Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama signed two trade bills into law Monday, a victory for the president who faced embarrassing setbacks by members of his own party opposed to the measures.

“I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Obama said to laughter. “They’ve been declared dead more than once. They have inspired long and passionate debates and that’s entirely appropriate for our democracy. That’s how this country’s supposed to work. We’re supposed to make sure that we air our differences and then ultimately Congress works its will, especially on issues that inspire strongly held feelings on both sides.”

“This is a good day,” the president said. “I’m very confident that we’re going to be able to say at the end of the day that the trade agreements that come under this authorization are going to be improve the system of trade that we have right now and that’s a good thing.”

The bills give Obama “fast track authority” to secure a Pacific trade deal as well as provides assistance to workers. The president thanked his unlikely allies — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — for working with him on the legislation.

As he signed the two bills, Obama seemed to relish the moment after spending weeks battling with members of his own party over the legislation.

“This is so much fun we should do it again,” he said.

“No thank you,” one of the men standing behind the president said.

“Well maybe not this particular piece of legislation,” Obama responded. “I do like signing bills though.”

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Mike Levine(WASHINGTON) — Three weeks after U.S. authorities determined foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive government records tied to tens of millions of people, the Office of Personnel Management has now shut down the system at the center of that breach, essentially bringing to a halt the way federal agencies have conducted background checks for years.

According to an “alert” posted on OPM’s website Monday, the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system — or “e-QIP” — “will be down for an extended period of time for security enhancements.”

“e-QIP allows the user to electronically enter, update and transmit their personal investigative data over a secure internet connection,” OPM’s website said.

As ABC News previously reported, the e-QIP system was one of several systems likely breached by hackers in China, and they stole forms — known as “SF-86” forms — submitted by federal employees and others seeking security clearances.

The forms require applicants to provide personal information not only about themselves but also relatives, friends and “associates” spanning several years.

The forms ask applicants about past drug use, financial history, mental health history and personal relationships. That type of information could be exploited to pressure or trick employees into further compromising their agencies, sources said.

ABC News previously reported the OPM hackers may have used information stolen last year from a private government contractor, KeyPoint Government Solutions, to ultimately break into federal systems.

Each month, OPM “thwarts” an average of 10 million “intrusion attempts,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta recently said in testimony submitted to lawmakers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court affirmed Arizona’s ability to appoint an independent commission to draw federal districts in a 5-4 decision Monday.

The Arizona legislature had filed suit against the state in an effort to get redistricting, which happens every 10 years, back under its control. That duty has fallen to the independent commission since 2000 when a state referendum passed in an attempt to get politics out of the redistricting process.

“The people of Arizona turned to the initiative to curb the practice of gerrymandering and, thereby, to ensure that Members of Congress would have ‘an habitual recollection of their dependence on the people,’” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion, quoting James Madison in the Federalist Papers. “In so acting, Arizona voters sought to restore ‘the core principle of republican government,’ namely, ‘that the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.’”

If the court had ruled the other way, it was possible that legislatures in Arizona and 12 other states that currently use nonpartisan redistricting methods, including California, could have had the opportunity to redraw districts as early as this summer because the decision would have rendered the 2010 districts invalid. Now, those 2010 lines stand.

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Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Iowans are getting their introduction to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — one of the latest Republicans to announce his presidential bid.

Believe Again, the super PAC supporting Jindal’s presidential candidacy released a new ad, titled “All Americans,” over the weekend that the group says will air in select markets in Iowa, including Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids.

“Governor Jindal believes America should be a melting pot, where we all bring our strengths and adopt the nation’s values. He has spoken often of the need to get away from the concept of hyphenated Americans. He believes we are all Americans,” Brad Todd, an adviser to the super PAC said in a statement.

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Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Iowans are getting their introduction to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — one of the latest Republicans to announce his presidential bid.

Believe Again, the super PAC supporting Jindal’s presidential candidacy released a new ad, titled “All Americans,” over the weekend that the group says will air in select markets in Iowa, including Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids.

“Governor Jindal believes America should be a melting pot, where we all bring our strengths and adopt the nation’s values. He has spoken often of the need to get away from the concept of hyphenated Americans. He believes we are all Americans,” Brad Todd, an adviser to the super PAC said in a statement.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On the heels of the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France on Friday, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said there is “great concern” among law enforcement over the current security environment in the U.S. heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.

“There’s great concern. I would say there’s probably more concern now than any time since Sept. 11,” said King, chairman of the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence subcommittee, on This Week Sunday.

On Friday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to local law enforcement warning of heightened concern over the potential for an ISIS-inspired attack approaching July Fourth celebrations next weekend.

While the agencies said no specific or credible threat had yet been identified, King told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, “Generally, they don’t put those statements out so far in advance unless there’s reason for concern.”

King referenced Friday’s overseas attacks as a reason to believe the terror group ISIS is able to coordinate its followers in various countries.

