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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined President Obama for his address this week where both discussed the financial crisis and Wall Street.

Warren and the president talked about the recession that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and Wall Street reform already signed into law by President Obama.

"Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too," the president said. "That’s what we’re fighting for."

"It’s about basic fairness for everyone," Sen. Warren said.

Read the president's full address:

POTUS:
Hi, everybody.  I’m here with Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of our strongest advocates for families and consumers like you.  Today, we want to talk about some of the actions we’ve taken to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to build.

Eight years ago, after some big banks made irresponsible and risky bets with your money, we almost slipped into another Great Depression.  While the recklessness started on Wall Street, it didn’t take long before it led to real pain for folks on Main Street.  It would cost millions of our fellow Americans their jobs, homes, and savings. 

WARREN: The financial crisis wasn’t an unstoppable act of nature. The whole thing could have been avoided, but we didn’t have the rules in place to stop Wall Street from taking enormous risks that threatened the economy.  We didn’t have strong protections to keep consumers from being cheated by tricks and traps on financial contracts. 

POTUS: So when I took office in the darkest days of the crisis, I promised you we wouldn’t just recover from crisis – we’d rebuild our economy on a new foundation to make sure a crisis like that never happens again.

WARREN: President Obama delivered.  He signed into law the toughest Wall Street reforms and strongest consumer protections in generations.  Trust me – I’m a pretty tough grader.  These new rules are making our financial system more transparent, getting rid of a lot of fine print, and making sure that if a bank screws up, you have someone to call so you don’t get stuck with the bill.

POTUS: These reforms have already made our financial system safer and more resilient.  And part of passing those strong consumer protections meant establishing the first-ever Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, based on an idea that Senator Warren came up with before the crisis even began. 

WARREN: Every day, the good people at that independent agency crack down on dishonest and deceptive practices like the ones that helped cause the crash.  The proof is in the more than 27 million consumers who in just five years have gotten refunds and other relief from credit card companies, payday lenders, debt collectors, and others that tried to rip them off.

POTUS: Before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you didn’t have a strong ally to turn to if your bank took advantage of you, or you were being harassed or charged inappropriate fees.  Now you do. 

WARREN: The Bureau is also there to help you make better-informed decisions.  Before you take out a mortgage, or a loan for college or a new car, check out the agency’s website – CFPB.gov.  It can help you sift through the confusing but important details.

POTUS: Republicans and big banks who opposed these commonsense rules claimed they’d hurt the economy.  But we’ve seen what happened to the economy when we didn’t have these rules.  And despite their claims, our economy is stronger today than it was before the crisis.  Since we dug out from the worst of it, our businesses have added almost 15 million new jobs.  Corporate profits are up, lending to businesses is up, and the stock market has hit an all-time high.  So the idea this was bad for business just doesn’t hold water.  Now our task should be making sure we build on those gains, and make sure they’re felt by everybody.

WARREN: But every year, like clockwork, big banks and their Republican allies in Congress try to roll back these protections and undermine the consumer watchdog, whose only job is to look out for you.  Their nominee for President promises to dismantle all of it.  They may have forgotten about the crisis, but working families sure haven’t.  We haven’t either.  And that’s why we’re not going to let them give Wall Street the ability to threaten our economy all over again. 

POTUS: Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent, if you’re a hardworking American who plays by the rules, you should expect Wall Street to play by the rules, too.  That’s what we’re fighting for. 

WARREN: It’s about basic fairness for everyone.

POTUS: And it’s about responsibility from everyone.  Thanks to leaders like Senator Warren, our country, our economy, and our families are better off.  Let’s keep it that way.  Thanks for being here, Senator Warren.

WARREN:  Thanks for having me, Mr. President.

POTUS:  Have a great weekend, everybody.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been chosen as Hillary Clinton’s running mate -- a man she called a "relentless optimist" who "devoted his life to fighting for others."

Clinton announced her choice in a text message sent to supporters: “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."

The presumptive Democratic nominee also tweeted out her running mate decision.

 

I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H pic.twitter.com/lTVyfztE5Z

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

 

She touted Kaine as a "relentless optimist."

 

.@TimKaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.https://t.co/pui1WFEVpS

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016

 

Kaine has long been considered to be at the top of Clinton’s short list. He was previously vetted for the vice presidency by Barack Obama in 2008. Kaine was an early supporter of Clinton’s, appearing at a “Ready for Hillary” breakfast in May 2014 where he urged her to enter the 2016 presidential race.

Before tonight’s announcement, Kaine last appeared on the campaign trail with Clinton at a stop in Annandale, Virginia, on July 14. During that appearance, Kaine appeared to be auditioning to be Clinton’s running mate. He utilized his fluent Spanish to explain why he was “listo” or ready for Hillary.

