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Trump Files $500 Million Lawsuit Against Univision

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Spanish-language network Univision after the company decided to terminate its contract with Trump’s Miss Universe Organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

Univision decided that it would not air the pageant after comments Trump made when he announced his campaign for the presidency. Trump said that immigrants coming from Mexico to the U.S. were bringing “crime” and “drugs,” were “rapists” and not Mexico’s best. He stood by those comments on Monday, when he called NBC — who said it would not air the Miss USA pageant — “weak.”

“Nothing I stated was different from what I have been saying for many years,” Trump said in a statement Tuesday. “I want strong borders, and I do not support or condone illegal immigration.”

Trump’s statement also explains the lawsuit. “As a consequence of their inappropriate actions,” Trump says, “Univision and NBC have abandoned fifty one wonderful young women who have come from all over the United States to pursue their dream of being crowned Miss USA.”

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Obama Calls Last Week ‘Gratifying’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama secured some major victories last week on trade, healthcare and same-sex marriage, and delivered one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency — causing many to dub the seven-day span his “best week” ever.

But the president himself stopped short of assigning that description to the week, calling it “gratifying” and instead saying the “best” weeks occurred in his personal life.

“In terms of my best week, now my best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle. That was a really good week. Malia and Sasha being born, excellent weeks,” Obama said in a press conference Tuesday. “There was a game where I scored 27 points.”

“I’ve had some good weeks in my life, I will tell you. And I’m blessed to have had those. I think last week was gratifying,” he said as he ticked off his victories on trade and healthcare.

The president described his speech in Charleston, South Carolina as “heartfelt” and “a reflection on the consistent challenge of race in this country and how we can find a path towards a better way.”

Obama later said he was happy to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage — but noted there was one downside: Not being able to walk out on Pennsylvania Avenue to see it himself.

“That made it a really good week,” he said. “To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love, that was pretty cool. That was a good thing.”

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Obama Calls Last Week ‘Gratifying’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama secured some major victories last week on trade, healthcare and same-sex marriage, and delivered one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency — causing many to dub the seven-day span his “best week” ever.

But the president himself stopped short of assigning that description to the week, calling it “gratifying” and instead saying the “best” weeks occurred in his personal life.

“In terms of my best week, now my best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle. That was a really good week. Malia and Sasha being born, excellent weeks,” Obama said in a press conference Tuesday. “There was a game where I scored 27 points.”

“I’ve had some good weeks in my life, I will tell you. And I’m blessed to have had those. I think last week was gratifying,” he said as he ticked off his victories on trade and healthcare.

The president described his speech in Charleston, South Carolina as “heartfelt” and “a reflection on the consistent challenge of race in this country and how we can find a path towards a better way.”

Obama later said he was happy to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage — but noted there was one downside: Not being able to walk out on Pennsylvania Avenue to see it himself.

“That made it a really good week,” he said. “To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love, that was pretty cool. That was a good thing.”

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Obama on Iran Talks: Still ‘Hard Negotiations’ to Be Done

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the U.S. and the P5+1 partners must still engage in “some hard negotiations” with Iran before finalizing a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

“There’s still some hard negotiations to take place but ultimately it’s going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements the international community has set forth,” he said Tuesday during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Obama’s comments came shortly after a State Department official announced the deadline to secure a deal with Iran would extend beyond Tuesday until July 7.

Obama emphasized again that he will not hesitate to walk away from the negotiations if Iran does not agree to the terms reached in a tentative agreement negotiated in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this year and that the U.S. is demanding more than just a declaration from Iran and a “few inspectors wandering around” every once and a while.

“The framework agreement that was established at Lausanne is one that if implemented effectively and codified properly would in fact achieve my goal which is Iran not obtaining a nuclear weapon” the president said, adding that there has been talk from Iranian negotiators that they are walking back parts of the commitments reached as part of that tentative agreement.

“I will walk away from the negotiations if in fact it’s a bad deal,” Obama added. “If we can’t provide assurances that the pathways for Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon are closed and if we can’t verify that, if the inspections regime, the verification regime is inadequate then we’re not going to get a deal and we’ve been very clear to the Iranian government about that.”

Asked about Americans being held in Iran, the president said the United States continues to push with urgency to secure their release.

“This is something that we continue to push hard on irrespective of the nuclear deal,” Obama said. “It’s a top priority for us to make sure that our people are treated fairly and on the face of it in the case of these individuals who’ve been held, they have not been and they are not being afforded the basic due process and legal rights that we afford visitors to our country so we’re deeply concerned about it, we spend a lot of time pushing on it, and we will continue to do so.”

It’s a message that Obama said he has communicated directly to the family members of those Americans.

“When I talk to the families, we remind them that that is a mission that will continue and has been worked on consistently throughout their captivity,” he said.

