Chelsea Clinton to Host First Fundraiser with Mom Hillary

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Clinton, who has been largely absent from her mom’s campaign, is set to jump into the fray this month in an end of the year campaign fundraising push.

Invitations for the New York City fundraiser dubbed “Family Holiday Celebration with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton” boast actress Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman as the other co-hosts.

Individual ticket prices start at $250. Family tickets are also available for adults with children ages 15 or younger.

The Democratic front-runner has an ambitious fundraising goal of $100 million before the end of 2015. The campaign has already sent Bill Clinton across the country on a fundraising blitz, hosting more than 20 fundraisers in the last 6 weeks.

Chelsea Clinton though, has been largely absent this campaign season, appearing with her mother on Roosevelt Island in June and again at Foundry United Methodist Church in September.

Most of her efforts have been on raising her year-old daughter, Charlotte, working for her family’s foundation and on promoting her first book in a 20-city book tour launch that concluded just last month.

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Ted Cruz on How ‘Star Wars’ Applies to Presidential Politics

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(BETTENDORF, Iowa) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the wisdom of Star Wars can be applied to the campaign trail.

“An important question to ask of any presidential candidate is which Star Wars figure would you be? And I got to say, anyone who says Luke Skywalker ought to be eliminated right off the bat. The only right answer to that is Han Solo,” joked Cruz at a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Cruz called Han Solo the “coolest character in all of cinema” and said that he’s loved “Star Wars” since he was a boy.

“I grew up on Star Wars,” Cruz said. “You know my favorite memory is actually the second movie, ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ which came out when I was 10. I remember standing with my dad in line at the mall for two, three hours to see it on opening day, and it was amazing being a little boy in the seventies and early eighties when these movies were coming out. I collected all the Star Wars action figures. I had them all in a Darth Vader carrying case and with my friends we would play and fight them back and forth. I had a giant Millennium Falcon.”

Cruz said that he even invokes “Star Wars” into his message to staffers on the trail.

“And you know I have to say there’s a lot of wisdom wrapped up in Star Wars. A message that I give to folks on the campaign trail, sometimes they’ll say we tried. And my response is straight out of Yoda: ‘There is no try. Do or do not.’ And likewise if someone does something very impressive, I’ll turn to them just like Vader and say, ‘The Force is strong with this one.'”

Cruz said he’s “excited” about the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“I can’t wait to see it when it comes out,” he said.

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Republicans Rebuke President Obama’s Climate Agenda

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama opened negotiations with world leaders in Paris this week on a worldwide pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change, Republicans in Congress continue to challenge the administration’s climate agenda.

The House is set to vote Tuesday on two measures to repeal Environmental Protection Agency power plant regulations, a centerpiece of Obama’s climate agenda that the Senate voted to repeal earlier this month. The House is also set to vote later this week on an energy infrastructure reform bill.

Republicans say their efforts are reining in administration regulations, though all three measures are likely to face vetoes from the president and are unlikely to become law.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, said Tuesday the EPA rules the House is schedule to vote on, which set new limits on future carbon emissions, “stifle job creation,” which the White House disputes.

Republicans have also threatened to undermine the United States’ participation in a climate accord by withholding funding for global climate initiatives and threatening to oppose any proposal that could be sent to Congress for ratification.

“I don’t think that’s the best use of our money,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, told reporters Monday.

A New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday found that two-thirds of Americans support the United States joining a binding international deal to address climate change. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, disputed on Tuesday that congressional Republicans were out of step with the American public.

“I don’t think we’re out of step with public opinion wanting jobs, wanting economic growth,” Ryan said. “When you weigh the costs and benefits against these so-called legally binding obligations, they don’t add up.”

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Hillary Clinton Calls for ‘More Love and Kindness’ in Montgomery Boycott Commemoration

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Speaking from inside the historic church where the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized, Hillary Clinton renewed her calls on Tuesday for criminal justice reform, gun control, and “more love and kindness” during remarks at an event to honor the 60th anniversary of the demonstration.

“Those of us who serve in politics, or want to lead our country, have a special responsibility to bring Americans together, not pull us apart,” Clinton said from the pulpit of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, A.L. where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once served as pastor, “And it may be unusual hearing a presidential candidate saying we need more love and kindness, but that’s exactly what we need right now.”

Clinton invoked a sermon Dr. King gave at this church the first night of the bus boycott. “Justice is really love in calculation,” he said, “Justice is really love correcting that which works against love. Standing beside love is always justice.”

Reiterating her calls for criminal justice reform and gun control, she added: “It’s time to change our approach and end the era of mass incarceration. And we must do more to address the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our country. I consider this a national emergency.”

On Dec. 1 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was ignited after Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to on a bus to a white person. The boycott lasted through December 1956, when city was ultimately ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to integrate its bus system.

The Tuesday event, hosted by the National Bar Association, commemorated the 60th anniversary of the boycott and focused on the role lawyers played in it and the civil rights movement.

Fred Gray, the legendary civil rights lawyer who represented Rosa Parks during the boycott, was also in attendance on Tuesday, as well as Benjamin Crump, the president of the National Bar Association, who has represented the families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

Bernice King, Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter, delivered the benediction.

The event ended with the churchgoers — including Clinton — holding hands and singing “We Shall Overcome.”

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One of Bernie Sanders’ Biggest Supporters is a Rooster

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ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — As the socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders attracts lots of unique fans. But not all of them have a Bernie Bus.

For months, Martin Buckley has been riding “the 101” — a powder-blue bus decked out in American flags, Bernie Sanders signs and Christmas tree branches — up and down the East Coast in support of his favorite candidate.

“It’s a 1992 handicapped children’s bus from Ohio,” he said while giving ABC News a tour. The bus runs entirely on vegetable oil, which “smells like vanilla cake when it first starts up.”

As Sanders supporters chanted outside the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Sunday, Buckley ticked off items he had brought on board: a funeral organ, a 40-gallon water tank hidden inside a London steamer trunk, a counter acting as “Constitution Cafe,” doors to act as bunk beds, and solar panels on the roof, which doubles as a stage for demonstrations.

Oh, and a 9-year-old rooster.

“This is my co-pilot, Mr. Clucky,” Buckley said, taking his feathered friend out of its cage behind the driver’s seat. “He loves to ride his bicycle.”

