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West Virginia governor announces he's switching parties at Trump rally
Democratic Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice announced he is switching to the Republican Party at President Donald Trump’s rally in his state on Thursday evening. "Today, I tell you as West Virginians, I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor," said Justice. "So tomorrow, I will be
Program helping US areas of need get foreign doctors up for renewal this week
Amid a brewing debate on the future of America’s health care, a little known program sustaining a pipeline of doctors to underserved communities is set to expire on April 28th. The program, known as the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, offers individual states the opportunity to exempt up to 30 foreign
Obama Calls For Public Option, Which He Once Hedged Against
President Barack Obama pushed today to renew focus on a so-called “ public option ” in the insurance marketplace -- a popular item among progressives, but one Obama publicly hedged against during negotiations leading to the passage of his signature health care law . In a speech in Miami, Obama said
Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump Country
During his victory speech Tuesday night after the Indiana primary , Donald Trump emphasized a region that could be ground zero for support: Appalachia. “The miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Ohio and all over, they’re going to start to work again,” Trump said. “We are not going to be like
Meet Congress' State of the Union Designated Survivors
On State of the Union night, the White House takes no chances with the presidential chain of command, keeping one cabinet secretary away from the Capitol as a "designated survivor" in case of a catastrophic event. Since the 9/11, congressional leaders have done the same, selecting members to serve
Retiring Senators Make Farewell Speeches as Fiscal Cliff Looms
On Capitol Hill it’s like the last day of school before final exams. With Congress in a stalemate over the fiscal cliff, today the Senate floor was reserved for farewell speeches by retiring Senators. The speeches — a tradition for those stepping down or from those...
Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run
Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina? You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation. The Twitter account featured a photo...
High Pressure Front: GOP-White House Relations Cool As DC Warms (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: HEADING TOWARDS THE CLIFF: With 28 days to go until America zooms off the so-called “fiscal cliff,” ABC’s Jake Tapper reported for “World News” that both sides are digging in, with Democrats adamant that taxes rise...
Medicare And the Fiscal Cliff: To Cut Or Not to Cut?
In the spending vs. revenue tug-of-war in Washington, Republicans and Democrats view cutting the costly Medicare program as a clear path to savings. But the two sides disagree on where and how deeply to cut. Those details are the subject of intense debate, especially when it comes to the question
The 2012 Campaign Superlatives
The 2012 presidential campaign was filled with memorable moments, good, bad and just plain bizarre. And now that the campaign is over, it's time to sift through those ups and downs and determine who won, who lost, and who was just confused. So scroll through ABC News' list of 2012 superlatives.