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White House Easter Egg Roll: Four Kids Who Killed It on the South Lawn

White House Easter Egg Roll: Four Kids Who Killed It on the South Lawn NIntellectual/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House’s biggest public event began, improbably, with a couple of whiny kids.In the spring of 1878, the story goes, a group of local schoolchildren, indignant that Easter egg hunting had been outlawed on the Capitol lawn, confronted President Rutherford B. Hayes while he was out for a stroll. The president promptly ordered the White House grounds flung open for the first annual Easter Egg Roll.The event The Washington Post once called “the jolliest sort of gathering” ballooned into a 137-year tradition, with children from around the country converging on the South Lawn to decorate eggs and mingle with the leader of the free world.This year’s celebration, slated for Monday, will feature actress Connie Britton, Washington Redskins player Robert Griffin III, chef Bobby Flay, and scores of other celebs. More than 35,000 guests will be treated to a yoga garden, an outdoor kitchen, and even an apiary tour.So in honor of those 19th-century belly-aching young’uns who approached President Hayes, here are ***** children totally #killingit at past Egg Rolls:1. One kid, whose meltdown scored him an audience with the president. (Hey, it worked on Rutherford B. Hayes!)When Obama spotted 5-year-old Donovan Frazier distraught after losing his egg roll in 2013, the president gave him a hug and advised him to “shake it off.”2. This little boy, who in 1923 was overjoyed to win the bunny tchotchkes now cluttering up your great-grandmother’s china cabinet. Warren Sonnemann holds the prize basket during the 1923 event.Posted by The White House on Sunday, April 8, 2012 3. This kid, who, during the Eisenhower administration, endured a semi-humiliating bunny costume in exchange for his own set of wheels -- and an awesome bow-tie. Eisenhower #EasterEggRoll starts in 3 hours! Egg roll, scavenger hunt, photo station, face painting and more!Posted by Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday, March 30, 2013 4. These kids silently wondering why First Lady Grace Coolidge brought a pet raccoon to the 1927 Egg Roll. Here First Lady Grace Coolidge shows off her pet raccoon at 1927 White House Easter Egg Roll: #LOC pic.twitter.com/XuYv7zpV5S— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 21, 2014 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings

President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings The White House(WASHINGTON) -- In a video message released on Saturday, President Obama offered his warmest wishes to people celebrating the Easter and Passover holidays.On Friday night, the President and First Lady hosted a Seder at the White House to mark the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. On Sunday, the First Family will celebrate Easter."Whether we’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, or Buddhist; whether faith in God shapes our daily lives completely or not at all, we believe that with common effort, and shared sacrifice, a brighter future is just around the bend," Obama said. "And we embrace our obligation to do something meaningful, something lasting, with the precious time we’ve been allotted on this Earth."President Obama also encouraged all Americans to "pause and give thanks for the chance to live in a country where everyone has the right to worship and pray and love as they choose." Watch the President's Easter and Passover message below: Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Activists Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Ahead of Final Four

Activists Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Ahead of Final Four lenzjona/iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Two days after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed revisions to his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the controversy still has not died ahead of the Final Four. Not far from the site of Saturday night’s Final Four matchups, gay-rights activists spoke out against the RFRA Saturday morning, saying the fixes approved by the governor don't go far enough to protect the rights of gays and lesbians. Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, is hoping for change.“Sports have the power to bring people together. But more than that, sports have the power to do the right thing,” Collins said. High above the venue, a plane will tow a banner that reads: “Sir Charles is Right: Discrimination is Wrong,” echoing Charles Barkley's criticism of the RFRA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

President Obama Celebrates Passover at the White House

President Obama Celebrates Passover at the White House Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- For the seventh year in a row, the President and Mrs. Obama hosted the annual White House Seder on Friday. The Obamas were joined by their guests in performing the Seder rituals, and acknowledged how the story of the Israelites’ arduous journey through the desert from slavery in Egypt has inspired generations of Americans in the struggle for civil rights, according to the White House.This year’s Seder continued a new tradition of having a guest chef. Susan Barocas, one of the inaugural guest chefs from last year, returned to assist White House Chef Cris Comerford with the meal and brought new additions to the menu. This year’s menu included Moroccan Haroset Balls from the Sephardic tradition, and dishes emphasizing seasonal ingredients, including beets, squash, spring onions, radishes, arugula, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal in Weekly Address

