Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily’s List, But They Talk About Hillary

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors today speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation’s annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily’s List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind.

“This is an exciting time and we at Emily’s List we know and we believe we will have a woman running for president in 2016,” Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock said to cheers from the crowd right before Warren took the stage. “We sure hope that Secretary Clinton takes the time she needs, but we also sure hope she takes this on because we are ready. We are ready.”

The former Secretary of State has said she will make her mind by the end of this year. Warren has said repeatedly, “I am not running for president,” choosing not to expand on whether she could run in the future. Warren is very popular with the progressive left of the Democratic Party, many who remain unsure about Clinton. A group “Ready for Warren” launched to encourage her to run, mimicking the “Ready for Hillary” campaign that has brought in millions and is well organized across the country. Warren disavowed the Ready for Warren group, but it hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping she changes her mind.

After Warren spoke, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also mentioned Clinton saying she “really hope(s) I can call her something else…I think Madam President sounds awfully good.”

Warren headlined the fundraiser today at the Mandarin Oriental, where she spoke about the fast-approaching midterm elections and the importance of recruiting female Democratic candidates.

“It truly matters and it matters not just because women win. It matters because it means we have a seat at the table,” Warren said to the over 300 attendees. “And everybody in this room knows the basic rule, if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.”

Over the next three days, Clinton, alongside her husband former president Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea, will engage in moderated discussions and panels with key global leaders, including announcing a large commitment regarding secondary education for girls around the world.

At a CGI event Sunday night, the former president called Warren an “important part” of the Democratic Party’s future because of her signature message of giving Americans “an equal shot at prosperity.”

Today, Warren roused the crowd speaking about reproductive rights and income equity saying to applause, “Women have an opportunity to change, to change the government, to change the direction this country goes…we have a chance, but we have to fight for it and me, I’m out there fighting for it.”

She mentioned the several Senate female incumbents and challengers who are in tough November fights including Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

“We are here and we are going to change this country, our voices will be heard,” she said. “There is so much at stake in this election…women across this country our going to make a difference.”

In a lighter moment, Warren noted the “terrible parts about running for office,” including negative ads.

“Where do they get those pictures of you? I don’t look that bad when I first wake up in the morning,” Warren said. “And the creepy music. There was one ad that seemed to suggest I was going to eat voters’ brains.”

 ABC’s Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

First Lady to Campaign with Mary Burke in Milwaukee

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama will appear in Milwaukee next Monday with Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor, the Burke campaign tells ABC News.

The exact time and location of the “grassroots campaign event” are to be determined, said Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki.

Burke is running neck-and-neck with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the race, but has recently dealt with plagiarism charges.

Buzzfeed first reported that a number of passages in Burke’s job plan were lifted from other campaigns, and followed up this weekend with new examples in different plans.

The Burke campaign has blamed the cut-and-paste on a consultant they have since fired.

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Donald Trump Twitter Gaffe Sends Sen. Mitch McConnell to House

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

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Donald Trump has never been shy when it comes to backing Republican politicians.

The businessman took to his Twitter account today to call Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes a “rookie,” while he voiced his support for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. But in his enthusiasm, he moved McConnell to the other chamber of Congress.

Why would the people of Kentucky want a rookie Senator– they have Sen. Mitch @McConnellPress who may be next Speaker & bring $’s to KY?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2014

Sen. McConnell is currently the Senate Minority Leader, and if re-elected to what some are predicting will be a Republican-majority Senate after the midterm elections, he could become the Senate Majority Leader, not Speaker of the House.

The gaffe quickly became fodder for ridicule, from pundits as well as McConnell’s challenger.

Trumpian knowledge of politics on display for all to see https://t.co/rFNYoP5s2g

— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) September 22, 2014

 

Thank you @realdonaldtrump for firing @Team_Mitch and running him for “Speaker.” Kentucky needs a new Senator. #kysen

— Alison L. Grimes (@AlisonForKY) September 22, 2014

Obama Has Confidence in Secret Service, White House Says

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Reacting to Friday’s security breach in which a U.S. veteran scaled a perimeter fence at the White House and made it all the way into the building, White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday said President Obama is “obviously concerned” by the incident but added that the president “continues to have complete confidence” in the Secret Service.

