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DOJ Files Motion to Stay Injunction Against Obama Immigration Policy

DOJ Files Motion to Stay Injunction Against Obama Immigration Policy

Photo by Budd Williams/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a motion to stay after a Texas court filed an injunction against President Obama's immigration policy.The DOJ is asking the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a lower court's motion that prevented the Obama policy of using prosecutorial discretion to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. from being implemented. "The Secretary of Homeland Security seeks to effectively prioritize the removal of aliens who have recently crossed the border, committed crimes, or threaten public safety and national security by...establishing guidelines for considering requests for temporarily deferring removal of other aliens who pose no such threats and have longstanding and close family ties to the United States," the motion explains.The DOJ argues that the injunction "restrains the exercise of that prosecutorial discretion, a quintessentially executive function that is traditionally unreviewable." As such, the Secretary of Homeland Security's authority to enforce immigration laws is disrupted, it says.

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Two Phones’ Defense Linked to State Department Protocols

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Two Phones’ Defense Linked to State Department Protocols

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Much ado was made this week over comments made by Hillary Clinton at a press conference regarding the email controversy that has swirled around her over the last few weeks."Looking back, it would've been better for me to use two separate phones and two email accounts," Clinton told reporters on Tuesday. Many wondered why the former Secretary of State couldn't simply have both her personal and government email address synced to one phone.State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said at a Thursday press briefing that that wasn't an option for Clinton. "Prior to early 2014 and the release of the new generation of BlackBerry devices, the security protocols that State deployed did not permit automated access," Psaki explained. "So, I think, you know, some of you may have devices today or capable today of having a personal and a work email on the same device...that wasn't permitted at the time."Psaki noted that "things have updated post-2014."It was also revealed at the briefing that Clinton was not issued a State Department BlackBerry. Psaki also clarified that "no one is required to be issued a State Department BlackBerry."

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Scott Baio Endorses Scott Walker and Other Surprising Celebrity Endorsements Of 2016

Scott Baio Endorses Scott Walker and Other Surprising Celebrity Endorsements Of 2016

Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Celebrities are a common sight on the campaign trail and often bring their fan base -- and Twitter following -- with them in support of political issues and candidates. In 2012, President Barack Obama appeared on the campaign trail with performers Katy Perry, Dave Matthews, Pitbull and Bruce Springsteen.Some of the big names are getting in on the ground floor of the 2016 presidential race -- several celebrities have already signaled their support for some of the potential candidates.

Scott Walker and Scott BaioCall it Team Scott. Actor Scott Baio expressed support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Twitter this week, saying that Walker reminds him of former President Ronald Reagan.

 

.@ScottBaio Thanks! We both love Reagan, I'm flattered #ChachiandWalkerLoveReagan

— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) March 11, 2015

Baio is an actor known for his role as Chachi on the show Happy Days and, more recently, for his role on the sitcom See Dad Run.Mike Huckabee and Chuck NorrisMartial arts star Chuck Norris is known to be politically conservative.This weekend, Norris penned an op-ed, "Who I Pray Will Run in 2016," hoping Arkansas' former governor will launch a bid."Mike truly is a first-class patriot and a renowned man of integrity," he said. "Gena and I pray he will run for president and be our next president."In 2008, Norris endorsed Huckabee in a humorous campaign ad in which Norris and the former governor exchanged fun facts.Hillary Clinton and Anna WintourFashion mogul and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour indicated support for Hillary Clinton at an Oscar de la Renta reception in Little Rock in July 2013."I can only hope that all of you here in Little Rock will be celebrating her come November 2016,” she said, adding that she hoped to publish a cover on Vogue featuring the first female president of the United States.Elizabeth Warren and The Incredible HulksTwo actors that have appeared in Incredible Hulk movies have endorsed Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as part of the “Artists for Warren” effort.Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the Marvel Avengers movies, and Edward Norton, who played the Hulk’s human identity, Bruce Banner, in a 2008 film, both support Warren.Dozens of artists joined the “Run Warren Run” effort in February to convince Warren to run for president, despite her repeated statements that she isn't interested. An endorsement letter signed by the group emphasizes Warren's fight for financial regulation to improve widening income inequality.“For too long everyday Americans have been hammered by this system while the wealthiest 1% benefits. That’s not the country we want to live in, and Senator Warren, we believe you’re the fighter to address the deeply serious problems we face,” the letter reads.

