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Hillary Clinton Says She Had ‘Obligation’ to Defend Accused Rapist

Hillary Clinton Says She Had ‘Obligation’ to Defend Accused Rapist

Adam Berry/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has responded for the first time to recent criticism of her successful 1975 legal defense of an accused rapist, telling a British website that she was “appointed” to the case against her will and that ultimately she was just doing her “professional duty” as an attorney to defend him.
Last month, the conservative news site the Washington Free Beacon released audio uncovered from the Clinton archives at the University of Arkansas in which Hillary Clinton discusses how as a young lawyer she represented a 41-year-old accused rapist. In the recordings, from more than 30 years ago, Clinton is heard laughing as she describes how she was able to find a loophole in the system to discredit the evidence against her client, despite suggesting she knew he was guilty.
During a video interview over the weekend with Mumsnet, an online network for mothers in the U.K., the former secretary of state spoke about the case for the first time since the story resurfaced.
“When I was a 27-year-old attorney doing legal-aid work at the law school where I taught in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I was appointed by the local judge to represent a criminal defendant accused of rape. I asked to be relieved of that responsibility, but I was not, and I had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did,” Clinton said.
Clinton continued to explain that as an attorney she had an “obligation” to provide him with a fair legal defense.
“When you’re a lawyer you often don’t have the choice to choose who you will represent, and by the very nature of criminal law there will be those who you represent that you won’t approve of,” she said. “But at least in our system you have an obligation, and once I was appointed, I fulfilled that obligation.”
In the end, Clinton said, her client pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
These comments reiterate what Clinton wrote in her 2003 autobiography, Living History. In the book, Clinton defended taking on the client, saying that while at first she “didn’t feel comfortable,” she realized that as an attorney she had “an ethical and legal obligation to defend him to the fullest extent of the law.”
Clinton, who is widely expected to run for president in 2016, is in Europe, where she is promoting her new memoir, Hard Choices.
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Obama Meets with Educators Amid Call for Arne Duncan to Resign

Obama Meets with Educators Amid Call for Arne Duncan to Resign

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Just days after the nation’s largest teachers’ union called for Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign, President Obama on Monday hosted educators for lunch at the White House and unveiled a new initiative to promote excellence in teaching.“We have a problem in which the kids who need the most skilled teachers are the least likely to get them,” the president explained as he unveiled the “Excellent Educators for All” program, which is intended to promote equal access to high-quality teachers.The initiative, supported with $4.2 million in federal money, calls for states to “support great teachers and principals to come to and stay in high-needs schools and communities,” Duncan told reporters at the White House briefing.“We want to make sure every child has that access to excellent teachers and we’re very confident that if we can lift up what works, that there are going to be a lot of states that want to adapt to it,” Obama said as he and Duncan sat down to lunch in the Blue Room with four teachers.Obama’s public push for better skilled teachers comes as the administration is under increasing fire from the teachers’ union.At its annual convention on Friday, the National Education Association adopted a measure calling for Duncan to resign, citing a “failed education agenda” focused too much on high-stakes testing and policies that “undermine public schools and colleges, the teaching profession, education professionals and education unions.”“I’ve always tried to stay out of local union politics,” Duncan said on Monday when asked about the measure. “I think most teachers do too.” “We’ve had a very good working relationship with NEA in the past,” he continued. “We agree on many issues. We disagree occasionally…We continue to work very closely with both major unions. We work very closely with state unions as well, and generally have had very good working relationships.”
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American President’s Affair Resurrected

American President’s Affair Resurrected

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An American president is finally getting the opportunity to stir up a legacy for himself, nearly a century after his death.Love letters written by President Warren G. Harding to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, will be open to the public at the Library of Congress on July 29, revealing a slew of intimate moments that began when Harding was the lieutenant governor of Ohio.According to excerpts of the letters included in The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War by James David Robenalt, Harding was quite the literary charmer, writing, “My Darling…There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you – a mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild, jealous…hungry…love.”In another excerpt included in the book, Harding wrote: “I do not know what inspired you, but you…resurrect me, and set me aflame with the fullness of your beauty and the fire of your desire.”Despite all his charming qualities, it seems as though there was no one around to provide Harding with advice on the dangers of leaving a paper trail, given that Phillips kept all 1,000 pages of evidence of the decade-long affair hidden in a box at her home in Marion, Ohio, where they were found by her guardian and lawyer.In 1963, three years after Phillips’ death, her lawyer made the letters available to a prospective Harding biographer, which promptly spurred a lawsuit brought on by the late president’s nephew, Dr. George Harding. Dr. Harding eventually donated the letters to the Library of Congress where they were to be opened 50 years later.According to the Library of Congress, the vast majority of the letters were written by Harding when he served in the U.S. Senate from 1915-1921. The affair ended before Harding became president in 1921, but the pair “remained on good terms,” and Phillips even visited Harding at the White House with her husband and mother a year into his presidency.
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Senator Cites ‘Fairness’ to Strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup Contest