“I had the opportunity to speak briefly with the president about it earlier today. He did indicate, as you would expect, his family lives in the White House, and so he is obviously concerned by the incident that occurred on Friday evening,” Earnest said.

“Providing security at the White House is complicated business,” he said, pointing to its dual role as a government office building and popular tourist destination. “The Secret Service has the challenging task of balancing the need to ensure the safety and security of the first family, while also ensuring that the White House continues to be the People’s House. And balancing those equities is challenging work, but it’s clear that in this case a review of that work is warranted and that review will be conducted.”

Earnest said the ongoing review is studying the positioning of tactical and non-tactical assets inside and outside the fence line, but Obama is “confident that the reforms that are determined to be necessary will be implemented in the proper way.”

“It will include a review of technical or physical security enhancements that may be necessary to improve security at the White House. It will also include a question about ongoing staffing and an assessment about whether or not additional staffing is needed,” Earnest said.

He added that the Secret Service will review its policy and procedures “related to the assessment of threats” and go over its previous interactions with the suspect.

Earnest refused to say whether Obama personally favors building a higher fence or further restricting access near the White House, but added that Obama and several senior administration officials were briefed “multiple times on the actual incident” over the weekend, and that a number of changes to the security posture have already been implemented in the “immediate aftermath” of the incident.

“The Secret Service has beefed up foot patrols along — around the fence line of the White House complex,” Earnest said. “The Secret Service has deployed additional surveillance resources to beef up the surveillance around the White House. The Secret Service has changed the procedures for ensuring that the entrance to the White House is secure, and there is already some stepped-up training for officers who are essentially standing on the front lines of the White House to ensure that they are aware of the policies and procedures that are related to securing the White House and dealing with incidents like the one that we saw on Friday.”

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White House Fence Jumper Arrested in July with Shotgun, Rifles

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez was arrested last July and charged with possession of a sawed-off shot gun and eluding police in Wythe County, Virginia, authorities said Monday.

Police also found “several assault rifles” in the vehicle at the time of his July arrest, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News.

After Virginia State Police received several calls about a reckless driver on July 19, Virginia State Police observed a grey Ford Bronco moving at high speeds.

After eluding police and nearly crashing, Gonzalez was eventually pulled over, according to the complaint.

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DHS Chief: Don’t ‘Rush to Judgment’ on White House Fence Jump

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Andrew Burt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security is urging the public to “not rush to judgment” on the White House intrusion that took place Friday.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he encourages “all of us to…not second-guess the judgment of security officers who had only seconds to act,” insisting in a statement issued on Monday that the public should wait “until all the facts are in.”

Johnson noted that the head of the Secret Service, a DHS component, has ordered a review of the events that unfolded Friday, and said he will “carefully evaluate the findings and recommendations of the review” when it’s completed.

Meanwhile, there are already signs of increased security around the White House, including additional barriers outside of the White House gates.

Texan Omar Gonzalez, 42, was allegedly carrying a folding knife in his pocket when he jumped the 9-foot fence, ran about 100 yards across the north lawn of the White House and then made it inside one of the most secure buildings in the world.

Gonzalez has been homeless in the nation’s capital for the past three months after 13 years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Iraq.

After the breach, Johnson expressed continued confidence in the Secret Service.

“It is important to remember that the U.S. Secret Service remains one of the best, if not the best, protection services in the world,” he said.

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White House Intruder to Appear in Court

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Omar Gonzalez, the man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife last week, is scheduled for an appearance in Federal Court Monday.

Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

The Army says Gonzalez served from 1997 until his discharge in 2003, and again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired due to disability.