 

Chris Christie and Charles BarkleyIn an interview with Sports Illustrated, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley revealed that he’s always voted Democratic, but he likes “some of the Republicans this time around.”“I like Chris Christie. I like Jeb Bush. I like those guys,” Barkley said. He would not comment on Hillary Clinton.Rick Santorum and Dave MustaineIn 2012, Megadeth lead guitarist Dave Mustaine said Rick Santorum has “some presidential qualities.” However, he later clarified that his comments weren't an endorsement.

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Scott Baio Endorses Scott Walker and Other Surprising Celebrity Endorsements Of 2016

Scott Baio Endorses Scott Walker and Other Surprising Celebrity Endorsements Of 2016

Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Celebrities are a common sight on the campaign trail and often bring their fan base -- and Twitter following -- with them in support of political issues and candidates. In 2012, President Barack Obama appeared on the campaign trail with performers Katy Perry, Dave Matthews, Pitbull and Bruce Springsteen.Some of the big names are getting in on the ground floor of the 2016 presidential race -- several celebrities have already signaled their support for some of the potential candidates.

Scott Walker and Scott BaioCall it Team Scott. Actor Scott Baio expressed support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Twitter this week, saying that Walker reminds him of former President Ronald Reagan.

 

.@ScottBaio Thanks! We both love Reagan, I'm flattered #ChachiandWalkerLoveReagan

— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) March 11, 2015

Baio is an actor known for his role as Chachi on the show Happy Days and, more recently, for his role on the sitcom See Dad Run.Mike Huckabee and Chuck NorrisMartial arts star Chuck Norris is known to be politically conservative.This weekend, Norris penned an op-ed, "Who I Pray Will Run in 2016," hoping Arkansas' former governor will launch a bid."Mike truly is a first-class patriot and a renowned man of integrity," he said. "Gena and I pray he will run for president and be our next president."In 2008, Norris endorsed Huckabee in a humorous campaign ad in which Norris and the former governor exchanged fun facts.Hillary Clinton and Anna WintourFashion mogul and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour indicated support for Hillary Clinton at an Oscar de la Renta reception in Little Rock in July 2013."I can only hope that all of you here in Little Rock will be celebrating her come November 2016,” she said, adding that she hoped to publish a cover on Vogue featuring the first female president of the United States.Elizabeth Warren and The Incredible HulksTwo actors that have appeared in Incredible Hulk movies have endorsed Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as part of the “Artists for Warren” effort.Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the Marvel Avengers movies, and Edward Norton, who played the Hulk’s human identity, Bruce Banner, in a 2008 film, both support Warren.Dozens of artists joined the “Run Warren Run” effort in February to convince Warren to run for president, despite her repeated statements that she isn't interested. An endorsement letter signed by the group emphasizes Warren's fight for financial regulation to improve widening income inequality.“For too long everyday Americans have been hammered by this system while the wealthiest 1% benefits. That’s not the country we want to live in, and Senator Warren, we believe you’re the fighter to address the deeply serious problems we face,” the letter reads.

 

Chris Christie and Charles BarkleyIn an interview with Sports Illustrated, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley revealed that he’s always voted Democratic, but he likes “some of the Republicans this time around.”“I like Chris Christie. I like Jeb Bush. I like those guys,” Barkley said. He would not comment on Hillary Clinton.Rick Santorum and Dave MustaineIn 2012, Megadeth lead guitarist Dave Mustaine said Rick Santorum has “some presidential qualities.” However, he later clarified that his comments weren't an endorsement.