Senator Cites ‘Fairness’ to Strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup Contest

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With this year’s World Cup sparking renewed interest in soccer in the United States, a push is brewing to get another World Cup on U.S. soil — sooner rather than later.Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has sent a letter to world soccer leaders calling on FIFA to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup and award it to the United States instead. His letter cites widespread reports of corruption in the bidding process, in addition to deplorable working conditions endured by the country’s huge number of migrant workers.“I think it just makes sense in the interest of fairness that the United States should be awarded this opportunity,” Casey said in the latest edition of the ESPN podcast series “Capital Games.”“If you can’t have that, then you would at least consider having a revote on the bidding countries,” he continued.The United States was the runner-up in its bid for the 2022 cup, narrowly missing the chance to put on the soccer tournament it previously hosted in 1994, in nine U.S. cities. But since Qatar was awarded the tournament over the United States, reports have emerged of some $5 million in bribes showered on FIFA officials by the oil-rich Mideast country.Plus, the construction boom associated with building gleaming new soccer facilities in the tiny nation has brought new scrutiny on the migrant worker system in Qatar. The system, known as “kafala,” allows construction companies to import workers from countries such as India and Bangladesh, pay them only a few dollars a day and treat them in a manner human-rights groups have equated to modern-day slavery.“FIFA has an obligation and I think individual countries have an obligation to meet the highest standards,” Casey said. “There’s no reason why you can’t have a successful World Cup in a particular country and still have basic labor standards, and not have this cloud of corruption hanging over it as well.”The Pennsylvania senator added that he hopes U.S. interest in this year’s event in Brazil will encourage a new conversation about labor standards and fairness that could lead to another World Cup on U.S. soil.“We’re always hoping that the timing will facilitate a better result and, obviously, when it’s on people’s minds and the sport is in front of people, it can only help,” Casey said.But even the fiercest critics of Qatar’s human-rights record are skeptical of attempts to strip the soccer tournament from Qatar. Nick McGeehan, a researcher at Human Rights Watch who specializes on Qatar, said simply moving the huge tournament from Qatar would take away a golden chance of reform, and could negatively affect some of the workers advocates are trying to help.“We do see it as an opportunity to, as you say, shine a light spotlight on the region and move for change,” McGeehan said. “The question is, can the World Cup be the lever for change, be the driver for change that we want? I hope so.”“If Qatar were to lose the World Cup, unfortunately [workers] would be sent home, the project wouldn’t go ahead,” he added. “They’d be going home into thousands worth of dollars of debt which they can’t afford to pay off, and the consequences could be catastrophic.”FIFA officials have stood by their choice of Qatar, vowing to work with the Qataris to bring worker reforms to make the hosting of the World Cup a “catalyst for positive social change.”FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in May it was an “error” to award the cup to Qatar, based on the extremely hot temperatures in the country, but FIFA officials have clarified that they aren’t pushing to revisit the decision.McGeehan said changes by the Qatari government so far constitute “half-measures.”“So far there is a glimmer of hope, yes, but, there’s also cause for great concern,” he said.
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Obama Outhouse Parade Float Draws Criticism

