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Biden Taps New Communications Director

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new communications director comes to the office of the vice president Monday.

Vice President Biden announced in a statement Monday that Kate Bedingfield will service as the new communications director.

Bedingfield comes to the White House from the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

“Kate is a talented individual who brings a range of communications experience to the team,’ Vice President Biden said. ‘She will be a key advisor to me, a terrific asset to our office, and an important member of the entire White House organization.”

Bedingfield will fill role left open by Shailagh Murray, who was appointed Senior Advisor to President Obama.

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Biden Taps New Communications Director

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new communications director comes to the office of the vice president Monday.

Vice President Biden announced in a statement Monday that Kate Bedingfield will service as the new communications director.

Bedingfield comes to the White House from the Motion Picture Association of America, where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

“Kate is a talented individual who brings a range of communications experience to the team,’ Vice President Biden said. ‘She will be a key advisor to me, a terrific asset to our office, and an important member of the entire White House organization.”

Bedingfield will fill role left open by Shailagh Murray, who was appointed Senior Advisor to President Obama.

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Today on the Trail — 8/24/15

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidate be on Monday? Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

Hillary Clinton is on vacation Monday in the Hamptons, but we will see her leave her tony Amangansett rental later in the week for events, including stops in Iowa.

Donald Trump is also off the trail. He will return to Iowa Tuesday.

Jeb Bush is in McAllen, Texas Monday where he will be discussing border security, according to his campaign. His ongoing war of words with Trump included Bush’s use of the controversial term “anchor babies” in heated exchanges with the press. His son, George P. Bush, said his father will tone down that highly charged rhetoric on immigration, according to an interview he gave the Spanish-language magazine La Opinion.

The other candidates on the trail Monday are mostly in the early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

In South Carolina Monday on the GOP side, several candidates will attend Rep. Jeff Duncan’s 5th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ in Anderson. Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and Ted Cruz will all attend.

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Harry Reid to Support Iran Nuclear Deal

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to support the Iran nuclear deal, he said on Sunday.

In a press release, the Nevada Democrat said he would vote against disapproval of the deal, which has been criticized by some in Congress, including a number of high profile Democrats. “I will vote no on the resolution…and urge my colleagues to do the same,” Reid said Sunday.

Calling the need to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon “one of the most important national security challenges of our generation,” Reid said that he believes the deal, agreed to by Iran and the P5+1 nations, “is the best path to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

“This nuclear agreement is consistent with the greatest traditions of American leadership,” Reid wrote, “I will do everything in my power to support this agreement and ensure that America holds up our end of the commitment we have made to our allies and the world to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Noting the importance of the deal to protect Israel, and claiming that the hope that the Obama administration would be able to go back and get a better deal were the agreement disapprove by Congress a fallacy, Reid called the deal “a good agreement based on the merits.”

“If the Senate rejects this agreement, the international community will not support an attempt to secure another and they will not support the sanctions regime,” Reid warned. “Whether we like it or not, the current sanctions regime depends on other countries.”

Reid admits the deal is imperfect, going so far as to say that he does not trust Iran to hold up their end of the deal. “But this agreement is not based on trust – it is based on strict enforcement and rigorous verification monitoring and inspections,” Reid points out.

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Jimmy Carter Teaches Importance of Love at Georgia Sunday School

Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school on Easter Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church on April 20, 2014 in Plains, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)(PLAINS, Ga.) — Former President Jimmy Carter spent his Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school for the first time since announcing his cancer diagnosis earlier this week,

The church saw a larger-than-normal Sunday attendance, as one would expect. Carter joked at the beginning of his class, asking the crowd “do we have any visitors this morning?”

One church member said that they were “blessed” to have Carter serve as a Sunday school teacher.

“I’m back now,” Carter told the congregants, “and I intend to keep on teaching here at Maranatha as long as I am able.”

Speaking Sunday on the subject of love, Carter urged the crowd to “love God, yes. But orient yourself to love the person, no matter who it might be, that’s in front of you at any particular time.”

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O’Malley on Biden Run: Would be Nice to Have Another ‘Lifelong’ Democrat

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Responding to reports that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering entering the 2016 presidential race and met privately with liberal star Sen. Elizabeth Warren this weekend, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday that it would “be nice to have at least one more lifelong Democrat in the race.”