Obama Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal in Weekly Address Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to discuss the nuclear deal the United States, along with several allies, reached with Iran.The deal, announced on Thursday, will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will make the world safer, according to the White House. “It’s a good deal—a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran’s program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. The President reiterated in his address that the deal is not yet done – and if there is backsliding from Iran in the months to come, there will be no deal.  “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.  If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it,” he said. “So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.”Obama echoed his belief that a diplomatic resolution is by far the best option, and promised to continue to fully brief Congress and the American people on the substance and progress of the negotiations in the months to come.Read the full transcript of the president's address:This week, together with our allies and partners, we reached an historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon and make our country, our allies, and our world safer. This framework is the result of tough, principled diplomacy.  It’s a good deal—a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran’s program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. This deal denies Iran the plutonium necessary to build a bomb.  It shuts down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium.  Iran has agreed that it will not stockpile the materials needed to build a weapon.  Moreover, international inspectors will have unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear program because Iran will face more inspections than any other country in the world.  If Iran cheats, the world will know it.  If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it.  So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.  And this is a long-term deal, with strict limits on Iran’s program for more than a decade and unprecedented transparency measures that will last for 20 years or more.  And as a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon.In return for Iran’s actions, the international community, including the United States, has agreed to provide Iran with phased relief from certain sanctions. If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back into place.  Meanwhile, other American sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses, its ballistic missile program, all will continue to be enforced.         As I said this week, many key details will need to be finalized over the next three months, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed.  And if there is backsliding, there will be no deal. Here in the United States, I expect a robust debate.  We’ll keep Congress and the American people fully briefed on the substance of the deal.  As we engage in this debate, let’s remember—we really only have three options for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program: bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities—which will only set its program back a few years—while starting another war in the Middle East; abandoning negotiations and hoping for the best with sanctions—even though that’s always led to Iran making more progress in its nuclear program; or a robust and verifiable deal like this one that peacefully prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.As President and Commander in Chief, I firmly believe that the diplomatic option—a comprehensive, long-term deal like this—is by far the best option.  For the United States.  For our allies.  And for the world.Our work—this deal—is not yet done.  Diplomacy is painstaking work.  Success is not guaranteed.  But today we have an historic opportunity to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran, and to do so peacefully, with the international community firmly behind us.  And this will be our work in the days and months ahead in keeping with the best traditions of American leadership. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sen. Richard Burr Discusses Growing Cyber Threat in GOP Weekly Address

