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House passes bill to ban doping horses on race day
cmannphoto/iStock By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban doping horses on race day as well as install federal regulations over the sport to help ensure the animals' safety.In addition to banning race-day medication -- a key concern tied to the safety and well-being of the animals -- the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would establish a uniform set of track safety standards and put in place a uniform anti-doping and medication control program at all 38 racing jurisdictions.The bill will now go to the Senate."This legislation tackles some of...
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Presidential debate live updates: Trump vs. Biden and what you need to know ahead of first matchup
ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images By LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden will face off from a social distance in the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday night in Cleveland, just five weeks out from Election Day.The first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic comes on the heels of bombshell reporting from The New York Times on two decades of Trump's tax records, ahead of a contentious Supreme Court confirmation process in the Senate and as the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden maintains...
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Flynn lawyers, DOJ continue push to get case thrown out
Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images By ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Attorneys for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Justice Department returned to court Tuesday in their push to convince a federal judge to throw out his criminal case after he admitted to lying to the FBI in 2017 about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.The Justice Department's surprise reversal and motion to drop the case this past May was not immediately accepted by D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who instead moved to appoint an outside former federal judge tasked with arguing against the DOJ -- as well as considering...
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Trump, Biden compete for battleground Ohio ahead of first debate
JIM WATSON,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images By BENJAMIN SIEGEL and ADIA ROBINSON, ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- Ohio is one of the country’s perennial presidential swing states, one that Democrats and Republicans aggressively compete for every four years.In an election year reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s also playing host to a number of legal battles over access to ballot drop boxes, which are increasingly used by voters as an alternative to in-person voting or relying on the United States Postal Service, amid concerns about service delays.Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s plans to place just one ballot drop box in each of...
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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with GOP senators
franckreporter/iStock By ALLISON PECORIN and TRISH TURNER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin meeting with senators, a customary step ahead of her confirmation hearings, set to begin Oct. 12.Barrett was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to begin a day packed with courtesy calls with Republicans -- but so far, no Democrats.Barrett's nomination has angered Democrats who have urged Republicans to allow whoever is elected as the next president on Nov. 3 to...
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In Pennsylvania, advantage Biden with a big boost from women: POLL
ABC News By GARY LANGER(NEW YORK) -- Overwhelming support in Philadelphia and its suburbs lift former Vice President Joe Biden to a clear lead in crucial Pennsylvania, with backing from college-educated white people and women -- notably white, moderate and suburban women -- central to his advantage in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.President Donald Trump, for his part, is suffering attrition among his 2016 supporters; 8% of them now back Biden instead. While a small slice of the electorate, it’s a potentially important factor in a state Trump won by 44,292 votes out of nearly 6.2 million cast four...
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Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Election security and integrity
Kameleon007/iStock By KENDALL KARSON and QUINN SCANLAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Russia's ongoing brazen efforts to interfere in the presidential election -- as they did four years ago -- remains a principal concern among national security officials, along with other adversaries including China. But unlike in 2016, the rapid and sweeping embrace of vote-by-mail in response to the coronavirus pandemic injects new uncertainty about election security, as millions prepare to vote in an alternative way.Fueling those anxieties over mail voting, which is underway in several states, is President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of rampant fraud, even as dozens of state election...
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Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Economy
zbruch/iStock By SHANNON K. CRAWFORD, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- When President Donald Trump rang in 2020, the economy was one of his biggest selling points for reelection. He had inherited a strong economy from the Obama administration, and it continued to grow stronger during his first term. Unemployment was hovering at a 50-year-low, GDP growth was exceeding expectations and Wall Street was riding the longest bull market in its history.But by spring, all of that came crashing down. While the economy has begun to shakily recoup some of its losses, a full and speedy recovery is anything but assured, making it...
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Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Climate change and the environment
acilo/iStock By JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Climate change -- a hot-button topic for years -- has taken on renewed significance ahead of the 2020 presidential election, with wildfires decimating the West, tropical storms pounding the Gulf Coast and year after year of record temperatures.Both President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden largely toe their respective party lines when it comes to issues pertaining to environmental policy.Throughout his presidency, Trump reversed many American commitments to mitigating climate change, most notably pulling out of the Paris Agreement, removing clean water protections and seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens...
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Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Health
Andrei Vasilev/iStock By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With unprecedented unemployment in the United States, where health care is inextricably linked to employment, and a coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe, it's safe to say that on Nov. 3, health is on the ballot.As it stands, more than 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Another 13 million are unemployed.Health might be a political football in 2020, but it's also a deeply personal issue that affects every American voter. Given health's crucial significance this year, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund polled 4,220 likely voters in battleground states between Aug. 25 and Sept. 20...
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Trump vs. Biden on the issues: Racial justice
Alessandro Biascioli/iStock By JUSTIN GOMEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May and the fury over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March set off massive protests across the country against racial injustice and police brutality.Over the months that followed, new and previous supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement held demonstrations from coast to coast and a new generation of Americans protested for racial equality.Race is now at the center of the national conversation heading into the final weeks of the 2020 campaign for president, from the disproportionate impact the novel...
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Trump and Biden to face off in 1st 2020 presidential debate
Scott Olson/Getty Images BY: LIBBY CATHEY, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden prepared to face off Tuesday -- at a social distance -- in their first in-person showdown of the 2020 presidential campaign. As they did so, each grappled with how to tackle 11th hour bombshell developments involving a report about Trump's taxes and a Supreme Court confirmation fight. While Biden hunkered down in Delaware Monday, Trump, when asked at an event touting production of an electric pickup truck in Ohio -- where the debate will take place -- whether he was looking forward...
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