“We were ready for Hillary because Hillary's ready for us. Hillary's ready for Virginia. Hillary's ready to be president. Hillary's ready to be our leader. Hillary's ready to make history. And that's why we're ready for Hillary," Kaine said at the time.

While Kaine has acted as a surrogate for Clinton, the two have not appeared at a campaign stop together. Friday's announcement marked their first joint campaign appearance.

Kaine told NBC in June that he “encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017.”

Pundits have described Virginia as a pivotal battleground state in the 2016 race, and Kaine will help in the efforts to deliver the state to the Democrats.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Kaine served as governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia. In 2009, President Obama picked Kaine to lead the Democratic National Committee.

Kaine, a devout Catholic, is married to Anne Holton and has three children. His father-in-law was the governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974 and is a political mentor to Kaine.

The Clinton campaign can also utilize Kaine’s fluency in Spanish to appeal to Latino voters. Kaine mastered the language when he took a year off from Harvard Law school to work as a missionary in Honduras. Kaine has described that experience as cementing his commitment to serve others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Like the candidate she picked, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential selection process lacked sizzle.

Unlike the public drama that played out before Donald Trump officially unveiled Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, was conducted quietly and out of the public eye.

Clinton began the process in April after the New York primary. Campaign chairman John Podesta delivered 24 binders with information on potential candidates to Clinton's home outside of New York City in an unassuming a plastic bag from Duane Reade, a New York pharmacy.

Then, Clinton started reading.

The former secretary of state reviewed choices with a small group of advisers, including Podesta, senior adviser Cheryl Mills, and lawyer James Hamilton -- who led vetting efforts for the last three Democratic presidential nominees.

President Bill Clinton -- arguably Hillary Clinton's closest adviser -- was intimately involved in the process as well, offering his opinion but understanding that the selection wasn't his to make, according to a Democrat familiar with the former president's role.

The presumptive Democratic nominee spent the following months reviewing her options, and appeared on the campaign trail with many of the candidates -- including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

Clinton and Kaine appeared together last week at an event in northern Virginia, where the down-to-earth, Spanish-speaking former governor impressed her on the stump.

"Do you want a 'you're fired' president, or a 'you're hired' president?" Kaine asked supporters, riffing on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice."

After their joint rally, Clinton invited Kaine to her home in northwest Washington, DC, where they spoke privately and huddled with Clinton's aides for 90 minutes.

That Friday, Clinton met with a series of vice presidential candidates in Washington, including HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Warren, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The following day, she had lunch with Kaine and his family, and were joined by Bill Clinton, Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Throughout the process, even as he emerged as Clinton's favorite, the Virginia senator consistently downplayed the vice presidential speculation after his 2008 vetting by the Obama campaign -- as well as his ability to serve.

"Nobody should ever say they're ready for the responsibility because it is so, so huge," Kaine told NBC in late June when asked if he'd be prepared to serve as president.

"I am boring," he also admitted in the interview. "But boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country."

It was Kaine's steadiness that impressed Clinton most, according to campaign sources -- a confidence in his ability to work alongside her in the White House on Jan. 21, 2017.

But it would be another six days before Clinton settled on Kaine. As Clinton and Democrats watched the often-tumultuous Republican National Convention unfold, Kaine spent the week dodging reporters as he attended constituent events across Virginia.

On Friday afternoon, Clinton walked backstage after a rally in Tampa and made her pitch to Kaine.

The senator, who took the call from Rhode Island, where he was fundraising for Sen. Jack Reed, accepted Clinton's offer. He'll join Clinton for a rally in Miami Saturday afternoon.

Just before 8 p.m., Clinton and Podesta informed the other candidates that they were not selected in a series of phone calls. As the clock ticked, Clinton's official selection stayed under wraps, to the surprise of those familiar with the often-leaky process.

FWIW: it's incredibly impressive that the Clinton VP pick has not leaked. Amazing discipline, bc they almost always leak at this point

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 22, 2016

Clinton's controlled, methodical rollout sharply contrast with Donald Trump's, who had second thoughts about his selection of Pence even after offering him the job and flying him out to New York City.

Trump's offer was reported hours before he officially announced the news in a tweet last Friday morning.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Here's everything you need to know about Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).

Name: Tim Kaine

Party: Democrat

Date of Birth: Feb. 26, 1958

Age: 58

What He Does Now: U.S. Senator from Virginia. Elected in 2012. Serves on Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Aging Committees.

What He Used to Do: Kaine served as Democratic National Committee chairman from 2009 to 2011. He served as governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, as lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006, and as mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001. He was first elected to office in 1994 as a Richmond City Council member. He has said he ran for council because he thought the governing body was too racially divided. He got his start as a lawyer handling civil rights and fair-housing cases as well as representing death row inmates. He attended the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School.

