ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is offering more details on his ever-evolving immigration plan, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper that there would be no legal status for undocumented immigrants.
"There's no path to legalization unless they leave the country," Trump told Cooper after an event in Manchester, New Hampshire. "When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back."
According to CNN, he also said that he would authorize law enforcement to actively deport "bad dudes" on his first day in office.
With these statements, the scope and nature of Trump's immigration policies become even more murky. Earlier this week, appearing in a town hall hosted by Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump said that there could be a "softening."
When asked by Hannity if there was "any part of the law" he would change to accommodate law-abiding immigrants who have kids in the U.S., Trump replied: "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people. We want people -- we have some great people in this country."
Trump also suggested that people who have been in the country for several years could remain.
“When I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, I've had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me. And they've said, 'Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump,'” he said of the exchanges he’s had on the trail.
"I have it all the time," he added. "It's a very, very hard thing."
Trump polled the crowd assembled for the town hall on their preferred option.
"You have somebody that has been in the country for 20 years," Trump said hypothetically. "He has done a great job. Do we throw them out or do we work with them?"
The crowd applauded for the latter option.
During his unprecedented rise during the primaries, immigration was Trump's hallmark issue. He once called for a deportation force, calling candidates such as Jeb Bush, who advocated for a path to legal status, "weak" on immigration. He is expected to unveil an updated immigration plan in the coming weeks, with sources telling ABC News that specific policies are still being worked out.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton hit back at Donald Trump and his campaign tactics relating to race the day after he called her "a bigot," saying his real message is, "Make America hate again."
"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," she said at an event in Reno, Nevada, Thursday.
"Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election. I understand that concern because it’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for president of the United States from one of our two major parties," she said in a speech at Truckee Community College.
Clinton even used Trump’s attacks on one of his fellow Republicans against him, citing his decision to suggest that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was in some way tied to the Kennedy assassination after the National Enquirer printed the claims.
"A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far dark reaches of the internet, should never run our government or command our military," she said.
In a new attack line, Clinton said "he’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties."
Clinton went on to accuse Trump of "reinforcing harmful stereotypes and offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters."
Clinton talked about "the de facto merger between Breitbart and the Trump campaign" in light of the hiring of Stephen Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, as the campaign CEO and said it was "a landmark achievement for the 'alt-right.'"
She read some of the right-wing site's headlines, including "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy" and "Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage," which was published in the wake of the shooting at a predominantly black church in Charleston last year.
Clinton also acknowledged that her rival has pledged to "soften" his position on immigration and talked about the teleprompters that appear at almost every Trump rally as of late.
"Now, I know some people still want to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. They hope that he will eventually reinvent himself -- that there’s a kinder, gentler, more responsible Donald Trump waiting in the wings somewhere," said Clinton, then said not to "be fooled."
"But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it," she said. "We know who Trump is. A few words on a teleprompter won’t change that."
Clinton made a clear effort to reach out to Republicans during the speech, even going so far as to quote former President George W. Bush’s remarks at a lower Manhattan mosque following 9/11 and praising Sen. John McCain’s attitude toward his then-rival Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race when McCain said Obama was an American citizen and a “decent person.”
“We need that kind of leadership again,” Clinton said of the famous Republican figures.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One of the groups that has been emerging as a force during the 2016 presidential election is one that developed largely in the corners of the conservative web.
The "alt-right," which is shorthand for the "alternative right," is composed of many far-right ideologies.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors hate groups, defines the alt-right as "a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that 'white identity' is under attack by multicultural forces using 'political correctness' and 'social justice' to undermine white people and 'their' civilization."
One of the best-known members of the alt-right is Jared Taylor, the editor of American Renaissance, which he has described as a white advocacy organization.
Taylor spoke to ABC News and said that he genuinely is happy about the attention that the alt-right is getting in light of the "dishonest ploy" that the Clinton campaign is using against Donald Trump.
"We weren’t counting on Hillary for being so generous in sharing the spotlight with us," he said, referring to Clinton's speech on the alt-right this afternoon.