Sen. Richard Burr Discusses Growing Cyber Threat in GOP Weekly Address US Congress(WASHINGTON) – In this week’s Republican address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina discussed the growing threat from cyber criminals and foreign adversaries who are becoming increasingly adept at stealing personal information and intellectual property from American businesses, individuals and the government. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr outlines legislation in the weekly address which his panel recently passed designed to address this problem. “This threat is real, and the increasing number of attacks has a tangible impact on our economy and our national security,” Burr said. “Today, we have a solution that can minimize the threats to your own personal information, keep the economy strong, and help secure the nation.”Read the full transcript of the Republican address:Hello, I’m Senator Richard Burr from the great state of North Carolina and I’m honored to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As I’m sure you’ve noticed over the last year, your personal data has come under increasing threat from a range of cyber attackers, from sophisticated hackers and organized criminals to agents of foreign powers. It could even be all three. In the last year, companies like Target, Sony, JP Morgan and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have been hacked, leaving millions of customers’ personal and financial information vulnerable. Maybe even yours. This means that data about your life and your family could be out in the open. Cyber attackers, often in other countries, are cracking into the vaults of our companies and our government. They’re stealing your personal information as well as the intellectual property that makes our economy the most creative and vibrant in the world.  When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton simply said “because that’s where the money is.”  In the same way, cyber-criminals and our foreign adversaries are probing our computer systems and stealing our data.As a result, your social security number, addresses, date of birth, financial information, family history and more is available to hackers. Many estimate the direct financial loss and theft of intellectual property costs our economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps Congress can take to help both government and the private sector understand these attacks better, and warn each other about them. That’s just what my colleagues and I have worked to do on the Intelligence Committee.Over the last several years, we have listened with increasing alarm to the testimony of senior intelligence officials and private sector experts about the growing cybersecurity threat to our nation.  As criminals and other adversaries grow more capable, our nation becomes more vulnerable to cyber-attacks every day. Our biggest cyber weakness is that our citizens and private entities don’t have accurate or real-time insight into the damage that’s caused by cyber-attacks.Today, I want to propose a first step in addressing this growing problem.The bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 is sponsored with me by Dianne Feinstein and Senator John McCain.It creates a cybersecurity information sharing environment that works much like a “neighborhood watch” program -- allowing all participants to get a better understanding of the current cybersecurity threats that may be used against them. And while we’re ultimately trying to keep your information private, let’s also talk about how this bill is going to ensure that’s the case on the government’s end as well. Information sharing’s covered by the bill and its 100-percent voluntary. No one is forced to share information in any way.The bill requires that a company removes private data before sharing anything with the government. No company is allowed to share data unless it is directly related to the cyber-attack itself. After hundreds of calls with the government, business community, and civil liberties groups, I am confident that Senator Feinstein, Senator McCain, and I have put together a balanced approach that will help your private information stay just that way – private.   I am pleased that the Senate Intelligence Committee agreed, and approved the bill by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 14-1. This threat is real, and the increasing number of attacks has a tangible impact on our economy and our national security.Today, we have a solution that can minimize the threats to your own personal information, keep the economy strong, and help secure the nation.Thank you for listening and God bless. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sarah Brady, Wife of Former White House Secretary Jim Brady, Dies

Sarah Brady, Wife of Former White House Secretary Jim Brady, Dies SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Brady, the widow of former White House Press Secretary James Brady, has died. She was 73. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said in a Facebook post on Friday: "We are heartbroken over the loss of Sarah Brady, our dear friend and Chairperson of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Sarah was a champion for gun violence prevention and her commitment and fiery compassion will live on." Jim Brady was seriously injured by the assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan and confined to a wheelchair after the incident. He and his wife, Sarah, went on to become dedicated advocates for gun control, and he became the namesake for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Jim Brady died in August 2014. "All of us at the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence are heartbroken over the passing of Sarah Brady. Together with her husband Jim 'Bear’ Brady, Sarah was the heart and soul of this organization and the successful movement it has become today. In the history of our nation, there are few people, if any, who are directly responsible for saving as many lives as Sarah and Jim," said Brady Campaign and Center President Dan Gross in a statement. "There are countless people walking around today who would not be were it not for Sarah Brady’s remarkable resilience, compassion and – what she always said she enjoyed the most -- her hard work in the trenches with this organization, which she continued right up to the very end." Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said Friday she was "deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my dear friend." "Just over 34 years ago, we shared an experience that bonded us for life, as we comforted each other in a tiny, windowless office at the George Washington University Hospital Emergency Room, while awaiting word about whether our husbands would survive the horrific gunshots that had brought them there," Reagan said. "Sarah and Jim’s path from that day on was, of course, much more difficult than Ronnie’s and mine, but Sarah never complained," Reagan added. "Over the years, I found her to be a woman of immense courage, strength and optimism. I will miss Sarah very much, but take comfort in knowing that she joined Jim on Good Friday and is now at peace." Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured when she was shot in the head in January 2011, also expressed her condolences. "We know Sarah will be missed by all those whose lives she touched and who were so inspired by her commitment to her late husband Jim and to the cause of reducing gun violence in our country," Giffords said in a joint statement with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly -- co-founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions. "Sarah Brady showed us not only what a tireless fight for common sense looks like, but also what it means to be a loving spouse and caretaker in the wake of a senseless tragedy. Our prayers are with her son Scott, her daughter Missy, and the entire Brady Campaign family as they mourn this devastating loss," they added in their statement. Brady is survived by her and Jim’s son, James “Scott” Brady, Jr., and her stepdaughter, Melissa “Missy” Brady Camins. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How to Make Classic Cocktails, According to the US Government

