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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Outlines Foreign Policy Vision

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Outlines Foreign Policy Vision

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday laid out his foreign policy vision, a plan in which the United States reinvests in and rebuilds the nation’s military in order to defend its national security, values and strategic interests. Jindal began his speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., with the notion that the Obama administration is constantly blaming the “third person.”“Time and again he [President Obama] turns to the third person to explain the ineffectiveness of his leadership. It is always they who stand against his noble aims to help the people. They who botch Obamacare. They who underestimated the threats of ISIS. For this president there is always somebody else to blame,” he said.Jindal outlined a military plan Monday -- a plan which he claims will save the American military from the extensive damage President Obama has done. The solution? Undo the president’s harmful spending cuts and spend more on defense. The governor was particularly critical of the Obama administration’s approach to airstrikes to defeat ISIS. He did say the president’s rhetoric on ISIS has improved but thought “it was extremely foolish to announce unilaterally to ISIS that we would not deploy ground troops.”Jindal called for the United States to spend at least 4 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on the military going forward. He emphasized the importance of returning to the 2011 budget proposed by then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, arguing that this budget was developed with a real examination of the threats America faces. Jindal said this 4 percent must be used carefully. It should not be used to nation-build overseas or as a police force, but rather as a deterrent for adversaries and as a tool to eradicate threats to American lives and interests.

Jindal noted there is less of a need to use the military when it is feared and respected. The best approach to reducing global risk would be to move decisively to rebuild the tools of military power. Spending the majority of the time breaking down Obama's failures over the past six years and seemingly splitting the responsibility between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Jindal said, “If only he [Obama] had the help of a wise steady hand. A policy expert in dealing with foreign affairs, he would have come up with better answers. But instead, he just had Hillary Clinton. Today we are living with the consequences of the Obama-Clinton ideas when it comes to foreign, domestic and defense policy.” On the domestic front, Jindal claimed the United States is faltering slowly through a lackluster recovery -- a nation that is marked by exhaustion, discouragement and fear, where the people feel they no longer have a voice.Internationally, he claimed things are arguably even worse. He wondered why Obama has come to the conclusion that the United States should “lead from behind” on the international stage.“Today we see a world in which the Obama administration has neglected or abandoned America’s longstanding allies,” he said. “Our special relationship with Britain is gone, NATO is drifting, Eastern Europe is disaffected, and Israel has been purposefully alienated from the United States.” Jindal then asked to consider the consequences over the last year, noting the rise of ISIS and the capture of the Mosul Dam in Iraq; Russia’s expansion and invasion in Crimea and Ukraine; new heights of crisis in the Middle East and Israel; and genocide and destruction of religious minorities in Iraq, among others.Jindal also touched on 2016 and Ebola in the media Q&A. He said he will most likely decide whether to run for president in 2016 after the holidays. As for Ebola, he said he’s not calling for a ban on medical personnel and other experts, but still thinks flight bans are a common sense approach. He said it seems like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken their eye off the ball and thinks they must be more focused.

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US Responds to Netanyahu’s Comments on West Bank Settlements

US Responds to Netanyahu’s Comments on West Bank Settlements

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(WASHINGTON) -- State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on Monday responded to criticism by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he said Sunday that U.S. condemnation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank goes “against American values.”Speaking in the on-camera daily briefing, Psaki said “it was a bit odd to use American values when we've had a consistent view on this particular issue.”The Obama administration has long held that settlement construction in the West Bank is counterproductive to peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, and it’s been one of the thorniest issues between President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Netanyahu for their entire tenure together. Netanyahu’s remarks were from his appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, where he said he would not accept restrictions on where Jews could live. “It's against the American values. And it doesn't bode well for peace," he said. "The idea that we'd have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it's anti-peace.”