He said that’s how they met — while riding around Miami Beach, Buckley found the rooster wounded in the street. He quickly found that Mr. Clucky enjoyed riding with him on his bike, and they started doing regular public appearances together.

“He’s done a lot of TV — National Geographic, Animal Planet,” he said. “He’s a pretty famous little rooster.”

The two plan to attend more Bernie Sanders events, even through the cold New Hampshire winter.

“I paid a hundred bucks for the wood stove,” he said. “It was toasty in here [last night]. I had to keep some windows open. You put some logs in there, it warms it up pretty good.”

That hundred dollars, he added, was the only money he spent on the bus’s elaborate interior, in which he has spent up to three months at a time.

“Everything in this bus has been found,” he said, including his trusty co-pilot.

As the crowds continued to chant outside, Mr. Clucky broke through with an ear-piercing crow.

“He woke me up at four in the morning,” Buckley said sheepishly, putting a hand to his forehead.

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Hillary Clinton Invokes 9/11 for Second Time in Defending Wall Street Ties

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — For the second time, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invoked the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as a way to defend herself against critics who say Clinton has become too cozy with Wall Street.

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on CBS, Clinton argued that the critics who say she’s too close to Wall Street haven’t hurt her image or her judgment in running for president.

“I have stood for a lot of regulation on big banks and on the financial services sector,” Clinton said. “I also represented New York and represented everybody from the dairy farmers you know to the fishermen. Everybody. And so, yes, do I know people and did I, you know, help rebuild after 9/11? Yes, I did.”

CBS’ Charlie Rose also asked Clinton if she took money from Wall Street donors.

Clinton responded: “That has nothing to do with my positions. Anybody that thinks they can influence me on that ground doesn’t know me very well.”

Clinton first mentioned the 9/11 attacks on New York to defend herself against Wall Street ties during the second Democratic debate.

“I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is,” Clinton said last month. “I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild.”

The former New York senator said her effort helping Wall Street “rebuild” was “good for New York” and “good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.”

Martin O’Malley’s deputy campaign manager, Lis Smith, rebuked Clinton’s comment during the Democrat debate and again on Twitter Tuesday.

My word, @HillaryClinton again exploits 9/11 to defend her status as Wall Street's favored candidate

— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) December 1, 2015

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Chris Christie Slams Donald Trump for Mocking Reporter

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In his second major jab at Donald Trump in 24 hours, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Republican front-runner for his apparent mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a muscular disability.

“He shouldn’t be making fun of people’s disabilities. It’s just not worthy of someone running for president of the United States,” Christie said Tuesday on CNN.

Trump has denied that he was mocking Kovaleski’s illness, insisting that he doesn’t know him and was unaware of his condition, and that he would never make fun of someone with a disability. Kovaleski has rebutted Trump’s claim that he doesn’t know who he is, saying he was on a first-name basis with the real estate mogul when he covered him for the New York Daily News in the 1980s.

The latest Christie remark comes after he publically admonished Trump on Monday for his claim that thousands of Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey, saying it simply didn’t happen. Christie had previously stopped short of shooting down Trump’s claim outright.

“It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since,” Christie told reporters at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Monday.

Trump came under fire last week after appearing to imitate Kovaleski’s muscular disorder during a speech in South Carolina.

Kovaleski wrote a story for the Washington Post a week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that referred to allegations of “tailgate-style parties on rooftops” in New Jersey after the World Trade Center towers fell.

Trump has pointed to Kovaleski’s story as evidence that his claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the World Trade Center’s collapse. But Kovaleski has since said he never heard about “thousands or even hundreds” of people celebrating and that he doesn’t recall the allegations of isolated celebrations ever being confirmed.

Trump has since accused Kovaleski of trying to retract his story and continues to insist that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks on TV in New Jersey.

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Ash Carter: US Special Operations Forces Expanding in Iraq

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. would establish a special operations “targeting force” in Iraq as part of the intensified military effort to fight ISIS.

The special operations force would conduct raids, could free hostages held by ISIS, gather intelligence and capture ISIS leaders.

It is part of the broader role for U.S. special operations forces that Carter said would occur in the wake of the raid in September where U.S. special operations forces helped free 70 ISIS hostages in northern Iraq. That same raid resulted in the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, the first American fatality from combat in Iraq since the return of U.S. forces to that country in mid-2014.

Carter said the force would “also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations into Syria.” Over the past year, U.S. special operations forces have already conducted two targeted raids into Syria.

The force’s operations in Syria would be separate from the scheduled deployment of up to 50 special operations forces that will soon be deployed to northeastern Syria. In October, the Pentagon announced that it would send up to 50 special operations forces there to work with the Syrian Arab Coalition, a force of 5,000 Arab rebels that has been fighting ISIS.

Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that “we’re deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIL.”

“These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders,” said Carter.

He said their operations in Iraq would create “a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, and more momentum.”

Carter said the special operations task force had been established with the cooperation of the Iraqi government.

“The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the ISF’s (Iraqi Security Forces) own capacity,” he said.

In an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee in October, Carter had included “raids” as one of the “Three R’s” that would guide the intensified effort against ISIS. The other two R’s described putting military pressure on Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria, and Ramadi, the western Iraqi city seized by ISIS earlier this year.

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Hillary Clinton Opposed to US Combat Troops in Iraq and Syria

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton “cannot conceive” of any possible situation that would require U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, she said on CBS This Morning.

“I don’t think it’s the smartest way to go after ISIS,” Clinton said on Tuesday. “I think it gives ISIS a new recruitment tool if we get back into the fight.”

“We’re not putting American combat troops back into Syria or Iraq. We are not going to do that,” she told show co-host Charlie Rose.

It should be a “non-starter” because it wouldn’t do anything to further the defeat of ISIS, she added.

Clinton’s position is similar to that of President Obama, who has sent U.S. Special Forces but is resistant to deploying combat troops.

GOP candidate Jeb Bush, who is calling for more troops on the ground, tweeted his response shortly after the Clinton interview aired:

Hillary Clinton limiting ISIS attack options shows she’ll continue Obama’s containment. I have plan to defeat them.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2015

Clinton also emphasized the need to cooperate with the Russians, who are proponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and were recently victimized by ISIS when a bomb was planted on a Russian-bound plane from Sharm el Sheikh, killing 224 people.

Although she called for a no-fly zone over Syria, Clinton said the Russians would need to be informed, even if they aren’t participating. “I want them at the table,” she added.