Obama Outhouse Parade Float Draws Criticism

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NORFOLK, Neb.) — A Fourth of July parade float has sparked controversy with its depiction of President Barack Obama.Photos of the float on social media and used by ABC News affiliate KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb., show a smiling President Obama wearing overalls outside a building that looks like an outhouse and is labeled the Obama Presidential Library.The Nebraska Democratic Party roundly condemned the float.”There is a level of respect for the office of the Presidency which should not be crossed,” Dan Marvin, NDP Executive Director, said according to KLKN-TV. “It’s beyond disappointing the City of Norfolk, Neb., it’s [sic] officials and citizens would allow such a thing.”Liz Guthrie, originally from Norfolk, told ABC News the crowd was laughing and clapping as the float went by. Her boyfriend Lance Harvey said he thought the float was simply political satire.Another woman, Glory Kathurima, told the Lincoln Journal Star she was “scared” by the display and kept repeating “That’s not OK,” as the float passed her.Norfolk city councilman Dick Pfeil told the Omaha World-Herald he was displeased.”The City of Norfolk doesn’t condone that,” said Pfeil, who clarified the floats are approved by the Odd Fellows organization, not the city.ABC News’ calls to the Norfolk City Hall, the mayor’s office, and a number listed as the Odd Fellows were not immediately returned on Sunday.Parade committee member Rick Konopasek told the Lincoln Journal Star the parade was not meant to be any more offensive than a political cartoon. He addde that the float was the most popular of the parade and had been awarded an honorable mention.”We don’t feel it’s right to tell someone what they can and can’t express,” he told the Journal-Star. “This was political satire. If we start saying no to certain floats, we might as well not have a parade at all.”ABC News’ calls to Konopasek were not immediately returned. The float did not identify a sponsor and was listed as entry 29, according to the World-Herald.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Obama Supports Warren for President?

Obama Supports Warren for President?

Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Obama has made up his mind who to endorse for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and it’s not former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Nor is it Vice President Joe Biden.According to The New York Post, Obama wants Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to replace him in the Oval Office even though she has said somewhat unequivocally that she’s not interested in the job.However, the president has sent chief political adviser Valerie Jarrett to get Warren to change her mind, feeling that the senator is more in touch with the values Obama has touted in his two terms of office than Clinton.The Post says that Obama believes Clinton has lost support among the middle class and the poor and Warren will appeal to the party’s left by presenting a strong populist message.Edward Klein, the Post reporter who wrote the story, has also penned a new book called Blood Feud, which depicts a bitter rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

‘A Murder is a Murder Whether It’s a Jew or an Arab,’ Says Israeli Ambassador

‘A Murder is a Murder Whether It’s a Jew or an Arab,’ Says Israeli Ambassador

CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — As tensions escalate in the Middle East, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States said the Israeli government plans to find and prosecute those who murdered a Palestinian teenager in what appears to be a revenge killing.
Ron Dermer condemned the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, telling ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday’s This Week that “a murder is a murder is a murder, whether it’s a Jew or an Arab.”
Six Israeli suspects were reportedly arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of Abu Khdeir, whose charred body was found in a forest.
“Our prime minister right when this happened condemned it [and] said that he would use all means available to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Dermer. “We will find and prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone who perpetrated this action.”
Dermer said authorities believe Khdeir’s murder was in response to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship.
Dermer also called video showing Israeli police officers beating a teenager, identified as Abu Khdeir’s cousin Tariq, as “very disturbing.”
“Excessive force is not something that we accept in Israel and there’s an investigation by our Justice Ministry to look into exactly what happened,” he said.
Tariq Abu Khdeir, of Tampa, Fla., was released from jail Sunday. He was visiting family in Jerusalem with his parents and sisters when police arrested him Thursday, a day after his cousin’s death.
Video clips posted online show Israeli police officers beating a young male, before dragging him away in arrest.
Israeli police forces claimed the teen was part of a group of masked youths armed with knives who resisted arrest and attacked the officers while participating in ongoing clashes. He denied participating in the protests.
After his release from custody Sunday, Abu Khdeir told ABC News he would ask the officers why they attacked him.
“At least try to tell me why would you do that to me if I didn’t do anything to you,” he said.
While fears have been raised of the region plunging into further back-and-forth attacks, Dermer maintained that the deaths and Israel’s response do not signal an ongoing cycle of violence. Israel struck 10 sites in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket fire directed at Israel.
“It’s not a back and forth. It’s not a cycle of violence,” Dermer said. “What we have is a terror organization in Gaza that has fired thousands of rockets at Israel’s cities and that are firing rockets at us today.”
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‘A Murder is a Murder Whether It’s a Jew or an Arab,’ Says Israeli Ambassador