The news conference came as Rousseff wraps up her visit with Obama during a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. The two leaders met in the Oval Office Tuesday morning and for a private working dinner at the White House on Monday night.

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Obama on Iran Talks: Still ‘Hard Negotiations’ to Be Done

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the U.S. and the P5+1 partners must still engage in “some hard negotiations” with Iran before finalizing a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

“There’s still some hard negotiations to take place but ultimately it’s going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements the international community has set forth,” he said Tuesday during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Obama’s comments came shortly after a State Department official announced the deadline to secure a deal with Iran would extend beyond Tuesday until July 7.

Obama emphasized again that he will not hesitate to walk away from the negotiations if Iran does not agree to the terms reached in a tentative agreement negotiated in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this year and that the U.S. is demanding more than just a declaration from Iran and a “few inspectors wandering around” every once and a while.

“The framework agreement that was established at Lausanne is one that if implemented effectively and codified properly would in fact achieve my goal which is Iran not obtaining a nuclear weapon” the president said, adding that there has been talk from Iranian negotiators that they are walking back parts of the commitments reached as part of that tentative agreement.

“I will walk away from the negotiations if in fact it’s a bad deal,” Obama added. “If we can’t provide assurances that the pathways for Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon are closed and if we can’t verify that, if the inspections regime, the verification regime is inadequate then we’re not going to get a deal and we’ve been very clear to the Iranian government about that.”

Asked about Americans being held in Iran, the president said the United States continues to push with urgency to secure their release.

“This is something that we continue to push hard on irrespective of the nuclear deal,” Obama said. “It’s a top priority for us to make sure that our people are treated fairly and on the face of it in the case of these individuals who’ve been held, they have not been and they are not being afforded the basic due process and legal rights that we afford visitors to our country so we’re deeply concerned about it, we spend a lot of time pushing on it, and we will continue to do so.”

It’s a message that Obama said he has communicated directly to the family members of those Americans.

“When I talk to the families, we remind them that that is a mission that will continue and has been worked on consistently throughout their captivity,” he said.

The news conference came as Rousseff wraps up her visit with Obama during a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. The two leaders met in the Oval Office Tuesday morning and for a private working dinner at the White House on Monday night.

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What New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Was Like in High School

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(LIVINGSTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reminisced on his “glory days” of high school from his alma mater Tuesday as he made his presidential announcement.

“This is where we grew up, these are the fields where we played on, these are the playgrounds we played on, this is the school we built our friends with and came and learned with,” Christie said of his hometown to a crowd of supporters crammed into the Livingston High School gymnasium.

But what was the 52-year-old, ambitious, and big-personality governor like in his high school heydays?

According to a few of his former classmates and teachers, Christie was hardly the aggressively outspoken politician you see today.

His ambitions for the White House are hinted at in his yearbook quote, “Great Hopes make Great Men” along with the fact that he was elected class president for three years.

Christie was also an athlete, playing catcher on his high school’s varsity baseball team. When Christie had to be benched during games his senior year, he handled it with class, according to the Washington Post.

Before he met his wife, Mary Pat, in college, Christie was dating a girl named Melina, taking her to the junior prom.

“To Melina. you’re [sic] taken my life into your heart. Our special love will live in my heart forever,” Christie writes, ending his yearbook quote with romance.

Christie even had his bout of mischief, breaking the rules to paint his graduation year on the high school. “Painting the roof, twice,” Christie writes in his yearbook.

In a message to his graduating class of 1980, Christie wrote: “As a group of nearly 600, we will never be all together in the same room again; but as long as this spirit lives within us, we shall never really part.”

“You cannot divide me and this town in terms of who I am and what I’ve become. There is no chance if I hadn’t grown up in this town and went to this high school that I’d be standing up here as governor,” he said at his induction into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

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What New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Was Like in High School

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(LIVINGSTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reminisced on his “glory days” of high school from his alma mater Tuesday as he made his presidential announcement.

“This is where we grew up, these are the fields where we played on, these are the playgrounds we played on, this is the school we built our friends with and came and learned with,” Christie said of his hometown to a crowd of supporters crammed into the Livingston High School gymnasium.

But what was the 52-year-old, ambitious, and big-personality governor like in his high school heydays?

According to a few of his former classmates and teachers, Christie was hardly the aggressively outspoken politician you see today.

His ambitions for the White House are hinted at in his yearbook quote, “Great Hopes make Great Men” along with the fact that he was elected class president for three years.

Christie was also an athlete, playing catcher on his high school’s varsity baseball team. When Christie had to be benched during games his senior year, he handled it with class, according to the Washington Post.

Before he met his wife, Mary Pat, in college, Christie was dating a girl named Melina, taking her to the junior prom.

