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The Note: Shutdown blame game misses the broader goal
The TAKE with Rick Klein “The blame, the fault, will all lie in one place,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, on the possibility of a government shutdown. Sanders was pointing the finger at Democrats, of course. But it’s not outlandish to say that place would instead be the
Oprah's not alone: 16 potential Democratic 2020 candidates ask for advice
Democratic operative Jim Messina , who headed up former President Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, says he has met with representatives of 16 potential Democratic candidates who want to run against President Donald Trump. But he told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" co-host Chief White
Trump suggests Obama was 'behind' town hall protests
President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of being "behind" the protests that Republican members of Congress have encountered at town hall meetings across the country. The allegation came during the president's interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," clips of which were released
Where All of President Obama's Top Aides Have Ended Up
President Barack Obama's former press secretary Robert Gibbs is far from the first high profile staffer to leave the White House for a plum private sector gig. The announcement that Gibbs will be headed to work in the corporate offices of McDonald's Golden Arches makes his just one of the latest
Beau Biden Passes Away: Tributes and Condolences Pour In
Tributes and condolences poured in after the passing of Beau Biden , the son of Vice President Joe Biden , Saturday night. Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware, passed away at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. After tweeting condolences Saturday night, Bill and Hillary
Clinton Fatigue? Not So Much
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES SUPPORT FOR A 2016 CANDIDACY: Hillary Clinton and her ex-president husband win substantial popularity in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Fifty-five percent of Americans say they’d support Clinton running for president in 2016, according to ...
2014: The Year of the Hillary Decision
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ‘I HAVEN’T MADE UP MY MIND’: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was chosen by ABC’s BARBARA WALTERS as the “Most Fascinating Person of 2013″ said in an interview that 2014 will be the year she decides whether to...
White House to Nominate Max Baucus as Ambassador to China
Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat who has served in the Senate for more than three decades, is President Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to China, ABC News has learned. Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had already announced his...
Ready, Set, Recess!
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CONGRESS CAN RECESS, ‘BUT THEY CAN’T HIDE’: Those are the words one Tea Party-affiliated group called FreedomWorks used in a warning shot to members of Congress as they headed back to their home districts for the long August recess. FreedomWorks...
5 Stories You'll Care About in Politics Next Week
Last week was dominated by a Republican family feud starring Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Paul dubbed Christie the “king of bacon” and when he suggested a truce over beers, Christie did not seem to be in a drinking mood)....