American Renaissance's website put up a pop-up window hours before Clinton's speech today that reads, "If you have come to this site because of Hillary Clinton's speech about the 'Alt Right,' welcome. American Renaissance is certainly part of the Alt Right, but the movement is varied and diverse, and we do not fully define it. Let us introduce ourselves."
Taylor identifies as being a member of the alt-right and described it as "a dissident movement" where "the prevailing orthodoxy about race is that it is an insignificant phenomenon."
"It's quite clear to us that the races are not equivalent and interchangeable," he said, arguing that if you were to take a majority white country and "replace it with Syrians and Zulus and Guatemalans and Cambodians, you wouldn’t have the same country."
Taylor went on to say, "I personally cannot think of any reason why we need more Muslims," in talking about immigration in the United States.
He rejects the terms "white supremacist" or "racist," though those are commonly used in describing some alt-right sentiments.
But Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, describes the labels as fitting, saying that American Renaissance is "a racist journal."
"They're sort of more presentable white supremacists," Potok said of members of the alt-right, describing them as a "fairly suit-and-tie bunch."
"They're not skinheads.... They don't use ethnic slurs," he added.
Potok told ABC News that the prevailing ideology of the alt-right "has informed the extreme right" and focuses on "that it is not black people or other minorities who are oppressed but in fact white people are."
"They see whites as a beleaguered race whose civilization is being destroyed as we speak," he said.
The intersection between the alt-right and the 2016 race largely centers around Trump's campaign. Taylor told ABC News that he plans to vote for Trump and said he hopes he wins, though he has not had any formal contact with Trump's campaign.
Taylor did voice a robocall praising Trump ahead of the New Hampshire primary, but Taylor noted that was arranged by an outside PAC and not the Trump campaign.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's recently appointed campaign manager, said today that she is "not that familiar with" the alt-right and denied that it was factoring into the campaign's tactics and platforms.
"We’ve never even discussed it internally. It certainly isn’t part of our strategy meetings, it’s nothing that Mr. Trump says out on stump," Conway told CBS Thursday morning.
The Clinton camp disagrees. Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC that Trump "is essentially handing the keys of his campaign over officially to this fringe right-wing movement, this alt-right movement as it's known, and I think that this just officially represents the taking of a hate movement into the mainstream, and putting it at the center of the Republican Party's nomination for president."
"Through the course of this campaign, we have seen him go from being the original birther questioning the legitimacy of President Obama as our first African-American president to openly courting the support of white nationalists, and now in appointing Steve Bannon from Breitbart to be the head of his campaign," Fallon said.
Trump has repeatedly denied courting the support of white supremacists, telling CBS News earlier this year, "I don't like any group of hate. Hate groups are not for me.”
Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative figure who made headlines earlier this summer when he was banned from Twitter after the trolling attacks on actress Leslie Jones, is widely considered to be one of the best-known figures who identifies with the alt-right movement.
Yiannopoulos is a technology reporter for Breitbart News and has written for the site about the misconceptions of the alt-right.
"There are many things that separate the alternative right from old-school racist skinheads (to whom they are often idiotically compared), but one thing stands out above all else: intelligence. Skinheads, by and large, are low-information, low-IQ thugs driven by the thrill of violence and tribal hatred. The alternative right are a much smarter group of people -- which perhaps suggests why the Left hates them so much. They’re dangerously bright," Yiannopoulos and fellow Breitbart writer Allum Bokhari wrote in a March column.
Taylor admitted that it's "absolutely impossible to say" how large the movement is, but said "it is growing very rapidly, no question about that."
"I would say that there are millions of Americans who subscribe to the alt-right philosophies. But the vast majority of them can't afford to be public," Taylor said. "Despite all of this nonsense that we are a tolerant society, there are certain views on which it [American society] is absolutely intolerant of diversity."
ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said that while the alt-right is gaining an audience in this presidential race, some of the ideas and sentiments its supporters stand behind have been part of American politics for quite some time.
"This isn't new in our history," he said. "Some of them were [Ross] Perot voters in 1992 who were mad about trade deals and frustrated at D.C. And ironically it is George Wallace's birthday today, who also appealed to this group."
