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(LOS ANGELES) — Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay has found love on the ABC reality show, but of course, she can’t say with whom…yet. That’s why she’s anxious for the show to end, so she and her fiance can go public.

“I’m so ready for it to be over with,” she tells ABC News. “And you’d think it would get easier, maybe as time goes by, like you’re used to it, but no, the more time we spend together, the closer I get to him, and I’m like, ‘Uggh!’ I’m just ready to tell everyone who he is, [so] everyone can see our love and we can just be out in public in the best way.”

Now, Rachel says that she and her man have to meet in secret; she’s even saved him on her phone under an assumed name.

“It is ‘Jerome,'” she reveals. “The secret name is Jerome, and I call him that all the time. I’m so used to it. Like when it’s just the two of us, I’m like, ‘Um, Jerome honey…'”

Unfortunately, Rachel can’t reveal his code name for her, because, she says, “I feel like if I tell you that, then you’ll know [who it is].” Hmm…is that a clue?

Despite all the secrecy, Rachel says, “It’s been exciting, like, I truly feel like I’m living my best life right now. I’m in love, I have a fiance and I’m watching our love story unfold.”

“It’s really been a beautiful thing,” she adds. “And I’m really having so much fun getting the chance to know my fiance even better.”

The Bachelorette airs Monday nights on ABC.

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TLC – 2017

(NEW YORK) — Paige is back…and so is her show! TLC has announced that Paige Davis will return to host an all-new season of TLC’s Trading Spaces, set to air in 2018. Casting of homeowners has already started in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Baltimore.

If you’re not familiar with the much-loved show, it features homeowner neighbors who swap keys and, with the help of designers, redecorate a room in each others’ homes, all on a budget of just $1,000. Sometimes, the results are great; other times, not so much.

It’s not yet known if that thousand-dollar budget will be increased for the reboot but if you want to give your neighbors a chance to wallpaper your living room with straw, or hang furniture from the family room ceiling — yes, they both happened in the original series, and worse — visit TradingSpacesCasting.com.

Trading Spaces, based on the British series Changing Rooms, originally ran from 2000 to 2008. It’s credited with kicking off a craze for home improvement TV shows in the U.S. One of the show’s original carpenters, Ty Pennington, went on to become a star in his own right as the host of the ABC series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It’s unknown whether any of the designers from the original series will return for the reboot.

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has come to the defense of a Democratic challenger who is hoping to unseat him in his bid for re-election.

Deedra Abboud, a Phoenix-based lawyer and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who is Muslim, started to receive disturbing messages online Tuesday after posting this message on her Facebook page:

“Almost 250 years ago a group of dreamers came together and sketched out a revolutionary vision. No longer would they be shackled to the whims of a distant government, nor bound to the religion of an idiosyncratic king. They set out to forge their own futures, determine their own destinies, and follow their own faith. In their infinite wisdom, the Founding Fathers decreed that this nation would separate church and state, and in doing so protect both institutions. Government would be free from religious overreach, and religion would be free from government interference.”

“Nice try but your first love is Satan (AKA Allah) and your second love is to a litter box your ‘people’ come from,” one person wrote. “You are as American as Chinese checkers.”


“I bet you’ll be a BLAST with constituents,” one user posted.

Flake, the 54-year-old Republican incumbent who has somewhat strained relations with the White House, came to her defense on Twitter.

Hang in there @deedra2018. Sorry you have to put up with this. Lots of wonderful people across AZ. You’ll find them. https://t.co/uVfLaAfVV2

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 19, 2017

Abboud has been subjected to hateful rhetoric and backlash ever since she launched her campaign in the spring, her spokeswoman told The Arizona Republic.

“We make sure to have police escorts at our events because, yes, we have received a lot of hate,” Jaclyn Freedman said.

Abboud, a 45-year-old community activist, thanked Flake for his leadership.

Thank you @JeffFlake for leadership in rejecting behavior that doesn’t reflect our American values. AZ’s amazing people deserve more of this https://t.co/t0FztPNKbj

— Deedra2018 (@deedra2018) July 19, 2017

Neither Abboud nor Flake’s campaign has responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — Convinced there’s a way to move forward on the Republicans’ promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump hopes to change the minds of Republican senators over lunch at the White House Wednesday.

Trump and Republican senators will talk health care and other issues two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the effort to repeal and immediately provide replacement legislation for Obamacare “would be unsuccessful.”

A senior White House official told ABC News the lunch was entirely President Trump’s idea.

“He wants one last shot” to persuade the GOP senators otherwise, according to the official.

The president plans on making the case that the repeal and replacement of Obama’s signature health care law is a promise the Republican Party made and they need to keep it.