Perry: Obama Doesn’t Care Whether Border Is Secure

Perry: Obama Doesn’t Care Whether Border Is Secure

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said Sunday he doesn’t thing President Obama “particularly cares” about the immigration problem he said is plaguing the United States’ southern border, and charged that the administration has even sent “powerful messages” that people who cross the border illegally will be accepted.
During an exclusive interview Sunday on This Week, Perry said a key to solving the crisis is ensuring border security and he argued that is not something that the president is concerned about.
“I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure,” Perry said. “And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources,” the Texas governor told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
Perry, who has not ruled out a 2016 run for the White House, went further, saying the president has even encouraged the influx of immigration.
“The president has sent powerful messages time after time — by his policies, by nuances that it is OK to come to the United States and you can come across and you’ll be accepted in open arms. That is the real issue,” Perry said.
Raddatz asked Perry about comments he made on Fox News suggesting there was a conspiracy of sorts involving the Obama administration to get people into the U.S. Perry did not seem to back off, and suggested the president may have an “ulterior motive.”
“When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position,” he said.
“We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac. He sends — I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from,” he said
During an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos in late June, Obama, who called the situation at the border a “humanitarian crisis,” encouraged parents to not send their children to the border.
“Do not send your children to the borders,” he said. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”
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US Border Protection Head: Central American Immigrants Not Dangerous

US Border Protection Head: Central American Immigrants Not Dangerous

Paul Morigi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The migrants from Central American surging across the border are “family members” and do not present a danger to the United States, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said Sunday.
“These are family members, these are not gang members, these are not dangerous individuals,” Kerlikowske told ABC News’ Jim Avila in an exclusive interview, his first since the crisis began. “I think that we all need to work through this problem together as Americans.”
When asked if he had enough agents, Kerlikowske said he did.
“[Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson] has just deployed an additional 150 agents to the Rio Grande Valley, and that is on top of the 115 that are already moving in. So I am confident that we have the resources,” Kerlikowske said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry disagrees and said on ABC’s This Week that the commissioner was wrong.
“He is absolutely and totally wrong,” Perry said. “The idea that there is equity and enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely incorrect.”
Perry has called for the National Guard to be deployed to the border, but Kerlikowske said handling and processing these migrants is unique and the National Guard is unnecessary.
According to Kerlikowske, these mothers and child immigrants often to run towards U.S. agents, turning themselves in and seeking detainment. By law, border patrol agents have to take them in. Unlike migrants from Mexico — who can be deported almost immediately — U.S. law requires that migrants from non-contiguous states, like Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, be treated as refugees and detained, evaluated, and processed through immigration court.
The Obama administration now hopes to give the Department of Homeland Security more discretion to fast-track deportations for all these Central American migrants.
In the meantime, Kerlikowske praised his agents for their work under a difficult situation.
“These agents have gone well beyond the call of duty, taking care of these kids, treating them with true compassion, with true heartfelt sympathy,” he said.
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Hillary Clinton Wants Meryl Streep to Play Her in a Movie About Her Life

Hillary Clinton Wants Meryl Streep to Play Her in a Movie About Her Life

Ron Sachs – Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — There appears to be one choice for Hillary Clinton that is not a hard one: that is, which actress she would want to play her in a movie about her life.
The former secretary of state, who is currently touring Europe promoting her new memoir, Hard Choices, is quite certain that if she could choose who would portray her in a film, actress Meryl Streep, 65, would be her top pick.
“If I had a choice, it would be Meryl Streep, of course!” Clinton, 66, said, without any hesitation, during a video interview with the Guardian on Friday.
The two powerful women have been pretty chummy over the years. At a State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala two years ago, Clinton and Streep made headlines when they posed for a selfie together.
And Streep has even compared herself to the former secretary of state:
“I find a lot of similarities,” Streep said at the Women in the World Summit in 2012. “We’re roughly the same age, we both have two brothers — mine are annoying — we both grew up in middle-class homes with spirited, big-hearted mothers who encouraged us to do something valuable and interesting with our lives. We both went from public high schools to distinguished women’s colleges. … We both went on to graduate school at Yale.”
During the 25-minute interview with the London newspaper, Clinton also revealed other personal details about herself, including what she last cooked (“scrambled eggs”), her favorite comedy (“anything with Mel Brookes, Carl Reiner”), and the trait she most deplores about herself (“probably my lack of willpower to get in shape.”)
Clinton also admitted she is unable to tell a joke.
When asked to do so, the potential presidential candidate said she loves jokes, laughs at them, but always messes them up when she tries to tell them.
“I will try to preserve my reputation by being somewhat humorless and jokeless by not trying to tell one,” Clinton said, with a laugh.
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Immigrant Transfer Decision Draws Protesters in California