Clinton also emphasized that the focus should be on defeating ISIS rather than Assad, noting that she doesn’t think the latter is attainable.

“Right now we’re not going to see a military defeat of Assad,” she said. “It’s not going to happen.”

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Chris Christie Not Ruling Out Waterboarding

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ABC/Randy Sager(NEW YORK) — Chris Christie will not rule out waterboarding as a method of acquiring intelligence because he doesn’t believe it’s a form of torture, the New Jersey governor said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“We need to do whatever we need to do to get actionable intelligence within the Constitution,” Christie said Tuesday.

Christie said he doesn’t believ e waterboarding constitutes torture because it was conducted in 2002-03 under U.S. Department of Justice guidance that the action was “lawful and constitutional.”

But the United Nations says waterboarding qualifies as a form of torture. It was used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks to interrogate several suspected terrorists, but President Obama banned it in 2009.

Christie faulted Obama and Hillary Clinton for second-guessing the practice.

Waterboarding entails placing a cloth over someone’s head and pouring water over the cloth to simulate drowning. It is generally used in an effort to obtain information or intelligence from the person in question.

GOP candidate Donald Trump has outwardly called for using waterboarding as a form of interrogation, saying on This Week with George Stephanopoulos last month that he would “absolutely” reinstate it as a form of interrogation.

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Ted Cruz on Birth Control: ‘We Don’t Have a Rubber Shortage in America’

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ABC News(BETTENDORF, Iowa) — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz took a question about women’s access to birth control and turned it into an attack against Democrats Monday, saying at an Iowa town that they’ve manufactured a war on women and falsely painted conservatives as the “condom police.”

“Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. Look, when I was in college, we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in and voila. So, yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utter made-up nonsense issue,” Cruz said at a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The Republican senator from Texas used humor to explain his stance, subtly referencing his own use of family planning.

“Now, listen, I have been a conservative my entire life,” Cruz said. “I have never met anybody, any conservative, who wants to ban contraceptives. As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I’m very glad we don’t have 17.”

While Cruz, 44, expressed his support for access to birth control, he reiterated his opposition to abortion and attacked Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her pro-abortion rights beliefs.

“Hillary Clinton embraces abortion on demand in all circumstances up until the moment of birth, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding with no notification for parents in any circumstances,” Cruz said.

Cruz said Clinton can’t base her candidacy on the economy, Obamacare or foreign policy, so she and the Democrats have created a false narrative about Republicans opposing birth control to scare voters.

“So what do you do, you go, ‘Ah ha, the condom police. I’m going to make up a completely made-up threat and try to scare a bunch of folks who are not paying a lot of attention into thinking someone’s going to steal their birth control. What nonsense,” Cruz said.

Shortly after answering the question, Cruz was also asked about Planned Parenthood and how he would get rid of the organization. He made no reference to the Friday shooting in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood facility, but renewed his pledge that he would instruct the Department of Justice to investigate the health care provider on his first day in the White House.

“On these videos, you see senior officials of Planned Parenthood callously, heartlessly laughing, sipping chardonnay and selling the body parts of unborn children and you should just ask are those my values. Is that what I stand for?” Cruz said, citing a series of recent anti-Planned Parenthood videos.

Cruz has previously called the Colorado Springs shooting “horrific” and “unacceptable.” He rebutted those who’ve claimed the criticism of Planned Parenthood by Republican presidential candidates could have inspired the shooting.

“Well, I think there has been some vicious rhetoric on the left. Blaming those who are pro-life. I’ll tell you I am proud to be unambiguously pro-life, to support protecting every human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, I think every human life is a gift from God,” Cruz said in Newton, Iowa, Sunday.

“This murder that occurred in Colorado is tragic. It is a criminal act, we don’t fully know the motivations of this deranged individual.”

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Warren Only Female Democratic Senator Missing from Clinton Event

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — One by one on Monday night, 13 female Democratic senators took the stage inside the packed ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. to raise money and announce their support for Hillary Clinton.

But it was the person missing from the group who stood out most.

Elizabeth Warren, the progressive lawmaker from Massachusetts, was the only female Democratic senator who wasn’t at the endorsement event and fundraiser for Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Warren, who many thought would run for president herself, has so far declined to back anyone in the primary. She is also one of only six Democratic senators who has not endorsed Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign said it invited the 13 female senators who have endorsed Clinton to attend tonight’s event, but would not say whether or not they invited Warren. They also would not comment about Warren’s absence.

“We’re honored to have 13 women Senators coming together to endorse and support Hillary Clinton,” Clinton spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement, “This is a sign of the broad support Clinton is receiving from women across the country who know she’ll fight for us.”

Warren’s senate office declined to comment.

Last year, all of the female Democratic senators — including Warren — signed a secret letter to Clinton encouraging her to run for president. Warren later clarified that while she supports Clinton running, she had not endorsed her.

“You know, all of the women — Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate — urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does,” Warren told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos last year when asked if she would back Clinton.

“Hillary is terrific,” she replied when asked again.

Many of the other senators who signed that letter were at the event tonight, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Heidi Heitkamp, Mazie Hirono, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen and Debbie Stabenow.

No one, however, made any mention of Warren’s absence during the program. “I’m not sure why she wasn’t,” Mikulski said coyly, “Maybe she has a cold.”

The fundraiser tonight, which was held just blocks from Capitol Hill, was only the second of Clinton’s fundraisers to be open to the press. More than 1,000 people attended and tickets ranged from $250-$2,700, according to the campaign.

Clinton, who spoke following remarks from each of the Senators, spoke broadly on a range of issues such as equal pay, paid leave, marriage equality, climate change, the economy and terrorism.

She also offered her thanks and praise of her former colleagues.

“They have so much courage and smarts, the combination of grit and grace,” Clinton, a former senator, said pointing to the women standing on stage behind her, “It was the honor and privilege of my life to serve with them.”

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Speaker Ryan Sports New Facial Hair After Thanksgiving Recess

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Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Paul Ryan’s got a new job — and a new look.

The newly minted House speaker was sporting facial hair after the week-long Thanksgiving recess.

Ryan’s facial hair — his staff have taken to calling it the “#BeardoftheHouse” on social media — has earned praise from the facial hair community.

“It’s a pretty shrewd political move,” said Adam Paul Causgrove of the American Mustache Institute. “It’s a bold step, he’s going out there to show the rugged manliness that he wants to define his speakership.”