He added: "This is a group of voters has risen as a powerful voting bloc in the GOP. So in years past, this group of working class voters were with Democrats, and now they are with Trump and the GOP."
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of a Hillary Clinton speech which will attempt to link Donald Trump’s campaign to the "alt-right" -- the radical faction of the conservative movement -- the Republican nominee countered the suggestion that his supporters are bigoted today in New Hampshire.
"The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try and accuse this campaign, and all of you, and the millions of decent Americans ... who support this campaign, your campaign, of being racists," Trump said at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, "which we’re not."
Trump dismissed Clinton’s accusation as a "tired, disgusting argument."
"When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument: ‘You're racist. You're racist. You're racist,’" Trump said. "They keep saying it: ‘You're racist.’ It's a tired, disgusting argument and it's so totally predictable."
"To Hillary Clinton and her donors and advisers pushing her to spread smears and her lies about decent people, I have three words: Shame on you," he said.
Trump told the crowd gathered at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester that he doesn’t want to "dignify" Clinton’s remarks by "dwelling on them too much," but that his response was "required for the sake of all decent voters she is trying to smear."
In Clinton’s speech today in Reno, Nevada, she attacked Trump’s campaign as an "alt-right" movement built on fear and discrimination.
"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," Clinton said. "He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties."
Trump further suggested that demonstrations of appreciation for police officers have been misconstrued as displays of apathy towards minorities.
"People who support the police and want crime reduced and stopped are not prejudiced," said Trump. "They're concerned and loving citizens and parents whose heart breaks every time an innocent child is lost to totally preventable violence."
He again defended his immigration policy that includes building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and barring the entry of Muslim immigrants and refugees into the U.S., saying he will "100 percent" build the wall.
"First, on the border, the people of this country who want their laws enforced and respected, respected by all, and want their borders secured are not racists," Trump said, adding, "It makes you smart. It makes you an American. They're all patriotic Americans."
Trump’s comments sparked a "build that wall" chant from the crowd.
"On national security -- people who speak out against radical Islam and who warn about refugees are not Islamophobes," Trump said. "They are decent citizens who want to uphold our value as a tolerant society and who want to keep the terrorists the hell out of our country."
Trump pledged to "promote the values of tolerance, justice and acceptance."
"We will steadfastly reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its ugly forms," Trump said.
Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton garnered a majority of the support in a new poll released Thursday, passing 50 percent in a head-to-head match-up with Donald Trump and further solidifying a lead built up by the party conventions a month ago.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows Clinton receiving 51 percent support from likely voters, which gives her a 10-point margin over Donald Trump. The GOP nominee was backed by 41 percent of those surveyed, with a margin of error of /- 2.5 points.
With third party candidates included, the gap between the Democratic and Republican nominees shrinks to seven points. In a four-way poll including independent nominees, Clinton received 45 percent to Trump's 38 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein drew 10 and 4 percent, respectively.
A large number of respondents took issue with Trump's ongoing refusal to release his tax returns, including those within his own party. Seventy-four percent of the total number of people polled and 62 percent of the group who identified as Republicans believe that the businessman should release the returns.
Trump has previously claimed that an IRS audit prevented him from disclosing how much he contributed in 2015. Earlier Thursday morning, he received criticism on the issue from a notable member of his own party, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who told CNN that anyone running for president has to "open up your kimono and show everything."
Both candidates continue to receive negative favorability ratings: Clinton's divide is 41 percent favorable to 53 percent unfavorable, while Trump's is 33 percent favorable to 61 percent unfavorable.
A large split emerges in responses about the nominees' qualifications to hold the presidency. Sixty-six percent view Clinton as qualified while only 40 percent said the same for Donald Trump.
Though 37 percent of participants in the poll say they would consider voting for a third-party candidate, most believe they have made up their minds already -- 90 percent indicated they don't believe they will change who they are supporting before the election.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. senator whose daughter is the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals has weighed in on the onslaught of criticism over the company’s pricing of its popular EpiPen, even as Mylan on Thursday promised to expand a discount program for the anti-allergy medication.