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How Hillary Clinton and Her Team Decided to Throw Out 31,830 Emails

How Hillary Clinton and Her Team Decided to Throw Out 31,830 Emails

Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The big headline from Hillary Clinton’s news conference Tuesday was that, although she claims to have turned over all work-related emails, she deleted the rest of her emails and it appears there is no way to read them ever again.But one important point regarding how her team determined which of Clinton's 62,320 e-mails were work-related and which were “personal and private” may have been glossed over.A new Time magazine cover story about the email scandal boiled down the exact process she used in responding to a State Department request for her emails related to official business and pointed out that each individual e-mail was not read."This review did not involve opening and reading each email," Time reported. "Instead, Clinton’s lawyers created a list of names and keywords related to her work and searched for those. Slightly more than half the total cache -- 31,830 emails -- did not contain any of the search terms, according to Clinton’s staff, so they were deemed to be 'private, personal records.'”Time didn't disclose how it determined that each email wasn't opened individually, but it’s consistent with a written explanation provided by Clinton's spokesman after a news conference this week.Clinton's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.During the news conference, Clinton did not go into the details of how the review was conducted, but said it was “thorough” and that she went “above and beyond” what she was required to do in turning over many of her emails to the State Department."We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department," she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as "yoga routines," "family vacations," and "planning Chelsea's wedding."But later, after the news conference, Clinton’s team distributed a lengthy question-and-answer document that detailed the “multi-step” process. The process appeared to have included an extensive, nuanced search of Clinton’s inbox, but the document did not make clear how many of the emails were opened and read in the review.According to that document, here is a summary of how Clinton’s attorneys, who were tasked with the job, said they sorted through:- First, a search was done of all emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account during the period she was secretary of state -- from 2007 to 2013.- Then, with the remaining emails, a search was done for names of 100 State Department and other U.S. government officials who Clinton may have had correspondence with during her tenure.- Next, the emails were organized and reviewed by sender and recipient to “account for non-obvious or non-recognizable email addresses or misspellings or other idiosyncrasies.”- Lastly, of the emails still left over, a "number of terms" were searched, including “Benghazi” and “Libya.”The results of the searching were that Clinton’s attorneys found 30,490 work-related emails and 31,830 emails that were deemed “private and personal.”Clinton said on Tuesday she deleted all of the personal emails because she felt she “had no reason to save them.”The revelation has only raised more questions among Clinton’s detractors about what was in those emails and why she used the private account in the first place.Clinton said she did so out of “convenience,” but acknowledged during the news conference it “would have been better” if she had used two separate phones and two email accounts. "I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously it hasn't worked out that way,” she said.On Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he was prepared to subpoena Clinton to answer questions about her private email account.Meanwhile, Clinton is hoping to move past her email issues as she prepares for a more-than-likely presidential campaign that she is expected to announce next month.

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Eric Holder: Ferguson Police Shooting Was an ‘Ambush’

Eric Holder: Ferguson Police Shooting Was an ‘Ambush’

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking at a My Brothers Keeper event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, said he was very upset by the attack overnight against two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri."Seeing this attack last night really kind of turned my stomach because in the last week since the Justice Department released its pattern and practice report on Ferguson, I thought we'd begun to see really important signs of progress," Holder said.The attorney general called the attack an "ambush.""What happened last night was a pure ambush. This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson, this was, this was a damn punk...punk who was trying to sow discord in an area that is trying to get its act together," he said.Holder added, "This really disgusting and cowardly attack might have been intended to unravel any sense of progress that exists but I hope that that does not in fact happen."

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Sen. Portman Says He Has ‘a Lot of Faith’ in Secret Service Director

Sen. Portman Says He Has ‘a Lot of Faith’ in Secret Service Director

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- At least one Republican isn't making political hay out of the latest Secret Service scandal -- not yet, anyway.Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday said not to give up on the agency's new director, hired just a month before two senior agents allegedly crashed a car into a White House barrier while under the influence of alcohol. "Of course I have concerns about it. I also have a lot of faith in Joe Clancy. I know him, and I believe he is the right person for the job at this time," Portman told reporters on Capitol Hill."I'm looking forward to hearing from Director Clancy about this incident and I'm sure that he will take it very seriously and take action immediately," he said.Still, some House Republicans have wondered whether Clancy's taking the top job was enough to change a scandal-ridden Secret Service.