“When we look at the current crop of presidential candidates, we’ll go another session without a mustached POTUS since President Taft,” he added.


Hey @USHouseHistory, when was the last time a Speaker of the House sported a beard?

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 30, 2015

.@SpeakerRyan It’s been a while (Gillett & Cannon before him).

— U.S. House History (@USHouseHistory) November 30, 2015


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Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Other Goodies From 2016 Candidates

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — If you missed your chance to splurge on Black Friday or simply chose to skip the lines – don’t fret, because the 2016 presidential candidates have got you (political junkies) covered this Cyber Monday.

To kick off the holiday season, presidential hopefuls are offering their loyal supporters an array of products, offering everything from ‘I hate tea (parties)’ mugs for the Dems to ugly Christmas sweaters from some of the Republican candidates.

This ‘CyberCruz’ day, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is introducing an ugly Christmas sweater to his campaign apparel collection.


Today only: save 20% on your purchase at — order now and RT to spread the word!

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 30, 2015


Dr. Ben Carson’s supporters can also stay warm in the ‘Ben Carson for President’ ugly Christmas sweater.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more.


Free shipping on orders of $75 or more at the 2016 shop! #CyberMonday

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 30, 2015


Ohio Gov. John Kasich is enticing his supporters with 25-percent off t-shirts and a free bumper sticker with each order.


Don’t miss today’s #CyberMonday sale! Use the code: KASICH2016 for 25% off t-shirts! Visit:

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 30, 2015


Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio seem to have the same idea, both offering a sale that extended through the weekend.


Hoodies, koozies, camo hats & more — it’s all still 20% off! Show you’re on our team with our official campaign gear

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 28, 2015



New hats, mugs, scarves and more. The All-Weekend Cyber Monday Sale is still going on:

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 29, 2015


Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley took to Twitter Friday, to encourage his supporters to shop for ‘cool gear.’


Shopping today? Check out for some cool gear.

— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 27, 2015


And while the Cyber Monday deals end when the clock strikes midnight, for those hoping to get their hands on campaign merchandise from presidential candidates who didn’t get in on the action – below are the links to each of their shops.

Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders

Rand Paul

Mike Huckabee

Rick Santorum

As for candidates Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore, ABC News was unable to locate online stores for their campaigns.

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Chris Christie on Donald Trump 9/11 Claim: ‘It Didn’t Happen’

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said, “It didn’t happen” when it comes to Trump’s claim that “thousands” of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey following Sept. 11 attacks.

The latest comments come after Christie was criticized last week for not condemning Trump’s claim, saying at the time that he did not remember any Muslims celebrating in his state.

“It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since,” Christie told reporters on Monday at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

“I do not remember that,” Christie emphasized. “It’s not something that’s part of my recollection. I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but there could be things I forget too, but I don’t remember that.”

On Monday, Christie explained that he was not trying to “hedge” anything when he said he didn’t recall specifics. The candidate also reminded reporters that the day of the attacks, his primary focus was on determining the safety his wife and brother, who were both in lower Manhattan at the time of the attacks.

“I said I didn’t remember it, it wasn’t me trying to hedge anything, it was me telling the truth, and I said I think even that day if it had happened I’m pretty sure I’d remember it,” Christie said.

Asked by a reporter if Trump’s comments should disqualify him from being president, Christie said the decision about a candidate’s qualifications should be left to the voters.

“The only thing that disqualifies anyone from being president is not getting enough votes or not being a us citizen or 35, other than that, nothing disqualifies you,” Christie said. “I’m not going to get into all that stuff … the American people should decide what this should be.”

Following a meeting at Trump Tower with several African American church pastors, Trump told ABC News’ Tom Llamas that Christie should be “careful with what he says.”

“He didn’t say that the other day. He was very weak the other day,” Trump said Monday in response to Christie’s comments. “He said it like, well, he doesn’t know. And now I guess he feels a little bit emboldened. He must be careful with what he says.”

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Senator Calls Out Wasteful Government Spending in New Study

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Cal(WASHINGTON) — It’s the most wonderful time of the year — especially for Congressional spending hawks.

Sen. James Lankford introduced his “Federal Fumbles” list, a compilation of 100 government projects that Lankford says are “prime examples of wasteful spending.”

It also happens to call out one presidential hopeful: real estate magnate Donald Trump, whose new hotel project in Washington, D.C., housed in the Old Post Office Building, is the recipient of a tax credit for historic structures to the tune of $40 million.

“While the lucky guests of this palatial hotel will be awestruck by its glitz and glamour, taxpayers are unlikely to be amused that they helped foot the bill through a $40 million tax credit thanks to the National Historic Tax Credit,” Lankford wrote.

Here’s a look at a few other spending items that made the list:

Thousands Researching Seniors’ Romancing

The dating waters can be rough — but just how do older adults navigate them? That’s a question the University of Texas at Austin is seeking to answer, and has received almost $375,000 in National Science Foundation funds over three years to find out. The study’s researchers maintain their purpose is practical, and serious: as Americans begin to live longer, research about how that affects their interpersonal relationships becomes harder to find.

“Longer life expectancies and high divorce rates have contributed to a new social reality in which older adults (i.e., age 60+) increasingly find themselves unpartnered and searching for companionship. … Results from this study will be informative for improving happiness and health throughout the lifespan.”

Shakespeare, Only Without the Words

Lankford’s list singles out a Northern Virginia theater that has received almost $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts over the past four years: the Synetic Theater in Arlington, which frequently stages wordless adaptations of William Shakespeare plays.

“William Shakespeare was lauded for many things: his meter, his verse, his complicated characters. Generations of families have come together to enjoy productions of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. … But was Polonius right in Hamlet when he said, ‘Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice’? Lankford asks in his “Fumbles” list. But the Synetic Theater says it’s only spent $35,000 in federal funds on silent Shakespeare performances in its 15-year history. And the theater also defended the art form. “Our angle is different but still valuable as we use traditional physical techniques that are at the root of all theatre,” the theater’s marketing manager Alysa Turner said in an email to ABC News.

Latest Pentagon Target: A Bird?

The Department of Defense issued a $283,500 grant to the study of a tiny breed of bird, the California Gnatcatcher, “to determine use throughout each vegetation alliance,” according to a description of the project on — although the total money the program would actually use was far less than the dollars allocated. The first question Lankford asks about this study is why the Department of Defense is spending money to research this bird, while there is a perfectly valid federal agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that could be better suited to it, assuming the California gnatcatcher is not a national security threat?

