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O'Malley: Democratic party 'regenerating itself, almost like after a bad forest fire'
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- According to former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former President Obama, the Democratic National Committee, and the Clintons bear responsibility for miscalculations that weakened the Democratic party in recent elections.“What is happening now is the party is regenerating itself, almost like after a bad forest fire,” O’Malley told ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast.He says the "fire" started in 2008. He believes Obama squandered the energy of his candidacy. “Rather than infusing that energy into the veins of the Democratic...
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Facebook says they will let its users know if they liked Russian-linked election propaganda
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook announced they are making a portal that will allow users to find out if they liked pages or followed Instagram accounts made by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian internet company that was revealed to be troll farm after the 2016 election. The portal will provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election. “This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try...
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FCC stonewalling probe of 'massive scheme' involving fake net neutrality comments, New York attorney general says
iStock/Thinkstock (ALBANY, N.Y.) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released an open letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, accusing the agency of stonewalling his office's investigation into what he called a "massive scheme" to inundate the FCC's public net neutrality review process with fake comments."The process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity," Schneiderman wrote to Pai, a Republican appointed to head...
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Texas congressman apologizes for nude online selfie
US Congress (WASHINGTON) -- Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas is apologizing for a graphic image of himself that emerged on social media this week, confirming he took the picture and sent it to women with whom he was pursuing relationships."While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton, 68, told the Texas Tribune in a statement. His office has not responded to inquiries from ABC News."Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that...
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These members of the Liberal Gun Club say they can be both left-leaning and support gun rights
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Two of the biggest mass shootings in modern American history have taken place within just the past 50 days.And in the aftermath, there seems to be no real, reasoned gun debate face-to-face or online -- just a deepening division between Americans on the left and on the right.But there is a growing group of people doing the unexpected. They’re called the Liberal Gun Club, just one of a number of left-leaning gun clubs now in operation, who seem to support less gun restrictions and agree with the NRA on some points.“I’m Lara. I’m a liberal....
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski backs Obamacare individual mandate repeal
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she supports repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a key provision in the Senate Republican tax bill, but she refrained from offering a full endorsement of the tax package."I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed," Murkowski wrote in an op-ed for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I co-sponsored a bill to repeal the individual...
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Federal court puts stop to Trump's transgender military ban
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A federal court ordered a halt Tuesday to President Donald Trump's proposed ban of transgender service members from serving in the military. The court issued a preliminary injunction, which was publicly announced by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is a part of the lawsuit fighting against the ban. The legal move stops any ban on transgender individuals from serving in or being recruited by the military and allows any transition-related surgeries to take place, if those are a part of the individual's medical plan. The ACLU views the preliminary injunction as a win. "Today is a...
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Second Al Franken accuser on why she went public with her story
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Lindsay Menz, who has accused Sen. Al Franken of groping her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010, is speaking out about the alleged incident for the first time on camera Wednesday morning."My husband steps away from us to take the photo. I stand next to Sen. Franken, and he pulls me into him and then he moves his hand to my butt," Menz, 33, told ABC News' Chief National Correspondent Tom Llamas. "I was shocked."She added, "I was surprised and kind of wondering, 'Did that really just happen?'"In a statement to ABC News, Franken said,...
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Rep. John Conyers accused of sexual misconduct by second woman
United States Congress (NEW YORK) -- Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., was accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman earlier this year, as he faces a new ethics investigation after denying a separate report that alleges he sexually harassed a female aide, leading to a reported five-figure payout funded by taxpayers."The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes," Reps. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chair...
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Trump on Roy Moore accusations: 'He totally denies it'
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump spoke publicly about embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore for the first time Tuesday, saying of the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him: "You have to listen to him also" and "He totally denies it."Speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn before leaving Washington to travel to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump stopped short of fully endorsing Moore — whose candidacy and two stints as Alabama chief justice attracted controversy even before the sexual impropriety allegations — but attacked Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones."We don't need a liberal person...
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Special counsel is focusing on James Comey's firing, but here's what we already know
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- ABC News reported this week that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has now told the Justice Department to turn over any emails and other documents related to, among other things, the May 9 firing of James Comey as FBI director.The move is a strong signal that Mueller’s team is actively investigating whether President Trump tried to obstruct a federal criminal probe over Russia’s attempts to influence last year’s presidential election.But what exactly is known about the controversial move to ax Comey, and what could it mean for what Mueller’s team is still hoping to uncover?...
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John Conyers 'vehemently' denies sexual harassment allegations as ethics committee launches probe
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is facing a new ethics investigation after denying a report on Tuesday that alleges he sexually harassed a female aide, leading to a five-figure payout funded by taxpayers."The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes," Reps. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the chair and ranking member of the House Ethics Committee, announced Tuesday. "The committee ... has...
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