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Obama Tweets About Ferguson Police Shooting

Obama Tweets About Ferguson Police Shooting

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Before departing for California Thursday, President Obama personally tweeted about the two police officers who were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight."Violence against police is unacceptable. Our prayers are with the officers in MO. Path to justice is one all of us must travel together. –bo," Obama wrote.

The "-bo" at the end of the tweet signifies that it was sent from the president.

 

Violence against police is unacceptable. Our prayers are with the officers in MO. Path to justice is one all of us must travel together. –bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 12, 2015

 

The two officers were shot in Ferguson amid protests in front of the police department. Both have since been released from the hospital.

The search for the suspect or suspects is ongoing.While in California, Obama will attend a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show and then a Democratic fundraiser event.

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Rep. Schock Talked Congressional Ethics Rules on 2010 “Top Chef” Episode

Rep. Schock Talked Congressional Ethics Rules on 2010 “Top Chef” Episode

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Admitting he’s “not an attorney,” embattled Rep. Aaron Schock reportedly said this week he "certainly hopes" he didn't break federal law through a string of questionable spending that has been under intense scrutiny for the past month.

But it appears he was well-versed enough in congressional ethics rules to have schooled some Top Chef contestants in a 2010 episode of the popular series.In a clip from the seventh season, the Illinois Republican teaches the chefs about the guidelines governing the acceptance of food and beverages by members of Congress, or the "toothpick rule," during the show's visit to Washington, D.C."When you become a new member of Congress and win an election, the first day is spent on ethics. Believe it or not, a good portion of that discussion is about food,” Schock said on the show. “Basically, the Ethics Committee wants to make sure that there's not too much undue influence between the elected officials and the paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C."One of the many potential ethics violations the congressman is suspected of making appears to fall in direct violation of this rule. During a 2011 trip to London, Schock reportedly accepted free food and drinks at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and at a fancy London nightclub. He did not report any of the gifts, the costs of which almost certainly exceeded the mandated $50 limit.What’s more, reports surfaced this week that Schock spent campaign money at Bergdorf Goodman, which has a restaurant, Mercer Kitchen and Delta Grill, during a trip to New York City in September. Schock took the trip to join Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to the United States, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.He and at least 10 members of his staff reportedly stayed at the iconic (and pricey) Plaza Hotel, all on the taxpayer’s dime.The newspaper updated its reporting Wednesday to include that Schock’s political director was also on the trip. The Sun-Times found that her expenses, however, were covered with campaign dollars, not from his congressional allowance.But it is questions about the big-ticket expense items, not food and beverages, that could mean serious trouble for the congressman.A spokesman for Schock has denied allegations of wrongdoing, even as they continue to pile up.Initially attracting attention for hiring an interior decorator who revamped his office to match the hit PBS period piece Downton Abbey last month, there have been new allegations against the congressman each week for the past month. What’s more, each is perhaps more extravagant and troubling than the next.Whether it’s reports that he used his congressional allowance to purchase tickets to a Katy Perry concert last summer for him and his interns, or that he used taxpayer money to pay for a private plane to travel from Peoria to Chicago for the Bears-Vikings game in November, the alleged abuses to bankroll the young congressman’s lavish taste may earn him a full ethical review.While Schock has ordered an internal review of his spending, he’s likely to face a congressional ethics investigation, if one hasn’t begun already.And he has already enlisted legal help. Just weeks after the Downton Abbey office incident in February, and as more eyebrow-raising reports trickled in, Schock hired two prominent D.C. defense attorneys and a public relations firm for support.