“DOD should be in the business of defense, not nature conservancy,” the report says. A representative for the gnatcatcher research program could not immediately be reached by ABC News.

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Bernie Sanders Undergoes Surgery at DC Hospital

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Bernie Sanders chose to undergo an outpatient hernia repair surgery at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday, according to a statement from his Senate office.

Campaign staff told ABC News that the 74-year-old Vermont senator was not feeling well this past weekend in New Hampshire, and on Sunday the Senator elected not to come by a rally with supporters in Manchester ahead of the state Democratic party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner there.

Michael Briggs, a spokesperson for the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign, told ABC News that he does not think the procedure will impact Sanders’s campaign schedule and that the senator is still planning to travel back to New Hampshire for more events this weekend.

“Sanders has maintained a grueling campaign schedule with coast-to-coast travel since announcing his presidential bid last May,” Briggs said. “He faithfully travels back to Washington, D.C., for his Senate duties as well. He has been asked several times on the trail about his age and the toll of a presidential race and often answers that he has so far been blessed with good health.”

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Speaker Ryan Invites President Obama to His Last State of the Union

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver his last State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

“As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find common ground to advance the nation’s interests at home and abroad,” Ryan wrote in a letter sent to the White House on Monday.

“We also owe it to the American people to present solutions that address the challenges they face,” Ryan said.

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White House Tightens Visa Waiver Program After Paris Attacks

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John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration said it will tighten its visa waiver program to prevent foreign fighters from entering the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks two weeks ago, the White House announced on Monday.

“We’re doing everything we can to ensure that the threat of foreign fighters or individuals who have been radicalized does not make its way to our homeland,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Monday in Paris. “We want to ensure that we have tighter scrutiny in place, better information sharing.”

The administration announced new changes on Monday to the program, which allows 20 million visitors from 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without visas each year. The new changes include screening whether travelers have visited countries considered a “terrorist safe haven” and working with countries participating in the visa waiver program to help collect and use biometric screening.

Various government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, will work together to deploy “foreign fighter surge teams” to try to counter the travel of terrorists in certain countries, officials said.

The announcement came as President Obama visited Paris for a climate conference just two weeks after terror attacks rocked the French capital and killed 130 people.

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What’s on the Agenda for Congress as It Gears Up for Holidays

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Congress is back in session Monday with only several weeks to run through a list of legislative items — including a must-pass spending bill that could be caught up in the fight over Syrian refugees.

Here are some of the items on the legislative agenda and why they matter:


Congress has until Friday, Dec. 4, to pass a highway bill that funds infrastructure projects across the country. The measure — the product of negotiations between the House and Senate following the passage of two separate proposals — would be a bipartisan, multi-year achievement for Congress, provided members can reach an agreement on financing the measure.


Congress has until Dec. 11 to send a must-pass $1.1 trillion spending bill to the White House, under the terms of the two-year budget agreement President Obama signed into law in early November.

While that bill — a parting gift from John Boehner for new House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis, — set two-year budget figures in an attempt to make it easier for lawmakers to negotiate a deal, lawmakers are still sparring over the finer details and language of the must-pass bill, raising the specter of another government shutdown.

One possible area of contention after the Paris attacks remains the admission of Syrian refugees to the United States. While the House passed a bill restricting Syrian refugees earlier this month in a bipartisan, veto-proof vote, Senate Democrats have threatened to block the measure. Seventy-three House Republicans have signed onto a letter from Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, to House GOP leaders calling for an omnibus rider that would block funding to admit Syrian refugees into the United States.

Additionally, lawmakers could also include rider language targeting Obama administration financial and environmental regulations.


Senate Republicans are planning to vote to partially repeal parts of Obamacare in a measure that could also include provisions targeting Planned Parenthood funding. The reconciliation bill — which Senate Republicans can pass around a Democratic veto — is all but certain to receive a presidential veto. Republicans remain split on tying the bill to Planned Parenthood, which could also be targeted with a rider in the omnibus.


House lawmakers continue to work on legislation addressing national security fears after terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago left 130 dead. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Monday he hopes the House will vote on a bill in December that would boost security on a program that allows foreigners from dozens of countries to enter the United States without a visa. Several of the terrorists who carried out the attacks in Paris were citizens of countries that participate in the visa-waiver program.

McCarthy, who formed a task force of seven House GOP committee leaders to put forward legislation addressing post-Paris security concerns, told reporters that security is the “top issue” for House Republicans heading into the end of the legislative year, and said members are “very concerned where the president is and where the country is.”

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Obama Administration ‘Aggressively Strengthening’ Visa Waiver Program

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration will tighten its visa waiver program in the wake of the attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the White House announced on Monday.

The new changes to the program, which allows some tourists from certain countries to travel to the U.S. without visas, include:

  • Changing the Electronic System for Travel Authorization to screen whether travelers have visited countries considered a “terrorist safe haven.”
  • Working with countries participating in the waiver visa program to help collect and use biometric screening.
  • DHS, State, FBI & U.S. intel will work to deploy “foreign fighter surge teams to work with countries to counter terrorist travel.”

You can see the full fact sheet from the White House here.

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More Hillary Clinton Emails Coming Monday

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — It’s Cyber Monday for shoppers, but for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, it’s another chapter in her long cyber-saga, as the State Department plans to release another 7,800 pages of her private email Monday.

After Monday, the public will have had the opportunity to review well over half of the 52,000 pages of documents Clinton turned over to the State Department last year, part of a court-mandated process to make all of them public. All of the emails are on pace to be released by the end of January.

Officials at the State Department say Monday’s release will mostly cover emails from the 2012 and 2013 time frame, but that there will be others that span her entire time in office.

The State Department has not been able to release the emails in precise chronological order because much of it had to be set aside to be reviewed by other government agencies with interest in the content of those messages. Officials say many of those pages of emails that have been held up are expected in Monday’s release.

And while officials who have closely reviewed Monday’s email dump are not expecting any damaging bombshells, the release serves as another reminder of an issue that has dogged her throughout her campaign.

The FBI still has an open investigation into the handling and security of Clinton’s private email server and while it says it is not targeting Clinton directly, the outcome of that investigation certainly has the potential to affect her run for the White House.