In the wake of the incident Friday night, the Secret Service stepped up its security procedures at the White House complex.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered an immediate increase in “officer patrols and surveillance capabilities along the Pennsylvania Avenue fence line” of the White House complex, the Secret Service said Saturday.

In addition, The New York Times reports Monday that “The Secret Service is considering screening tourists and other visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House…As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and not include measures taken at airports by the Transportation Security Administration, which include metal detectors and body scans.”

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Here’s What Happens When a US Senator Helps LSU Fan Do a Keg Stand

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — It was just another day on the campaign trail in Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Shaking hands, kissing babies…and helping a man drink from a keg?

For the vulnerable Democrat facing a tough re-election bid come November, the answer to all three of the above is, “Yes.”

This tweet showing Landrieu assisting the man with the keg Saturday requires little explanation:

 

No, really. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) poured beer into the mouth of a dude doing a keg stand today pic.twitter.com/RVwkBYt5QR

— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) September 21, 2014

 

 The man, who was in his late 20s, was enjoying a Louisiana State football game in Baton Rouge with friends and family, including his father, according to a source close to the Landrieu campaign.

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White House Insecurity

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone)

NOTABLES

  • HAPPENING TODAY: Omar Gonzalez, the man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled for an appearance today in Federal Court. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. The Army says Gonzalez served from 1997 until his discharge in 2003, and again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired due to disability.
  • NEW SECURITY MEASURES: In the wake of the incident Friday night, the Secret Service stepped up its security procedures at the White House complex, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered an immediate increase in “officer patrols and surveillance capabilities along the Pennsylvania Avenue fence line” of the White House complex, the Secret Service said Saturday. In addition, today The New York Times reports that “The Secret Service is considering screening tourists and other visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House … As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and not include measures taken at airports by the Transportation Security Administration, which include metal detectors and body scans.” http://nyti.ms/1mymjeO
  • WORD FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: Following Friday’s incident, the White House said President Obama has “full confidence” in the Secret Service. “The President has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the White House,” the White House said over the weekend. “The Secret Service is in the process of conducting a thorough review of the event on Friday evening and we are certain it will be done with the same professionalism and commitment to duty that we and the American people expect from the United States Secret Service.”

 

THE ROUNDTABLE:

ABC’s RICK KLEIN: We know where Sen. Ted Cruz won’t be spending his week. News that former Sen. Bob Dole and Sen. John McCain are set to join forces this week on behalf of Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., confirms Republican panic about the possibility of losing a safe Senate seat just as the majority seems to be in the party’s grasp. Kansas has become the most compelling storyline of the election season, with the real possibility that independent candidate Greg Orman scrambles the GOP’s national math. If Roberts prevails, there will be something fitting about the party’s old guard helping save his seat and, possibly, deliver the majority for the Republican Party. That was a dominant theme of the primary season where the establishment ran up a near-perfect score. But fast-forwarding a few months, what happens if Orman wins? Maybe he’s already secretly decided to caucus with the Democrats. But if he’s at all on the fence, the attacks emanating from Roberts and now Dole and McCain may make it hard to convince the former College Republicans chapter president to take his weekly lunch with those guys.

ABC’s SHUSHANNAH WALSHE: Just weeks away from the midterm elections, one of the most closely watched races in the country is out with another negative ad. Kentucky voters have been bombarded with them, but this time it’S Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes out with a new television ad asking, “Where was He?” of her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “First we learn Mitch McConnell skipped hundreds of committee meetings. Where was he?,” the narrator asks. “He didn’t show up to vote on troop funding, the farm bill, and the VA. On days he found time for a lobbyist fundraiser and was on two TV shows.” The ad ends accusing McConnell of spending “the rest of the time” creating “gridlock. Thirty years is long enough.” The Grimes’ campaign wouldn’t say how large the buy is, but say it is six figures. Of course Grimes is not the only one running negative ads, McConnell’s, as well as his super pac’s, have also been negative, some even nasty. But, now so close to the election will these ads possibly sway voters still making up their mind? Is it that one last ad that could sway one more voter? Or have voters already decided and could the bombardment of negative ads actually keep them away from the polls? We won’t have to wait long to find out. WATCH: http://bit.ly/1v8iegF

 

HAPPENING TODAY

REP. JOHN LEWIS HOSTS FACEBOOK Q&A. Today at 5:15 p.m. Eastern, John Lewis — civil rights icon, U.S. Congressman and graphic novelist — will host a live Facebook Q&A at Facebook.com/JohnLewis. Lewis recently released “March: Book One” a graphic novel about his experience in the civil rights movement with co-author Andrew Aydin.