"I am aware of the questions my colleagues and many parents are asking and frankly I share their concerns about the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said Thursday in a statement. “Today I heard Mylan's initial response, and I am sure Mylan will have a more comprehensive and formal response to those questions?. I look forward to reviewing their response in detail and working with my colleagues and all interested parties to lower the price of prescription drugs and to continue to improve our health care system."
His daughter, Heather Bresch, is the chief executive officer of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which makes the EpiPen, by far the most popular epinephrine injector on the market. It is used to help counteract life-threatening allergic reactions. The EpiPen’s average wholesale price has risen 500 percent since 2009, setting off widespread criticism.
Mylan, which has defended the pricing, released a statement Thursday to say it is taking steps to reduce the cost of the EpiPen for uninsured or underinsured users by, in part, providing a savings card to offset the cost.
The company has come under fire by members of Congress and the American Medical Association for the cost of the drug, which can now be about $600, up from approximately $100 in 2009, though not adjusted for inflation.
It said nothing in its statement to suggest it would be lowering the overall cost of the EpiPen.
"We recognize the significant burden on patients from continued, rising insurance premiums and being forced increasingly to pay the full list price for medicines at the pharmacy counter," Bresch said in the statement Thursday. "Patients deserve increased price transparency and affordable care, particularly as the system shifts significant costs to them. However, price is only one part of the problem that we are addressing with today's actions.
“All involved must also take steps to help meaningfully address the U.S. healthcare crisis, and we are committed to do our part to drive change in collaboration with policymakers, payors, patients and healthcare professionals," she continued.
The company said it will issue a savings card that will cover up to $300 for the EpiPen 2-Pak injection, which reduces the out-of-pocket cost for patients paying full price by 50 percent on the market price. Mylan will also change the eligibility for its patient assistance program so that it will double the number of people covered, the company said.
But a $300 expense is still 200 percent higher than the approximate cost in 2009 of $100. Additionally, it's not clear whether families will be able to receive multiple cards for multiple EpiPens.
Allergy doctors often recommend getting multiple EpiPen packs for young children so that they have easy access to the medication at school, home and other places they spend time. It has a shelf-life of about a year.
Mylan defended the price increase for families as a consequence of more people joining high-deductible health plans.
"As the health insurance environment has evolved, driven by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, patients and families enrolled in high deductible health insurance plans, who are uninsured, or who pay cash at the pharmacy, have faced higher costs for their medicine," company officials said in a statement Thursday.
Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday called on Mylan to brief Congress about the price increase of the medication. They joined other members of Congress, including Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who have written to Mylan about their concerns.
A Mylan spokeswoman told ABC News Wednesday the company plans to meet with members of Congress.
"We have reached out to every member of Congress who has sent us a letter, including Sen. Blumenthal, and we look forward to meeting with them and responding to their questions as soon as possible," the spokeswoman told ABC News.
The full list of the steps Mylan is taking is listed below:
For patients in health plans who face higher out-of-pocket costs, the company is providing immediate relief by offering a savings card for up to $300.
Mylan also is doubling eligibility for our patient assistance program to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. This means a family of four making up to $97,200 would pay nothing out of pocket for their EpiPen.
They will continue to offer the EpiPen4Schools® program, which has provided at least 700,000 free EpiPens to schools.
Mylan also is opening a pathway so that patients can order EpiPen® Auto-Injector directly from the company, thereby reducing the cost.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Virtual reality is getting the presidential treatment.
In honor of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, President Obama is set to make his virtual-reality debut in a video filmed on his family's visit to Yosemite Valley in June.
In a partnership between National Geographic and the virtual-reality company Oculus, viewers get an up-close 3-D, 360-degree experience to bask in some of the country's most scenic views with its most powerful occupant.
Obama narrates portions of the video, describing the importance of national parks to generations of Americans. He also is shown talking with a park ranger, joking with a group of children and standing on a bridge with the first daughters and the first lady.
But the Secret Service is notably absent from the videos. That’s because the agents were instructed to hide behind trees in the park, a White House official told ABC News.