Stephanopoulos asked O’Malley if that was a shot at Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, who is the longest-serving independent member of Congress, but is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

“No, it is a compliment to Vice President Biden for also being a lifelong Democrat,” O’Malley said, adding that he has “a great deal of respect” for Biden and thinks he is a “very, very good and decent man.”

Speaking live on ABC’s This Week, O’Malley also responded to new polling from Quinnipiac University that finds a majority of voters in battleground states do not think Hillary Clinton is honest. O’Malley did not directly say whether he believes Clinton is trustworthy, but said questions about his opponent justify his call for more Democratic primary debates.

“Until we start having debates and start offering those ideas that move our country forward, we’re going to be bogged down in questions of, ‘What did Hillary Clinton know and when did she know it?'” he said. “We cannot allow our party to be branded by those sorts of questions of the past. We have to look to the future.”

O’Malley said he would prefer to talk about issues like making college more affordable, wages, and climate change, and added that he believes the Democratic National Committee will ultimately decide to host more than the six debates that are currently scheduled.

O’Malley also took on the frontrunner on the Republican side. Earlier this week, he held a press conference in front of one of Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotels to call attention to the issue of low-wage workers. Trump responded by calling O’Malley a “disgusting, weak, little pathetic baby” because he apologized to members of the Black Lives Matter movement after saying “all lives matter.”

The former Maryland governor told Stephanopoulos, “I am not going to get into get into name calling debate with Mr. Trump.” Adding, “I did take great exception to the hateful language he uses with regards to whole groups of new American immigrants. And I also have a great deal of disagreement with the economic policies he espouses, which are good for billionaires but bad for working people.”

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Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he will support Hillary Clinton in her bid for the presidency.

In an exclusive statement to ABC News, Richardson said after speaking with former President Bill Clinton and his wife, “we have patched up our disagreement from the 2008 election.” The former governor, who served in Clinton’s administration, gave his endorsement to then Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign cycle.

“I have spoken to President and Secretary Clinton and we have patched up our disagreement from the 2008 election,” the statement read. “I am pleased to announce I wholeheartedly support Secretary Clinton’s candidacy for the Presidency. Her leadership on issues like foreign policy, immigration, climate change and economic populism are important to the future of the country.”

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Scott Walker Says He’s Not Seeking to Repeal 14th Amendment

Gov. Scott Walker (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he has no plans to alter the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

In an interview earlier this week, Walker seemed to indicate his support for getting rid of the constitutional right of birthright citizenship before stepping back from that position later in the week, leaving unclear his position on the issue. He answered “no” when asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” if he plans to try and repeal or alter the 14th Amendment.

Walker continued, “My point is any discussion that goes beyond securing the border and enforcing the laws are things that should be a red flag to voters out there, who for years have heard lip service from politicians and are understandably angry because those politicians haven’t been committed to following through on those promises.”

Donald Trump, who is currently leading the Republican race for the presidential nomination, has expressed support for doing away with birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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Donald Trump Plans on Executing Immigration Plan Through ‘Management’

Donald Trump (ABC News) (WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Sunday defended his newly released immigration reform plan, which calls for the deportation of millions of undocumented workers in the United States, saying he’ll accomplish the objectives through “management.”

In a plan released earlier this month, Trump called for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants and for the deportation of undocumented workers. He did not offer more specifics as to how undocumented workers would be removed from the country or how much the plan would cost.

“It’s called management,” he said. “I’m going to get great people that know what they are doing.”

Trump also took shots at opponents for the Republican nomination, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who he called a “low energy person.”

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Donald Trump Plans on Executing Immigration Plan Through ‘Management’

Donald Trump (ABC News) (WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Sunday defended his newly released immigration reform plan, which calls for the deportation of millions of undocumented workers in the United States, saying he’ll accomplish the objectives through “management.”

In a plan released earlier this month, Trump called for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants and for the deportation of undocumented workers. He did not offer more specifics as to how undocumented workers would be removed from the country or how much the plan would cost.

“It’s called management,” he said. “I’m going to get great people that know what they are doing.”

Trump also took shots at opponents for the Republican nomination, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who he called a “low energy person.”

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