 

BUZZ

SYRIAN OPPOSITION LEADER: ‘WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE’. The leader of what is referred to as the moderate Syrian opposition has a message for the world: give us the proper support and we can end the two-pronged war in Syria against dictator Bashar al-Assad as well as ISIS in “three years max,” according to ABC’s MIKAYLA BOUCHARD. Syrian Opposition Coalition president Hadi al-Bahra will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to plead for American and western aid to defeat Assad and ISIS militants in Syria. “Currently I am sitting with you and fighting on two fronts. We are fighting in Damascus against the regime, we are fighting in Aleppo against ISIL,” Bahra told ABC’s BOB WOODRUFF. “We are in the fight and will continue to fight. But we need your assistance. This danger now is not a Syrian issue. It is proved now that it is not a regional issue. It is also expanding now to be threat in Europe and even to the U.S.” http://abcn.ws/1pnLqM0

SAMANTHA POWER PREDICTS: U.S. WON’T CONDUCT AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA ALONE. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction Sunday on “This Week” that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort, reports ABC’s BEN BELL. “I will make you a prediction George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News “This Week” anchor GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS. “It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, whether in a combat role or to provide military equipment,” the U.N. ambassador said earlier in the interview. President Obama will appear in front of the United Nations General Assembly this week as he attempts to strengthen his case for international action against ISIS. Power told Stephanopoulos she believes the U.S. has the legal basis it needs to go forward with action against ISIS without a U.N resolution — one that Russia could potentially veto. http://abcn.ws/1obuSYe

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

BOB DOLE RETURNS TO SAVE KANSAS FOR JITTERY GOP. It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington in 1981. Roberts, who survived a Republican primary challenge, now finds himself unexpectedly locked in an even more competitive general election fight. But even as he pushes back against criticism that he has been in Washington too long, Roberts is doubling down on his longevity. He’s set to get a helping hand from a golden name in Kansas politics: Bob Dole. “The battleground for control of the Senate is now Kansas,” Dole, 91, told ABC’s ALEXANDER MALLIN. “I think Roberts is going to win.” Dole, once a staple of the state and national political scene who served as Senate majority leader and lost to Bill Clinton in a 1996 presidential run, will be campaigning for both Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback going into the midterm elections. http://abcn.ws/1qiBxiH

 

WHO’S TWEETING?

@zbyronwolf: Spending on K-12 will decline from $43 billion in ’13 to $38 billion in ’24… http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/19/news/economy/federal-spending-on-children/index.html … @jjsahadi #Sequestered

@RebeccaRKaplan: The one and (possibly) only time you’ll see me tweet about football. Congress has the NFL in its crosshairs: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/congress-has-the-nfl-in-its-crosshairs/ …

@thehill: Peter King blasts handling of White House gate jumper: “He could have had a body bomb. He could have had a vest on.” http://ow.ly/BLvn8 

@pkcapitol: I still can’t believe @SecretService wants to seize more ground outside White House. Just build a higher fence. http://wapo.st/XIKPxP 

@ajdukakis: New film by Rory Kennedy uses never-before-seen ftg to tell little-know Vietnam story http://yhoo.it/1mB4sUt  @abc @YahooNews #PowerPlayers

Obama to Hold Head of State Summit on ISIS

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — President Obama will convene a rare head of state summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Wednesday to address international financing of terror groups like ISIS.