When asked if President Trump could or should have done more to help GOP senators’ efforts, the official said, “We’re not done yet.”

President Trump and the White House on Tuesday deflected responsibility for the failure of the Senate GOP’s health care plan, largely blaming Democrats.

Trump acknowledged Tuesday in a tweet that “a few Republican” defectors were partly to blame. Trump appeared to be referring to Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Rand Paul, Jerry Moran and Mike Lee, who each announced their opposition to the Senate health care bill.

“For seven years, I’ve been hearing repeal and replace from Congress, and I’ve been hearing it loud and strong,” Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday. “And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don’t take advantage of it.”

Several lawmakers, on the other hand, have opted to privately scold Trump for his lack of involvement and interaction with senators as they sought to bolster public support for the bill.

The president revealed Tuesday that he was “disappointed” with the failure of the Senate health care bill, but said he doesn’t “think it’s dead.”

Trump also proposed that his party should let the health care system “fail” so that Democrats and Republicans can “come together and fix it and come up with a new plan.”

McConnell plans on holding a vote in the Senate “early next week” on a measure that would repeal Obamacare while giving lawmakers a two-year period to work on a replacement.

Already, three GOP senators have come out against moving forward with this vote, and Arizona Sen. John McCain is still recovering from surgery at home.

The president last hosted a group of GOP senators for lunch to talk health care on June 13 at the White House.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly two dozen House Democrats are asking the FBI to review Ivanka Trump’s security clearance as a presidential adviser, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., announced Wednesday morning.

Beyer is spearheading the call for a review.

The lawmakers suggest that Ivanka’s SF-86 form, like that of husband and President Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner, may not have properly listed his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya or Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — nor any other foreign contacts either may have had.

Despite the lawmakers’ request, there is no indication that Ivanka’s form was not in compliance. They are merely asking for a review. It does, however, underscore the intensifying scrutiny on the first daughter and her husband over the Russia contacts.

The authority to grant or revoke security clearance to senior staff in the West Wing ultimately rests with President Trump.

“As a member of the White House staff and close adviser to the president, Ms. Trump applied for a security clearance, and, as a result, was required to disclose her own foreign contacts as well as those of her spouse and siblings,” reads the letter, addressed to FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, made available by Beyer’s office.

The letter continues, “We learned last week that Ms. Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, and brother Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others, including a former Russian counter intelligence officer … Since his first filing, Mr. Kushner has had to update his SF-86 multiple times to reflect over 100 meetings or phone calls, including with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, according to reports.”

The 22 lawmakers, according to the letter, “are concerned that Ivanka Trump may have engaged in similar deception. For example, did she disclose her husband’s meeting with Kislyak and Gorkov? Did she disclose her brother’s and husband’s meeting with Veselnitskaya? Did she accurately disclose her own foreign contacts in her initial filing, which reports suggest may be numerous? If in fact she did accurately disclose these meetings, who at the White House knew of Mr. Kushner’s and Mr. Trump Jr’s multiple contacts with Russian officials before they were made public? And, most importantly, did she discuss any of these meetings with the President, and, if so, when?”

The letter was signed by Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Jamie Raskin (Maryland), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Peter Welch (Vt.), Joseph Kennedy (Mass.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Frank Pallone (N.J.), Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Alcee Hastings (Fla.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Alma Adams (N.C.), Marcy Kaptur (Ohio), Donald Payne Jr. (N.J.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), and David Price (N.C.).

ABC News reached out to the White House for comment.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is using his saga to warn others about the potential dangers of posting about your pet on social media, after his puppy was kidnapped and held for ransom earlier this week.

“I take him everywhere,” Whitehead told ABC News of his pit bull, Blitz, who he adopted about eight weeks ago at the age of approximately 9 weeks.

Whitehead said he immediately had “a great bond” with Blitz, saying “it’s the off-season for me so we have plenty of time to just hang out constantly nonstop and play around and all that stuff.”

The football star told ABC News that his beloved pup was dog-napped on Sunday, while Whitehead was out of town and Blitz was being watched by a close friend. Whitehead said he received a phone call from his friend saying that when he went back to Whitehead’s house after running an errand, Blitz’s cage was open and the dog was gone.

Whitehead said he soon got calls from blocked numbers asking for ransom.

“It was tough,” Whitehead said of the dog-napping. “I was getting blocked calls asking for the dog, how much the dog means to me, how much am I willing to pay for the dog.”

The football player, who often posted about Blitz on social media, immediately took to Instagram, asking his followers if they knew any details of where Blitz could be.

