Ebola Czar Ron Klain Starts His Job — Quietly October 23, 2014
Newly-installed Ebola Czar Ron Klain appeared for the first time today with his new boss President Obama in the Oval Office — and said not a word.
In fact, the president didn’t even introduce Klain or acknowledge him during a brief press avail after their hour-long meeting.
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Klain nodded his head a few times as Obama recapped the U.S. response to Ebola and new federal policies now in place.
Obama said he is “cautiously more optimistic” about the situation in the U.S., noting that dozens of ... Read more
Bristol Palin Describes Moments That Led to Drunken Brawl October 22, 2014
Bristol Palin said the drunken brawl involving her family at a house party last month was started when she was defending her younger sister, newly released audio reveals.
The eldest daughter of Sarah Palin is heard on the audio obtained by ABC News from the Anchorage Police Department sounding extremely upset as she describes the fight, and telling police that her “5-year-old is in the car!”
She can be heard telling an officer that her sister Willow, 20, came up to her while she was waiting in the family’s rented limo and told her an “old lady” came up to her and ... Read more
Obama’s ‘Unpaid Bills’ Quip Disappears From Transcript October 22, 2014
President Obama’s unpaid bills have gone missing.
During a rare trip home to Chicago, Obama on Monday lamented the life he left behind. “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule,” he told supporters at a fundraiser.
“Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills,” he joked. “I think eventually they got paid–but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”
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Monica Lewinsky Gets Trolled After Calling for End to Cyberbullying October 22, 2014
Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter as part of an effort to raise awareness about cyberbullying. And in turn, got massively cyberbullied.
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Monica Lewinsky Tears Up During Speech About Life After Bill Clinton
Monica Lewinsky Considered Suicide and 4 Other Revelations
After sending out her first tweet Monday morning, Lewinsky, who now describes herself as the first person to be “destroyed by the Internet,” quickly became a top trending topic on the social media site. Many of the reactions were snide or simply unkind.
@MonicaLewinsky hashtags are dead, ICYMI
— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) October 20, 2014
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The Hilarious Moment When a Guy Told Obama ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’ October 22, 2014
President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday.
As he was casting his ballot early in Chicago, minding his own business behind the voting booth, a young man walked by and warned him “don’t touch my girlfriend.”
The girlfriend, Aia Cooper, who was voting in the booth next to Obama, was humiliated, to say the least. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama joked with the woman. “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you, just for no reason whatsoever.”
“And now you’ll be going back home and talking to you friends; what’s his name?” the president asked.
“Mike,” Cooper said.
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Monica Lewinsky Tears Up During Speech About Life After Bill Clinton October 21, 2014
ABC News’ Erin Dooley and Liz Kreutz report:
Monica Lewinsky nearly broke down in tears today as she recounted her experience as “patient zero, the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.”
In what she called her “first public talk,” Lewinsky vowed to “give purpose to my past” by speaking publicly about life after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.
“My name is Monica Lewinsky–though I’ve often been advised to change it,” the president’s former mistress began.
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“Sixteen years ago, fresh out of college, a twenty-two year old ... Read more
Most Americans Back Supreme Court on Gay Marriage — Including in the Affected States October 17, 2014
Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half.
Overall, 56 percent of Americans support the court’s action, while 38 percent oppose it – exactly matching opinions on whether or not gay marriage should be legal, asked in an ABC/Post poll in June. These results reflect the public’s dramatic shift in support of gay marriage the past decade.
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Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching October 16, 2014
Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years, with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably for the first time.
The Republican Party is even more unpopular. But benefitting from their supporters’ greater likelihood of voting, GOP candidates nonetheless hold a 50-43 percent lead among likely voters for U.S. House seats in the Nov. 4 election.
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State launches smartphone app to help voters October 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is launching a free smartphone app designed to give voters easier access to information during early voting and on Election Day.
GoVoteTN allows people to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address.
Highlights of the app include: early voting and Election Day polling locations and hours of operation, candidates’ list, county election commission information and access to election results.
Early voting starts on Wednesday. The general election is Nov. 4.
For more information about the app or elections, visit: www.GoVoteTN.com .
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Tenn. voters to decide on income tax amendment October 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennesseans will soon vote on a constitutional amendment to bar lawmakers from ever imposing a state income tax.
But regardless of what voters decide on Nov. 4, it’s unlikely that Tennessee lawmakers would seriously consider an income tax because it’s become such a toxic political issue.
The last serious attempt to impose one failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick being thrown through the window of the governor’s office and demonstrators banging on the doors of the Senate chamber while lawmakers sought to conduct their business within.
The Legislature instead passed a 1 percentage point ... Read more