The summit has been in the works, and comes on the heels of Russia vowing to veto any U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.

During an appearance Sunday on ABC’s This Week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, dismissed Russia’s threat.

“Russia has vetoed in the past, but on very different issues,” Power said. “I think Russia has made clear for a long time its opposition to ISIL.” 

ISIL, like ISIS, is an acronym for the radical Islamic group that is operating in Iraq and Syria.

Power noted that the international community doesn’t need Russia’s approval to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

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Kerry: US ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Syria Chemical Attacks

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. is “gravely concerned” about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’s findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday.

“The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international community,” Kerry said, noting that the report raises “especially troubling concerns that continued chemical attacks on the Syrian people by the regime could occur.”

The OPCW released its report on Wednesday. While it does not assign responsibility, Kerry pointed to witness accounts of helicopters being used in the attacks, which would indicate the Assad regime carried them out.

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Kerry: U.S. ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Syria Chemical Attacks

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. is “gravely concerned” about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’s findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday.

“The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international community,” Kerry said, noting that the report raises “especially troubling concerns that continued chemical attacks on the Syrian people by the regime could occur.”

The OPCW released its report on Wednesday. While it does not assign responsibility, Kerry pointed to witness accounts of helicopters being used in the attacks, which would indicate the Assad regime carried them out.

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White House Intruder Had Knife, Claims to Be Iraq Vet

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The man who jumped over a White House fence and made it all the way inside the executive mansion before being caught was carrying a three-and-a-half inch knife and told officials he was a veteran of three tours in Iraq, according to the complaint released Saturday.

In the wake of the incident Friday night, the Secret Service announced it is stepping up its security procedures at the White House complex.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered an immediate increase in “officer patrols and surveillance capabilities along the Pennsylvania Avenue fence line” of the White House complex, the Secret Service said Saturday.

The steps went into effect Friday night after Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn, and entered the White House.

The Secret Service dealt with a second security incident in as many days on Saturday after a man was arrested at the White House after trying to enter a barricaded entrance to the White House complex with his car.

Gonzalez was arrested just after going through the North Portico doors of the White House. He appeared at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Saturday and was charged with unlawful entry while in possession of a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Gonzalez was carrying a Spyderco VG-10 black serrated folding knife in his front pants pocket when he was arrested, according to a police affidavit.

On Friday, Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan had initially said Gonzalez was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

The affidavit says after he was apprehended, the Copperas Cove, Texas man told a Secret Service agent “he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and need to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to people.”

He told officials he served 18 years in the military and did three tours in Iraq, according to the affidavit. He also claimed to have lived in Washington, D.C., for three months but has no known address.

Army records indicate one deployment to Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008. The service record also shows Gonzalez enlisted twice, with a two-year between each. His first enlistment was from 1997 to 2003, then a second from 2005 to 2012 ended with retirement for an unspecified disability.

Gonzalez’s drug test was negative and he has no verified criminal history and no convictions.

The suspect was ordered held without bond until he goes to federal court on Monday. The legal basis the judge used to detain him was that the government formally asked for a detention hearing, which gives her three days to hold him pending the hearing.

President Obama and his daughters had departed the South Lawn of the White House aboard Marine One just minutes before Gonzalez entered the residence of the White House.

Following Friday’s incident, the White House said Obama has “full confidence” in the Secret Service.

“The President has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the White House,” the White House said Saturday. “The Secret Service is in the process of conducting a thorough review of the event on Friday evening and we are certain it will be done with the same professionalism and commitment to duty that we and the American people expect from the United States Secret Service.”

The agency said the arrest inside the White House was “not acceptable,” and Pierson has ordered a review of the incident, which began Friday night with a physical assessment of the site and interviews with those involved.

In Sunday’s incident, Kevin Carr, 19, was arrested and charged with unlawful entry after he drove his car up to a barricaded entryway to the White House complex and refused to follow orders from Secret Service officers, Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman, told ABC News.

Carr, from Shamong, N.J., did not hit the barriers with his vehicle.

