Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into federal custody on Thursday on corruption charges.

The FBI said that the charges stem from Silver’s use of his official position “to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from people and businesses in exchange for his official acts.” Further, Silver allegedly “masked these payments from public view by disguising the payments as income from what he claimed was a law practice primarily focused on personal injury matters.”

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said in a statement Thursday that Silver “has amassed titanic political power” but “also amassed a tremendous personal fortune — through the abuse of that political power.”

Silver was arrested at the FBI’s New York office shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

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YouTube(WASHINGTON) — YouTube sensation GloZell Green is known for her sharp tongue and quick wit, but on Thursday she found herself a bit tongue-tied.

The comedian was almost through her hard-hitting White House interview with President Obama when she had an accidental slip.

“My momma says whenever you go to somebody’s house you have to give them something. Don’t come empty-handed,” she said, after asking the president about race relations, Cuba and cybersecurity.

She then proceeded to pull out three tubes of her signature green glitter lipstick.

“One for your first wife…” she said, as she handed them over.

“My first wife!?” Obama exclaimed. “Do you know something I don’t?”

“Ooh, for the first lady!” GloZell corrected herself, her hands on her head. “…and the first children.”

“I’m sorry,” she said again and again.

“Oh, I’m teasing,” Obama said playfully.

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Earlier in the day, GloZell had posted to Instagram that she was “taking” napkins or paper hand towels with the White House seal from a bathroom.

What I took From The White House xoxo #YouTubeAsksObama #GloZellAsksObama

A video posted by GloZell (@glozell) on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:38pm PST

Obama was also interviewed by YouTube content creators Bethany Mota and Hank Green on Thursday. The event was part of the administration’s attempt to “reach folks we don’t usually get to talk to.”

The White House called Green “one of the main voices in YouTube’s vibrant education community” citing his videos on topics including science, the environment and public events.” In the same press release, Mota was described as “an iconic young millenial creator.”

Full video of the interviews can be found here.

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He may not be at the top of your 2016 watch list, but there’s another possible GOP contender launching a political action committee.

An aide to former New York Gov. George Pataki confirms to ABC News he is the latest possible 2016 prospect to launch a PAC.

Titled the We the People, Not Washington PAC, he will use the funds as other potential presidential candidates do, to travel around the country, testing out a possible presidential bid.

This move was first reported in the New York Times, and if these presidential flirtations sound familiar, Pataki acknowledges it, telling the Times, “Every four years you have the Olympics, you have the World Cup, and you have George Pataki in New Hampshire talking about running for president.”

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Caleb Smith / Office of the Speaker(WASHINGTON) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress, just two weeks before Netanyahu will stand for reelection on March 17.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate for any country, that the head of state would come here within two weeks of his own election in his own country,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

The speech will now occur on March 3, though Boehner, R-Ohio, originally invited Netanyahu to come to the Capitol on Feb. 11. The prime minister requested to delay the trip a few weeks in order to have his address coincide with a previously planned visit to Washington.

At his request, PM @Netanyahu of #Israel will now address joint mtg of Congress on March 3 so he can attend @AIPAC conference in DC.

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) January 22, 2015

The White House was not consulted ahead of time, breaking a protocol traditionally extended from the legislative leaders to the president.

Pelosi added that if building a case for sanctions against Iran is the purpose of Netanyahu’s visit “two weeks before his own election, right in the midst of our negotiations, I just don’t think it’s appropriate and helpful.”

“Is the purpose to come and talk about sanctions?” she wondered aloud. “To talk about a policy in opposition to the policy that our president has just put forth in his State of the Union address and that has been in operation for many months?”

Pelosi said that once she became the House Democratic leader, if one of the top four congressional leaders had a suggestion about a head of state to come, “that it was something that…you passed around the four top leaders.”

“There [has to be] some consensus among four,” Pelosi said, adding that the leaders would then loop the executive branch into the discussion. “It’s out of the ordinary that the speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation.”

“When the speaker did this, is anything a surprise around here? No,” Pelosi said. “It’s hubris to say, you know, ‘I rule; I’ll decide.’”

Meanwhile, the White House said on Thursday that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu when he visits next month “because of the proximity to the Israeli election.”

“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country. Accordingly, the President will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress,” National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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Caleb Smith / Office of the Speaker(WASHINGTON) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress, just two weeks before Netanyahu will stand for reelection on March 17.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate for any country, that the head of state would come here within two weeks of his own election in his own country,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

The speech will now occur on March 3, though Boehner, R-Ohio, originally invited Netanyahu to come to the Capitol on Feb. 11. The prime minister requested to delay the trip a few weeks in order to have his address coincide with a previously planned visit to Washington.

At his request, PM @Netanyahu of #Israel will now address joint mtg of Congress on March 3 so he can attend @AIPAC conference in DC.

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) January 22, 2015

The White House was not consulted ahead of time, breaking a protocol traditionally extended from the legislative leaders to the president.

Pelosi added that if building a case for sanctions against Iran is the purpose of Netanyahu’s visit “two weeks before his own election, right in the midst of our negotiations, I just don’t think it’s appropriate and helpful.”

“Is the purpose to come and talk about sanctions?” she wondered aloud. “To talk about a policy in opposition to the policy that our president has just put forth in his State of the Union address and that has been in operation for many months?”

Pelosi said that once she became the House Democratic leader, if one of the top four congressional leaders had a suggestion about a head of state to come, “that it was something that…you passed around the four top leaders.”

