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Meghan McCain says she's 'emotionally exhausted' having to address Trump's comments
ABC/Heidi Gutman (NEW YORK) -- An "emotionally exhausted" Meghan McCain again defended her father against President Donald Trump Thursday on ABC's The View, saying she doesn't "expect decency" from his family. “I don’t like coming here every day and having to do this, as all of you know. It’s extremely emotionally exhausting,” she said at the top of the show. "I don't expect decency from the Trump family," she added. During an official White House event at a tank manufacturing plant in Ohio on Wednesday, Trump spent nearly five minutes bashing Sen. John McCain because he didn’t receive credit for...
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Jimmy Carter is poised to be the president who has lived the longest in US history
Scott Cunningham/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Jimmy Carter is now one of the oldest-living former president in U.S. history at 94 years and 171 days old, tying with George H.W. Bush.Bush, the 41st president, died on Nov. 30, 2018 at 94 years, 171 days old.Before Thursday, Carter had already set the record for being the former president to live the longest after leaving office, at more than 38 years. Gerald Ford, the 38th president, was the previous record-holder. He died at 93, nearly 30 years after he left office.Carter, the son of a Georgia peanut farmer, was 52 years old when...
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Trump to sign executive order threatening aid to colleges if speakers banned
Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian (WASHINGTON) -- Colleges could be denied certain federal research and education grants if they fail to comply with free speech statutes under an executive order President Donald Trump will sign Thursday, an administration official said. In doing so, Trump is responding to a rallying cry among conservatives who say their views are suppressed on campuses, and that speakers are sometimes assaulted or banned when protesters threaten violence. The executive order would direct 12 grant-making agencies to work with the Office of Management and Budget to ensure universities are complying with federal law...
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Trump, showing a map, declares ISIS will be 'gone by tonight'
Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced to reporters at the White House Wednesday that the Islamic State in Syria would be "gone by tonight." He made the announcement with some fanfare, unfurling a big piece of paper that he had carried out with him to Marine One. He then guided the press through two maps of Syria and Iraq showing the progress of the Islamic State’s defeat."I brought this out for you -- this is a map of everything in the red, this was on election night, in 2016, everything red is ISIS....
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Pentagon watchdog to investigate complaints of alleged ethics violations against acting Defense secretary
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into complaints of alleged ethics violations against acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General said it had recently received a complaint that Shanahan "allegedly took actions to promote his former employer, Boeing, and disparage its competitors, allegedly in violation of ethics rules."Shanahan worked for Boeing for 31 years, last serving as senior vice president of supply chain operations.In a separate statement, the Pentagon said on Wednesday that Shanahan "has at all times remained committed...
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President Trump, rebuked for attacking John McCain, complains he didn't get 'thank you' for his funeral
Andrew Spear/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump, already facing widespread rebuke for his attack on Sen. John McCain, stepped up his criticism in a speech on Wednesday in Ohio, at one point, sounding annoyed, saying "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted —- which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn't get a thank you. That's okay.""We sent him on the way, Trump continued, "But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”In the speech at a tank plant in Lima, Ohio, Trump claimed that McCain hadn't properly advocated for veterans...
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GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson calls Trump attack on McCain 'deplorable'
Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson on Wednesday denounced President Trump's continued attacks against Isakson's Republican colleague, the late Sen. John McCain.“It's deplorable what he said,” Isakson said in an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” radio show.“It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again, and I will continue to speak out,” Isakson added.Isakson, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said Wednesdaythat he’s most concerned about Trump’s remarks as it relates to US military service members and veterans.Isakson characterized Trump's attacks against McCain as a "lack of...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein staying longer at the Department of Justice: Sources
Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The deputy Attorney General is staying on longer than he was originally expected, sources tell ABC News.Previously, ABC News reported Rod Rosenstein was planning to leave the Department of Justice in mid-March. Sources had said, that he had wanted to stay on to ensure a smooth transition for his successor and wanted to accommodate the needs of new Attorney General William Barr.One outstanding investigation is special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Rosenstein oversaw Mueller's probe for more than a year, after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions...
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Trump says he has no idea when Mueller report will come out, open to public release
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he has no idea when special counsel Robert Mueller's report will be released but signaled he was open to letting the public see it."We'll see what the report says -- let's see if it's fair. I have no idea when it's going to be released," Trump said of Mueller's report, expected soon as he's believed to be wrapping up his investigation."Does the public have a right to see the Mueller report?" ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked the president as he departed the White House...
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Meghan McCain calls President Trump’s latest criticisms of her late father Sen. John McCain 'a new bizarre low'
Nicolette Cain/ABC (NEW YORK) -- Meghan McCain and "The View" co-hosts defended McCain's late father Sen. John McCain after President Donald Trump's latest attacks on him.The president condemned Sen. John McCain over the weekend for being "last in his class" and again on Tuesday saying that he was "never a fan" and that he "never will be" after McCain voted against repealing Obamacare. The longtime senator and former prisoner of war died seven months ago.On "The View" Wednesday, Meghan McCain said, "If I had told my dad seven months after you’re dead, you’re gonna be dominating the news and all...
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EPA chief says water issues a bigger crisis than climate change
Tero Vesalainen/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The head of the top U.S. environmental agency said on Wednesday that the Trump administration considers drinking water quality around the world a bigger crisis than climate change, despite the recent surge in debate around the proposed Green New Deal. In remarks in Washington to mark World Water Day, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said safe drinking water, plastic pollution and other litter in the oceans, drought in western states, and water infrastructure are "the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now." Wheeler said the Trump administration wants to do...
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Trump ratchets up attacks after George Conway questions his mental fitness
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up the Twitter feud with George Conway, the husband of his top aide Kellyanne Conway, in a scathing attack in which he calls the prominent conservative lawyer "a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!" The president's latest tweet, in which he accuses Conway of being "VERY jealous" of his wife, comes after Conway fired off a series of tweets Monday morning questioning the president's mental fitness after his weekend tweetstorm. George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of...
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