Police temporarily closed the plaza in front of the White House and other streets in the area because of the incident. Police officers ordered pedestrians to get off Pennsylvania Avenue and onto the sidewalk in Lafayette Park just in front of the building.

Bomb technicians, fully suited, searched a white four-door sedan with New Jersey plates near the security area where Carr attempted to enter the White House complex with his car. At one point, a bomb squad robot was seen moving away from the car.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been working with the Secret Service in investigating Friday evening’s breach, a committee aide told ABC News. The findings of the Secret Service’s review will be submitted to the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

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Samantha Power Predicts: US Won’t Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) –  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made a bold prediction Sunday on This Week, saying that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort.

“I will make you a prediction, George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, whether in a combat role or to provide military equipment,” the U.N. ambassador said earlier in the interview.

President Obama will appear in front of the United Nations General Assembly this week as he attempts to strengthen his case for international action against ISIS. Power told Stephanopoulos she believes the U.S. has the legal basis it needs to go forward with action against ISIS without a U.N resolution — one that Russia could potentially veto.

“The Iraqis have appealed to the international community to come to their defense not only in Iraq, but also to go after safe havens in foreign countries.  And what they mean by that of course is Syria,” Power said.  “So they have made an appeal to the international community for collective defense. And we think we have a legal basis we need.”

The ambassador insisted that the president and the nation’s top military leaders were on the same page regarding the president’s strategy to not use U.S. combat troops on the ground in the effort against ISIS — the extremist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq and that is responsible for the recent beheadings of  American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.

“The president is relying on military advice from Chairman [Martin] Dempsey and from Secretary [Chuck] Hagel.  They believe that the strategy the president has laid out can be successful in degrading and destroying ISIL [ISIS],” Power said.

“And there are troops on the ground, there are Iraqi troops, there are Kurdish troops, there are Syrian troops who have been fighting ISIL at great expense and great sacrifice; fighting on two fronts, fighting ISIL on the one hand and the regime on the other,” she added.

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Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won’t Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

This morning on “This Week,”  U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort.

“I will make you a prediction George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“It will be up to each country to announce for itself whether it’s prepared to participate, whether in a combat role or to provide military equipment,” the U.N. ambassador said earlier in the interview.

President Obama will appear in front of the United Nations General Assembly this week as he attempts to strengthen his case for international action against ISIS. Power told Stephanopoulos she believes the U.S. has the legal basis it needs to go forward with action against ISIS without a U.N resolution — one that Russia could potentially veto.

“The Iraqis have appealed to the international community to come to their defense not only in Iraq, but also to go after safe havens in foreign countries.  And what they mean by that of course is Syria,” Power said.  “So they have made an appeal to the international community for collective defense. And we think we have a legal basis we need.”

During the interview on “This Week,” Power insisted that the president and the nation’s top military leaders were on the same page regarding the president’s strategy to not use U.S. combat troops on the ground in the effort against ISIS — the extremist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq and that is responsible for the recent beheadings of  American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.

“The president is relying on military advice from Chairman [Martin] Dempsey and from Secretary [Chuck] Hagel.  They believe that the strategy the president has laid out can be successful in degrading and destroying ISIL,” Power said.

“And there are troops on the ground, there are Iraqi troops, there are Kurdish troops, there are Syrian troops who have been fighting ISIL at great expense and great sacrifice; fighting on two fronts, fighting ISIL on the one hand and the regime on the other,” she added.

But former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, also appearing on “This Week,” said that a “very small” number of American troops would be needed on the ground to achieve the goals outlined by the president against ISIS.

“What I believe, and what I suspect most military people believe, is that given the mission the president has assigned, which is degrade and destroy, that to be able to do that, some small number of American advisers, trainers, Special Forces and forward spotters, forward air controllers, are going to have to be in harm’s way. And I think that the number will be very small,” Gates said.

During the interview, Gates argued that destroying ISIS – a goal made clear by President Obama in recent weeks – would not be an easy one to achieve.