While both the Pentagon and State Department said last week there was no reason to believe the three attacks this past week were coordinated, ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Kuwait as well as the beach attack in Tunisia.

“ISIS is incomparable as far as terrorist organizations as far as being able to reach,” King said on ABC’s This Week. “They can reach the disaffected, they can reach the deranged, they can also reach the ideologically committed.”

When asked about a recent report in The New York Times citing a survey of law enforcement expressing significantly more concern over anti-government violence than al Qaeda-inspired attacks, King disagreed.

“Every murder is horrible, but there is no comparison between these white supremacists and an internationally coordinated movement,” King said. “That’s The New York Times at its worst.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called parts of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for the pastor killed in the Charleston church shooting two weeks ago “brilliant” and jokingly praised his singing voice – but also criticized the president for straying into politics during his remarks.

President Obama on Friday delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others in the June 17 shooting. He also surprised the crowd by leading them in a rendition of “Amazing Grace” after addressing race relations and gun violence in the U.S.

“I think so much of it was brilliant,” Huckabee said Sunday on This Week. “He has a wonderful voice. So post-presidential — I see a recording contract in his future.”

But Huckabee, a former Baptist minister and governor of Arkansas, also criticized the president for politicizing the eulogy.

In his remarks, Obama touched on the debate over the Confederate flag, saying he supported taking it down, and said Americans have long “been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts on this nation.”

“There were times when I think he strayed into more of a political agenda rather than a true eulogy,” Huckabee said. “I presided at a lot of funerals 30 years ago and before and I never used it as an occasion to do anything other than to focus on the person and the qualities of that person who was deceased and not to make it a time of cause.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested Sunday that Christians opposed to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage will carry out civil disobedience in response to it — and that, if elected president, he might put up a nativity on the White House lawn.

“I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice,” the a former governor of Arkansas and Baptist minister said on ABC’s This Week. “They either are going to follow God, their conscience, and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them or they will follow civil law.”

The Supreme Court ruled Friday in a 5-4 decision that gay and lesbian couples had a constitutional right to marry.

Huckabee, who has long opposed gay marriage, said Christian business owners, university presidents and school administrators could be inspired by how Martin Luther King Jr. pushed back during the civil rights movement, and that county clerks shouldn’t have to carry out the Court’s decision and issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

“If they have a conscientious objection, I think they should be excused,” he said.

Huckabee stopped short of saying that, as president, he would refuse to enforce the ruling, explaining he would wait to respond to any “enabling legislation” Congress passed.

“I’m not sure that every governor and every attorney general should just say, ‘Well, it’s the law of the land,’ because there’s no enabling legislation,” he said.

Huckabee also took issue with the rainbow-colored lights that lit up the White House on Friday night.

“If I become president, I just want to remind people, that please don’t complain if I were to put a nativity scene out during Christmas and say, ‘You know, if it’s my house, I get to do with it what I wish despite what other people around the country may feel about it,'” he said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who has risen quickly in the polls for the 2016 Democratic nomination, predicted with confidence Sunday that he’ll secure the Democratic nomination and be elected president in 2016.

“We are going to win New Hampshire. We’re going to win Iowa, and I think we’re going to win the Democratic nomination, and I think we’re going to win the presidency,” Sanders told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week.

Sanders said his economic message targeting the middle class would help him secure the nomination.

“The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this country. They’re sick and tired of working longer hours for low wages while at the same time 99 percent of all new income generated is going to the top one percent,” Sanders said.

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ABC News(DES MOINES) — Donald Trump planned to attend two events in Iowa Saturday, continuing his campaign push in the state despite drawing concern from the Republican party over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

The real estate mogul appeared at a reception at the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum ahead of headlining the Madison County GOP Dinner.

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus admits that Trump’s comments were “not helpful to the party.” But the party won’t condemn the presidential candidate or ban him from the first primary debate due to his comments, Priebus said.

“We’re going to run a fair, clean primary system, which includes a debate process that’s up front and clear to people,” Priebus said Friday regarding Trump. “Whichever candidates make that process cutoff, those people are going to be on the stage.”

Trump said Mexican immigrants were bringing “drugs,” “crime” and “rapists” to the U.S. when announcing his candidacy earlier this month.

“Not everything is going to be a hundred percent copacetic all the time,” said Priebus, who commissioned a report after the 2012 election that determined the Republican party needed to improve its outreach to Hispanic voter. “But again, it’s not my decision to decide who the nominee is and who we’re going to support.”

Trump, 69, is among the top 10 Republican presidential candidates in a number of recent polls, which puts him on pace to qualify for the first two Republican primary debates in the presidential cycle later this year.

Many party members are concerned the business mogul, who has not been afraid to criticize fellow Republicans as a candidate, would serve as a distraction in the primary process.

Spanish language television network Univison ended its Miss Universe pageant relationship with Trump’s business interests after his immigrant comments. He has since banned the company and its leaders from using his hotel and golf course in Doral, Florida.

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