Immigrant Transfer Decision Draws Protesters in California

David McNew/Getty Images(MURRIETA, Calif.) — There was a different sort of fireworks Friday in Murrieta, California, as residents clashed over whether to support U.S. efforts to process Central American immigrants in their town.This week, protesters in the wealthy community that’s 90 miles from the border blocked a convoy of buses carrying undocumented immigrants, forcing federal authorities to reroute the buses to a facility in San Diego.“We would have 500 immigrants potentially on the streets of Murrieta, which we don’t have the resources to handle,” Mayor Alan Long said earlier this week.The protesters hoped to do so again Friday but this time, the buses did not come — and they were instead met with backlash from residents sympathetic to the immigrants’ plight.“I’m here to support the children,” one woman said. “They came a really long way and all of this hatred is directed their way. [It's] not their fault.”The immigrants had been sent to Murrieta because Border Patrol facilities in south Texas were jammed.Town officials earlier said they feared that Border Patrol would hold the immigrants only long enough to process them and then release them at local bus stations.But during a fiery town hall meeting Thursday, other Murrieta residents loudly objected to their community being dragged into the border debate.“People probably believe this is a xenophobic, racist group of folks here in this city,” said city councilman Rick Gibbs.At a ceremony for new citizens in Washington, D.C., on Friday, President Obama made no mention of the anger across the Southwest.
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Five Things You Might Not Know About Gov. Rick Perry

Five Things You Might Not Know About Gov. Rick Perry

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Rick Perry will not be running for another term as Texas governor, but hasn’t ruled out another bid for the White House following his last run. His previous campaign is perhaps most memorable for the governor’s now infamous “Oops” moment during one of the Republican presidential debates in Michigan.Here are five things you might not know about the governor of the Lone Star State.1) Perry — who is a fifth generation Texan — was born in 1950. He grew up in Paint Creek. He didn’t have indoor plumbing the first five years of his life, earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy in the Boy Scouts, and was a quarterback for his high school football team. He graduated from Texas A&M University (he notes on his website that he is the first graduate of the university to “occupy the Governor’s Mansion”). In college, he was a “yell leader” and graduated in 1972.2) Perry is married to Anita Thigpen Perry, who worked for many years as a nurse. The couple has two children named Griffin and Sydney. 3) Perry spent several years as a Democrat and even supported former Vice President Al Gore during his 1988 bid for president. He joined the GOP in 1989.4) Perry is his state’s 47th and longest-serving governor, replacing George W. Bush in 2000 as Bush was preparing to enter the White House. 5) The governor, like some other famous pols, has acting experience. He played himself in the 2005 Tommy Lee Jones film Man of the House.
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Obama Applauds Veterans at July Fourth Picnic

Obama Applauds Veterans at July Fourth Picnic

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama thanked military members and their families Friday at the annual United Service Organizations Fourth of July picnic at the White House. “Because of you we are safe. We are free. We depend on you for our way of life,” he said. “…238 years ago our founders came together and declared a new nation…each of us entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These truths have guided us.”The President briefly touched on immigration during his remarks, mentioning the 25 new citizens who took their oath on the national holiday. “Immigrants from around the world dream of coming to our shores,” Obama said from the White House balcony. “When the world looks to America, so often they look to all of you (military families)…Every day at home and abroad. You are working to uphold those ideals.” Vice President Joe Biden also participated in Independence Day events, joined by his grandson at a parade in Philadelphia.
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New Citizen Stumbles Over Pledge of Allegiance as Obama Consoles

New Citizen Stumbles Over Pledge of Allegiance as Obama Consoles

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In honor of the nation’s Independence Day, President Obama delivered remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for active duty military personnel and civilians Friday. Toward the end of the ceremony, one of America’s newest citizens had a little trouble while leading the Pledge of Allegiance. After a sigh of relief from the young lady and chuckles from the crowd, the president can be heard saying “It’s ok,” and “I get nervous too,” while hugging her.
 

