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President Obama Issues New Rule To Protect Drinking Water

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a clarification to existing water standards, President Obama issued a new rule aimed at protecting drinking water Wednesday.

The president says the “Clean Water Rule” will make existing permits clearer. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers will regulate federally-protected sources, and be able to issue swifter penalties when water sources are polluted or siphoned.

“One in three Americans now gets drinking water from streams lacking clear protection,” President Obama said in a statement.

House Speaker John Boehner took to his Twitter feed to voice his concerns about the new rule and how it might impact farmers and small businesses.

“The administration’s decree to unilaterally expand federal authority is a raw and tyrannical power grab that will crush jobs,” Boehner said.

These leaders know firsthand that the rule is being shoved down the throats of hardworking people with no input,” Boehner expanded in a statement, saying the new rules will lead to “regulatory and economic hell.”

The new rules mainly protect tributaries and small streams at higher elevations that lead downhill to bigger water sources, and also control pollution in small streams next to larger bodies of water.

“For the water in the rivers and lakes in our communities that flow to our drinking water to be clean, the streams and wetlands that feed them need to be clean too,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

The new rules will not protect any waters not already covered under the Clean Water Act. The rules still exempt farming and ranching practices like seeding, flooding and moving livestock.

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Rick Santorum Slams Rand Paul on ISIS: ‘I’d Expect to Hear That From Maybe Bernie Sanders’

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — Newly-minted presidential candidate Rick Santorum Wednesday slammed fellow 2016 hopeful Rand Paul, who said he blames Republican hawks for the rise of terrorist group ISIS.

“I think that is just fundamentally a misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy we face,” Santorum said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“ISIS didn’t come about because of … the arms that America left behind. ISIS came about because they hate everything that we believe in and we stand for,” Santorum added.

“I would expect to hear that from maybe Bernie Sanders. I don’t expect to hear that from someone running for the Republican nomination,” Santorum told Stephanopoulos.

The former Pennsylvania senator isn’t the only 2016er taking issue with Paul’s comments. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has not yet announced a presidential bid, called Paul’s statement “a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be commander-in-chief.”

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Rick Santorum Slams Rand Paul on ISIS: ‘I’d Expect to Hear That From Maybe Bernie Sanders’

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — Newly-minted presidential candidate Rick Santorum Wednesday slammed fellow 2016 hopeful Rand Paul, who said he blames Republican hawks for the rise of terrorist group ISIS.

“I think that is just fundamentally a misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy we face,” Santorum said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“ISIS didn’t come about because of … the arms that America left behind. ISIS came about because they hate everything that we believe in and we stand for,” Santorum added.

“I would expect to hear that from maybe Bernie Sanders. I don’t expect to hear that from someone running for the Republican nomination,” Santorum told Stephanopoulos.

The former Pennsylvania senator isn’t the only 2016er taking issue with Paul’s comments. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has not yet announced a presidential bid, called Paul’s statement “a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be commander-in-chief.”

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Hillary Clinton Pokes Fun at President Obama: My Hair Won’t Turn White in the White House

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Self-dubbed hair icon and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton assured voters Wednesday that if she gets elected president, her hair — unlike that of her would-be predecessors — will not turn gray over the course of her term.

“All of our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton said during a campaign event at the Marriott hotel in downtown Columbia, South Carolina Wednesday, her first visit to the Palmetto State as a presidential candidate.

“Think about what they look like on inauguration day. And then we watch them. They grow grayer and grayer, and by the time they leave, they’re as white as the building they live in.”

“Now, let me tell you,” Clinton, 67, added with a smile, “I’m aware I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage. I’ve been coloring my hair for years. So you’re not going to see me turn white in the White House.

The crowd erupted with laughter and applause.

“And,” Clinton added, as the clapping simmered. “You’re also not going to see me shrink from a fight. I think by now, people know I don’t quit.”

Clinton, who will be 69 on Election Day, made the dig during a keynote address to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council at their Third Annual Day in Blue event.

Clinton’s visit to South Carolina — a state that harbors bad memories for Clinton from 2008 — marks the first time she’s returned to the state since her bruising loss in the presidential primary against then-Senator Barack Obama.

During her events Wednesday — which included a roundtable with female minority business owners at a chicken and waffles joint, followed by the keynote — Clinton tried to move beyond the past and look to the future. In her remarks, she laid out the initial part of her women’s agenda — specifically doubling down on affordable child care and equal pay for women and calling out Republicans for being on the wrong side of the issue.

“One Republican candidate for president dismissed equal pay as a ‘bogus issue,” Clinton said. “Another said that congress was ‘wasting time worrying about it,’ and one even said that efforts to guarantee fair pay reminded him of the Soviet Union.”

“And to that, I say what century are they living in?” Clinton quipped, with a subtle southern twang that slipped in and out periodically throughout the speech.

Earlier in the day, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina showed up outside Clinton’s event and set up her own competing media availability outside of the same Marriott where Clinton delivered the keynote.

When asked about Clinton’s focus on equal pay, Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and only other female candidate in the 2016 race, threw the issue back on Clinton.