“I think that destroying ISIS is a very ambitious mission,” Gates said. “I think our goal, actually, ought to be… the objective of pushing ISIS back out of Iraq, getting them out of there, denying them a place where they can have a permanent foothold, if you will, where they might be able to carry out plotting against the United States.”

Man in Custody After Second White House Security Breach, Secret Service Boosts Patrols

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One man is in custody and charged with unlawful entry after attempting to enter a barricaded entryway to the White House on Saturday.

Officials closed the plaza in front of the building following the security breach. The driver tried to enter at 15th and E streets and did not stop when ordered, according to Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary.

The incident comes just one day after another man jumped the White House fence and entered the executive mansion through the North Portico doors, eluding security and ignoring commands from staff.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was arrested Friday following the intrusion.

Security stepped up patrols in light of Friday’s breach, with columns of officers walking shoulder-to-shoulder over the North Lawn and Lafayette Park on Saturday, sweeping for any evidence the fence jumper may have left behind.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which handles Secret Service matters, has been in contact with the agency regarding Friday’s incident, according to a committee aide.

President Obama and his family were not present at the White House during either attempted intrusion.

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Pentagon Official: US Sends Additional Personnel to Assist in Liberia Ebola Efforts

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Following the arrival of Maj. General Darryl Williams in Liberia, the United States will send two aircraft with 45 personnel this weekend to assist in the country’s efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak.

Williams arrived with a 12-person assessment team earlier this week to determine the level of aid the U.S. military can provide to the anti-Ebola mission.

The additional workers arriving this weekend will help set up the headquarters for the joint command, which will be spearheaded by the Major General.

On Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed the two reprogramming requests the Department of Defense has made over the past week that could provide $1 million for Ebola efforts.

U.S. military personnel will not care for the sick individuals, rather, assist in training others. Workers will be provided with personal protective equipment, according to Kirby.

“The mission is to do some training, to build these units and do some logistics, some transports, the movement of material,” he said. “It is not to treat…They’re not doctors. They’re not nurses. They’re not trained for that and not equipped for that. That’s not part of the mission. So they will be kept in locations where they can do their jobs without coming into contact with patients.”

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Defending Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Obama, Biden, Clinton Rush to Chairwoman’s Side

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) — Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz suddenly has a lot of friends.

After an embarrassing week during which Politico reported immense strain in Wasserman Schultz’s tenure as chairwoman, three of the most prominent Democrats in America have rushed to her side: Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama.

In addresses at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington on Friday, Biden, Clinton and Obama offered resounding tributes to Wasserman Schultz’s tenure as chairwoman and congresswoman, preceding remarks on equal pay, domestic violence and family structure with deep commendations of her work and integrity.

Even Wasserman Schultz herself was in a rosy mood: Taking the stage just after 8 a.m., and just after Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” blared from the speakers, she was received by an enthusiastic, heavily female audience that gave her two standing ovations. She delivered an emphatic call to arms for the female vote this November in the midterm elections.

The forum also came a day after Wasserman Schultz was honored at the Kennedy Center by the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation after surviving a bout with the disease in 2008 while in Congress.

In the comprehensive examination of Wasserman Schultz’s legacy, Politico reported widespread tension and frustration with her term in office. She was painted as a self-interested executive in service of her own political career. According to the report, President Obama’s close advisers had readied a replacement for her after the 2012 election, but eventually decided to keep her in place.

Despite the unspoken irritation, Wasserman Schultz has overseen a DNC that cleared its debt and created a surplus. It currently heads into the midterms with $7 million to spend on its candidates, many of whom face uphill fights to reclaim or take over congressional seats.

But for those following press coverage of Wasserman Schultz this week, the elephant in the room seemed to be present for the biggest names in Democratic politics. Biden, Clinton and Obama wasted no time in defending her.

“I’ve worked with a lot of great chairpersons of the Democratic Party. … I’ve campaigned for thousands of candidates over the years, literally,” Biden said. “But I’ve never seen anybody work as hard and as tirelessly as Debbie has.”