How to Make Classic Cocktails, According to the US Government The National Archives(WASHINGTON) -- Archive this under awesome American history. An engineer for the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Region 8 created a detailed “Cocktail Construction” chart in 1974, essentially making the government’s first and only cocktail cookbook.The drawing, signed “Ketcham,” is believed to be made by civil engineer Cleve Ketcham, who died in 2005. It was found by the National Archives rolled up in a tube with 20 maps and drawings and intricately shows how to make whiskey sours, martinis, manhattans and more.“Around the office we call these sorts of things history mysteries," Forest History Society historian James Lewis told ABC News. “You have to wonder if he wasn’t creating it for some sort of office party. Things were a little more like Mad Men than they are today.”The chart has a legend for different designs depicting grenadine, bourbon, lemon juice, scotch, cola and more. Serious attention is paid to the measurements of each ingredient.“The drawings are very meticulous, very precise, very much the work of an engineer. This was not done lightly or quickly,” Lewis said. “The level of detail is very impressive and something like that in construction drawings for a bridge or something like that.”Lewis has reached out to Ketcham’s son to see if the signature or handwriting matches that of his father. The chart says the recipes are by “SS&M, self-appointed barmasters” and were checked by “I Mixum,” “I.P. Freely” and “Jim Beam,” proving that the engineers were really having fun with this one.“I think it’s fun that all these years later it’s getting attention,” Lewis said. “It shows that the forest services take their job seriously, but they are not always deadly serious about the job they do.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama, Biden Work to Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

Obama, Biden Work to Sell Iran Nuclear Deal Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and key members of the White House national security team worked the phones Friday in an aggressive push to personally sell the Iran deal, the White House says. Members of the national security team are calling members of Congress and leaders around the world, reviewing details of the plan and reiterating Obama’s argument for why it’s the best option, reassuring nervous allies and rebutting key points of criticism raised by skeptics. Obama spoke with all four congressional leaders on Thursday and placed half a dozen world leader calls, including what an official described as a "frosty" chat with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.  A White House spokesman said on Friday that many more calls are happening. The president has already spoken with France’s Francois Hollande, Britain’s David Cameron, Angela Merkel of Germany, and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Administration officials also made a point of saying it planned to reach out to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee.   National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry are among those placing calls. As for the mood in the White House: “It feels good,” deputy spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Air Force One, “that we were able to strike a historic deal and eliminate Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.” He conceded there is still “a lot more work to do” before June 30. Schultz declined to assess the odds that a final deal will be signed by June 30.  He said the “50-50” odds the administration has discussed in recent weeks applied to a political deal, which has now been reached.The next round of talks however remains an open question. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Politicians Weigh In on Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Politicians Weigh In on Iranian Nuclear Agreement State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- From Tehran to Capitol Hill, politicians of all stripes are already weighing in on the framework deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani hailed the agreement on Friday in a speech carried live on Iranian TV, saying: “We have secured our nuclear rights, the removal of sanctions and constructive engagement with the world.”He said the agreement showed the P5+1 had accepted enrichment on Iranian soil, and in so doing, agreed that Iran is not a threat to anyone.Rouhani also said this deal could lead to cooperation on other issues, like human rights and support for terrorist groups -- for which Iran is still being sanctioned. Back in Washington, members of Congress had mixed reactions. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said he doesn't like the parameters of the new agreement, which will keep negotiations going until June. “This deal is going to threaten America's national security interests and it’s going to lead to a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world,” he said.Likely 2016 candidate Senator Marco Rubio tweeted on Tuesday that the deal looked like a diplomatic failure.   Awaiting more details on #Iran deal but early reports indicate this is Obama admin spinning diplomatic failure. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 2, 2015 Hillary Clinton said in a statement on Thursday the agreement was “an important first step” but that there is “much more to do” in the months ahead.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Controversy Remains over Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Controversy Remains over Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A day after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed revisions to his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the controversy is still not over.From government leaders in Seattle and business leaders in Indiana, the Hoosier State has taken a beating, according to State Rep. Scott Pelath.“I want to hear somebody say 'We made a grave mistake and we caused the state tremendous embarrassment,” the Indiana House Democratic Leader said. While the amended measure signed by the governor is meant to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, critics say it doesn't go far enough. Caught in the middle of the debate is the NCAA college basketball Final Four playoffs, which tip off in Indianapolis on Saturday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama Reacts to Jobless Report Numbers

