Review Category : Poltics

Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

“Let’s get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story in the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was “trying so hard.”

“But it’s not about trying,” he said, according to the story. “It’s about energy, it’s about brainpower, it’s about toughness.”

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump’s camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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State Department Official Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Voyeurism Charges

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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State Department Official Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Voyeurism Charges

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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State Department Official Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Voyeurism Charges

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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Senators Using Emoticons in Floor Charts Is Now a Thing

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The “shrug” emoticon is just a combination of punctuation marks, but for Senate Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it speaks volumes.

Whitehouse brought a sign featuring little more than the now-universal signal for “I don’t know” to the Senate floor, as he and some Democratic colleagues discussed what they said was the Republican Party’s lack of a plan on climate change.

“We’ve seen exactly nothing,” he said. “That is to say, nothing but complaints.”

The use of a shrug emoticon is more than just a ploy for a senator to get people tweeting out CSPAN screengrabs of their floor speeches (which it does) — it’s part of an organized policy strategy, said Whitehouse’s spokesman Seth Larson.

“It’s a graphic that we worked with Senate Democratic leadership to put together to highlight the fact that the Republicans call the clean power plan a war on coal but at the end of the day they try changing the subject or ignore the reality,” Larson said. “We wanted to drive point home: the Republicans have no credibility, have no plan of their own.”

Larson likened this debate to that over the Affordable Care Act, which he said Republicans complained about but had no plan of their own, and added that using an emoticon is a way to infuse humor to convey a serious point.

And it’s not the first time the shrug has appeared on the Senate floor. Back in May, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, also a Democrat, used it to demonstrate what he said was the GOP’s plan to respond to the Supreme Court if it decided that Obamacare subsidies in states that were using the federal health exchange were in fact unconstitutional.

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Senators Using Emoticons in Floor Charts Is Now a Thing

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The “shrug” emoticon is just a combination of punctuation marks, but for Senate Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it speaks volumes.

Whitehouse brought a sign featuring little more than the now-universal signal for “I don’t know” to the Senate floor, as he and some Democratic colleagues discussed what they said was the Republican Party’s lack of a plan on climate change.

“We’ve seen exactly nothing,” he said. “That is to say, nothing but complaints.”

The use of a shrug emoticon is more than just a ploy for a senator to get people tweeting out CSPAN screengrabs of their floor speeches (which it does) — it’s part of an organized policy strategy, said Whitehouse’s spokesman Seth Larson.

“It’s a graphic that we worked with Senate Democratic leadership to put together to highlight the fact that the Republicans call the clean power plan a war on coal but at the end of the day they try changing the subject or ignore the reality,” Larson said. “We wanted to drive point home: the Republicans have no credibility, have no plan of their own.”

Larson likened this debate to that over the Affordable Care Act, which he said Republicans complained about but had no plan of their own, and added that using an emoticon is a way to infuse humor to convey a serious point.

And it’s not the first time the shrug has appeared on the Senate floor. Back in May, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, also a Democrat, used it to demonstrate what he said was the GOP’s plan to respond to the Supreme Court if it decided that Obamacare subsidies in states that were using the federal health exchange were in fact unconstitutional.

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Hillary Clinton Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing’

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national investigation into that practice.

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday in regards to the videos, which were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions.”

Clinton, however, did not waiver in her overall support of the organization, and said there are two points to make: “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

Clinton added that if there’s going to be a congressional inquiry into the videos, “it should look at everything,” and not just one organization.

Clinton made the remark on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video which it says shows the harvesting of fetal tissue, as well as current and former Planned Parenthood employees discussing the procedures and pricing.

Several Republicans — including many GOP presidential candidates — have cited these videos as a reason why Planned Parenthood should lose federal funding. And Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has called for Clinton to return the group’s donations to her campaign.

In response to the claims of illegal behavior in the video, Planned Parenthood has asserted that all of its actions are legal as well as ethical.

In addition, the organization said the video was “heavily edited,” stating that “similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades.”

“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” Cecile Richards, the president of the non-profit, said on ABC News’ This Week. “We have the highest standards. The care and health care and safety of our patients is our most important priority.”

Clinton, who is pro-choice, vowed to defend Planned Parenthood over the weekend, even adding in a new line to her campaign stump speech.

“I will defend a woman’s right to choose,” Clinton said in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, “and I will defend Planned Parenthood.”

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Hillary Clinton Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing’

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national investigation into that practice.

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday in regards to the videos, which were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions.”

Clinton, however, did not waiver in her overall support of the organization, and said there are two points to make: “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

Clinton added that if there’s going to be a congressional inquiry into the videos, “it should look at everything,” and not just one organization.

Clinton made the remark on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video which it says shows the harvesting of fetal tissue, as well as current and former Planned Parenthood employees discussing the procedures and pricing.

Several Republicans — including many GOP presidential candidates — have cited these videos as a reason why Planned Parenthood should lose federal funding. And Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has called for Clinton to return the group’s donations to her campaign.

In response to the claims of illegal behavior in the video, Planned Parenthood has asserted that all of its actions are legal as well as ethical.

In addition, the organization said the video was “heavily edited,” stating that “similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades.”

“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” Cecile Richards, the president of the non-profit, said on ABC News’ This Week. “We have the highest standards. The care and health care and safety of our patients is our most important priority.”

Clinton, who is pro-choice, vowed to defend Planned Parenthood over the weekend, even adding in a new line to her campaign stump speech.

“I will defend a woman’s right to choose,” Clinton said in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, “and I will defend Planned Parenthood.”

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Senators Address Sexual Assaults on College Campuses, Propose Legislation

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Kirsten Gillibrand and Patty Murray were among a group of senators speaking before a committee Wednesday on ways to deal with sexual assaults on university campuses.

Sen. Murray, D-Wash, said the issue impacts a huge number of college students.

“The harsh reality is that one out of five women is sexually assaulted in college, and men as well,” she said.

As far as the perpetrators, Sen. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., argued that colleges have allowed many to stay on campus.

“They’ll routinely kick you out if you cheat on a test, but the statistics for students who have violated other students, who have sexually assaulted or raped them and found responsible show that only one-third are actually expelled for the crime,” Gillibrand said.

“What does it say about our schools’ priorities if some colleges have tougher justice for a student cheating on an exam than for someone who has raped another student? she asked.

The group of senators is proposing legislation to revise higher education laws to make colleges more accountable, requiring confidential assault advisers, annual confidential surveys and clear legal processes for both the victims and accused perpetrators.

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Today on the Trail — 7/29/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Wednesday?

Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

The AFL-CIO Executive Council meets in Silver Spring, Maryland to host several presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Mike Huckabee is the lone Republican.

The candidates will try and woo the important union and while it’s very unlikely Huckabee would get the group’s backing, he’s there to push his populist message.

The AFL-CIO describes the meetings as “individual discussions about working people and the AFL-CIO’s Raising Wages Agenda.”

Donald Trump

Trump is off the trail and leaving Wednesday for the Women’s British Open in Scotland. The Open is at the Trump Turnberry resort.

Bernie Sanders

The senator from Vermont is in Washington, D.C., and his campaign is hosting thousands of video livestream parties in all 50 states at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Chris Christie

New Jersey’s governor is in New Hampshire. On Wednesday morning, Christie attended a “meet and greet” at Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett. At 11:30 a.m. ET, Christie attends the Americans for Peace, Prosperity & Security Forum in Manchester.

Rick Perry

The governor from Texas is in New York City Wednesday. He will lay out his plan for Wall Street reform at an event hosted by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. He will speak at 1:20 p.m. ET at the Yale Club.

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