The video, available to download for Oculus users, is also up for viewing in 2-D format on National Geographic's Facebook page. Watch here on your mobile device.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump should release his tax returns and medical records, the GOP leader of the House Oversight Committee says, making him the latest Republican to publicly pressure the presidential nominee to disclose more information to the public.
"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything: your tax returns, your medical records," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN Wednesday afternoon.
The House Oversight Committee chairman also criticized Hillary Clinton for her ties to the Clinton Foundation while at the State Department, and called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be more transparent as well.
Both Trump and Clinton, compared to nominees in previous cycles, have disclosed relatively little about their health.
Chaffetz is the latest Republican to call for Trump to disclose his tax returns, a longstanding tradition for presidential candidates.
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone this week said Trump should release his returns.
The New York developer has said he won't release his returns while he is under audit.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "bigot" while addressing the crowd at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday night.
"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” Trump said as he appealed to African-American voters.
Clinton later responded to Trump's remarks in an phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. “Oh, Anderson, it reminds me of that great saying that Maya Angelou had, that when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time," she said. "And Donald Trump has shown us who he is. And we ought to believe him. He is taking a hate movement mainstream."
Trump was joined on stage by Nigel Farage, one of the leaders of the "Brexit" movement.
Farage spoke to the crowd assembled about the parallels between this election and the British referendum to leave the European Union, while Trump called for the U.S. to “re-declare our independence.”
As Farage addressed the crowd, he laid bare the comparison.
"The parallels are there. There are millions of ordinary Americans who’ve been let down, who’ve had a bad time, who feel the political class in Washington are detached from them,” he said. “You have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign ... you’ll do it by doing what we did for Brexit in Britain.”
Farage also invoked President Obama addressing the people of the United Kingdom.
“He talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing,” Farage said, noting that he didn’t want to tell the American people how to vote.
"But I will say this, if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me,” he added.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders helped launch a much-anticipated organization Wednesday night dedicated to continuing the legacy of his presidential campaign.
“Tonight, the question on the minds of a whole lot of people is, 'OK, we ran a great campaign, we woke up the American people, but where do we go from here?'" the Vermont senator said during a livestream.
During his hour-long speech, Sanders recounted the major accomplishments of his progressive campaign, but also, as if transitioning power, introduced his supporters to the new advocacy organization called "Our Revolution." He also introduced the former campaign staff who will lead it.
“Over time, Our Revolution will involve hundreds of thousands of people," he said. "These are people who will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school board, in their city councils, in their state legislatures and their representation in Washington. As I have said many times — election days come and go, but the struggle for justice continues.”
But even before it gets off the ground, the organization has already been plagued by major internal turmoil, a number of last-minute resignations and lingering questions about the size and scope of the donations the group will solicit.
The group will function as a 501(c)(4), according to its website. Last week, ABC News reported that the unique tax status could allow it to accept unlimited contributions without having to reveal its donors. However, because of the organization’s close ties to Sanders, a sitting senator, the group could be limited by campaign finance regulations.
On Wednesday morning, just hours before the kickoff event, Sanders’ former campaign manager and newly-appointed head of the organization, Jeff Weaver, told ABC News the group still had not ironed out how it would handle donations. He said there had not been further conversations internally about whether, for example, the group would proactively limit the size of donations or disclose its donors.
"We are going to do everything here by the book and make sure we fully comply with every applicable law and regulation," Weaver said during a phone interview.
Earlier this month, the newly-formed organization sent out an email with the senator’s name "Bernie" branded at the top and bottom, directing followers to donate directly to a congressional candidate in Florida, Tim Canova, who is challenging former Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Despite this, Sanders said during his remarks that he will not be involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization.
“As a United States Senator I will not be directing or controlling Our Revolution, but I have the utmost confidence that this leadership team and the board being assembled shares the progressive values we all hold and I expect very big things from them and from all of you who join with them,” Sanders said.
This week, however, the organization lost several key members of Sanders’ former campaign staff who had previously agreed to stay on and work for Our Revolution, including all of the organizing outreach team and much of the digital team as well. As first reported in Buzzfeed, several of these younger, tech-savvy folks walked out after the Senator changed his mind and decided Weaver would run the organization. Sanders’ former senior advisor, Shannon Jackson had been made the Executive Director and will remain in that role.