“There [has to be] some consensus among four,” Pelosi said, adding that the leaders would then loop the executive branch into the discussion. “It’s out of the ordinary that the speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation.”

“When the speaker did this, is anything a surprise around here? No,” Pelosi said. “It’s hubris to say, you know, ‘I rule; I’ll decide.’”

Meanwhile, the White House said on Thursday that President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu when he visits next month “because of the proximity to the Israeli election.”

“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country. Accordingly, the President will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress,” National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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ABC/William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, two potential 2016 presidential candidates, will meet in Utah, an aide to Bush confirmed.

“This meeting has been on the books for some time,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News in a statement. “Gov. Bush is very much looking forward to the opportunity to catch up and visit with Gov. Romney. He respects him very much.”

The scheduled meeting was first reported by The New York Times, which noted that it could mean the two former governors will discuss avoiding an intra-party showdown. Both Bush and Romney appeal to the establishment wing of the Republican Party and, therefore, compete heavily not just for similar voters, but donors, as well.

Bush, the former Florida governor, was seen waiting at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, Thursday morning, posing for photos with airline staff members, and then and boarding a flight to Salt Lake City, according to ABC News producer Richard Coolidge who was also on the flight.

Jeb Bush at DCA for flight to Salt Lake City. Hmmm. What other big name GOP has a house in Utah? #2016 pic.twitter.com/phQJAi1NPl

— Richard L Coolidge (@rlcoolidge) January 22, 2015

Early supporter s? Jeb Bush takes photos with airline workers at DCA #2016 pic.twitter.com/CLeasz52cv

— Richard L Coolidge (@rlcoolidge) January 22, 2015

At the time, Bush wouldn’t confirm the reported meeting, citing his “respect” for Romney. He added jokingly that he was headed to Utah to ski.

Last month, Bush announced he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,” and several weeks later he launched a political action committee to fund travel related to his possible run, as well as a place for supportive donors to place funds ahead of an official run.

Romney told a group of supporters in New York earlier this month he’s considering a third run for the White House. Last week, at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, Romney said he was “giving some serious consideration to the future.”

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Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — Scoring a presidential interview is a distinction coveted by White House journalists, anchors and network bookers alike. But on Thursday, the honor is being given to three diverse, wacky YouTube creators — Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green.

Their expertise ranges from putting together “comfy and cute outfits” to completing zany challenges like inhaling massive amounts of cinnamon spice and eating cereal out of a bathtub (while still in it). It’s the kind of stuff you honestly can’t make up.

And on Thursday, they will get to direct questions from their followers to the president of the United States.

If their online postings are any indication, this should be a wild ride. Take a look:

Here, GloZell announces she will interview President Obama — and freaks out:

This is GloZell’s previously mentioned bathtub cereal challenge:

In this clip, 19-year-old Mota gives crafty tips for throwing a last-minute, DIY party:

Here’s Green explaining the ins and outs of apologizing correctly:

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford has passed away at the age of 90.

Ford, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1974 to 1999. He also served as the governor of Kentucky from 1971 to 1974.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented on the news Thursday morning, saying that “one of the giants of Kentucky politics passed away.”

“A proud Kentuckian who rose from page in the State House to governor of the state, Ford shaped the history of the commonwealth in ways few others had before him. He never forgot the lessons about hard work he learned while milking cows or tending to chores on the family farm. And this World War II veteran never backed down from a fight either,” McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor.

“We imagine he approached his final battle with the same spirit,” he added.

McConnell concluded, “Elaine and I, and I’m certain I speak for the entire Senate, send our condolences to his wife, Jean — Mrs. Ford, as Wendell often called her — and the rest of the Ford family at this difficult time.”

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Vladone/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate e-mail system has been fully restored after being down overnight.

The Senate Sergeant at Arms’ office tweeted Thursday, “#Senate network outage update (6AM): all systems are fully operational again. We apologize for inconvenience & thank you for your patience.”

The network went down sometime Wednesday evening.

Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin told ABC News at about 7 p.m. Wednesday that “the Senate is currently experiencing a network outage, including email and mobility.” One Senate office, meanwhile, said the system went down at about 5:30 p.m.

It is still not clear what caused the outage.

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Feng Li/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If 2016 doesn’t work out for Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state could find a new line of work on the theatrical stage.

During an event in Canada Wednesday afternoon, Clinton broke out into an impromptu impersonation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

While trying to explain the difference between how the United States elects politicians and how other countries do, Clinton put on a Russian accent and performed a mock conversation she imagines Putin had with himself when deciding he wanted to be president.

The two political figures have never been shy about expressing their dislike for each other.

In June, Putin told French TV Clinton has never been “too graceful” with her comments, but that “it’s best not to argue with a woman.” And in April, Clinton described Putin’s behavior and personality to those she would encounter on an elementary school playground.

Clinton’s event in Canada Wednesday was her first public appearance of 2015. Although she is widely expected to announce a run for president sometime this spring, Clinton did not address her own political aspirations.

Clinton, instead, focused on addressing the recent attacks in Paris and threat of global terrorism, the economy and the need for improving the middle class standard of living, and even her new life as a grandmother.

The former first lady also repeatedly complimented President Obama. She praised his State of the Union address, backed his decision not to pass new sanctions against Iran, and said he doesn’t get “enough credit” for the improving the economy.

“The president has been very successful,” Clinton said.

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