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Ben Carson Urges Peaceful Dialogue on Planned Parenthood in Wake of Colorado Shooting

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson called on pro-choice and pro-life advocates to express their differences in a peaceful manner in the wake of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that left three dead Friday.

“What we really have to start asking ourselves is what can we do as a nation to rectify the situation,” Carson said today on ABC’s This Week. “I think we should talk about the actual facts. If we can get rid of the rhetoric from either side and actually talk about the facts, I think that’s when we begin to make progress.”

Carson condemned the shooting at the clinic, calling it a hate crime. Police have arrested 57-year-old Robert Dear in connection with the shooting but haven’t released a motive.

“Unfortunately, there is a lot of extremism coming from all areas,” Carson said. “It’s one of the biggest problems that I think is threatening to tear our country apart. We get into our separate corners and we hate each other and we want to destroy those with whom we disagree. That comes from both sides, so there’s no saint here in this equation.”

Dear, 57, is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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Donald Trump Claims He Thought Meeting with African-American Pastors Was an Endorsement

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who is slated to meet with a group of African-American pastors Monday at the Trump Tower in New York City, said he was told the meeting was an endorsement, and believes the pastors received backlash from people opposed to the meeting.

Trump’s campaign had originally promoted Monday’s meeting, which reportedly involves nearly 100 African-American pastors, as an endorsement, sending out a news release Wednesday using that language. The meeting was supposed to be followed by a news conference, which was canceled this weekend, and no media is invited to the closed meeting.

Once news of the meeting became public, over 100 leaders in the African-American community published an open letter to the ministers, urging the attendees to consider Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail, which they called “overtly divisive and racist.”

“I was told it was an endorsement,” Trump said Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I have fantastic relationships with the people, but I think pressure was put on them when they heard there was a meeting by people who disagree.”

Katrina Pierson, the Trump campaign’s national spokeswoman, said Monday on CNN’s New Day that it would be too confusing to label the meeting as an endorsement because the entire group was not endorsing him.

“A lot of the pastors were concerned they might get backlash if they weren’t one of the pastors that were endorsing at this time,” Pierson explained on New Day.

“So the campaign decided, you know what? We want to have the meeting. All the pastors will meet with Mr. Trump and we’ll close it to the media.”

Trump, 69, also stood by his comments about Muslims cheering on 9/11 in New Jersey, insisting this morning he saw the footage, and did not confuse it with scenes of celebrations from the West Bank. When asked why no one could find the video, Trump said it had not been archived properly.

“Fourteen, 15 years ago, they didn’t put it in files. They destroy half the stuff,” Trump asserted.

Trump reiterated that Serge Kovaleski, who wrote the 2001 Washington Post article claiming that authorities detained people “allegedly seen celebrating the attacks,” which Trump had been citing as defense for his claims at rallies, is now trying to pull back his reporting.

Trump is embroiled in a controversy over whether he mocked Kovaleski’s disability during a rally last week. He has denied mocking the reporter.

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Chris Christie’s New Hampshire Resurgence

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ABC/Randy Sager(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — When Chris Christie was relegated to November’s GOP “undercard debate,” many assumed it would be the last they saw of the New Jersey governor. Four months into his presidential campaign, his national poll numbers had barely budged, languishing behind those of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz.

In the past two weeks, though, Christie’s fortunes seem to have changed. And they hinge on the state where he has invested nearly all his time: New Hampshire.

First, there was the new set of debate criteria from CNN, which will include polls from early-voting states like New Hampshire. Christie has spent 48 days there this year, second only to Sen. Lindsey Graham. He’s averaging 6.3 percent in relevant statewide polls, which would easily carry him back to the main stage.

Then, on Sunday night, the stunner: a full endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader. The newspaper is the only one to reach all corners of the state, giving conservative publisher Joseph McQuaid one of the largest bully pulpits around.

“He is the one candidate who has the range and type of experience the nation desperately needs,” McQuaid wrote. “Governor Christie is right for these dangerous times.”

While many expected the paper to endorse a surging candidate like Sen. Marco Rubio, McQuaid dismissed the notion, declaring Americans “don’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator.”

Rubio hasn’t spent as much time in the state as Carly Fiorina, but the editorial rejected her, too: “We don’t need as president some well-meaning private citizen who has no public experience,” McQuaid wrote.

The pick could alter the trajectory of the Christie campaign, Dartmouth associate professor of government James Russell Muirhead Jr. said.

“The importance of the Union Leader endorsement for Christie can’t be understated,” he told ABC News. “The timing is good. It’s going to take him time to ascend, if he’s going to. If this came in January, it would have come too late.”

The paper’s endorsement isn’t always predictive. Newt Gingrich won its support in 2012 before finishing fifth; John McCain won the state twice despite being picked only once.

It’s not just the Union Leader that has Christie smiling, though. He has picked up several major endorsements from New Hampshire activists and elected officials in recent weeks. Renee Plummer, a well-known real estate developer who officially endorsed Christie on Monday, said she had no idea that her pick would come on the heels of the Union Leader’s.

“I love that he comes to these town halls and says, ‘Ask me anything,’” she said, noting that he has held a whopping 35 such events. “And now with what’s happened in the Union Leader, you’re going to have people looking at him completely differently, saying, ‘Hold on, let’s look at him again.’”

Plummer will be joined by an even bigger pickup Tuesday: Donna Sytek, former speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, according to a source close to the campaign.

Christie, 53, has also been staking out turf when it comes to New Hampshire’s epidemic of heroin overdoses, which has claimed a record number of lives this year.

Rob Wieczorak, board chairman of the Farnum Center for Drug Recovery in Manchester, pledged his support to Christie earlier this month, after a video of the governor’s town hall remarks on addiction went viral.

“He was the first candidate to focus on the drug problem,” said Bill Greiner, a Bedford businessman and Christie supporter. “There are a lot of ‘recovery voters’ who appreciate that.”

Greiner hosted his first Christie house party months ago. (“I jumped on the bandwagon before the wagon had wheels,” he likes to say.)

But he thinks as endorsements — and visits — pile up, voters in New Hampshire will have Christie on the brain as they make their way to voting booths.

New Hampshire’s primary, where Christie is betting it all, is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Muirhead agrees that this could be Christie’s moment, but cautions that he’ll have to make up a lot of ground.

“He’s really still in that second tier,” he said. “Given where he’s starting from, he’s going to need all of the next eight weeks.”