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Opinion: Levy Elections, Opportunities of a Republic

Opinion: Levy Elections, Opportunities of a Republic(Political Columnist Mark Richardson) Another round of school bonds and levies have been presented for public approval and, as typical, received a mixed reception. Requests from the school boards have been greeted with everything from enthusiasm to groans and protests at the prospect of another slice of the public funding being seized. Overall, voters have […]

Likely 2016 Candidate George Pataki Says GOP Letter to Iran Was Out of Line

Likely 2016 Candidate George Pataki Says GOP Letter to Iran Was Out of Line

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Likely GOP presidential contender George Pataki scolded 47 Republican senators for sending a letter to Iranian leaders -- a move supported by at least five of his potential rivals -- breaking with his party to argue that foreign negotiations should be conducted by President Obama and without the intervention of Congress."Just imagine if, come 2017, there's a Republican president and a Democratic Congress: Would Republican candidates, would Republican senators want a Democratic Senate sending a letter to a country when the president is engaged in negotiations?”"I don't think so," the former Republican governor of New York said in an interview with Top Line.Pataki's rebuke of the letter stands in contrast to several other likely Republican candidates who either signed the letter or expressed support for it, including Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Gov. Rick Perry.Pataki expressed concern about the tentative agreement with Iran that President Obama has hinted is to come, but defended the president's right to control the negotiations without congressional meddling."Foreign policy, negotiations with foreign states, has to be conducted by the president and his team," Pataki said. "We don't have to agree with the decision. I have grave reservations about the deal that appears to be negotiated with Iran, but I don't think Congress independently reaches out to another government to express a different standpoint. "Following Hillary Clinton's news conference Tuesday addressing her exclusive use of a private email address as secretary of state, Pataki said he is "stunned" by the likely Democratic presidential candidate's handling of the controversy in an era of major electronic security breaches."The fact that the secretary of state could have no government emails and do everything out of a basement server is mind-boggling to me," Pataki said. "First of all, it's arrogant, and second of all, I think it's extremely poor judgment. ...We live in a time where Sony was hacked by North Korea, where the Central Command of the U.S government's social media network was hacked into by ISIS, and she has a home brew in the basement?"Though Clinton sought to assure the public in her news conference that there were never any security breaches of the server, Pataki expressed skepticism, saying, "We're supposed to have confidence that no confidential information was ever...breached?""I don't care about the yoga, I don't care about Chelsea's wedding, but I do care about possible communications, or she was talking to political advisors, consultants and others with classified information," the former governor said, adding that, "if I were leading the country, I would say, 'We want to have that server.'"Though Pataki is not even registering on early polling for the 2016 presidential contest, he joked that he's "on the upswing" if he receives a name mention next to the margin of error asterisk at the bottom of a poll. He pointed to his experience as the three-term governor of a state dominated by Democrats as evidence of why he shouldn't be ruled out in a crowded sea of 2016 contenders."Will the seas part if I announce that I'll be the nominee? Of course not, but...I ran for governor and nobody gave me a chance the first time against [Gov.] Mario Cuomo," Pataki said. "You work hard, you have the right ideas, you connect with people, you get them to believe in you, and then you win."

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White House Steps Up Attack on GOP’s Iran Letter

White House Steps Up Attack on GOP’s Iran Letter

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House Wednesday intensified its attack on 47 Senate Republicans who told Iranian leaders in a letter that any deal made to freeze its nuclear program could be nullified by the next administration.Speaking to reporters at his daily briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that the GOP missive was "an effort to inject partisan politics into a very serious foreign policy matter."Earnest called the letter both "unprecedented and inappropriate" although its originator, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has claimed he and other Republicans were not trying to undermine President Obama's authority.However, the White House spokesman said otherwise, charging Republicans with "attempting to sandbag the president of the United States in the midst of negotiations that he's engaged in, not just in Iran but with our international partners."The talks between the so called P5+1 and Iran are expected to wrap up in weeks. Obama has publicly said that the likelihood of a deal was no better than fifty-fifty.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May election