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Bill Clinton Doesn’t Worry Arkansas GOP Senate Hopeful

Bill Clinton Doesn’t Worry Arkansas GOP Senate Hopeful

ABC News(HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark.) -- Tom Cotton grew up watching the political rise of Bill Clinton. Today, as one of the country’s top Republican prospects to take a Senate seat away from the Democrats, Cotton will be in Clinton’s crosshairs.But you won’t hear Cotton say an ill word about Clinton. He needs some of those former Clinton supporters to vote for him if he’s going to defeat Sen. Mark Pryor, a two-term Democrat.Cotton is reserving his fire for President Obama.“I’m not worried about Bill Clinton’s support for Mark Pryor. I’m worried about Mark Pryor’s support for Barack Obama,” Cotton told ABC News. “And in the end, it’s Mark Pryor who’s on the ballot, not Bill Clinton. And it’s Mark Pryor’s support for Barack Obama’s policies that Arkansans are going to be voting on.”Pryor faces a challenging political environment in Arkansas, a state where Obama lost by 25 points and has increasingly turned Republican. Six years ago, Pryor had no opposition, but now is one of the top Democratic targets in the country.With the midterm elections one month away, Clinton is kicking off an aggressive campaign schedule back home in Arkansas. He is trying to persuade voters in Arkansas to send Pryor back to Washington, rather than electing Cotton.Cotton grew up in a Democratic household, but today he’s the new face of conservatism in Arkansas. His parents voted for Clinton, he said, so he uses them as an example for other voters he hopes to reach.“My parents, you know, were Democrats for most of their lives. Voted for Bill Clinton on numerous occasions,” Cotton said. “There are a lot of Arkansans who used to vote Democratic, but they realize now that the Obama Democrats simply don’t represent Arkansas’ conservative values.”Cotton is trying to link Pryor to Obama, mentioning him again and again at campaign stops and in television ads.“Barack Obama said last week, I may not be on the ballot, but every single one of my policy’s on the ballot and he’s right about that,” Cotton told a Republican audience in Hot Springs Village. “And if you want to find his name on the ballot this year, it’s called Mark Pryor. And if you’re happy with Barack Obama’s policies, then Mark Pryor’s your guy.”

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Biden Walks Back Comment About Allies Helping to Arm ISIS

Biden Walks Back Comment About Allies Helping to Arm ISIS

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden has issued an apology to the Turkish government after saying in a speech last week that Washington's Middle Eastern allies inadvertently helped the rise of the Islamic State.In the meantime, the United Arab Emirates is also looking for a "clarification" of Biden's remarks.The controversy began when Biden said that in their zeal to bring down the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Turks, Saudis and Emirates "poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad."Without meaning to, U.S. allies help fuel the growth of ISIS, according to Biden, which not only threatens the stability of both Syria and Iraq but is considered a new terrorist enemy of America.Furthermore, Biden claimed, "We could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them" although he said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted to him that too many foreign fighters came through his border.Erdogan is now saying that's not true and demanded an apology from Biden, which came over the weekend.  It read in part, "The Vice President apologized for any implication that Turkey or other Allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria."Meanwhile, the UAE is also upset while there's been no comment from the Saudis.

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Jack Lew: ‘Important’ That Hong Kong Protests be Resolved Through Peaceful Discussion

Jack Lew: ‘Important’ That Hong Kong Protests be Resolved Through Peaceful Discussion

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Sunday it is important to resolve the ongoing pro-democracy protests by thousands in Hong Kong peacefully.“Obviously, we’re watching the situation closely. It’s very important that the situation be resolved through peaceful discussion,” Lew told This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos, adding that he believed the message had been communicated to the Chinese government.“I think that there have been conversations through our national security channels. The president dropped by when the foreign minister was visiting just last week at the White House,” Lew said. “And I think we all need to send the same message. It’s important this be resolved through discussion and peaceful discussion.”Stephanopoulos also asked Lew about the hacking incident linked to JP Morgan Chase earlier this year that affected tens of millions of American households’ personal information. Lew declined to comment specifically and would not confirm reports of involvement by the Russian government.“We have a lot of concerns about the sources of attacks because there are many different sources. But I’m not going to comment on the specifics in JPMorgan,” he said.During his interview on This Week, Lew was asked about the tax exempt status of the NFL. He acknowledged he had followed the domestic violence problems plaguing the league, but said he has not focused the league’s tax-exempt status.“So I will say that I’ve, like everyone else, paid attention to what’s been going on in the NFL recently. I haven’t paid attention to their tax status. So I can’t comment specifically on it,” Lew said.“I think that what clearly is in order is to do some soul-searching about some of the things going on,” he added.Lew’s comments come as some lawmakers in Washington have proposed legislation that would strip the NFL of tax exemption.