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Hillary Clinton ‘Bewildered and Confused’ By Supreme Court’s Contraceptive Rulings

Hillary Clinton ‘Bewildered and Confused’ By Supreme Court’s Contraceptive Rulings

Gary Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton said she’s “very bewildered and confused” by the Supreme Court’s ruling to further allow employers with religious objections to avoid offering contraceptives in their health care plans.Just days after the Supreme Court issued its controversial Hobby Lobby decision and ruled in favor of a for-profit corporation seeking an exemption from the contraceptive mandate, the court issued an unusual order Thursday providing temporary relief to a non-profit college that also objects to the mandate.Clinton, who is openly pro-choice, called the latest development “a serious breach of a woman’s right,” and called for government action: ”There has to be some action taken, in the Congress or by the executive to try to clarify what the court just did,” she said in an interview with ABC News’ Ann Compton.On Monday, Clinton slammed the Supreme Court for their initial ruling in Hobby Lobby, warning that it was a ”really bad slippery slope” that should incite a “real outcry” from the American public.Hillary Clinton also spoke about the surge of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the U.S. border. Clinton said she believes that the children and mothers crossing should not be allowed to remain in the country.“If they do make it they cannot believe they have any opportunity to stay. They have to be processed appropriately and then returned,” Clinton told Compton.Clinton, who is in London to promote her new memoir Hard Choices, touched on a range of topics, including America’s role in Iraq, her health, her high-dollar speaking fees, and her upcoming life as a grandmother (Clinton estimated she hadn’t changed a diaper in roughly 4.5 years).The potential presidential candidate also had some advice for President Obama, whose oldest daughter, Malia, turns 16 Friday and will soon be getting her driver’s license.While teaching a daughter to drive while in the White House can be a challenge,  Clinton said that there’s one place her husband was able to do so: Camp David. While there are no roads at the president’s country retreat, Hillary Clinton said that’s where Bill Clinton helped Chelsea with her parallel parking skills.“If you pass along to the president that going up to Camp David worked for us, maybe he can try it now,” Clinton said.
 

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Lawmakers Urge Removal of Undocumented Immigrants During House Hearing

Lawmakers Urge Removal of Undocumented Immigrants During House Hearing

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(MCALLEN, Texas) — The House Homeland Security Committee held a field hearing in Texas on Thursday to address the surge of unaccompanied minors entering the United States. Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on President Obama to secure the American border and asked that undocumented immigrants coming into the nation be detained and sent back to their home countries. “Allowing them to remain here…will only encourage the next group of individuals,” Perry said. The Republican governor also urged the federal government to station more Border Patrol agents in his state. Homeland Security Chair Mike McCaul called the crisis a national security threat.”The point is our military bases are turning into refugee camps,” McCaul said. “I never thought I would see this in the United States of America.”Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers criticized conservatives for their views on immediate deportation.”The massive deportation policy for children, and a mandatory detaining for children is not a humane thing to do,” Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said. The Lone Star State is running out of room and resources, prompting officials to transfer hundreds of immigrants to California for processing. A facility at Bush Airport in Houston will serve as a staging point for the immigrant children, who will be flown to relatives’ homes or foster homes across the country. The groups have been greeted by protesters, as anti-immigration activists see the steps as a form of amnesty. Individuals waving American flags Tuesday blocked buses of undocumented immigrants from getting through at a border patrol center in Murrieta, California. The Homeland Security vehicles were forced to retreat. Others in support of the undocumented asked Americans to show compassion. “We’re asking for people to view this from a humanitarian, from a global standpoint and realize that these are our children and these are children who oftentimes, it wasn’t their decision on whether to be brought or to come here on their own,” said Cesar Espinosa, a spokesman for the immigration advocacy group FIEL.Protesters returned on Friday, camped outside the station as they grilled hot dogs and planned to once again stop the buses.
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Hillary Clinton: All University Speaking Fees Donated to Family’s Foundation

Hillary Clinton: All University Speaking Fees Donated to Family’s Foundation

Leigh Vogel/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) –  Hillary Clinton continued to justify her high-dollar speaking fees on Friday, telling ABC News’ Ann Compton that all of the money she’s made from universities over the past year and a half has been donated to her family’s foundation.“All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” Clinton said when asked about the criticism she and her husband have faced recently for their wealth.Hillary Clinton reportedly makes roughly $200,000 for each speaking engagement. And recent reports show that she has made much more from some of the country’s top universities.Last week, students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where Clinton is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser in October, asked the former secretary of state to return her fee of $225,000 back to the university. If she does not, the students said they plan to protest her visit.When asked to respond to the students’ plea during the ABC News interview, Clinton made no suggestion she would do as they’ve requested. Clinton said that as she travels the country speaking, she is presenting new ideas to help strengthen the economy, which in turn, will help lower income inequality.“It’s been my experience,” Clinton said, “That they’re not worried about my speaking or my household, they’re worried about their own. And that’s the kind of debate I think I’m furthering as I go around the country speaking.”Clinton’s response comes after a month of increased scrutiny over her family’s wealth. Throughout her book tour, Hillary Clinton has faced heat for telling ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House.Hillary Clinton is currently traveling in London where she is promoting her new memoir, Hard Choices, overseas.
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First Daughter Malia Obama Turns 16