Obama Reacts to Jobless Report Numbers Pete Souza / The White House(HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah) -- A disappointing jobs report cast a cloud over President Obama's trip on Friday to Utah to promote a new economic program. The president said the March slowdown in jobs creation is a symptom of a global economic slowdown.“We have had the strongest economy but we're impacted by what happens around the world,” he said. The labor participation rate ticked down slightly too in the latest report. “We have to redouble our efforts to make sure we're competitive,” President Obama said on Friday.The president added that one way to do that would be a new program he introduced, which trains veterans to work in the solar energy industry. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carly Fiorina: ‘CEOs Are Being Pressured’ to Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Carly Fiorina: ‘CEOs Are Being Pressured’ to Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws ABC News(WASHINGTON) — While likely 2016 presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina doesn’t have any experience in elected office, as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, one thing she knows first-hand is what it’s like to lead a major company.Corporate leaders have been out front this week with both Arkansas and Indiana moving to adopt controversial new "religious freedom" legislation. Opponents of the bills contend they could allow business owners to use religion to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.In light of these laws, this week business giants like Walmart, Apple and Marriott publicly opposed the recent wave of "religious freedom" legislation. But in a recent interview, Fiorina told Power Players the public outcry has put stress on the shoulders of private business leaders to take a political stance on the matter.“I think it's really too bad, honestly, that CEOs are being pressured. ...It's pressure by people in the political process to take a stand,” she said. “None of us support discrimination of any kind. Certainly, Indiana doesn't. The law doesn't condone discrimination of any kind. But we also protect religious liberties in this country.”On ABC News' This Week last Sunday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the bill into law last week, told George Stephanopoulos the act intends to prevent government from infringing on an individual’s religious beliefs. But after becoming the subject of harsh national criticism, Pence began to walk back his position, telling reporters this week that he needed to revisit the issue. However, Fiorina backed Pence’s original defense of such laws, saying they protect individual religious beliefs from government regulation.“What this law basically says is that a person can push back against...either federal government mandate or state government mandate to exert their religious liberties,” Fiorina said. “It says nothing about gay marriage.”“We don't object -- although we don’t like it -- when white supremacists gather and say terrible things. But we protect their right to do it,” she later added.Fiorina said it’s issues like this, in which she argues the facts are wrong, that unnecessarily -- and problematically -- dominate national attention in America.“I think it's one of the reasons why people are sick of politics, people are sick of how it sounds...people are tired of how emotional it gets in a hurry,” she said. “I think people are tired of what feels like too much like shouting back and forth instead of having a reasonable and persuasive conversation.”But such sharp contentiousness, the potential presidential contender believes, is perpetuated by politicos who stand to benefit.“Unfortunately, politicians on both sides tend to use this dysfunction to get people all fired up. Meanwhile, we have real issues we need to be attending to,” Fiorina said.As for her own political ambitions, Fiorina confirmed recent comments she’s made about being “90 percent in” to vie for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.“You have to be thoughtful about making this kind of decision,” she said. “If I get in, I will be prepared to go the long haul. And so that means a lot of planning, a lot of team building, a lot of testing of support.“This isn't a casual decision,” she added. “Until the final decision’s made, it's not made.”As it stands, Fiorina is the only female who's expressed interest in competing for the 2016 Republican ticket thus far. But if she’s the only woman on the GOP debate stage later this year, she said it won’t be anything new.“Honestly, it's kind of the story of my life,” Fiorina said. “I started out as a secretary. Eventually, I became that chief executive of the largest technology company in the world. I sat in a lot of rooms where I'm the only woman, and I've been in a lot of competitive situations where I'm the only woman.”However, being the only female on the political stage will be a first for Fiorina.“Obviously, presidential politics is unlike anything else -- but being the only woman isn't a new experience,” she added.For more of the interview with Fiorina, including whether Hillary Clinton will impact her decision to run, watch this episode of Power Players. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Signs Lease on New Headquarters in Brooklyn