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Obama Thanks Wounded Vets at Opening of New Memorial

Obama Thanks Wounded Vets at Opening of New Memorial

White House(WASHINGTON) -- Delivering a somber speech at the opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, President Obama expressed gratitude, recounted the struggles of wounded vets’ long recoveries, and said the United States has not always done enough to care for its veterans returning from war.“With this memorial we commemorate, for the first time, two battles our disabled veterans have fought: The battle over there and the battle here at home,” the president said, referring to the long recoveries of American soldiers seriously wounded in fighting wars overseas.Obama called on Americans to welcome veterans home with thanks and dignity.The president also said the memorial reminds America not to “rush into war” and to give soldiers the “strategy” they need to succeed.The memorial, which opened Sunday, is National Mall’s first monument specifically to veterans wounded in combat. It joins monuments to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war.The president admonished Americans to thank veterans and not to turn away from the injuries they sustained serving in the U.S. military.“If you’re an American and you see a veteran, maybe with a prosthetic arm or leg, maybe burns on their face, don’t ever look away. Do not turn away,” Obama said. “You go up and you reach out to shake their hand and you look them in the eye and you say those words every veteran should hear all the time: Welcome home, thank you, we need you more than ever, you helped us stay strong, you helped us stay free. Every wounded warrior, every disabled veteran thank you.”Veterans’ health care has drawn growing attention as more Americans return home from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering physical injuries and the psychological and emotional scars of post-traumatic stress disorder. This year’s scandal over Veterans Administration health care has driven the issue further into the national conversation.Obama expressed admiration for veterans who have struggled “through years of recovery and surgeries and rehab, learning the simple things all over again — how to button a shirt or how to write your name, in some cases how to talk or how to walk, and how when you’ve stumbled, when you’ve fallen, you’ve picked yourselves up and carried on and never given up.”

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The Secret the Supreme Court Knows and You Don’t

The Secret the Supreme Court Knows and You Don’t

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- When the nine Supreme Court justices emerge from behind the velvet curtain to start a new term Monday, they will know more about a national secret than anyone else in the country: the future of gay marriage.They have met behind closed doors and discussed pending cases, and they have some idea how their colleagues view the merits. They probably know when -- even if -- the Court will step in and decide it nationally.Although they have plenty of cases currently on the docket, gay marriage is the issue looming over the term.

Here’s a look at gay marriage by the numbers:

The Justices have met behind closed doors and discussed 7 cases challenging state bans in 5 different states. They have a good idea whether there is an appetite to step in now and decide the issue once and for all, or whether there is a sentiment that the highest court in the land should wait weeks or even months and let the issue percolate in courts across the country. It takes four Justices to agree to hear a case, but five for a majority. Four justices eager to take a gay marriage case might want to make sure they have the pivotal 5th vote before moving forward. There are currently 92 pending cases regarding gay marriage across the country, 59 in federal court and 33 in state court, according to the ACLU. Currently gay couples can marry in 19 states, while 31 states have same sex marriage bans. If the Supreme Court were to defy the pundits and choose to deny the cases in front of the Court, injunctions would be lifted and in short order there would likely be 30 states that would allow gay marriage. In 2013, there were an estimated 690,000 same-sex couples in the U.S., of whom approximately 124,000 were married. An estimated 30,000 children under age 18 have married same-sex parents while 170,000 have unmarried same-sex parents, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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Oldest Member of Congress, 91, Injured in Car Crash

Oldest Member of Congress, 91, Injured in Car Crash

United States House of Representatives(BONHAM, Texas) -- Rep. Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest member of Congress, was involved in an automobile accident Saturday when the car he was riding in collided with another vehicle, his spokesman said.The accident occurred on Highway 121 just south of Bonham, Texas, when a car turned in front of  Hall's vehicle, which was being driven by one of his close friends, spokesman Ed Valentine said. Neither driver was hurt.

The Republican congressman, who was returning home after attending the Fannin County Parade, underwent surgery Sunday to repair damage to his hip. Doctors at the Medical Center of Plano said the procedure was successful and that the he is expected to make a full recovery.

"Congressman Hall is in good spirits and appreciates the thoughts and prayers of friends and colleagues," Valentine said in a statement Sunday. Hall, who has served in Congress for 32 years, was defeated in a primary runoff in May.