According to sources, Sanders had personally assured staff that Weaver would not be involved in a major way, but last Monday on a conference call, it was clear Weaver had been put in charge and would serve as the organization’s president. People with long-standing personal grievances with Weaver’s management as well as philosophical disagreements about how the group should operate asked Sanders to reconsider or limit Weaver’s role. When that did not happen, they resigned.
For months — and perhaps for the entirety of the Senator’s campaign — there were disagreements about the role and responsibility of online organizing. Younger members of the staff, engaged in this work, often felt under appreciated and that tension seemed to come to a head this summer, as Sanders and his team struggled to figure out their next steps.
As a result of the last minute walkouts from some of the campaign’s core aides, the new organization is reportedly very understaffed, and, arguably, without the folks who created some of the special grassroots sauce that propelled Sanders’ insurgent campaign.
Our Revolution hired a for-profit, Washington, D.C.-based digital marketing team in part to make up for the loss of staff.
"We have all the infrastructure in place," Weaver said. "We are just going to hire a few more people to reconstitute the team."
Sanders spoke highly of the remaining team who now face the tough challenge of keeping his supporters engaged and inspired. “Jeff has worked with me for most of the last 30 years,” Sanders said during the speech Wednesday. “Shannon Jackson did a great job as my assistant and point person throughout this campaign, and I am sure he is going to do a great job in his new position.”
The fledging group has promised to endorse and support progressive candidates around the country as well as educate followers about environmental, economic and social justice issues. Sanders took the opportunity Wednesday to acknowledge five specific candidates he and the group were endorsing, including a Native American man running for school board in Nebraska and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold who is again fighting for a senate seat in Wisconsin. Sanders said the group was in the process of identifying dozens of other candidates to back as well.
He spoke in favor of a number of state voter access and health care ballot initiatives in Alaska, Colorado and California too and encouraged his supporters to organize around local causes such as these.
Jackson said the group would be organizing phone banking and social media campaigns around state and federal measures, most specifically against the trans-pacific partnership trade deal. He said the group needed help pinpointing worthwhile candidates to support.
"Obviously, the imperative is the November election right now and then beyond that the organization will continue to help create a progressive bench and help keep people organized around the country," Weaver told ABC News. Weaver clarified in some circumstances the group would provide money to local progressive grassroots as well as "technical assistance."
The organization’s board also remains in flux, but Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, will be stepping down from her post as chair, sources added.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump said he would "work with" undocumented immigrants during a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity taped on Tuesday, the second half of which is airing tonight at 10 p.m.
When asked whether he would allow an exception for someone to stay in the U.S. who's proven to be a fair citizen, Trump said, "No citizenship. Let me go a step further -- they'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them."
On Tuesday, during the first half of the town hall, Trump indicated there could be a "softening" of his controversial immigration policies. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," he said when asked by Hannity if there was "any part of the law" he would change to accommodate law-abiding immigrants who have kids in the U.S.
During the primary season, Trump called for the removal of all undocumented immigrants through a deportation force, subsequently allowing what he referred to as the “good” immigrants to return legally.
“We can expedite the good ones to come back in and everybody wants that. But they have to come in legally,” he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week last October. “We're a country of laws. We're a country of borders. How can you have a country without a border? How can you have a country without laws?”
Trump said at the town hall that his shift had come after speaking with voters who emphasized the difficult predicament of undocumented immigrants.
“When I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, I've had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me. And they've said, 'Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump,'” he said of the exchanges he’s had on the trail.
"I have it all the time," he added. "It's a very, very hard thing."
Speculation that Trump might soften his stance on immigration began to emerge after he held a closed door meeting this past Saturday with members of his National Hispanic Advisory Council, which the Republican National Committee described as "a diverse group of national Hispanic leaders who are advising the campaign and sharing Mr. Trump’s proposals with the Hispanic community."
Jacob Monty, a Houston lawyer who is a member of the council and was at the meeting, told ABC News he was “very encouraged” by the discussion at the meeting on undocumented immigrants and the fact Trump sought counsel from the members.