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May electionIDAHO FALLS — Board trustees in Bonneville Joint School District 93 approved a new plan to re-run its $56.1 million bond proposal in May. On Wednesday night, trustees voted 4-1 to make a third attempt to secure funding to build a new high school. The new school is aimed at reducing increasing overcrowding problems in […]

State Department Watchdog Says Too Few Emails Saved for Public Record

State Department Watchdog Says Too Few Emails Saved for Public Record

Credit: Hisham Ibrahim/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Office of the Inspector General released a report on Wednesday detailing the State Department's public record-keeping habits regarding emails, finding that a substantial amount of government information may not be preserved.According to the report, in 2011, State Department employees created more than one billion emails. That year, only 61,156 were marked to be preserved for public records. In 2013, the number of record emails was just 41,749.The OIG speculates that some employees may not create record emails "because they do not want to make the email available in searches or Fear that this availability would inhibit debate about pending decisions."The report noted that department employees need "better guidance and training in records management." Many who failed to record emails as intended told the OIG that they were "unaware of what types of information should be saved as record emails." The OIG recommended that the Bureau of Administration create a new process to review record email usage by bureaus and provide feedback, to use focus groups of government employees to "identify practical examples of official records," and issue guidance to State Department employees to remind them of their responsibilities as far as record-keeping.

The report comes out in the wake of controversy after it was revealed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclusively used her personal email address while serving in that capacity. Questions have been raised about whether or not Clinton's emails were properly archived, and whether she properly supplied all emails including government information to the department after leaving her post.

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Secretary of State John Kerry Fires Back at Anti-War Protester

Secretary of State John Kerry Fires Back at Anti-War Protester

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Anti-war protesters from Code Pink are a frequent sight at congressional hearings involving senior national security officials from the Obama administration.Typically there’s almost no acknowledgement of their interruptions as the protesters are escorted out of a hearing room by Capitol Police.But one protester got under Secretary of State John Kerry’s skin at a hearing Wednesday on the authorization for the use of force against ISIS.Kerry grew annoyed when the protester said the war “is killing more innocent people.”“Killing more innocent people?” responded an annoyed Kerry with disdain. “I wonder how our journalists who were beheaded, and the pilot, who was fighting for freedom, who was burned alive -- what they would have to say to their efforts to protect innocent people.”A few minutes later another Code Pink protester interrupted Kerry again, but Kerry said nothing in response.

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Iran Letter: 165,000+ Sign Petition to Prosecute GOP Senators for Treason

Iran Letter: 165,000+ Sign Petition to Prosecute GOP Senators for Treason

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) --  A petition on whitehouse.gov calling for charges to be filed against the 47 senators who sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran, possibly in violation of the Logan Act, has collected more than 165,000 signatures in less than two days.Because the petition exceeded 100,000 signatures within 30 days, the White House is required to respond.The creator of this petition, known only by the initials C.H., alleges that the 47 senators “committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.”The letter, which was published on Monday, warned Iranian leaders that any nuclear deal they sign with President Obama won’t last past his second term.Jerome Barron, a professor of Constitutional Law at George Washington University, told ABC News in an interview that he finds the senators’ letter “disrespectful,” but he does not believe the senators have committed treason.“They would make the argument the Logan Act doesn’t apply because they are one of the three branches of government and although they don’t have the major role of foreign relations, they do, after all, as the Senate, confirm treaties,” Barron said. “It’s true this is an executive agreement, but they [the Senate] have some role I suppose. I don’t think they’re in violation of the Logan Act.”When asked about the potential violation of the Logan Act, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest highlighted the authority of the Department of Justice.“For a determination like that, I'd refer you to the Department of Justice. It ultimately would be their responsibility to make that kind of determination,” Earnest said Wednesday in the White House briefing room. “I know that there's been a lot of speculation about this, but I'm not aware of any conversations about the Logan Act in its relation to this specific matter that have taken place here at the White House.”While Earnest redirected the inquiry about the potential Logan Act violation for now, the White House will have to make an official response to the petition.Other petitions that have met the White House’s response threshold include efforts to legalize marijuana, publish the White House beer recipe and even deport Justin Bieber back to Canada.