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NYC Dept. of Investigation Opens Inquiry into Mayoral Top Aide

NYC Dept. of Investigation Opens Inquiry into Mayoral Top Aide

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Department of Investigation is opening an inquiry into a mayoral aide after the employee failed to disclose key information during a background check. Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, omitted her relationship with an ex-con, the New York Times reports. An official briefed on the matter confirmed the probe to ABC News on Friday. In a questionnaire required by the investigation department prior to her employment, Noerdlinger did not include Hassaun McFarlan as a cohabitant. McFarlan, who has a criminal record that includes manslaughter, has also made controversial statements on social media against law enforcement.

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Meet Elise Stefanik, the Candidate Who Could Become the Youngest Woman in Congress

Meet Elise Stefanik, the Candidate Who Could Become the Youngest Woman in Congress

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- She's been called the new "poster candidate" of the Republican Party, and this weekend New York congressional candidate Elise Stefanik was selected by House Speaker John Boehner to deliver the GOP's weekly address."One month from today, all Americans face a clear choice: stick with the status quo of more government, more spending, and higher taxes or choose a new direction of new ideas to unleash job creation and economic growth," she said.A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Stefanik was "a puppet for John Boehner and the far right wing."Stefanik is not only seeking to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, but also help the Republican Party reach a demographic that tends to vote Democratic: young women. If she wins in November, Stefanik, 30, would be the youngest woman in Congress.Republicans are particularly eager to win back the district, which they held for a century until they lost it five years ago. Stefanik's Democratic opponent, Aaron Woolf, is a multimillionaire documentary filmmaker who spent most of his adult life outside of the district and has been able to pour some of his own money into the campaign.For those curious about the young U.S. House hopeful, check out  6 facts about Stefanik:1. She's a Small BusinesswomanElise Stefanik previously worked for Premium Plywood Products, Inc., her family's company founded in upstate New York more than 20 years ago. There she focused on North Country sales, marketing and management.2. She Has a Degree From HarvardStefanik graduated with honors from Harvard University in 2006. She was also one of three women honored with the Women's Leadership Award. As the first of her immediate family to graduate from college, Stefanik spent her time at the university serving on the student Advisory Committee of Harvard's Institute of Politics and contributed to The Harvard Crimson as an editorial editor, writing pieces on everything from matters of love to criticism of student protesters (the headline: "Political Vomit").3. Though She's Young, She's No Stranger to D.C.Even at 30 years old, Stefanik is no newcomer to politics. She was an aide in the final years of the Bush administration and helped work on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Stefanik cites the 2012 race as her inspiration for making the transition from operative to politician.4. She's a Seasoned DebaterAs the former Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan, Stefanik is likely to come prepared to the three debates scheduled before Election Day.5. She's a Proud InstagrammerStefanik not only understands the importance of social media, but knows how to use it. With vibrant Twitter and Instagram accounts, Stefanik shares the details of her campaign with her supporters. Stefanik tweeted early on that she was the first candidate to Instagram her Congressional filing.6. Stefanik Has a Double-Digit LeadA poll, released Oct. 2 by WWNY-7 News and the Siena Research Institute, found that Stefanik leads Woolf by a 46 percent to 33 percent margin. Two-thirds of Republicans -- 68 percent -- said they support Stefanik. Of Democratic voters, 56 percent say they side with Woolf. Despite her current lead, the race remains a virtual tie among independent voters, 39 percent of which say they will stand with the GOP candidate and 38 percent sticking by her Democratic opponent.

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President Obama Touts ‘Steady,’ ‘Real’ Unemployment Progress

President Obama Touts ‘Steady,’ ‘Real’ Unemployment Progress

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama touted Friday's positive unemployment figures while vowing to continue the fight for a minimum wage increase.

Obama spoke at Millenium Steel in Princeton, Indiana on Friday at a town hall with workers for National Manufacturing Day. He highlighted the importance of the middle class, while noting that unemployment fell to the lowest point since 2008.

"This progress has been hard, but it has been steady, and it is real," Obama said. Talking about ideas that he has that would help the middle class to see more reward for their hard work, Obama continued the fight for a higher minimum wage. That battle, the president said, "drives me every single day."

