Richard Patterson/Getty Images(HENDERSON, Nev.) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke at a town hall in Nevada where he criticized the opposition and talked strategy for Republicans to win in 2016.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stopped in Henderson on Saturday to appear in a town hall-style meeting where he was very critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the U.S. economy.

“Obama economics has been a disaster for the great middle,” said Bush. “It’s been fantastic for people that have already made money. It has been horrible for people living in poverty and it has been disastrous for people in the middle.

The presidential hopeful was also critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, specifically citing a stronger military and a stronger National Security Agency. Bush said he saw the NSA as a way to keep the country safe, and he wants America to be more engaged so “our friends know that we have our back and our enemies fear us again.”

Given the campaign season, the former governor also spent time making comments about his top opponent, Hillary Clinton, saying she didn’t do much during her time as a senator.

“Eight years as a United States senator, three bills that she sponsored became law,” said Bush. “One was renaming a highway for Tim Russert.”

Will 2016 be a win for Republicans? Bush said he thinks so, but the GOP will need a new strategy compared to previous years.

“The next president has to go to places where Republicans haven’t been seen in a long, long while,” said the former governor. “They need to go campaign in the Latino community because by and large Latinos are conservatives, they’re not liberals.”

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Richard Patterson/Getty Images(HENDERSON, Nev.) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke at a town hall in Nevada where he criticized the opposition and talked strategy for Republicans to win in 2016.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stopped in Henderson on Saturday to appear in a town hall-style meeting where he was very critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the U.S. economy.

“Obama economics has been a disaster for the great middle,” said Bush. “It’s been fantastic for people that have already made money. It has been horrible for people living in poverty and it has been disastrous for people in the middle.

The presidential hopeful was also critical of President Obama’s foreign policy, specifically citing a stronger military and a stronger National Security Agency. Bush said he saw the NSA as a way to keep the country safe, and he wants America to be more engaged so “our friends know that we have our back and our enemies fear us again.”

Given the campaign season, the former governor also spent time making comments about his top opponent, Hillary Clinton, saying she didn’t do much during her time as a senator.

“Eight years as a United States senator, three bills that she sponsored became law,” said Bush. “One was renaming a highway for Tim Russert.”

Will 2016 be a win for Republicans? Bush said he thinks so, but the GOP will need a new strategy compared to previous years.

“The next president has to go to places where Republicans haven’t been seen in a long, long while,” said the former governor. “They need to go campaign in the Latino community because by and large Latinos are conservatives, they’re not liberals.”

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama began the last full week of June with his legacy in potential peril: A landmark trade bill stymied by his own party. The heart of the Affordable Care Act hanging in the balance at the Supreme Court. That nuclear deal with Iran seeming on the verge of crumble. At a White House celebration on gay rights, a heckler stole the show.

In the end, it became a defining week of the Obama presidency in its more than six-and-a-half years. It was marked by a remarkable string of political and legal victories, all capped by a powerful speech on race that showcased the signature rhetorical skill that that first helped put him on the map.

Here are five ways that this might be the most consequential week of Obama’s presidency:

1. Soulful Singing From the Podium After a Stirring Speech on Race

More than a week after nine churchgoers were shot and killed in a Charleston church, President Obama turned a moment of national mourning into one of the most emotional of his presidency. In a eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the senior pastor of the Emanuel AME Church whom the Obamas met personally back in 2007, the president delivered a message of racial unity and transcendence to an audience of 5,500 people. At one point, the president broke into song, leading the entire crowd in an impromptu hymn of Amazing Grace. Has any sitting president sung in such a way from a pulpit before?

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2. The Affordable Care Act Survives the Supremes

The president’s landmark health care law faced its second major test before the Supreme Court and survived. On Thursday, the Court decided to overlook what some called a drafting error in the law, upholding health insurance subsidies for over 6 million Americans in states using federal exchanges. The court ruled that it was Congress and the administration’s initial intent that matters most — granting middle- and low-income individuals living in states that did not create their own insurance marketplaces to continue to receive federal taxpayer aid.

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3. Court Backs Social Shift on Gay Marriage That Obama Helped Evolve

In a monumental ruling, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that civil marriage rights must be extended to same-sex couples in all 50 states. The court’s decision struck down state bans on gay marriage. And though Obama cannot take any credit for the ruling, it was a major victory for the Democratic Party and his progressive agenda. The ruling comes after a landslide shift in public opinion on gay marriage over the last decade, with the majority of Americans now supporting gay marriage. When Obama assumed office in 2009, he was not an open supporter of gay marriage, but in his words, “evolved” on the issue, and ultimately came out in public support of gay marriage during an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts in 2012.

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4. Republicans Give Obama “Fast-Track” Power on Trade

A bill to grant President Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate sweeping multi-national trade deals cleared Congress this week, after several embarrassing setbacks dealt by Democrats, paving the way for the president to secure the Trans Pacific Partnership — one of his biggest second-term priorities and the largest U.S. free-trade agreement in more than 20 years. Though the deal itself has not yet passed, a green-light for Trade Promotion Authority was a key hurdle for the president just weeks after his own party’s rank-and-file actively blocked him on the issue.

