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Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed optimism for his own presidential campaign in the face of Donald Trump’s surging popularity, calling it a symptom of the early campaign season.

“I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job,” he told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” “I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day.”

Like several of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Jindal said Trump has tapped into “anger” and “frustration” to draw his large crowds.

“What the polls tell me is that nobody really has any real voters right now,” he said.

Several polls indicate Jindal will not be on the prime-time Republican debate stage next month. However, he remains confident he still has ample time to catch fire.

“We are seeing great momentum in Iowa. We are seeing standing only crowds, we are gong to every county,” said Jindal. “What I see is that votes haven’t committed to any candidate yet … this is a wide open race.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was “his calling,” his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced this afternoon that a man was in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting. The suspect was identified as Shannon Miles, 30, who has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.

The motive has not been determined, Hickman said, adding that the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Sunday.

“He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it,” Allison, 46, said. “He really felt the brotherhood in the community … that’s what he loved to do.

“He was kind of born for it,” Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

“My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility,” Kathleen Goforth said in a statement. “He was loyal…fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

I admired his quality, perhaps, the most. For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was…This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor.”

She added, “However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.”

“He was the rock in that family,” Allison told ABC News through tears. “The kids loved him.”

“I didn’t have a brother… when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family,” Allison said.

Goforth “never got mad at anybody,” Allison said. “He was just a giving individual.”

“It was just something that you don’t expect to ever happen,” Allison said.

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smolkapressepool/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Renowned neurologist and author of “Awakenings” Oliver Sacks died Sunday. He was 82.

His assistant, Kate Edgar, told The New York Times the cause was cancer. ABC News was unable to reach Edgar.

Sacks, a professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, announced in February a rare eye tumor had spread to his liver and that he was in the stages of terminal cancer.

Sacks is best known for his writing on neurological case histories including “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and an “An Anthropologist on Mars.” His book “Awakenings,” based on his work in the 1960s with patients who were unable to initiate movement, was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks, whose autobiography was released this spring, wrote in February he felt “intensely alive” after his diagnosis.

“Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts,” he wrote. “This does not mean I am finished with life.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — If we have our undisputed frontrunners, why does nobody seem to be happy about it?

Maybe it has something to do with the hair. Donald Trump has his, but we’re not sure his rivals will have theirs by the time they read all of Trump’s Tweets. Hillary Clinton says she colors hers, but the focus of the Democratic race is on some men who most certainly don’t.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, we’re talking about Bible verses, chocolate bars, and Asian people.

At least we’re entitled to ask some questions, we assume.

Here’s a look at some of the stories the ABC News political team will be tracking in the week ahead:


Hillary Clinton might be sorry she ever set up her own private server, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s done talking about her emails. Monday will bring thousands of fresh pages released by the State Department, with reams of emails that may or may not touch on classified issues. To round out the week, two former top Clinton aides will be deposed on Thursday in front of the House Benghazi committee. This is all separate from a rolling series of releases involving her aides’ emails that have pulled back the curtain on the always complicated web of Clinton world connections – plus former President Clinton’s lucrative speaking career. The email disclosures and her handling of them have already caused deep concern about Clinton’s candidacy inside the Democratic Party.


What will Joe do? It’s the biggest question in the Democratic race, as we near decision time for the vice president and an anxious party. Joe Biden told Democrats this past week that he’s not sure he has the “emotional fuel” for another run. But Draft Biden officials have the caloric fuel handled, passing out chocolate bars to those same Democrats the following day. Biden will be in Florida Wednesday and Thursday for a speech and a meeting specifically designed to sell the Iran deal. As his team-in-waiting puts pieces in place to support a possible run, Biden still appears weeks away from a decision, though signals (intentional and otherwise) will be emanating from his camp.


We’re not in lame duck territory just yet, and President Obama is out to prove it. The Obama agenda is becoming the 2016 agenda, despite and sometimes because of a certain Republican frontrunner. The president’s trip to Alaska on Monday will put energy and climate issues in the spotlight, and put Obama himself in the middle of some stunning pictures. Republican candidates led by Scott Walker are calling on the president to cancel or dial back a scheduled state visit by the Chinese president. Then there’s Iran, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz joining forces – and Dick Cheney lending his voice, too – to push Congress to kill the nuclear deal. It’s hard to think of a troika that might unite Democrats more quickly.


The GOP frontrunner is reaching new high-water marks in polls while breaking every rule of politics. Donald Trump is campaigning his way – with nighttime rallies, nonstop interviews, and middle-of-the-night Tweets that taunt and flummox his opponents. Labor Day weekend offers the possibility of a quieter Trump campaign. Will any of his opponents be able to fill the void? Traditional stumping is being supplemented with policy addresses – foreign policy is a good late-summer topic – yet no one has yet solved the Trump equation with satisfactory results.