Read the full transcript of the president's address:Hi, everybody.  I’m at Millennium Steel in Princeton, Indiana, to have a town hall with workers on National Manufacturing Day.  Because in many ways, manufacturing is the quintessential middle-class job.  And after a decade of losing jobs, American manufacturing is once again adding them – more than 700,000 over the past four and a half years. In fact, it’s been a bright spot as we keep fighting to recover from the great recession.  Last month, our businesses added 236,000 new jobs.  The unemployment rate fell to under six percent for the first time in more than six years.  Over the past 55 months, our businesses have added 10.3 million new jobs.  That’s the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job creation in our history.  And we’re on pace to make 2014 the strongest year of job growth since the 1990s. This progress has been hard, but it has been steady, and it is real.  It is a direct result of the American people’s drive and determination, and decisions made by my administration. During the last decade, people thought the decline in American manufacturing was inevitable.  But we chose to invest in American auto industry and American workers. And today, an auto industry that was flatlining six years ago is building and selling new cars at the fastest pace in eight years.  American manufacturing is growing almost twice as fast as the rest of the economy, with new factories opening their doors at the fastest pace in decades.  That’s progress we can be proud of. What’s also true is that too many families still work too many hours with too little to show for it.  And the much longer and profound erosion of middle-class jobs and incomes isn’t something we’re going to reverse overnight.  But there are ideas we should be putting into place that would grow jobs and wages faster right now.  And one of the best would be to raise the minimum wage. We’ve actually begun to see some modest wage growth in recent months.  But most folks still haven’t seen a raise in over a decade.  It’s time to stop punishing some of the hardest-working Americans.  It’s time to raise the minimum wage.  It would put more money in workers’ pockets.  It would help 28 million Americans.  Recent surveys show that a majority of small business owners support a gradual increase to ten dollars and ten cents an hour.  The folks who keep blocking a minimum wage increase are running out of excuses.  Let’s give America a raise.   Let’s do this – because it would make our economy stronger, and make sure that growth is shared.  Rather than just reading about our recovery in a headline, more people will feel it in their own lives.  And that’s when America does best.  We do better when the middle class does better, and when more Americans have their way to climb into the middle class.   And that’s what drives me every single day.  Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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GOP Weekly Address: Americans ‘Can’t Just Complain,’ Must ‘Help Solve’ Modern Problems

GOP Weekly Address: Americans ‘Can’t Just Complain,’ Must ‘Help Solve’ Modern Problems

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- This week's Republican address was given by Elise Stefanik, a Congressional candidate for New York's 21st District, in which she talked about the state of the economy and what can be done to improve it.

Pointing the finger at taxes, regulation, debt and Obamacare, Stefanik blames the current administration for what she describes as a difficult environment for small businesses. "I decided to run for office because my generation can't just complain about these problems," she said, "we have to help solve them as well. 

Stefanik also highlighted high energy costs and calls for "energy independence." Looking ahead to November's elections, she says, Americans can choose either "status quo" or "a new direction of new ideas."

Read the full transcript of the Republican Address:

Hi, I’m Elise Stefanik, and I’m running for Congress in New York's 21st District.I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Upstate New York.  And I grew up in a small business family.  When I was a kid, my parents risked everything they had to start our family's small business.  And more than 20 years later, we’ve been proud to work with hundreds of small businesses in New York's North Country.But Washington has made it harder for small businesses like ours to succeed and grow.  President Obama has piled on more taxes, more regulations, more debt for future generations, and higher health care costs – hurting our Main Street economy. As a matter of fact, because of Obamacare, my family's small business had our coverage cancelled.  Our new plan carried a 30 percent premium increase, higher deductibles, and higher out-of-pocket co-pays. This is a story that's become all too common, here and all around the country, whether you were promised lower costs or told you’d be able to keep the plan you like. I decided to run for office because my generation can't just complain about these problems.  We have to help solve them as well.  It starts with working every day on improving the economy and bringing jobs home to Main Street.  That's why I've pledged if elected, I’ll work to overhaul our tax code to make it flatter, fairer, and simpler.  Let’s clear out all the special interest loopholes and put the focus on promoting job creation and economic growth, especially for our young people.  We also have to work to repeal and replace ObamaCare with commonsense proposals that lower costs, improve healthcare quality, and increase accessibility, especially for rural communities like New York's North Country.And we have to address energy costs, which make or break our farms, small businesses, and household budgets.  We need a national energy policy that helps create jobs and lowers costs while protecting our environment.  This means expanding energy exploration; utilizing alternative energy sources like solar and wind; developing more nuclear energy; and reining in mandates on energy suppliers and developers.  I believe in an all-of-the-above energy policy that promotes energy independence.These are common-sense steps we can take to get government out of the way and put the American Dream back within reach for all Americans.  One month from today, all Americans face a clear choice: stick with the status quo of more government, more spending, and higher taxes or choose a new direction of new ideas to unleash job creation and economic growth.  That’s what I hope to do if I’m fortunate enough to serve in Congress.  And every day I will fight for a better future for the hardworking families in New York's 21st District.  Thank you for listening.