“And by the way, if we want anybody to do that 60 seconds or 120 seconds we get to respond to some attack on the president or on the administration, the best person … is always Debbie,” Biden added.

Hillary Clinton was even more resolute.

“Debbie wears so many hats so well,” Clinton said. “Her courage in beating breast cancer and going on to pass groundbreaking legislation that is helping other women beat it too is an example for us all. It is a truly inspiring and moving story.”

“On the Hill and on the [campaign] trail, she fights for women, for kids, for families. She fights for all of us,” Clinton added.

The most complicated endorsement may have come from President Obama, whose taped video comments celebrating Wasserman Schultz’s achievements Thursday night at the Kennedy Center came as something of a surprise. The Politico report had conveyed a serious lack of confidence in her on the part of the administration.

Friday at the women’s leadership forum, Obama opened his speech by flattering his party’s chief.

“Speaking of leaders, I want to thank Debbie for the great work she’s doing to keep our party strong,” he said. “Nobody anywhere works harder than Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Obama’s Senate majority may rest on the shoulders of a woman who, while questioned privately, is at least in the good graces of her party’s top figures when the cameras are rolling.

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President Obama Uses Weekly Address to Discuss Fight Against ISIS

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama used his weekly address to speak about the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for the second consecutive week.

“Over the past week,” the commander in chief said, “the United States has continued to lead our friends and allies in the strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.” ISIS is also referred to as ISIL or the Islamic State.

Obama discussed the ways in which ISIS poses a threat not just to Iraq, Syria and the Middle East, but notes the threats the group has made against America and its allies. “If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” Obama said.

“This isn’t America vs. ISIL,” Obama went on. “This is the people of that region versus ISIL. It’s the world versus ISIL.”

Read the full transcript of the president’s address:

Over the past week, the United States has continued to lead our friends and allies in the strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.  As I’ve said before, our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from these terrorists against America.  Right now, they pose a threat to the people of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East.  But its leaders have threatened America and our allies.  And if left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States.

So, last month, I gave the order for our military to begin taking targeted action against ISIL.  Since then, American pilots have flown more than 170 airstrikes against these terrorists in Iraq.  And France has now joined us in these airstrikes.

Going forward, we won’t hesitate to take action against these terrorists in Iraq or in Syria.  But this is not America’s fight alone.  I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria.  It’s more effective to use our capabilities to help partners on the ground secure their own country’s futures. We will use our air power. We will train and equip our partners.  We will advise and we will assist.   And we’ll lead a broad coalition of nations who have a stake in this fight.  This isn’t America vs. ISIL.  This is the people of that region vs. ISIL.  It’s the world vs ISIL.

We’ve been working to secure bipartisan support for this strategy here at home, because I believe that we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together.  We’ve been consulting closely with Congress.  And last week, Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defense Hagel, and military leaders worked to gain their support for our strategy. 

A majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans in both the House and the Senate have now approved a first, key part of our strategy by wide margins.  They’ve given our troops the authority they need to train Syrian opposition fighters so that they can fight ISIL in Syria.  Those votes sent a powerful signal to the world: Americans are united in confronting this danger.  And I hope Congress continues to make sure our troops get what they need to get the job done.

Meanwhile, because we’re leading the right way, more nations are joining our coalition.  Over 40 countries have offered to help the broad campaign against ISIL so far – from training and equipment, to humanitarian relief, to flying combat missions.  And this week, at the United Nations, I’ll continue to rally the world against this threat.

This is an effort that America has the unique ability to lead.  When the world is threatened; when the world needs help; it calls on America. And we call on our troops. Whether it’s to degrade and ultimately destroy a group of terrorists, or to contain and combat a threat like the Ebola epidemic in Africa; we ask a lot of our troops.  But while our politics may be divided at times, the American people stand united around supporting our troops and their families.  This is a moment of American leadership.  Thanks to them, it is a moment we will meet.  Thank you.

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