ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) — Coming soon to a rally near you: a fashion-forward Rick Santorum.

The newly-announced presidential candidate — known for his signature sweater vests — may be sporting an updated look in 2016.

“I have two daughters who are the fashion consultants — they’ve appointed themselves the fashion consultants to the campaign and so you’re going to be seeing attire that reflects their tastes, not mine,” Santorum told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Wednesday.

In 2012, sales of Santorum-branded sweater vests reportedly netted $300,000 for the campaign — and spawned a number of parody accounts on Twitter.

Though Santorum’s newfound sartorial taste — on display Wednesday in his exclusive interview with ABC News — may project a more “presidential” air, many will never forget the grandpa-esque style of 2012.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Secret Service is testing out new spikes to reinforce the White House fence and deter against future would-be fence jumpers.

ABC News first learned last month that the White House would be adding these so-called “no-climb” spikes as a temporary fix to the current fence, but Thursday was the first time that we actually got to see how the spikes will be installed on the fence.

In a video captured by ABC News Thursday morning, the Secret Service can be seen working with government contractors on a test installation of the new spike features. At one point, a Secret Service officer grabs onto the top of the fence with the new spikes installed and pulls himself up, presumably to demonstrate that he could still climb the fence if he wanted to even with the new spikes in place.

The spikes, which are pencil-like steel structures, jutted straight up from the fence when in place and fell below the point of the highest spear-like structures that are already a part of the existing fence. (Again, this was just a test-run, so it’s possible that there could be revisions to the proposed spikes before they are actually installed.)

The Secret Service points out that Thursday’s activities were “not the actual installation of the pointed anti-climb feature, but rather involves verifying specifications prior to the manufacturing process.”

Meanwhile, the Commission on Fine Arts is in the process of soliciting proposals for an entirely new permanent fence, which will go through the concept design review process this fall, according to the National Park Service.

CFA secretary Tom Luebke told ABC News in April that the commission has already ruled out a moat, electrified fence and a solid wall.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Secret Service is testing out new spikes to reinforce the White House fence and deter against future would-be fence jumpers.

ABC News first learned last month that the White House would be adding these so-called “no-climb” spikes as a temporary fix to the current fence, but Thursday was the first time that we actually got to see how the spikes will be installed on the fence.

In a video captured by ABC News Thursday morning, the Secret Service can be seen working with government contractors on a test installation of the new spike features. At one point, a Secret Service officer grabs onto the top of the fence with the new spikes installed and pulls himself up, presumably to demonstrate that he could still climb the fence if he wanted to even with the new spikes in place.

The spikes, which are pencil-like steel structures, jutted straight up from the fence when in place and fell below the point of the highest spear-like structures that are already a part of the existing fence. (Again, this was just a test-run, so it’s possible that there could be revisions to the proposed spikes before they are actually installed.)

The Secret Service points out that Thursday’s activities were “not the actual installation of the pointed anti-climb feature, but rather involves verifying specifications prior to the manufacturing process.”

Meanwhile, the Commission on Fine Arts is in the process of soliciting proposals for an entirely new permanent fence, which will go through the concept design review process this fall, according to the National Park Service.

CFA secretary Tom Luebke told ABC News in April that the commission has already ruled out a moat, electrified fence and a solid wall.

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On the heels of Rick Santorum’s presidential announcement in Pennsylvania Wednesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he’s joining the ballooning field of 2016 candidates on Thursday.

Pataki will be making his decision known in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Ahead of his announcement, the Republican released a video on his website Thursday morning.

“Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive. This is exactly what the founding fathers feared. They knew all governments had the tendency to grow endlessly and ultimately to take power from the people and give it to themselves,” Pataki says in the 4-minute video.

“It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” he adds.

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On the heels of Rick Santorum’s presidential announcement in Pennsylvania Wednesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he’s joining the ballooning field of 2016 candidates on Thursday.

Pataki will be making his decision known in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Ahead of his announcement, the Republican released a video on his website Thursday morning.

“Washington has grown too big, too powerful, too expensive and too intrusive. This is exactly what the founding fathers feared. They knew all governments had the tendency to grow endlessly and ultimately to take power from the people and give it to themselves,” Pataki says in the 4-minute video.

“It is time to stand up, protect our freedom and take back this government,” he adds.

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William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As Jeb Bush makes his way through key primary states, two campaign finance watchdog groups are pushing for the Department of Justice to investigate the potential candidate’s interactions with his super PAC.

Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center filed a letter with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the DOJ requesting a special counsel to conduct an investigation into Bush and whether he and his super PAC “are engaged in knowing and willful violations” of federal campaign finance laws.

The former Florida governor has both his own PAC, Right to Rise, and a similarly named super PAC established to allow him to collect unlimited funds from his supporters.

As a non-candidate, he can work with his super PAC as much as he likes but as soon as he launches his presidential bid, any coordination with the super PAC becomes illegal.

The groups say that Bush is intentionally delaying a formal announcement to allow his campaign to stack as much cash as possible with Bush’s direct input and that despite his repeated insistence that he’s not an official candidate, is in fact a candidate, at least when judged by federal law.

They cite a provision in the Campaign Reform Act that states a “candidate” is an individual that has “received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or has made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000.”

A spokesperson for Bush said in a statement to ABC News, “We are fully complying with the law in all activities Governor Bush is engaging in on the political front, and will continue to do so.”

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baumsaway/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to life a block on the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration, a ruling that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security expressed disappointment towards, while saying that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was not in the cards just yet.

“The Department of Justice is committed to taking steps that will resolve the immigration litigation as quickly as possible in order to bring greater accountability to our immigration system by prioritizing deporting the worst offenders, not people who have long ties to the United States and who are raising American children,” a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement. “Although the Department continues to disagree with the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to stay the district court’s preliminary injunction, the Department has determined that it will not seek a stay from the Supreme Court.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security called the decision disappointing, while noting that the pre-existing DACA policy from 2012 — which provide deferred action to ceertain children — remains in place.

The progress made under the current administration, DHS says, “is significant,” as the department vowed to “continue to implement these important reforms to help reform our broken immigration system that, in the end, only Congress can fully address.”

Obama’s executive action, which would have legalized up to five million undocumented immigrants was blocked by a judge after 26 Republican governors and attorneys general filed a lawsuit hoping for an injunction.

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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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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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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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