the ACLU.The plaintiffs are hoping to postpone the federal execution of Wesley Purkey -- scheduled for July...
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Trump administration slow to respond to protective gear shortages: Democrats
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead By BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration was slow to respond to warnings about the country's dwindling supply of protective equipment at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and failed to prevent ongoing shortages across the country, companies involved in a federal effort to airlift supplies to the United States told House Democrats.The House Oversight Committee released a memo Thursday summarizing its investigation into Project Airbridge, the Trump administration initiative led by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, that used taxpayer dollars to fly supplies to the United...
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Biden, DNC raise more money than Trump, RNC for second straight month
ABC News By WILL STEAKIN, MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Joe Biden is surging in the polls and in his bank account.The former vice president, in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee, announced a massive fundraising haul for June, raising $141 million, and $282.1 million last quarter, both record sums that outpace the numbers released by President Donald Trump’s reelection effort earlier Wednesday night. In June, 68% of donors were new to the campaign and the overall average online donation was $34. More than 2.6 million also signed up to join the campaign, according to a release...
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COVID-19 may have killed 7,000 in assisted living, congressional report finds
shapecharge/iStock By ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A new survey of assisted living facilities found that close to 7,000 seniors residing in these types of communities may have died from the novel coronavirus.Because deaths in assisted living are not counted in federal records of nursing home deaths, the actual number is unknown.The survey, conducted as part of an investigation led by Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked the nation's 11 largest assisted living facility operators about their experiences dealing with COVID-19, and discovered that 31% of seniors who contracted the coronavirus...
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Five-term GOP congressman loses primary to owner of restaurant with gun-toting servers
3dfoto/iStock By BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A gun rights advocate known for defying Colorado's lockdown orders at her open-carry restaurant won a primary on Tuesday over a GOP congressman endorsed by President Donald Trump.Lauren Boebert, 34, had been considered a long shot, even in a deep-red district, against Rep. Scott Tipton, a moderate who's served in Congress since 2011."3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November," Tipton said in a statement. "I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well."Boebert owns Shooter's Grill, the Rifle, Colorado, restaurant where...
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Red state votes to expand Medicaid -- even as GOP tries to kill Obamacare amid pandemic
adamkaz/iStock By ALISA WIERSEMA, ABC NEWS(OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok.) -- In just under two weeks, the state of Oklahoma took part in two pandemic-related milestones, the first of which was hosting President Donald Trump's campaign relaunch in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.The second milestone: On Tuesday, Oklahoma become the first state to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act since the onset of the pandemic.The move was approved by a narrow majority of voters.The ballot measure, referred to as State Question 802, passed with a slim 50.5% majority vote, and is now expected to expand coverage to more than...
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Trump says he's 'all for masks' despite never wearing one in public
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead By Libby Cathey, ABC News (WASHIGTON) -- President Donald Trump's resistance to wearing a face mask is well-known and he's never done so in front of news cameras.But as pressure mounts from his fellow Republicans and Fox television hosts for him to "set an example" as the pandemic worsens, Trump on Wednesday claimed "I'm all for masks" and "would have no problem" wearing one in public view."People have seen me wearing one. If I'm in a group of people where we're not, you know, 10 feet away and, but usually I'm not in...
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