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POLL: Two in Three Call Climate Change Serious; Many Still See Scientific Disagreement

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nearly two-thirds of Americans call climate change a serious problem facing the United States, with more than half calling it very serious. But those numbers have slipped in the past year and a half, marking lingering doubts about the issue’s severity among a minority of adults.

Underscoring that doubt, just 43 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll think most scientists agree that global warming is happening. While that’s a new high in polls back nearly 20 years, 51 percent still think there’s a lot of disagreement among scientists on the issue.

It makes a difference, because people who think that scientists agree about the issue are far more likely than others also to see climate change as a serious problem and to support additional action by the federal government to address it.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

As things stand, a new low, 47 percent, say the federal government should do more than it is doing now to try to deal with global warming, down from a high of 70 percent under the Bush administration eight years ago. This likely reflects increased action on the issue under the Obama administration; indeed more, 32 percent, say the government is doing the right amount, up 11 points. Many fewer say it’s doing too much – 18 percent, also up 11 points.

This survey, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, was conducted in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this week. It finds that 63 percent of Americans see climate change as a serious issue, with 52 percent saying it’s very serious.

Those numbers have declined by 6 and 5 points, respectively, from an ABC/Post poll in June 2014. Thirty-six percent say climate change is not a serious problem at all, up 7 points.

Public assessments of the issue may be impacted by more immediate concerns about terrorism, given the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. Questions on climate change in this poll directly followed questions about terrorism, and some respondents may have seen climate change as less pressing in comparison.

Regardless, views on scientific consensus are important. Among those who think most scientists agree on climate change, 84 percent call it a serious problem, 74 percent call it very serious and 65 percent think the government should do to more to address it. Among those who think there’s a lot of disagreement among scientists, these numbers fall to 46, 33 and 33 percent, respectively.

Political split

Opinions on the issue remain highly politicized. Eight in 10 Democrats call climate change a serious problem, as do 62 percent of independents; this drops to 43 percent among Republicans. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats think most scientists agree on the issue, while two-thirds of Republicans feel the opposite.

Just 22 percent of Republicans favor additional government action on the issue, compared with 47 percent of independents and two-thirds of Democrats. Still, even among Republicans, just a third say the government should be doing less than it is now to try to address the issue.


Results are similar among ideological groups, with concern highest among liberals, lowest among strong conservatives. Among other groups, concerns about climate change are higher among 18- to 29-year-olds; 76 percent in this group call it a serious problem and 64 percent favor more government action to address it, compared with 56 and 39 percent, respectively, of those 50 and older. Concerns also are higher among nonwhites than whites, a result that follows partisan patterns (nonwhites are much less apt to identify with the Republican Party).

Evangelical white Protestants – generally a conservative Republican group – are especially skeptical about climate change, with 63 percent saying it’s not a serious problem and 67 percent saying there’s no agreement among scientists. Even in this group, however, a minority, 37 percent, want the government to do less to address it.

Conversely, concern peaks among non-religious adults: Seventy-five percent in this group say the environment is a serious concern, 61 percent want more government action to handle it and 61 percent think scientists agree on climate change.

Catholics are in the middle of these two groups; 68 percent call climate change a serious problem. Compared with June 2014 there are no significant changes among Catholics in this view, despite Pope Francis’s encyclical on environmental issues last spring.

Indeed, compared with 2007, Catholics are 32 percentage points less likely to favor additional government action, 19 points more apt to prefer the current level of action, and 12 points more likely to say the government should do less. The decline in support for more government action is steeper among Catholics than among all other adults.

There is a wide gap between college graduates and those without a degree in the sense that most scientists agree on the issue – 55 percent of graduates say so vs. 38 percent of non-graduates. At the same time, given political and ideological influences, there are no substantive differences between these two groups in views on the seriousness of climate change or government action to address it.

In terms of change over time, the decline in those wanting the government to do more is spread evenly across the political spectrum. However, compared with 2007, Democrats are 17 points more apt to say the government is doing the right amount; Republicans and independents, respectively, are 19 and 13 points more likely to say it’s doing too much.

The sense that most scientists agree on the issue, at 43 percent, is up from a low of 30 percent in early 1998 and up from 36 percent when last asked in late 2009. It’s up by about 10 points since 2009 among independents and Republicans, while essentially unchanged among Democrats.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Nov. 16-19, 2015, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 33-23-36 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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Martin O’Malley Compares Donald Trump’s Language to Fascism

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Darren McCollester/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley said Sunday night that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is making “the sort of appeal that historically has often preceded fascism.”

“Trump says we should be monitoring everyone of the Muslim faith, keeping some kind of registry, maybe even issuing special ID cards,” the former Maryland governor said during his remarks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner. He continued with an unmistakeable Nazi comparison.

“Let me ask you this. Who is next? Catholics? Trade unionists? Artists? We’ve seen this road before, and it does not lead to a good place,” he said.

“Panic and political opportunism are a toxic mix — a mix that can often precede fascism or the plunging of our republic into a security state,” O’Malley added. The audience jeered and booed at his references to Trump.

After the speech, reporters pressed O’Malley on whether he thought Trump himself was a fascist. O’Malley would not say so explicitly, but said the language Trump uses is similar.

“When he pushes things like registries and ID cards based on things like religion, I do believe that is the sort of appeal that historically has often preceded fascism,” he said. “We should not think that we are so superior as a nation that we cannot ourselves fall victim to those sorts of appeals.”

He added that “we all” should call Trump out on his remarks.

New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley said he did not think O’Malley exaggerated the severity of Trump’s comments.

“We have seen that elections can go either way,” Buckley told ABC News. “The 1 percent chance that Donald Trump is the nominee isn’t frightening to us as Democrats, it is frightening to us as Americans.”

Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on O’Malley’s remarks.

Several Republicans have spoken out against the GOP’s top contender, too, including Ohio governor and presidential candidate John Kasich, who recently called Trump “very divisive,” and refused to say whether he would support Trump if he won the nomination.

O’Malley has previously made similar comments. Last week, at a press conference in New Hampshire, he called Trump “shameful,” and added that he believed the business mogul’s appeals were based “wholly in fear” and could plunge the United States “into a security state.”

Polling at 5 percent nationwide according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, O’Malley used his time onstage in the early voting state to distinguish himself from his Democratic candidates too. He started off his remarks saying he was “not a socialist,” making clear reference to the progressive independent Bernie Sanders, and he vowed not to take orders or be influenced by Wall Street, implying a close connection between Hillary Clinton and big banks.