First Daughter Malia Obama Turns 16

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — First daughter Malia Obama, just 10 years old when her father took office, turns sweet 16 on July 4 – a milestone President Obama joked is “a little worrisome.”The young girl we remember as a die-hard “Hannah Montana” fan clamoring for a White House puppy is trading in her oversized hair bows for high heels – and undeniably growing into her Secret Service code name, Radiance.Here are a few first daughter fun facts sure to make you feel almost as old as the nation we’ll celebrate on her birthday:1.    She’s already begun touring colleges.While her dad stumps for college affordability, Malia, a rising junior at Sidwell Friends high school, reportedly has been checking out some college options of her own. She has already toured Stanford, which is Chelsea Clinton’s alma mater, and the University of California at Berkeley, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.2.    She’s got a sweet summer job.Malia, an aspiring filmmaker, also scored a summer job as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s upcoming sci-fi series, Extant. She reportedly “helped with computer shop alignment” and was even allowed to slate a take. It’s not clear how she got the job, but the show is backed by Steven Spielberg, a major Obama donor.3.    She’ll be taking the wheel soon.“Look out,” Michelle Obama warned Washington. Malia “is going to be driving this summer.” Though the President and first lady won’t be teaching their daughter to drive, her Secret Service detail has “got a plan” to keep her safe, Michelle Obama said. 4.    She can kick up her heels with the best of ‘em …Like teens across the country, Malia danced the night away at her first prom this year. But her father – who admitted it was a bit “jarring” to see his daughter in heels for the first time – refused comment on whether Malia went with a date, saying only, “I think this is all classified information.”5.    …But she still has chores at home.Not even first daughters are exempt from housework. Both Malia and younger sister Sasha are required to make their own beds, the first lady told ABC News. And, “they don’t get their allowance until they can prove that they’ve done their chores for the week,” she said.6.    She’s not too old for Disney.Malia reportedly spent last Sunday at Disneyland with a friend romping around on Splash Mountain under the watchful eyes of her Secret Service detail. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
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President Obama’s Weekly Address: Highlighting Military Families and Equal Rights on July 4th

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Highlighting Military Families and Equal Rights on July 4th

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama praised the families of U.S. military members and the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team in his weekly address commemorating the July 4th holiday. In doing so, he highlighted issues at the heart of both the ongoing scandal in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Speaking of American heroes and groundbreakers, the president first spoke of the soccer team that drew the attention of much of America over the past few weeks. “We are so proud of you,” Obama told the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, “You’ve got a lot of new believers.” Joking about goalkeeper Tim Howard’s newly-earned nickname “the secretary of defense” after his stunning performance in Tuesday’s match, Obama joked, “Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I’ll think about it.”The president spent most of his speech, however, highlighting the founding fathers and “early patriots” who believed in and the men and women of the armed forces and their families who continue to fight for the American principle that “we are all created equal.” “You keep us safe, and you keep the United States of America a shining beacon of hope for the world,” Obama said. “And for that, you and your families deserve not only the appreciation of a grateful nation, but our enduring commitment to serve you as well as you’ve served us.”Read the full transcript of the president’s address:Hi, everybody.  I hope you’re all having a great Fourth of July weekend. I want to begin today by saying a special word to the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, who represented America so well the past few weeks.  We are so proud of you.  You’ve got a lot of new believers.  And I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense.  Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I’ll think about it. It was 238 years ago that our founders came together in Philadelphia to launch our American experiment.  There were farmers and businessmen, doctors and lawyers, ministers and a kite-flying scientist.   Those early patriots may have come from different backgrounds and different walks of life.  But they were united by a belief in a simple truth – that we are all created equal; that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Over the years, that belief has sustained us through war and depression; peace and prosperity.  It’s helped us build the strongest democracy, the greatest middle class, and the most powerful military the world has ever known.  And today, there isn’t a nation on Earth that wouldn’t gladly trade places with the United States of America. But our success is only possible because we have never treated those self-evident truths as self-executing.  Generations of Americans have marched, organized, petitioned, fought and even died to extend those rights to others; to widen the circle of opportunity for others; and to perfect this union we love so much.  That’s why I want to say a special thanks to the men and women of our armed forces and the families who serve with them – especially those service members who spent this most American of holidays serving your country far from home.   You keep us safe, and you keep the United States of America a shining beacon of hope for the world.  And for that, you and your families deserve not only the appreciation of a grateful nation, but our enduring commitment to serve you as well as you’ve served us. God bless you all.  And have a great weekend.
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GOP Weekly Address: Energy Independence Is Key to ‘Endless’ Possibilities