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Obama Touts Job Growth

Obama Touts Job Growth

The White House(PRINCETON, Ind.) -- President Obama on Friday trumpeted the latest better-than-expected jobs report, saying “we’re on pace for the strongest job growth since the 1990s.”“All told, the United States has put more folks back to work than Europe, Japan and all other advanced economies combined. All them combined, we’ve put more folks back to work right here in the United States of America,” the president told workers at Millennium Steel in Princeon, Indiana.

Obama's remarks came just hours after the Labor Department reported the U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent.“This progress that we’ve been making, it’s been hard. It goes in fits and starts. It’s not always been perfectly smooth or as fast as we want, but it is real and it is steady and it is happening, and it’s making a difference in economies all across the country,” he said.As part of “National Manufacturing Day,” the president took the economic campaign message that he outlined on Thursday directly to workers and young people in Princeton, fielding their questions and underscoring the important role that American manufacturing plays in job growth. “There are a number of steps that we can take to make unemployment go down faster, to make sure that wages are rising faster, and it would benefit everybody,” he said, as he stood in front of massive wheels of steel in a huge plant. “If you look at American history, the times we grow fastest and do best is when we’re growing the economy from the middle out, when middle class families are growing, when working folks can get their way into the middle class.”

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US Dept. of Transportation Grants Special Permit for Transportation of Ebola-Contaminated Waste

US Dept. of Transportation Grants Special Permit for Transportation of Ebola-Contaminated Waste

AdamGregor/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday approved a special permit permitting a Lake Forest, Illinois-based company to transport large quantities of Ebola-contaminated waste from a Dallas hospital for disposal.The permit covers all waste within the state of Texas, in case another diagnosed case presents in the state. Special permits, the DOT says, "are issued to individual companies to ensure that each holder is fit to conduct the activity authorized. Stericycle, Inc. The permit largely sets the standards by which the company must package and transport the materials.The permit grants Stericycle two options for packaging, each consisting of a series of inner and outer packaging and the use of CDC-authorized disinfectant.

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McCain Writes to Mexican President on Behalf of Marine Jailed in Mexico

McCain Writes to Mexican President on Behalf of Marine Jailed in Mexico

ABC/Donna Svennevik(PHOENIX) -- Sen. John McCain sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday appealing for the release of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held in Mexico since March.McCain acknowledges that the case "is rightfully a Mexican judicial matter," but calls the incident "the clear result of an honest mistake." Tahmooressi reportedly visited shops in Tijuana, Mexico by foot after leaving his car in San Diego. After returning to his vehicle, he apparently made a wrong turn, crossing the border into Mexico, where he was stopped an apprehended after disclosing the presence of three loaded firearms in his car.Tahmooressi was arrested on March 31, McCain says. "I continue to hope that your government will find, after full examination of the facts of his case, that he committed an honest mistake; harbored no malign intent toward your country or its citizens; and, therefore, can be allowed to return home to the United States. McCain sent the letter two days after a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing that featured multiple congressmen calling for Tahmooressi's release.

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CDC Director to Testify Before House Subcommittee on Ebola Outbreak

CDC Director to Testify Before House Subcommittee on Ebola Outbreak

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(WASHINGTON) -- Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about the ongoing global Ebola outbreak.With a handful of Americans being treated for the disease, largely after returning from West Africa, Frieden will speak before the committee on Oct. 16 to discuss his agency's preparedness for and response to the outbreak. Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan, called Ebola "a global public health issue that demands an all-hands-on-deck response.""We cannot afford to look back and say we could have done more," Upton said in a statement.In addition to Frieden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, will also testify at the Oct. 16 hearing. Additional witnesses remain to be announced.