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Signs Lease on New Headquarters in BrooklynJP Yim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton’s team has officially signed a lease on a campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, dropping the biggest hint yet that the former secretary of state is running for president in 2016.Two Democrats familiar with the arrangement confirmed the deal to ABC News, which was first reported by Politico.The site of the headquarters is 1 Pierrepont Plaza in the trendy neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. According to its website, the 19-story building is marketed as “Modern offices. Brooklyn Cool.” It is located conveniently by a number of popular restaurants and stores, including by Shake Shack, Chipotle, Starbucks and Urban Outfitters. The building is also located where Clinton Street comes to an end.Clinton’s decision to sign a lease may trigger a countdown clock on an announcement of a candidacy or an exploratory committee. Federal Election Committee rules dictate that you have 15 days to form a committee after “campaign activity” is conducted. The laws are murky, however, and can be hard to enforce.The report comes after a wave of new hires for Clinton’s likely campaign. Many of the new staffers -- including a number of former Obama aides and some of the Ready for Hillary workers -- have been moving to New York City for the campaign over the past weeks.Clinton’s spokesman has declined to comment on the new headquarters, but when asked earlier this week at an event in Brooklyn if she plans to return to the borough any time soon -- Clinton was quick to respond: “All in good time,” she said, with a smile. “All in good time."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Iran Nuclear Deal: What Congress Is Likely to Do Next

Iran Nuclear Deal: What Congress Is Likely to Do NextArchitect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Key players in Congress -- Republicans and Democrats -- are skeptical of the Iran deal and want to see the fine print.No one is ruling out a big push ahead on new Iran sanctions, or a measure to require President Obama to get congressional approval, two pieces of legislation the White House strongly opposes.But there appears to be a willingness to hear the administration out in promised briefings on the framework when lawmakers return to Washington on April 13.An aide to House Speaker John Boehner tells ABC News that the approach in the House is not a “wait-and-see until June 30th” posture, but that Republicans want the briefings, a chance to review the details and discuss possible next steps with members.Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday “it is important that we wait to see the specific details of today’s announcement” and that everyone “must remain clear-eyed.” He vowed an April 14 committee vote on a bill to require congressional review of a nuclear deal, but there is no plan yet to bring it up for a vote in the full chamber. (Corker has said he’d like to have a veto-proof majority before the bill is voted on by the full Senate.)“We’ll know more in the days ahead, after April 14,” an aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News.Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he was surprised so many details were revealed in the framework and said that Congress should “be careful not to scuttle the opportunity for a diplomatic resolution.“I think there is sufficient detail that has been arrived at these negotiations that Congress needs to be careful not to scuttle the opportunity for a diplomatic resolution,” Schiff said in an interview. “The last thing we want is for the international community to think that we came this close to a negotiated end to Iran’s nuclear program and the United States Congress got in the way.”Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, the author of the controversial open letter to Iran's leaders signed by 47 Republican senators, called the interim deal a "list of very dangerous U.S. concessions that will put Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon."“I plan to work with all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who have already expressed disquiet about terms such as these, to stop this deal from going forward, to keep America safe, and to prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” he added.Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who is likely weeks away from announcing a presidential bid, tweeted his skepticism of the deal, but said he is awaiting more information.The White House fired another warning shot Thursday afternoon reiterating veto threats for any legislation that “undercuts our ability to get the deal done.”“We think it’s best for members of Congress to take a look at the framework and then give the space to look at final details between now and June,” said deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.Congress needs to “wait and see what the deal is, and then we can determine the best way to support Congress playing an oversight role,” he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