“He brought up the topic and said we needed to find a solution,” Monty said Saturday.
Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday, Bill Clinton made his first public comments about the would-be Clinton Foundation changes if Hillary Clinton is elected president. His remarks come after a string of attacks from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for the foundation to be shut down.
“We’re trying to do good things,” said Bill Clinton in response to recent criticism. “If there’s something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don’t know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except I’m really proud.”
Speaking in Atlanta, the former president went on to defend his foundation and its more than 300,000 donors worldwide. He said that the foundation has already found partners who want to take over many of the programs it facilitates.
Bill Clinton told his staff on Thursday that he would officially step down from the board of the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton becomes the next president and that he will stop fundraising on its behalf.
Wednesday, he stressed that the foundation would not shut down and that the transition will take some time.
“You just can’t do this stuff overnight. Not if you don’t want anybody to lose their jobs or their form of income or their lives. That’s my only concern. And I want to take care of the people who work for me and give them a reasonable time to transition which they will.”
He reiterated that regardless of the outcome of the election, above all, he is pleased with the work the foundation has done. “I'm really proud of what we did and nothing that has been said in the last few days has done anything to dampen that,” said Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton was in Atlanta for a fundraiser for his wife, and he will continue a fundraising throughout the remainder of the week. Earlier in the day, he visited Pulse nightclub in Orlando to pay his respects to the victims of the June 12 shooting.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton is expected to receive her first classified briefing as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee this weekend at an FBI facility in White Plains, a New York City suburb, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.
This comes one week after her main rival, Donald Trump, received his first classified briefing as the Republican Party’s nominee.
Trump took two top advisers to his briefing: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director who has become an outspoken and sometimes controversial supporter of Trump.
But Clinton may not take any advisers to her planned briefing Saturday at the FBI’s White Plains facility, which is a satellite office of the bureau’s New York field office, ABC News has learned.
Because of the sensitivity of the information discussed during presidential candidate briefings, the sessions must take place in locations with secure rooms, known as sensitive compartmented information facilities. The FBI's office in White Plains has such rooms.
The FBI’s satellite office in White Plains is the closest secure FBI facility to Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York.
Staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will be leading the briefing, which, as with Trump’s briefing last week, is expected to cover major threats and emerging concerns around the world.
It’s unclear why Clinton may not attend the briefing without advisers. Any attendees aside from the presidential candidate would have to hold the necessary security clearances.
Many of Clinton’s critics have questioned whether she should receive a classified briefing after what they say is the reckless way she handled sensitive information when she was secretary of state.
Some Republican lawmakers have said her use of a private email server — and what FBI Director James Comey called the "extremely careless" way she subsequently handled classified information — should prevent Clinton and some of her aides from obtaining security clearances. There's no evidence, however, to indicate that she knowingly sent or received classified information over the server, according to Comey.
DNI Director James Clapper and the White House recently said they have no qualms about briefing the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, noting that providing the briefings is a tradition dating back more than 60 years.
"Ensuring a smooth transition to the next president is a top priority ... and that's important, in part, because of the significant threats around the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington, D.C., last month.
He said U.S. intelligence officials "understand what steps are necessary to protect sensitive national security information, and the administration is confident that they can both provide relevant and sufficient briefings to the two major-party presidential candidates while also protecting sensitive national security information."
Clapper said there is no concern in the U.S. intelligence community about providing classified information to either of the presidential candidates, insisting, "It's not up to the administration and certainly not up to me personally to decide on the suitability of a presidential candidate."
"The American electorate is in the process of deciding the suitability of these two candidates to serve as commander in chief, and they will make that decision, to pick someone who will be cleared for everything," he said at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last month.
Each of the campaigns decides the location for the classified briefings, according to Clapper.
CNN first reported the timing and location of Clinton's expected Saturday briefing.
Clinton and Trump could each receive as many as three classified briefings before Election Day.
These briefings resemble the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the intelligence community, which releases an unclassified version each year. While some top-secret information could be discussed, the briefings will not include the nation's most sensitive secrets, particularly information on sources, methods and operations.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is hanging on to a slim lead in the reliably red state of Arizona, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
The poll shows Donald Trump with 43 percent support and Hillary Clinton with 38 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson has 12 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein has 4 percent.