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This Might Be the Best Thing Joe Biden’s Ever Said

This Might Be the Best Thing Joe Biden’s Ever Said

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Vice President Biden has delivered some colorful lines over the years, including calling President Obama’s healthcare plan a “big f****** deal,” but his best Biden-ism yet might have happened Thursday night.Speaking at the Harvard Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Biden was asked a question by the vice president of the student body, prompting Biden to joke about how he feels about being number two.“Isn’t it a b****?” Biden said to laughs from the crowd. “I mean, excuse me, the vice presidency? I mean woah.”Biden was quick to clarify his comment was simply a joke.“I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made,” he said. “I’m a joking. That was a joke. That was a joke.”The student then responded, “I hope you love your job.”“I do actually. I love the guy I work with,” Biden said.Biden ran for the presidency twice in 1988 and 2008, and he has said he is considering a run for the White House in 2016.

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Lena Dunham Is Getting Political on Her Book Tour

Lena Dunham Is Getting Political on Her Book Tour

ABC/Lou Rocco(WASHINGTON) -- On her hit HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham’s character broke up with a guy once she found out he was Republican. It turns out that life imitates art.The actress has teamed up with EMILY’s List for her Not that Kind of Girl book tour to help pro-choice female Democrats get elected this November.“Lena stands for what we stand for at EMILY’s List–making sure women’s voices are heard,” said EMILY’S List communications director Jess McIntosh. “She’s committed to electing more pro-choice Democratic women to office because she knows that’s how we get the policies that work for women. We’re thrilled to have her on our team.”Dunham posted on her Instagram page Friday morning, “I am thrilled to support Emily’s List candidates (pro-choice pro-woman!) on my trip across America! #voteearlyvoteoften”BuzzFeed first broke the news of Dunham’s alliance with EMILY’s List.The 11-state book tour will make stops in Iowa and Texas, where EMILY’s List has been endorsing Staci Appel for Congress and Wendy Davis for governor, respectively.Dunham has become Hollywood’s poster-girl for feminism and frequently addresses woman’s issues on her show, Twitter account and most recently, in her memoir.The actress has also teamed up with Planned Parenthood and published a blog on their site to encourage people to get out and vote.“I vote because the number of backwards, out-of-touch, downright freaking unbelievably anti-women’s health politicians out there right now makes my blood boil,” Dunham writes. “But rather than go deep into a rage spiral, I vote. It’s healthier, more effective and infinitely more pleasant.”

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Meet the Man Who’s Now Running the Secret Service

Meet the Man Who’s Now Running the Secret Service

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- After the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson earlier this week, the agency has brought in Joe Clancy to temporarily lead the elite unit charged with protecting the president of the United States and his family until a permanent replacement is hired.Reportedly nicknamed “Father Joe” because friends and colleagues believe he looks like a priest, here are five things to know about the 58-year-old now in charge of President Obama’s security:1. HE’S NOT A NEWCOMER.Clancy was formerly the head of Secret Service’s Presidential Protective Division, which he retired from in 2011. In a press conference Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “He is somebody who has earned the respect and admiration of the men and women who were his colleagues at the United States Secret Service. He is also somebody who has the full confidence of the president and the first lady.” Besides Obama, Clancy also worked for President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.2. HE HAS EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH SCANDAL.Back in 2009, Washington socialites Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed a White House party. According to the New York Times, Clancy was in charge of White House Security, but the incident was more of an embarrassment for then Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.3. HE USED TO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY.During the ’80s, Clancy taught history at Father Judge’s High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Philadelphia. To be exact, his subjects were Modern European History and American Government.4. HE’S A WEST POINT DROPOUT.Earnest had accidentally said that Clancy graduated from West Point. Earnest however made the correction later and said that the White House had been mistaken. Clancy attended West Point, but dropped out due to poor grades, and went on to finish his bachelor’s degree at Villanova University.5. HE PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR COMCAST.Clancy returned to Washington from Philadelphia, where he was the director of corporate security for the cable giant. In a statement, Comcast said, “During more than three years at Comcast he was an integral part of our security team and we are sad to see him leave.”