POLL: Climate Change, Tax Pledge Among Issues to Watch for 2016

POLL: Climate Change, Tax Pledge Among Issues to Watch for 2016 iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two issue positions show potential to carry unexpected clout in the 2016 presidential election -- support for action to address climate change and opposition to a no-tax pledge, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds.Openness to political compromise also has the support, and the priority, to carry weight in the national conversation that lies ahead. [See PDF with full results and data tables here.] All three emerge from an approach that combines public preferences on these and other issues with the level of importance Americans ascribe to them. They’re combined in a PxP score -- preference times priority -- assessing the interplay of these two factors in political attitudes.The poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, finds that opposing a no-tax pledge has the broadest base: Seventy-two percent of Americans hold this view, including big majorities across party lines. Only about half in this group overall call the issue an important one, but their views on it are so lopsided that it wins a high score, nonetheless.Supporters of a tax pledge, by contrast, are much more likely to call it an important issue -- but there are few of them.Desire for the next president to support action on climate change takes a different path: It’s low among Republicans, but broad enough among Democrats and independents, and important enough to them, to give it potential influence.Overall, Americans by 59-31 percent say they want the next president to be someone who favors government action to address climate change, and 58 percent call it an important issue. Again there’s a sharp difference in importance depending on one’s position: Among those who favor federal action, 68 percent call it an important issue. Among those who oppose action, far fewer say it’s important to them, 39 percent.On a third issue to emerge as potentially influential, Americans by 58-37 percent say they’d rather have a president who mainly tries to compromise than one who mainly stands up for his or her side, and 72 percent overall say it’s important to them. Both those who favor compromise and those who prefer a more partisan approach say it’s an important issue, with preference for taking partisan sides, and calling this important, peaking among Republicans.Other issues are contentious, but with no clear advantage in preference or priority for one side or the other. Obamacare is an example. Americans divide 49-45 percent on whether the next president should be someone who wants to keep the federal health care law or wants to repeal it, and those on both sides call the issue highly important. The partisan divisions are vast.Views on a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants are similarly inconclusive in terms of their potential political influence. Americans by 51-45 percent say they’d like to see the next president support rather than oppose a path to citizenship, again with sharp partisan differences. Fifty-nine percent overall call this an important issue, about equal numbers on both sides.One other issue tested, views on the next president’s approach to a nuclear agreement with Iran, also produced sharply partisan responses, but in this case opponents are more apt to call it important.PxP SCORE – The PxP score was developed by Langer Research Associates for use in political and market research alike. Computed here on a scale of -100 to 100, it multiplies individuals’ preferences on an issue (or for a candidate or product) with the importance they give to that position. Moving farther from 0 in either direction indicates that an issue has priority, differentiated preference or both of these at sufficient levels to be potentially influential.Overall, PxP values are 29 for climate change, -25 for the tax pledge issue (the negative sign shows opposition) and 15 on compromise vs. partisanship. (Consider that very high or very low scores are difficult to obtain -- they’d require very broad agreement on policies and priorities alike.) Scores drop to 3, 3 and 2, respectively, on Obamacare, immigration reform and a pact with Iran; those indicate either a lack of differentiated preference overall, a low priority or both.As noted, though, sharp partisan divisions may make for different discussions in the 2016 primaries as opposed to the general election. Government action on climate change has a PxP score of 58 among Democrats and 29 among independents, but -12 among Republicans. On compromise vs. partisanship, it’s 21, 22 and 1, respectively. And on the ACA, most strikingly, it’s 55, 5 and -63.METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone March 26-29, 2015, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including design effect. Partisan divisions are 30-22-38 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michelle Obama Illustrates the ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’ During “Tonight Show” Visit

Michelle Obama Illustrates the ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’ During “Tonight Show” Visit Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — First lady Michelle Obama dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to plug her "Let's Move!" program to combat child obesity and also show off her dance moves once again in a sketch called "Evolution of Mom Dancing."  Obama first did the "Evolution of Mom Dancing" sketch when she appeared on the show a year ago.Wearing matching pink cardigans, Fallon and the first lady performed a series of dance steps, such as the "Shimmy Twist," "Shush and Tush," the "Knock Knock," the "Getting a Bag from Your Collection of Bags Under the Sink," the "This Old Thing? I Got It at Talbots," the "I Can Still Do This Dance Because My Arms Are in Shape," the "Can We Turn the AC Up,?" the "One Move Behind in Zumba Class," the "No One's Looking (Just Makin' Sure)," the "Trying to Start a Conga Line" and the "Oh My God, I Didn't Know You Were Coming Here!"Fallon then launched into the "Barrack Obama," which drew a dirty look from the first lady. She retaliated by showing him "The Jimmy Fallon."During her interview, the two reminisced about their first meeting at a White House barbecue. Fallon, not realizing it was an informal event, showed up in a three-piece suit. Fallon recalled the president's asking him, "Didn't you get the memo? It's a barbecue," which he delivered in Obama's voice."That was your Barrack Obama?" the first lady responded, to which Fallon said "Yes." When he asked the first lady if his impersonation was any good, she replied, "No."    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Here’s What Happened When Miley Cyrus Trolled Sen. Tom Cotton