Brandi Hunter of the American Kennel Club told ABC News that posting information about your pet on social media may make your pet a target for dog-nappers.

“Posting a picture of your dog is totally fine, but you do want to make sure that you don’t give any identifying information about where you live, where the dog can be found, or even the cost of the dog,” Hunger said. “That opens up a world of options for thieves.”

Fortunately for Whitehead, his pleas on social media and local media attention for his case allowed him to be reunited with Blitz on Tuesday, without having to pay ransom.

A man eventually saw his posts about Blitz on Instagram and contacted Whitehead through the app, saying he had recently bought the dog from an anonymous source not realizing that the puppy was stolen.

A spokesperson for the Addison Town Police Department told ABC News an investigation was ongoing.

Whitehead said he was thrilled to be reunited with Blitz, saying, “as far as me leaving his side, I’m not going to leave unless I got to leave.”

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Disney – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — According to E! News, the next Mindy Project is motherhood. That’s right, a source says Mindy Project creator and star Mindy Kaling is pregnant with her first child.

There’s been no official word yet from The Office veteran, but E! quotes an unnamed source as saying the pregnancy was “an unexpected surprise.”

People quotes a source as saying, “She just started telling her friends she is pregnant,” but, the source adds, “She is not telling anyone, not even close friends, who the father is.”

The Mindy Project, which started on Fox but now is airing on Hulu, launches its sixth and final season in September. The actress will appear in the upcoming female-cast Ocean’s Eleven sequel Ocean’s Eight. She also will appear in director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming screen adaptation of the famous novel A Wrinkle in Time which is set for release in March 2018.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The lack of votes in the Senate for the Republican health care bill is an opportunity for a “clean repeal” of Obamacare and thus a “victory” for conservatives, Sen. Rand Paul told ABC News’ Good Morning America Wednesday.

“What I’m calling a victory is not the defeat of the plan. What I’m calling the victory is that we will get to vote on a clean repeal,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Paul said that while he’s not in favor of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, he would vote for a “clean repeal.”

“I’m in favor of and will vote to go to the clean repeal that is being proposed now,” Paul added. “I still favor a replacement.”

Three Republican senators have come out against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to roll back the Obama administration’s signature health care legislation without a ready-made replacement. President Donald Trump said he would not take responsibility for the future of Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, declaring that Congress should “let Obamacare fail.”

On Tuesday night, however, McConnell announced that, in consultation with the White House, the Senate will hold its vote to advance his motion to repeal Obamacare “early next week.”

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Sally Hawkins/ABC News(BALTIMORE) — Baby Charlie Gard’s parents have been locked in a bitter fight for their son’s future, not only for his survival against a debilitating disease, but against the London hospital where he has been a patient since he was just 2 months old and the British courts who say his condition is too grave to continue keeping him alive.

“Our parental rights have been stripped away,” his father, Chris Gard, said in a video he and his wife posted online. “We can’t even take our own son home to die.”

Gard and his wife Connie Yates’ son Charlie, who is now 11 months old, was born with a rare form of mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a genetic disease that has left him severely brain damaged. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital say he can’t see, hear, move or cry.

His parents living in London want him to undergo an experimental treatment in the United States, but doctors say Charlie could be in pain and that the new treatment is unlikely to help him. Multiple British courts in Europe have ruled that he is too weak to travel out of the country and he should be allowed to die with dignity. It’s ignited a fierce debate between hospitals wanting to treat patients as they see fit and parents who want to make decisions for their child. In the U.K., it’s not uncommon for courts to side with hospitals over parents.

“In the U.K., doctors have somewhat more discretion than the U.S.,” said Dr. Rosamond Rhodes, a medical ethicist. “The doctor’s argument is that this child is suffering, and I haven’t seen any evidence that clearly makes the case for knowing that the child is suffering.”

Charlie’s parents’ pleas have even grabbed the attention of Pope Francis, who extended his support to the family, and President Donald Trump, who tweeted, “If we can help little Charlie Gard, we would be delighted to do so.”

One American family from Baltimore understands the circumstances Charlie’s family has been going through.

Art and Olga Estopinan’s 6-year-old son Art Jr. was diagnosed with a similar mitochondrial depletion syndrome when he was just over a year old. Like Charlie, doctors had told his parents there was little chance of survival.

“We were told there was no hope and no cure,” Olga Estopinan said. “He was terminal and average age for these children was 3 years old.”

At his worst point, Olga said their son was “lying in a hospital bed and the most he could do sometimes was move his head just a little bit … he couldn’t even shed tears.”

“He had multiple fractures in his legs and his arms and he couldn’t cry,” Art Estopinan added. “His disease was really advanced and he was basically dying on us.”