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Washington State Could Vote for More and Less Gun Control Simultaneously

Washington State Could Vote for More and Less Gun Control Simultaneously

David De Lossy/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The National Rifle Association -- the nation’s largest gun rights organization -- is sounding the alarm with voters in Washington state with a new online ad, warning that a ballot initiative there might seriously curtail gun rights.“There’s no question in my mind that the goal is collecting a database of gun owners,” Robin Ball, the owner of a Washington state gun shop and shooting range, says in the seven-minute ad.“It’s time for us, the American people, to say stop,” says Ozzie Knezovich, the sheriff of Spokane County.But the Washington state fight isn’t just over the vote on increasing background checks. The pro-gun side also has a measure on the ballot, and there’s a chance both could pass, opening the door to a potentially heated debate on gun control and an unprecedented quandary for the state Supreme Court.Initiative 591 would prevent the state legislature from enacting background check laws unless there is a federal standard, which doesn’t currently exist. It would also prevent the government from confiscating firearms without due process.In the other corner is Initiative 594, requiring background checks on all gun purchasers except on antiques or an immediate family member’s firearm. The language of that initiative is actually based on a bill that failed to pass in the divided Washington legislature, with a Democratic House and Republican Senate.There hasn’t been much reliable polling on the measures since summer, when an Elway poll found just under 50 percent in favor of I-591 and 70 percent in support of I-594. Both got such high ratings because just over 30 percent of Washington voters polled said they would vote for both measures –- even though they are diametrically opposed.No one really knows what might happen if Washingtonians vote for and against background checks simultaneously. Such a scenario has never happened before in state history, said David Ammons, a spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State, who administers the elections.“We have no case law or statute dealing with this situation,” he said, adding that potential options could include punting to the state legislature to pick a winner or, more plausibly,  resulting in the state Supreme Court hearing both sides’ arguments -- revitalizing an issue that’s already been heavily litigated in state government.The leaders of both the I-591 and I-594 support campaigns said they’re focused on winning “yes” votes and will start worrying about what comes next, if need be, on Nov. 5, the day after Election Day.“I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Alan Gottlieb, a national gun-rights activist and head of the pro-591 campaign Protect Our Gun Rights. He noted that I-591 has the support of the largest Washington state organization representing law enforcement officials.Zach Silk, the campaign manager for the pro-594 Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said his group is spending time making sure voters understand the differences between the two measures.“We are concerned about it. We’re definitely talking to voters about voting yes and no -- we can’t take anything for granted,” he said.Another dimension of the gun rights battle here is the influence of national spending. Gottlieb said he is frustrated because the powerful NRA has taken a neutral position on I-591 although they are actively campaigning against I-594, putting two field staff in the state and creating ads like the one released online Thursday.“I’ll be honest, in the last couple months we stopped trying” to get the NRA more involved, Gottlieb said. “We have to run a campaign, we’re doing then best we can and if we win on 591 it will be without the NRA’s support.”NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the group’s attention in the state was where should be, suggesting the priority is defeating I-594, not making sure I-591 wins.“594 is a very bad initiative and the focus ought to be on defeating what will negatively impact the law-abiding gun owners of Washington state,” he said.One reason national groups like the NRA might not get more involved in I-591 is because it doesn’t comport with Washington state law in several ways: it would put restrictions on the state legislature in anticipation of federal laws which don’t yet exist, and it is only one paragraph long, versus the 18-page I-594, which Silk said meets state law requirements to have potential new laws fit seamlessly into existing ones.Silk called the wording of I-591 “mushy,” while Gottlieb said I-594’s length meant that “to understand it, basically you have to be a lawyer.”National advocacy groups are helping voters grasp the differences between the two measures, but the pro-594 campaign is getting much more outside help from groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, the successor to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the organization Moms Demand Action, as well as top donors in the Washington business community.The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has raised more than $7.5 million, much of which came from Everytown and wealthy Washingtonians such as Bill and Melinda Gates and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. Meanwhile, Protect Our Gun Rights has raised $1.13 million, none of which comes from the NRA, which has instead contributed $192,000 to a local affiliate’s anti-594 effort.Erika Soto Lamb, a spokesperson for Everytown, said the battle in Olympia was the most important race for them this year. “This is the Washington that matters to us. It’s the only place where Americans will actually be asked to vote for gun safety reform,” she said.Regardless of all the preparation that both sides in the fight are making, one thing remains clear: what happens after Election Day if both measures win remains a mystery.“This is really different. We’re making a little bit of history,” Gottlieb said.

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