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Clinton Calls for Gun Control in Wake of Planned Parenthood Shooting

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Darren McCollester/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — In her first on-camera remarks about the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday, Hillary Clinton doubled down on her support for the organization and accused the GOP of treating women’s health like “political footballs.”

“We should be supporting Planned Parenthood, not attacking it.  And it is way past time for us to protect women’s health and respect women’s rights not use them as political footballs,” Clinton said during her remarks at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Manchester. “Here in New Hampshire, Republicans on your executive council cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. And in Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans who claim they just hate big government are only too happy to have government step in when it comes to women’s bodies and health. It’s wrong and we’re not going to stand for it.”

Clinton described Planned Parenthood as a place where women can get the health care they need, such as “breast exams and STD testing, contraception and yes safe and legal abortions.” She also offered her condolences for the victims of the shooting, and called for gun control measures.

“How many more Americans need to die before we take action?” Clinton said to a room filled with her own supporters as well as supporters for other Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, “Common sense steps like comprehensive background checks, closing the loop holes that let guns fall into the wrong hands.”

She slammed the GOP for not putting out a bill that would prohibit individuals on the No-Fly list from buying a gun in the U.S.

“If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America,” she said.

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Hillary Clinton Unveils $275 Billion Infrastructure Plan

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Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Hillary Clinton unveiled a five-year, $275 billion plan on Sunday to rebuild and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, which she says will be a “down payment on our future.”

“To build a strong economy for our future we must start by building strong infrastructure today, and putting you and your members to work,” Clinton said. “I have a five-year, $275 billion plan to invest on our infrastructure, create good paying jobs and build the future America deserves. This would be on top of what the Congress should finally get around to authorizing. This is a down payment on our future.”

Clinton’s plan, which she unveiled at the launch of “Hard Hats for Hillary” at Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, would include the creation of an infrastructure bank and would be paid for by a “business tax reform,” according to her campaign. The release of her plan marks the beginning of her campaign’s month-long focus on jobs.

As part of her infrastructure plan, Clinton also called for Congress to pass the long-time highway bill by the end of the year, and said that she wants Internet in 100 percent of households by 2020.

The Republican National Committee released a statement criticizing the plan.

“With Hillary Clinton’s spending binge already at a trillion dollars and counting, it’s clear she wants to treat Americans’ tax dollars like every day is Black Friday with no plan to pay the bill,” said RNC spokesman Michael Short. “The real reason Hillary Clinton isn’t saying how she’ll pay for her trillion-dollar spending increase is because she knows it means raising taxes on the middle class.”

During her remarks, Clinton took a subtle swipe at her Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders as she pledged, once again, that she would not raise taxes on the middle class.

“I am the only Democratic candidate in this race who will pledge to raise your incomes, not your taxes,” she said.

And she seemed to embrace her experience, as she talked about the challenges the next president will face.

“I know this isn’t going to be easy,” she said. “This is not my first rodeo.”

Clinton made these remarks with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh standing by her side. Walsh endorsed Clinton on Sunday.

“Get your sledgehammers ready,” Walsh told the group of cheering union workers as he introduced Clinton. “Because we have a glass ceiling to demolish.”

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After Attack, Planned Parenthood Blames GOP Rhetoric for ‘Toxic Environment’

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David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While many Republican presidential candidates have condemned the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Planned Parenthood on Sunday accused some of those same GOP candidates of contributing to the creation of a “toxic environment” that provoked the attack.

“It is offensive and outrageous that some politicians are now claiming this tragedy has nothing to do with the toxic environment they helped create,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement released on Sunday.

Laguens singles out Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina by name, accusing them of “using this tragedy to repeat false claims about Planned Parenthood,” and says it’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also stopping their rhetoric against the organization.

“One of the lessons of this awful tragedy is that words matter, and hateful rhetoric fuels violence,” Laguens said. “It’s not enough to denounce the tragedy without also denouncing the poisonous rhetoric that fueled it. Instead, some politicians are continuing to stoke it, which is unconscionable.”

Three people, including a police officer, were killed and nine others wounded in the shooting and standoff Friday at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Robert Dear, 57, eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Dear made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider, but police have not said what they believe the motive was for the attack.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said Sunday on ABC News’ This Week that she believed a “negative environment” around Planned Parenthood contributed to recent attacks on the health care provider.

“We’ve seen that across the country from all sorts of speakers in the last few months,” Cowart said. “I can’t believe that this isn’t contributing to some folks, mentally unwell or not, thinking that it’s OK to — to target Planned Parenthood or to target abortion providers.”

Fiorina, who has been one of the most outspoken GOP candidates in her opposition to Planned Parenthood and continues to allege that the organization has “harvested” fetal body parts for sale, called the shooting a “tragedy” that cannot be justified. She described attempts to blame the attack on rhetoric she has campaigned on as “typical left-wing tactics.”

“This is so typical of the left to immediately begin demonizing a messenger because they don’t agree with the message,” Fiorina told FOX News Sunday. “What I would say to anyone who tries to link this terrible tragedy to anyone who opposes abortion or opposes the sale of body parts, this is typical left-wing tactics.”

Trump, speaking on NBC on Sunday, called the attack “terrible” and the shooter a “maniac.” When asked whether he thought the rhetoric against Planned Parenthood has grown too extreme, Trump replied, “No.”

Though Trump, who has in the past referred to Planned Parenthood as “an abortion factory,” said he did not understand the killer’s motives, he said he understands that many people have strong feelings of dislike for the women’s health organization.

“There’s tremendous dislike, I can say that,” Trump said. “But I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of dislike for Planned Parenthood. There’s no question about that.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has in the past referred to Planned Parenthood as “butchers” engaged in “barbaric” and “evil” trading of fetal body parts, called Friday’s attack an act of “domestic terrorism.”

“What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the pro-life movement,” Huckabee said Sunday on CNN. “We ought to value life. Every life truly does have worth and value.”

On the suggestion that the strong anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric that he and other candidates have used has created a tinderbox environment for such an attack, Huckabee strongly condemned that suggestion as well.

“I don’t know any pro-life leader, any — if you can tell me one, please correct me — I don’t know of anybody that suggested violence toward Planned Parenthood personnel or some act of violence toward their clinics. I’ve not heard that,” he said. “I’ve heard universal condemnations.”

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