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Paul Ryan Facing $100K Lawsuit for Aide’s Car Accident

Paul Ryan Facing $100K Lawsuit for Aide’s Car Accident

Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan is facing a lawsuit seeking $100,000 in damages after one of his aides crashed the congressman’s SUV more than a year ago, allegedly causing personal injuries to two people in another vehicle.Ryan, the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee and the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, was not a passenger in the vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, during the wreck on Feb. 25, 2014.The vehicle was driven by Ryan’s current chief of staff, Kevin Seifert, who served as the Wisconsin Republican’s press secretary at the time of the accident and was “acting within the scope of his employment when the motor vehicle accident occurred,” according to court records obtained by ABC News.Plaintiff Santos Perez was driving a vehicle with a passenger, Adan Bamaca Cajas, who is also a plaintiff. Seifert allegedly rear-ended Perez's vehicle. Each plaintiff is seeking $50,000 in damages.The U.S. Department of Justice is representing Ryan and Seifert and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington Wednesday, arguing that “absent a waiver of sovereign immunity, the federal government is immune from suit,” citing federal precedent.“Plaintiffs in this case have failed to exhaust their administrative remedies under the Federal Tort Claims Act...regarding claims properly brought against the United States,” the motion reads.Perez and Cajas filed their lawsuit on Jan. 8 in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, alleging negligence by both Ryan and Seifert, according to the motion to dismiss.An initial scheduling conference has been set for April 10 in U.S. District Court in Washington.“This is a routine process for matters involving House employees acting in the scope of their duties and is being handled by the U.S. Department of Justice and House counsel,” Robert Swift, a spokesman for Ryan, said.The plaintiffs’ attorney, Matthew Tievsky, a personal injury lawyer at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., could not immediately be reached by ABC News for comment.

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Could Arkansas State Senate Make Cotton 2016 a Possibility?

Could Arkansas State Senate Make Cotton 2016 a Possibility?

Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- The Arkansas State Senate will consider a bill that would allow a candidate to run for multiple federal offices simultaneously, after the state Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs recommended that the bill pass.The bill was sponsored by Arkansas state Senator Bart Hester. If adopted, it would allow an individual to "be a candidate for President or Vice President of the United States and United States Senate or United States House of Representatives in the same primary and general election."The bill was proposed days after Arkansas freshman Sen. Tom Cotton led 47 Republican senators in writing a letter to the Iranian government that some felt undermined President Obama's attempts to negotiate a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran. It was unclear whether the bill was proposed with Cotton in mind, though the legislation would aid him in a hypothetical 2016 attempt at the presidency.

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AP Sues State Department to Force Release of Clinton’s Emails

AP Sues State Department to Force Release of Clinton’s Emails

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A day after Hillary Clinton addressed her personal email use, a news organization is taking legal action.

The Associated Press is suing the State Department to force the release of the former secretary of State's emails.

The AP says repeated requests for the documents under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone ignored for up to five years.

The news comes after Clinton on Tuesday spoke publicly for the first time about her exclusive use of a private email account while she was Secretary of State.

Clinton said she used the personal email because it would have been inconvenient to carry around an additional device for official email.

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Obama Expresses His Condolences over Military Helicopter Crash

Obama Expresses His Condolences over Military Helicopter Crash

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama called Maj. Gen. Joe Osterman and Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the commanders of Marine Special Operations and the Louisiana Army National Guard, respectively, on Wednesday to express his condolences over the helicopter crash that left 11 servicemen presumably dead, according to the White House.The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash happened during a routine night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.“In those telephone conversations, the president expressed his condolences to the families, fellow service members, and communities of the seven Marines and four Army National Guardsmen from Louisiana who were involved in this tragic incident,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.“The president reassured the commanders of the nation's deep appreciation for the many sacrifices that our men and women in uniform and their families make to protect and defend our country," Earnest added. "The president also expressed confidence that there would be a detailed and thorough investigation into this incident and what caused it.”

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