Who’s in, who’s out, and how many will there be? The deadline for polls that count toward earning a spot at the second Republican debate is Sept. 10. Already some GOP candidates – led by Carly Fiorina – are complaining that they aren’t being ample space to prove they’ve broken through since the first debate. On the Democratic side, complaints are growing about the fact that there will be only six debates. Martin O’Malley is flat-out accusing the Democratic National Committee of colluding with the Clinton campaign to limit the number. The encounters are make-or-break moments for candidates, so the lobbying and pressure is intense.

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Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) — A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state.

A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reports. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.

Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey described what happened as heart-wrenching.

“A father was just taken from their child, husband taken from their wife,” he said. “Certainly just a tragedy just out of nowhere.”

In Federal Way, a falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl while she was outside playing, police told KOMO-TV.

Several energy companies said 450,000 customers were without power at various points of the day, reports KOMO-TV.

Although showers, storms and gusty winds will still be possible Sunday, the storm has pushed into Canada.

The threat for the gustiest winds will be in the northern Rockies, where there are still red flag warnings in effect from Eastern Idaho to Montana and Wyoming.

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janulla/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say a new type of pacemaker without wires and that doesn’t require surgery to install could be the future of the device.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new device is about one-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker and was effective in about 90 percent of the 300 patients who were studied. Researchers followed the participants for six months after they received the new pacemaker, and found that just 6.7 percent of patients had severe adverse events.

The study notes that the rate of side effects was about double that of the 3.2 percent of patients with serious adverse events when using a conventional pacemaker, but say that the non-surgical nature of the device and its lack of wires could make it a feasible option in the future.

Still, the study’s authors acknowledge, more time may be needed to accurately assess the safety and efficacy of the new pacemaker device.

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ABC/Mitchell Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — Grey’s Anatomy is moving on after killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character Dr. Derek Shepherd, better known as “McDreamy,” last season. Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren on the long-running ABC series, said fans are in for a treat next season.

“The writers have made this extra effort to breathe new air and refresh everything,” he told People magazine. “They’ve hit reboot almost. There’s a lot of things that make it feel brand-new, but it has that lightness and sense of humor that people fell in love with in the first place.”

“And the sexy sexy is back on,” George noted. “There are a lot of people who are not in couples now and are falling into bed. Everyone’s getting a little bit of loving.”

George admitted, however, that the set has changed since Dempsey left. “It’s different. Every time someone leaves a show, it changes,” George explained. “The show has been on 12 years, but it has to change. People think they want everything to stay the same and everyone to be happy, but happy people make for boring television, ultimately.”

Grey’s Anatomy returns on ABC September 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Police say a fan has died after falling during a game between the Braves and the New York Yankess Saturday night.

According to ESPN, the victim fell from the upper deck of Turner Field during the top of the seventh inning.

The game continued as paramedics assisted the fallen fan.

Atlanta police told ABC News they are investigating the reason for the fall and the “circumstances of the wall.”

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Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Police confirm to ABC News a fan has fallen during a game between the Braves and the New York Yankess Saturday night and is in grave condition.

According to ESPN, a fan fell from the upper deck of Turner Field during the top of the seventh inning.

The game continued as paramedics assisted the fallen fan.

Atlanta police told ABC News they are investigating the reason for the fall and the “circumstances of the wall.”

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) — Will he, or won’t he?

Home in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced stop by the Sussex Democratic Jamboree in Lewes, spending time with his most loyal supporters as he contemplates a presidential bid.

The vice president “wanted to thank the community for all their support the last few months,” a Biden aide said of the visit to the event, an annual fundraiser for the local Democratic Party.

“It was a very unexpected surprise,” said Chad Lingerfelder, the vice chair of the Sussex County Democrats who has known the vice president for 20 years through Biden’s friendship with his grandfather. “He’s not a politician, he’s a friend.”

Biden spent 10 minutes standing on a table with a microphone in hand, thanking the loyal crowd for backing him “emotionally and politically through the highs and lows,” Lingerfelder said, adding that the vice president did not discuss a 2016 bid in his remarks and or take questions from reporters.

While Delaware Democrats hope to see Biden mount a bid for president above all else, they want him to make the right decision for himself, Lingerfelder said.

“We understand that whatever decision he makes has to be for his family first and our country second,” he said.

Biden’s visit to the Jamboree was first reported by NBC News.

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