But what his parents call a miracle appeared in the form of a pioneering experimental treatment called nucleoside therapy. Art Jr. was the first child in the U.S. to get the treatment five years ago.

Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University Medical Center in New York administered their first trial, along with other doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“We were very lucky,” Olga Estopinan said. “His geneticist Ada Hamash … [was] like, ‘There’s hope for this, let’s go ahead and try,’ and I will never, ever in my mind forget how special that women is.”

The Estopinans said little Art Jr. went from being on the brink of death to gaining back some motor functions. He can now find and play movies on an iPad and say “mommy, daddy,” and a few other words.

“He’s a determined little boy,” Art Estopinan said.

But even with his incredible progress, the Estopinans are quick to note that the treatment their son had is not a cure for his condition. Art Jr. requires round-the-clock care. He gets three to four treatments per day, is fed through a feeding tube, is in a motorized wheelchair and needs help moving his limbs.

“We have like six alarms, and he has like eight different machines to keep him alive,” Art Estopinan said. “And no matter in the middle of the night, when we hear one of the alarms, we both jump up.”

Dr. Mary Kay Koenig is a specialist in mitochondrial disease at the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and said the earlier a patient shows symptoms, “the more severe the outcome” is for the patient.

“Patients develop muscle weakness. They can develop nerve damage. They can develop seizures,” Koenig said. “Unfortunately right now there are no therapies that we know of that can stop the progression of the mitochondrial disease.”

But despite that, the Estopinans say they would rather have Art Jr. as he is than not have him at all. The Estopinans say they share Charlie’s parents’ suffering.

“With all due respect to [Charlie’s doctors,] … I encourage those doctors … to educate themselves,” Art Estopinan said. “See how these experimental medications will create the end signs that little Charlie needs so he can get stronger like my son.”

Last week, Charlie’s parents won a small victory when the British High Court ruled that Charlie could be evaluated by the same doctor who helped Art Jr., Dr. Michio Hirano. Hirano flew to London to examine Charlie and the hospital expects to release an assessment by Thursday.

Charlie’s parents have raised nearly $1.7 million to pay for the experimental treatment in the U.S. with Hirano, but the attention is on Charlie’s brain condition and whether or not the proposed treatment can help reverse the disease or if there is already too much damage. Their hope is that their son will be Hirano’s next patient.

“What other options do we have?” Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, told the BBC. “Charlie’s our son, we love him, and we will fight to the bitter end for him.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A majority of Americans prefer to see the next Congress controlled by the Democrats to counter President Donald Trump rather than the Republicans to support him — but without the level of anti-Trump motivation the opposition party may be banking on.

Despite Trump’s historically low approval rating, opposition to him is not producing appreciably more 2018 voting intention than is support for him, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. That’s a challenge for Democrats because their midterm turnout typically is low.

There is a Democratic preference: Among all adults, 53 percent say they’d prefer to see the Democrats take control of Congress “to act as a check on Trump,” vs. 35 percent who’d like to see the GOP retain control “to support Trump’s agenda.” That said, among registered voters, it’s a 52-38 percent split, and among likely voters, 50-41 percent — the Democratic margin drawing in from 18 to 14 to 9 points as voting likelihood increases.

Moreover, 51 percent of registered voters say Trump won’t be a factor in their vote for Congress. The rest split closely between saying they’d vote to support Trump (20 percent) or to oppose him (24 percent), a non-significant gap.

The division is also narrower than in the past, further indicating no outsized impact of Trump’s unpopularity at this point. Ahead of the 2014 midterms, registered voters said they’d cast their vote to oppose rather than support Barack Obama by a 10-point margin, and the gap against George W. Bush was 14 points in November 2006, both bigger than the scant 4-point difference today.

Nor does either side have an edge in enthusiasm: Eighty-four percent of anti-Trump registered voters say it’s extremely or very important to them to vote to oppose him in the midterms. Eighty-two percent of pro-Trump registered voters are as strongly committed to supporting him.

There’s also little difference between potential new midterm voters — those who say they’ll vote in 2018, but didn’t in 2014 — and off-year veterans. A fifth of potential new voters say they’d vote to support Trump, while 28 percent say they’d vote to oppose him; it’s 22 and 24 percent among registered return voters.

Naturally, intention to vote to support Trump peaks among those in his own party in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. Fifty-two percent of registered Republicans say they’ll vote to back up the president, while a smaller share of registered Democrats, 41 percent, say they’ll vote to oppose him. Independents, for their part, are most likely to say Trump won’t be a factor in their vote, 62 percent; among the rest slightly more are in opposition than in support, 22 vs. 13 percent.

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