5. Hostage Policy Shift to Help Families

After an exhaustive months-long policy review, President Obama on Wednesday announced that the United States is “changing how we do business” in efforts to recover American hostages from terrorists and other criminals abroad.

Under the new policy, the government will no longer enforce a rule which forbid families of hostages from paying ransom to hostage-holders in attempts to secure the release of their loved ones. While the government will maintain a strict policy against paying ransom to terrorists, the government will now have a dedicated “fusion cell” to coordinate between government agencies and communicate directly with hostage-takers in facilitating their release.

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas discussed the important of funding America’s military, despite his own claims that Senate Democrats have held the defense spending bill hostage in order to get more money for agencies that have abused their power.

Boozman says the U.S. continues to face challenges from countries overseas such as China and Russia, as well as the continued threat of terrorism and needs to maintain its military dominance.

“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats are working to stop funding these priorities that will keep the men and women of our military safe, protect our nation against security threats, and help us fight violence around the world, ”said Boozman, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This strategy to avoid Senate debate of the Defense Appropriations bill risks serious damage to our national and global security.”

Boozman contends that Congress needs to take “necessary steps” to protect the U.S. from continually evolving dangers and offer security to other around the world and pass the Defense Appropriations bill.

“Our servicemen and women are the reason we live in the greatest, freest nation the world has ever known,” Boozman said. “They are beacons of light for people around the world looking for hope from oppressive and abusive regimes.”

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

Hi I’m Senator John Boozman from Arkansas.

In an era where we face growing challenges from China and Russia as well as the persistent threat of terrorism, Republicans and Democrats alike say they want the United States to maintain its military dominance.

However, those words must be matched with action. We must take the necessary steps to protect our country from the evolving dangers facing our nation and its citizens and continue offering security to those people who face tyranny and oppression around the world.

The threats and challenges of the 21st century require a military that is manned and equipped with the newest technology, equipment, and training. Accomplishing this requires that we provide the Department of Defense the resources necessary to make these updates.

This is a priority for Senate Republicans. That’s why we are fulfilling the promise to make the Senate work for the American people and return to regular order.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, my colleagues and I are prioritizing how we spend taxpayer dollars. This is a basic responsibility of Congress that for too long was ignored by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

There should be no question that ensuring our service members have the training [and] equipment they need to fulfill their missions is a worthwhile use of taxpayer dollars.

The role of the federal government is to defend our country and we must take appropriate steps to maintain the readiness of our troops. This is reflected in the work we’ve done in the Appropriations Committee, where the Defense Appropriations bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Unfortunately, Senate Democrats are working to stop funding these priorities that will keep the men and women of our military safe, protect our nation against security threats, and help us fight violence around the world.

This strategy to avoid Senate debate of the Defense Appropriations bill risks serious damage to our national and global security.

Blocking this bill reduces readiness by depriving service members of the supplies they need to effectively carry out their missions.

It deprives the Department of Defense the budget certainty and ability to plan that comes when Congress passes this legislation in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the last time this was accomplished was in 2006.

We must remember that our enemies around the world view this political gridlock as a sign of weakness.

This perception invites our enemies to create chaos and engage in aggressive, destabilizing behavior. Look no further than Russia’s actions in Eastern Ukraine as a prime example.

Arkansas is a proud contributor to our nation’s defense. More than 15,000 Arkansans selflessly and proudly serve our country.

It’s home to facilities that help produce ammunition, explosives, artillery shells, rockets and missiles that are all vital to combat operations our service members rely on during their missions.

The protection of our troops and the safety and security of our nation is not a game, but Democrats are willing to play politics with our military to get more money for the agencies that have abused their power like the Environmental Protection Agency and the IRS.

There will be plenty of time to debate our domestic spending priorities. Now is not that time.

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The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. ABC News.(WASHINGTON) — The White House was lit up in pride colors Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down gay marriage bans across the country.

“The White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,” a White House official said. “The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”

The White House changed its Twitter avatar earlier in the day to reflect a rainbow-colored building.

This isn’t the first time the White House has been lit up in a color. The building has gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, and the fountains on the South Lawn have been dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day.

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The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. ABC News.(WASHINGTON) — The White House was lit up in pride colors Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down gay marriage bans across the country.

“The White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,” a White House official said. “The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”

The White House changed its Twitter avatar earlier in the day to reflect a rainbow-colored building.

This isn’t the first time the White House has been lit up in a color. The building has gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, and the fountains on the South Lawn have been dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day.

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ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — President Obama delivered one of the most emotional moments of his presidency when he led a crowd of 5,500 people in singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral services Friday of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Towards the end of a nearly 40-minute eulogy for Pinckney, the president spoke about the grace the slain pastor embodied and started repeating the words of the famous gospel hymn.