“To Melina. you’re [sic] taken my life into your heart. Our special love will live in my heart forever,” Christie writes, ending his yearbook quote with romance.

Christie even had his bout of mischief, breaking the rules to paint his graduation year on the high school. “Painting the roof, twice,” Christie writes in his yearbook.

In a message to his graduating class of 1980, Christie wrote: “As a group of nearly 600, we will never be all together in the same room again; but as long as this spirit lives within us, we shall never really part.”

“You cannot divide me and this town in terms of who I am and what I’ve become. There is no chance if I hadn’t grown up in this town and went to this high school that I’d be standing up here as governor,” he said at his induction into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Obama on Iran Talks: Still ‘Hard Negotiations’ to Be Done

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the U.S. and the P5+1 partners must still engage in “some hard negotiations” with Iran before finalizing a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

“There’s still some hard negotiations to take place but ultimately it’s going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements the international community has set forth,” he said Tuesday during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Obama’s comments came shortly after a State Department official announced the deadline to secure a deal with Iran would extend beyond Tuesday until July 7.

Obama emphasized again that he will not hesitate to walk away from the negotiations if Iran does not agree to the terms reached in a tentative agreement negotiated in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this year and that the U.S. is demanding more than just a declaration from Iran and a “few inspectors wandering around” every once and a while.

“The framework agreement that was established at Lausanne is one that if implemented effectively and codified properly would in fact achieve my goal which is Iran not obtaining a nuclear weapon” the president said, adding that there has been talk from Iranian negotiators that they are walking back parts of the commitments reached as part of that tentative agreement.

“I will walk away from the negotiations if in fact it’s a bad deal,” Obama added. “If we can’t provide assurances that the pathways for Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon are closed and if we can’t verify that, if the inspections regime, the verification regime is inadequate then we’re not going to get a deal and we’ve been very clear to the Iranian government about that.”

Asked about Americans being held in Iran, the president said the United States continues to push with urgency to secure their release.

“This is something that we continue to push hard on irrespective of the nuclear deal,” Obama said. “It’s a top priority for us to make sure that our people are treated fairly and on the face of it in the case of these individuals who’ve been held, they have not been and they are not being afforded the basic due process and legal rights that we afford visitors to our country so we’re deeply concerned about it, we spend a lot of time pushing on it, and we will continue to do so.”

It’s a message that Obama said he has communicated directly to the family members of those Americans.

“When I talk to the families, we remind them that that is a mission that will continue and has been worked on consistently throughout their captivity,” he said.

The news conference came as Rousseff wraps up her visit with Obama during a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. The two leaders met in the Oval Office Tuesday morning and for a private working dinner at the White House on Monday night.

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What New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Was Like in High School

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(LIVINGSTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reminisced on his “glory days” of high school from his alma mater Tuesday as he made his presidential announcement.

“This is where we grew up, these are the fields where we played on, these are the playgrounds we played on, this is the school we built our friends with and came and learned with,” Christie said of his hometown to a crowd of supporters crammed into the Livingston High School gymnasium.

But what was the 52-year-old, ambitious, and big-personality governor like in his high school heydays?

According to a few of his former classmates and teachers, Christie was hardly the aggressively outspoken politician you see today.

His ambitions for the White House are hinted at in his yearbook quote, “Great Hopes make Great Men” along with the fact that he was elected class president for three years.

Christie was also an athlete, playing catcher on his high school’s varsity baseball team. When Christie had to be benched during games his senior year, he handled it with class, according to the Washington Post.

Before he met his wife, Mary Pat, in college, Christie was dating a girl named Melina, taking her to the junior prom.

“To Melina. you’re [sic] taken my life into your heart. Our special love will live in my heart forever,” Christie writes, ending his yearbook quote with romance.

Christie even had his bout of mischief, breaking the rules to paint his graduation year on the high school. “Painting the roof, twice,” Christie writes in his yearbook.

In a message to his graduating class of 1980, Christie wrote: “As a group of nearly 600, we will never be all together in the same room again; but as long as this spirit lives within us, we shall never really part.”

“You cannot divide me and this town in terms of who I am and what I’ve become. There is no chance if I hadn’t grown up in this town and went to this high school that I’d be standing up here as governor,” he said at his induction into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Marco Rubio to Give First Domestic Policy Speech as Candidate for President

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — Marco Rubio is ready to take his ideas on domestic policy public.

The Republican senator from Florida will deliver his first policy speech as a presidential candidate on Tuesday, July 7 at 1871 in Chicago. The speech will cover “technology and the 21st century job market,” according to a Rubio aide.

“Marco will discuss the need to overcome our economic challenges by fostering the American innovation that will create high-paying modern jobs and by equipping all Americans with the skills needed to fill them,” the aide said.

Rubio will participate in a moderated discussion following his speech.

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