Arizona has gone blue only once since 1952 -- during Bill Clinton's reelection bid in 1996. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney won the state by 9 percentage points during the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.
Arizona's growing Hispanic population and Trump's controversial language on immigrants has led some to believe the state could be in play in 2016. A majority of Hispanic voters -- 57 percent -- back Clinton in this poll, while 20 percent back Trump, 15 percent support Johnson and 5 percent choose Stein.
But Trump leads whites without a college degree by 30 percentage points in Arizona, as well as independents by 14 percentage points, bolstering his slim lead there.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's latest attack on his White House rival Hillary Clinton: her health.
Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS,” Trump asserted at an event in Youngstown, Ohio, last Monday.
“Go online and put down Hillary Clinton illness, take a look at the videos for yourself,” former New York mayor and Trump campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani said this weekend on Fox News Sunday.
The Clinton campaign knocked the attacks as “deranged conspiracy theories” and accused Trump of “parroting lies based on fabricated documents.”
Neither Trump nor Clinton have released a detailed medical history. In recent presidential elections, candidates have been more transparent about their health.
What We Know About Trump’s Health
Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Dr. Harold Borstein, Trump's doctor since 1980, boldly asserted in a one page statement released last December.
The statement, far from a full medical report that Trump previously promised would be released, also states that Trump takes aspirin daily as well as a small dose of a cholesterol-lowering drug.
Trump, 70, abstains from alcohol and tobacco, the statement notes.
According to his doctor, Trump’s only surgery was an appendectomy when he was 10.
As for Trump’s family history, his father, Fred, suffered from Alzheimer's disease before he died in 1999.
What Trump Has Said About His Health
Trump told People magazine last year that he’s lost 15 pounds from his time on the campaign trail.
For exercise, Trump plays golf and tennis, acknowledging, “I’m not a gym workout guy.”
Trump’s diet, however, is hardly what a doctor, nutritionist or a gym trainer would recommend; he has said he’s a fan of fast food, in part because he likes the cleanliness of fast-food chains.
“The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder with cheese,” Trump said at a CNN town hall in February, adding, “The other night I had Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
But Trump doesn’t seem worried: “I am fortunate to have been blessed with great genes -- both of my parents had very long and productive lives,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
What We Know About Clinton’s Health
Like Trump, Clinton, 68, has not divulged her full medical record. She released a two page health care statement from her physician Lisa Bardack in July 2015.
“She is excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” Bardack wrote.
Clinton’s medical conditions include, according to her doctor, hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies. Clinton also had deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009 and an elbow fracture in 2009.
Clinton’s most notable past medical condition was when she suffered from a concussion in December of 2012. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” the state department spokesman, Philippe Reines, said in a statement at the time. Clinton took some time off to recover and was back to work in about a month.
Her concussion left her with double vision for two months, forcing her to wear special glasses to help correct the problem. A blood clot was also found near Clinton's brain after the concussion, prompting the use of blood thinners, which she still takes a “precaution.”
As for Clinton’s family history, Clinton’s father suffered a stroke, her mother had congestive heart failure and one of her brothers had premature heart disease. What Clinton Has Said About Her Health
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, Clinton jokingly told Kimmel to “take my pulse” in response to Trump’s attacks on her health.
In an interview in June 2014, Clinton told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she has “no lingering effects” from the concussion.
For exercise, Clinton said she does yoga and pool aerobics.
While Clinton is strict with her diet, she allows herself to indulge once in a while. While out on the campaign trail, she made a pit stop at a Chipotle in Ohio.
“I can’t possibly be as disciplined as the Obamas. I just can’t. I mean, I’ve had meals with them — they are so disciplined,” Clinton said in an interview with the newsletter Skimm.
Her one health tip she abides by: using hot sauce.
“I started using hot sauce back in 1992, because I read an article that said it would help my immune system stay healthy,” Clinton said during a Good Morning America town hall in April. “I have continued doing it almost religiously and so far so good.”