“We know as well that the federal government is a seniority system which means they don’t pay for performance they pay for time and grades,” Fiorina said. “Why hasn’t Mrs. Clinton or President Obama been willing or able to answer questions about pay in their own offices?”

Fiorina added that she does not agree with the statistic Clinton often cites that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

When asked why she decided to hold an event outside the same hotel where Clinton would momentarily be speaking, Fiorina said it was merely a coincidence.

“I planned this trip many many weeks ago, so perhaps she is following me. I have never been following Mrs. Clinton,” she said.

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Hillary Clinton Pokes Fun at President Obama: My Hair Won’t Turn White in the White House

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Self-dubbed hair icon and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton assured voters Wednesday that if she gets elected president, her hair — unlike that of her would-be predecessors — will not turn gray over the course of her term.

“All of our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton said during a campaign event at the Marriott hotel in downtown Columbia, South Carolina Wednesday, her first visit to the Palmetto State as a presidential candidate.

“Think about what they look like on inauguration day. And then we watch them. They grow grayer and grayer, and by the time they leave, they’re as white as the building they live in.”

“Now, let me tell you,” Clinton, 67, added with a smile, “I’m aware I may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage. I’ve been coloring my hair for years. So you’re not going to see me turn white in the White House.

The crowd erupted with laughter and applause.

“And,” Clinton added, as the clapping simmered. “You’re also not going to see me shrink from a fight. I think by now, people know I don’t quit.”

Clinton, who will be 69 on Election Day, made the dig during a keynote address to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council at their Third Annual Day in Blue event.

Clinton’s visit to South Carolina — a state that harbors bad memories for Clinton from 2008 — marks the first time she’s returned to the state since her bruising loss in the presidential primary against then-Senator Barack Obama.

During her events Wednesday — which included a roundtable with female minority business owners at a chicken and waffles joint, followed by the keynote — Clinton tried to move beyond the past and look to the future. In her remarks, she laid out the initial part of her women’s agenda — specifically doubling down on affordable child care and equal pay for women and calling out Republicans for being on the wrong side of the issue.

“One Republican candidate for president dismissed equal pay as a ‘bogus issue,” Clinton said. “Another said that congress was ‘wasting time worrying about it,’ and one even said that efforts to guarantee fair pay reminded him of the Soviet Union.”

“And to that, I say what century are they living in?” Clinton quipped, with a subtle southern twang that slipped in and out periodically throughout the speech.

Earlier in the day, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina showed up outside Clinton’s event and set up her own competing media availability outside of the same Marriott where Clinton delivered the keynote.

When asked about Clinton’s focus on equal pay, Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and only other female candidate in the 2016 race, threw the issue back on Clinton.

“We know as well that the federal government is a seniority system which means they don’t pay for performance they pay for time and grades,” Fiorina said. “Why hasn’t Mrs. Clinton or President Obama been willing or able to answer questions about pay in their own offices?”

Fiorina added that she does not agree with the statistic Clinton often cites that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

When asked why she decided to hold an event outside the same hotel where Clinton would momentarily be speaking, Fiorina said it was merely a coincidence.

“I planned this trip many many weeks ago, so perhaps she is following me. I have never been following Mrs. Clinton,” she said.

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Meet the 97-Year-Old Who Was Surprised by Obama on Her ‘Field Trip’ to the White House

President Barack Obama welcomes Vivian Bailey, escorted by Vice President Joe Biden just outside the Oval Office, May 26, 2015. David Lienemann/The White House(WASHINGTON) — Vivian Bailey, 97, never had the chance to go on a field trip as a child, but on Tuesday, she took the “field trip” of her dreams to the White House and was even surprised by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“It was quite a surprise! I had no idea we were going to meet the president and the vice president, and it was awesome,” Bailey told ABC News. “It was a dream come true.”

Bailey was invited to tour the White House after the vice president’s office saw a story about her work fundraising for an elementary school in Columbia, Maryland.

For the past 16 years, Bailey has led a fundraising effort to help Running Brook Elementary School fulfill its “wish list” for students. Part of that wish list includes funding field trips for the school children, something Bailey finds particularly important.

“I’ve been very insistent on trying to make sure our kids get field trips,” Bailey said. “I want our children whose parents are certainly not wealthy to have those opportunities.”

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1918, Bailey moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a child where she attended segregated schools and said her classes were not taken on field trips.

Bailey served in the Women’s Army Corps in Alabama and Georgia from 1942 to 1946, eventually becoming a first lieutenant in charge of 144 women at Fort Benning. After leaving the Army, Bailey moved to Chicago, where she met her husband and worked for the Veterans Administration and the Social Security office. She was then transferred to a Social Security office in Baltimore and retired in Columbia, Maryland, in 1975.

The 97-year-old has raised thousands of dollars for Running Brook Elementary school over the past 16 years, and this year, the school’s principal invited her to attend a field trip to Washington, D.C., with one of the classes — her first “field trip” ever.

“The part I liked the most was seeing the children enjoy it and knowing that they were seeing some history, too,” Bailey said.

A local ABC affiliate in Washington profiled Bailey’s “field trip” with the students, which caught the attention of the White House. Staff and teachers and Running Brook Elementary School pitched in money to hire a town car to take Bailey, the school’s principal Troy Todd and fourth-grade teacher Melissa Peyton to the White House on Tuesday.