“If we can find that grace, anything is possible. If we can tap that grace, everything can change. Amazing grace. Amazing grace,” he said.

The president then paused for 12 seconds before he began belting the words “Amazing Grace.” Shortly after, the crowd of 5,500 people inside the TD Arena joined the president.

[PHOTOS: MOURNERS ATTEND FUNERAL FOR PASTOR SLAIN IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING]

“Clementa Pinckney found that grace,” the president said as the crowd sang. “Cynthia Hurd found that grace. Susie Jackson found that grace, Ethel Lance found that grace, DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace, Tywanza Sanders found that grace, Daniel L. Simmons Sr. found that grace, Shardona Coleman Singleton found that grace. Myra Thompson found that grace.”

“Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it onto us,” Obama added. “May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift. As long as our lives endure, may grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.”

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ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — President Obama delivered one of the most emotional moments of his presidency when he led a crowd of 5,500 people in singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral services Friday of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Towards the end of a nearly 40-minute eulogy for Pinckney, the president spoke about the grace the slain pastor embodied and started repeating the words of the famous gospel hymn.

“If we can find that grace, anything is possible. If we can tap that grace, everything can change. Amazing grace. Amazing grace,” he said.

The president then paused for 12 seconds before he began belting the words “Amazing Grace.” Shortly after, the crowd of 5,500 people inside the TD Arena joined the president.

[PHOTOS: MOURNERS ATTEND FUNERAL FOR PASTOR SLAIN IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING]

“Clementa Pinckney found that grace,” the president said as the crowd sang. “Cynthia Hurd found that grace. Susie Jackson found that grace, Ethel Lance found that grace, DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace, Tywanza Sanders found that grace, Daniel L. Simmons Sr. found that grace, Shardona Coleman Singleton found that grace. Myra Thompson found that grace.”

“Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it onto us,” Obama added. “May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift. As long as our lives endure, may grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.”

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ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — President Obama delivered one of the most emotional moments of his presidency when he led a crowd of 5,500 people in singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral services Friday of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Towards the end of a nearly 40-minute eulogy for Pinckney, the president spoke about the grace the slain pastor embodied and started repeating the words of the famous gospel hymn.

“If we can find that grace, anything is possible. If we can tap that grace, everything can change. Amazing grace. Amazing grace,” he said.

The president then paused for 12 seconds before he began belting the words “Amazing Grace.” Shortly after, the crowd of 5,500 people inside the TD Arena joined the president.

[PHOTOS: MOURNERS ATTEND FUNERAL FOR PASTOR SLAIN IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING]

“Clementa Pinckney found that grace,” the president said as the crowd sang. “Cynthia Hurd found that grace. Susie Jackson found that grace, Ethel Lance found that grace, DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace, Tywanza Sanders found that grace, Daniel L. Simmons Sr. found that grace, Shardona Coleman Singleton found that grace. Myra Thompson found that grace.”

“Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it onto us,” Obama added. “May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift. As long as our lives endure, may grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.”

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New York City-based string quartet Well-Strung has gone viral with their “Chelsea’s Mom” tribute to Hillary Clinton. Courtesy Well-Strung.(WASHINGTON) — What happens when a string quartet composed of four 20 and 30-something males who have only known adult life with Hillary Clinton in political office want to support the now-presidential candidate?

You get “Chelsea’s Mom,” a “love letter” to Clinton sung by Well-Strung, a singing string quartet based in New York City.

“We knew we wanted to do something publicly in support of her and it just popped into my head,” Well-Strung member Edmund Bagnell told ABC News of the group’s choice to change the namesake of the pop hit “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne, to Clinton’s daughter, 35-year-old Chelsea Clinton.

In Well-Strung’s campaign version, the chorus’s lyrics are changed from “Stacy’s mom…” to, “Chelsea’s mom has got it going on. She’s all we want and we’ve waited for so long.”

In another section, the group sings of Clinton’s experience, “But now she’s much more than the FLOTUS that she used to be, the nation needs a champion and it’s time for Hillary.”

Bagnell, 30, says the three-year-old quartet spent about a month working on-and-off to get the song’s lyrics just right for the candidate they “kind of felt like we grew up with.”

“We’d come back to it and change a word and replace a section,” he said. “It was really a process. We wanted to get the tone right.”

The group’s song caught the eye of both Clintons, who each separately Tweeted the song’s YouTube link.

“We got their stamp of approval. That was very cool,” Bagnell said.

While Bagnell says most people are “having fun” with the song, as the group intended, there have been some calls that the song is sexist, pointing to the refrain, “she’s sexy and she’s strong.”

“It really wasn’t intended at all that way,” Bagnell said in response. “This was a wink to the original song and, in this case, sexy means appealing.”

“Our intention was just to be a fun love letter to Hillary,” he said.

Bagnell says no one from Clinton’s media or advertising teams have come calling yet, but Well-Strung will be their if their candidate needs them.

“We are at their disposal should they want to use us,” Bagnell said.

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