Here’s What Happened When Miley Cyrus Trolled Sen. Tom Cotton Miley Cyrus (L) Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images, Sen. Tom Cotton (R) Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus isn't happy with Sen. Tom Cotton.The pop star took issue with the Arkansas Republican's comments about his home state's religious freedom bill in recent days."In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay," Cotton said on CNN Wednesday evening, before moving on to Iran's nuclear program. "We should focus on the most important priorities our country faces right now," he said.   Senator Cotton thinks gay community needs to get “perspective” cuz “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.” — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 2, 2015 She later tweeted Cotton's Washington office number to her 19 million followers, urging them to call and "stir some s*** up!"When asked Thursday in Washington about his comments and Cyrus' reaction, Cotton did not mention the singer, instead saying, "I'll always stand up to defend religious freedom."“Religious freedom is a founding principle of this country,” Cotton said. “In fact it goes way back past our founding -- that's one of the reasons the puritans and pilgrims came here. So I'll always stand up to defend religious freedom. I'll also always stand up to keep America safe.”Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, both Republicans, signed updated versions of the religious freedom bills into law Thursday.This isn’t the first time Cyrus has spoken out on the subject of religious freedom laws. She criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence soon after he signed that state’s religious freedom law, and, in a recent interview with TIME magazine, described supporters of the Indiana law as “dinosaurs” that are “dying off.”   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Some Republicans Unhappy with Iran Nuclear Agreement

Some Republicans Unhappy with Iran Nuclear Agreement Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- Despite Thursday's announcement of a historic agreement in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Republican leaders are unhappy with the agreement, noting "dangerous concessions.""There was no deal or framework announced today," said Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton. "There was only a list of very dangerous U.S. concessions that will put Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon, whether they follow the terms announced or whether they violate the terms announced." Thursday's announcement, he told ABC News, was proof that President Obama is "willing to accept a bad deal.""I want a negotiated settlement like most Americans do," Cotton said, "but I want to negotiate from a position of strength and reach the only acceptable outcome, Iran's nuclear disarmament."Cotton became a household name when he led 47 Republican senators in sending a letter to the Iranian government warning that a deal that didn't meet Congress' standards could be undone once Obama leaves office.Cotton told ABC News Thursday that he hopes to work with colleagues from both parties "to stop this deal from going forward, to keep America safe, and to prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East."Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., also spoke out against the agreement, remarking during a phone interview with Politico that "Neville Chamberlain got a lot more out of Hitler than Wendy Sherman got out of Iran." The comment referenced both the British strategy of appeasement that led to World War II and a top U.S. State Department official who negotiated the Iran deal. On Wednesday, Kirk tweeted that the Obama administration had made "dangerous concessions to Iran" and that "without a good deal, we pave Iran's path to nuclear weapons and the potential for an arms race in the Middle East."   In the last week, the Administration has made a # of dangerous concessions to #iran and gotten nothing in return. http://t.co/qf9Cvd4UNU — Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) April 1, 2015 Without a good deal, we pave Iran's path to nuclear weapons and the potential for an arms race in the Middle East. — Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) April 1, 2015   Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Congress needs to "be careful not to scuttle the opportunity for a diplomatic resolution.""The last thing we want is for the international community to think that we came this close to a negotiated end to Iran's nuclear program and the United States Congress got in the way," he told ABC News. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

BYU-I students advocate for bus transportation system

BYU-I students advocate for bus transportation systemCourtesy Rexburg Standard Journal REXBURG — Shouts of “What are we waiting for? We’re waiting for the bus!” rang out from the corner of Viking Drive and 1st West as BYU-Idaho students poured out of the BYU-Idaho center after the college’s weekly devotional last Tuesday. These chanting students were members of the student interest group, […]

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