GOP Weekly Address: Energy Independence Is Key to ‘Endless’ Possibilities

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas honored the American spirit, the military and spoke of a promising future based on the same characteristics that he says has always made America great, “our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit.””We Americans are blessed with a great land, economic opportunity, a matchless Constitution and unrivaled success,” Womack said, calling the July 4th holiday “a chance to celebrate that.”Womack spoke of the “politics, red tape and government fixes” that have prevented progress on a number of important fronts. He points to energy independence as a key to the future, discussing the Keystone Pipeline, “predictable regulation” and a “stable electric grid.”He also gave thanks for the founding fathers who “made this all possible,” and extended prayers to the U.S. military members who’ve sacrificed to keep America safe.Read the full transcript of the Republican address:
There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead. You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence. It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.A land where the people rule. And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things … to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance. Consider the possibilities.It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land. We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businessess to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats. And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.  Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. We pledge this to you, the people we serve.Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day.

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead. 
You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence. 
It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.
A land where the people rule. 
And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.
America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things … to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.
That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance. 
Consider the possibilities.
It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.
We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land. 
We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.
We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businessess to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.
We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats. 
And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.
The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?
But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.
For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.  
Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. 
We pledge this to you, the people we serve.
Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.
For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.
We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. 
And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day. 
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/video/weekly-republican-address-independence-day-making-most-our-blessings#sthash.wGSyvkRS.dpuf

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead. 
You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence. 
It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.
A land where the people rule. 
And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.
America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things … to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.
That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance. 
Consider the possibilities.
It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.
We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land. 
We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.
We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businessess to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.
We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats. 
And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.
The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?
But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.
For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.  
Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. 
We pledge this to you, the people we serve.
Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.
For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.
We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. 
And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day. 
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/video/weekly-republican-address-independence-day-making-most-our-blessings#sthash.wGSyvkRS.dpuf

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead. 
You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence. 
It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.
A land where the people rule. 
And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.
America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things … to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.
That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance. 
Consider the possibilities.
It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.
We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land. 
We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.
We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businessess to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.
We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats. 
And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.
The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?
But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.
For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.  
Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. 
We pledge this to you, the people we serve.
Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.
For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.
We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. 
And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day. 
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/video/weekly-republican-address-independence-day-making-most-our-blessings#sthash.wGSyvkRS.dpuf

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America’s glory and to dream of better days ahead. 
You know, that’s part of the genius of the Declaration of Independence. 
It isn’t just about what America was – it’s a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for.
A land where the people rule. 
And where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families, and the common good.
America’s greatness has always been rooted in our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit, our ability to make things … to make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny.
That’s why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America’s energy renaissance. 
Consider the possibilities.
It starts by building the Keystone pipeline: put thousands of Americans to work, show we’re serious about our energy future.
We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy to consumers across the land. 
We back projects onshore and offshore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependence on unstable parts of the world.
We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows businessess to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our Main Streets and town squares.
We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats. 
And we boost exports, so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy, and fuel our economy at the same time.
The opportunities seem endless, don’t they?
But the usual politics, red tape, and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.
For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny.  
Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. 
We pledge this to you, the people we serve.
Together, let’s renew the Spirit of 1776 – the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings – and never rest until the work is done.
For now, my family and I give thanks for our forefathers who made all this possible.
We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. 
And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day. 
- See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/video/weekly-republican-address-independence-day-making-most-our-blessings#sthash.wGSyvkRS.dpuf
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