Bailey was told she would receive a tour of the White House, but after waiting in a side room, she was surprised by the vice president.

“Someone told us, ‘We have somebody who wants to meet you,’ so then they were escorting us, and as we stepped in this room, the vice president came to the door and greeted us,” Bailey said. “He was very gracious, very easy to meet and then he said, ‘Somebody else wants to meet you,’ so we walked across over to the president’s office.”

“I was almost speechless. I was so surprised and so honored and so happy,” Bailey said about meeting the president. “I think first thing he said was ‘Welcome.’ I was so surprised that I probably can’t remember exactly what he said. He just was so gracious and the vice president said, ‘I’m gonna get a hug.’ And so he gave me a hug and so did the president.”

First Lady Michelle Obama was unable to meet Bailey, but wrote her a letter telling her to “enjoy your special field trip” at the White House.

“I am so impressed with your lifetime of service to our country and I deeply appreciate your commitment to the next generation,” the first lady wrote.

“I’ve had a lot of experiences that when I was growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that I never expected to experience so I feel very blessed that I was able to do so many things I couldn’t have imagined,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who does not have any biological children, said she considers the children at Running Brook Elementary as her own.

“When people ask how many children I have, I try to keep my face straight. I have over 300!” she said.

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Rick Santorum on Running for President 2016: ‘Ready to Do This Again’

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he’s “ready” to run for president in 2016.

“I’m ready to do this again,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” he told Stephanopoulos. “To come back home, to be at a manufacturing facility, to really reconnect to what I grew up with and understood to be an America that worked, that worked for middle-income families, that created stable neighborhoods and strong families — when you see all these reports coming out, one after another, from the far left and the far right talking about how the middle of America is hollowing out and the jobs just aren’t there for the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have a college degree, families are breaking down.”

Santorum, 57, will formally announce his intentions at an event Wednesday in Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his childhood home.

He joins a quickly widening Republican field that already includes six declared candidates and could grow to encompass around a dozen more. Several contenders are expected to give him tougher competition this time around for the Christian conservative votes he relied on in 2012.

His experience in the last election could prove helpful, as several Republican nominees — including Romney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — did not clinch the ticket until their second try.

“Obviously, we learned something from the last campaign,” the Pennsylvania senator told Stephanopoulos. “Number one, we’re gonna have more money.”

“You gotta do well in Iowa,” said Santorum, who was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses in 2012 after a 16-day delay. “You gotta win on election night as opposed to two weeks later.”

However, the competitive nature of this cycle has already thrown a hurdle in Santorum’s path, with recently released debate rules opening the possibility he will not poll high enough to participate in the first debate in August.

“It’s early,” Santorum said, when asked about the debate. “I don’t worry too much about where things are now.”

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Carly Fiorina to Attend Luncheon, Hold Roundtable in SC

Ann Johansson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton will have some company when she visits South Carolina on Wednesday: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and only other female candidate in the race, is planning to rain on Clinton’s parade by hosting her own event outside of the hotel where Clinton will be delivering a keynote address.

In an invite sent Tuesday night addressed to the “Traveling Press Corps,” Fiorina’s campaign took a jab at Clinton: “Our events tomorrow are all open to the press. And by open press, we mean we’ll actually take questions. That’s right. We’ve answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a president that can’t answer for her record, won’t explain her positions or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with.”

Fiorina is scheduled to attend a luncheon with the South Carolina GOP’s legislative caucus in Columbia at 12:30 p.m. ET. Later, she’ll hold a meet and greet and roundtable at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg at 4 p.m. ET.

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Hillary Clinton Visits SC, Focusing on Women and Minorities

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.

During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver the keynote address to the South Carolina House Democratic Women’s Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council at their Third Annual Day in Blue event.

The former secretary of state will also visit the State House to meet with House and Senate Democratic caucuses.

For Clinton, South Carolina harbors bad memories and bruising moments.

Just before the state’s primary in 2008, when Clinton and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama were seemingly neck in neck in the race, Bill Clinton called Obama’s positioning on the Iraq war a “fairy tale” — a polarizing remark that many perceived to be racist. The comment fired up South Carolina’s large swath of black primary voters, who then rallied behind Obama.

Ultimately, Clinton lost the state’s primary by nearly 30 points to the future president.

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Rick Santorum Expected to Announce 2016 Plans

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Santorum is expected to announce his presidential decision on Wednesday.

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold an event at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pennsylvania, near his boyhood home in Butler County, at 5 p.m. ET.

According to one of his aides, the focus of Santorum’s remarks “will be about the need to fight for the American worker that has been left behind by big government, big business, and both political parties. He will also be contrasting his record with that of [former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton throughout his remarks.”

“He’ll be giving his speech from a factory floor just 10 miles from where he grew up and at a company — Penn United Technologies — that he visited when he first ran for the Senate in 1994. At that time, they had just one building, today they have a 100 acre campus with 600 employees. They epitomize the type of manufacturing renaissance Sen. Santorum talks about,” the aide said.

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