Hometown: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota but raised in a Kansas City suburb

Family Tree: Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Albert and Kathleen Kaine. He is the eldest of three boys. He was raised in Kansas City where his father owned a metalworking shop. His mother was a home economics teacher. He met his wife Anne Holton at Harvard Law School. They married in November 1984 and have three children: Nat, Woody and Annella. Kaine’s father-in-law, A. Linwood Holton, is the former Republican governor of Virginia, and Kaine has called him his "political mentor." Kaine’s wife, Anne, is currently the Virginia secretary of education.

Key life/career moments:

While at Harvard Law School, he took a year off in 1980 to be a missionary in Honduras and help run a small vocational school there. It is there where he perfected his Spanish. He still speaks Spanish fluently. Kaine has called the experience in Honduras "searing." He said it taught him that "struggle" is part of life. His exposure in Honduras to overwhelming poverty helped shape his future and his determination to serve others. Kaine has also said that it led him to his wife, Anne, and that the two of them set out to make "reconciliation" the mission of their lives.

In the Senate, he has made a name for himself by sometimes butting heads with his friend, President Obama, when it comes to the role of Congress in giving the president authority to deploy military force and declare war.

Kaine was vetted in 2008 as a potential running mate for Obama. Of the outcome of Obama’s decision, he told a Virginia NBC affiliate, "The president told me at one point, he said you know, you are my heart pick and Biden is my head pick ... Sometimes I go with my heart, sometimes I go with my head."

As governor of Virginia, he dealt with a Republican-controlled General Assembly that blocked several of his primary goals, including expanding early education and repairing the state’s transportation system. During his governorship, he also dealt with an economic crisis and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Following the mass shooting, Kaine’s leadership resulted in statewide mental health reforms. He also banned smoking in Virginia restaurants. He told the Washington Post his biggest regret was not finding more money for roads. Since he’s left the governorship, some of the $160,000 he’s received in gifts has come under scrutiny. Some have described his biggest accomplishment as governor as delivering Virginia for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in over 40 years.

He started his career as a civil rights attorney, handling death penalty and anti-discrimination cases. One case Kaine discusses frequently is Richard Whitley’s appeal of his death sentence. Kaine was then a young lawyer and Whitley had been convicted of slashing the throat of a Virginia widow and raping her twice.

What You Might Not Know About Him:

He has attended a black Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, for 30 years. The Richmond church hosted his wedding in 1984 and the baptism of his three kids. For years, Kaine was a tenor in the men’s choir until politics prevented him from making weekly rehearsals. Kaine reportedly loves to sing.

He made history by being the first person to give a full Senate floor speech in Spanish during the debate over the so-called gang of eight bill in 2013.

He had a lot of inner turmoil as governor when it came to the death penalty. When the state executed someone, he reportedly would stay in his office with an open line to the death chamber, and his staffers said he was at times emotional.

He travels with three harmonicas and has played with Boyd Tinsley, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski and the Cary Street Ramblers.

He’s never lost an election in his career, although as Democratic National Committee chairman he failed in 2010 to deliver victories in the gubernatorial races of Virginia and New Jersey where respective candidates Creigh Deeds and Jon Corzine lost.

His basement neighbor in the Russell Building when he first got to the Senate: Ted Cruz.

He called himself "boring" in a June 2016 interview with Meet The Press.

What He Has Said About Clinton:


He endorsed Hillary Clinton in May 2014 at a Ready for Hillary breakfast. Politico reported that she called personally to thank him.

In June 2016, he said, "the reason I'm helping Hillary, I encouraged her to run in May of 2014, because I could telescope forward and see some of the challenges that this nation would be facing. And I decided that by reason of character, by reason of background, and experience, but also especially by reason of results, she would be the most qualified person to be president in January of 2017."

Kaine’s abortion stance is not as liberal as Clinton’s. He has said that personally, as a Catholic, he is pro-life but does not believe the government should intrude into a woman’s right to choose.

What He Has Said About Veepstakes:

He told ABC News on July 5, 2016: “The only role I’m playing is trying to help her win Virginia. I have lived in Virginia long enough to remember when we were a state that didn’t matter in presidential politics. It is now nice to be in a state that matters a lot so the work that I can do to be helpful to her is just right here at home.”

In December, 2015, he reflected on the VP speculation swirling around him both in 2008 and now. He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "My gut told me eight years ago that wasn’t how I was going to make my contribution," he said. "My gut tells me now the way I’m going to make my contribution is right here in the Senate." Kaine added, "I want to be John Warner, is what I want to do."

In April 2016, he told MSNBC's Morning Joe, "And I have a great feeling that I'm going to be on that podium with Hillary Clinton when she's taking the oath of office, but I'm going to be sitting with the other senators."

In May 2016, he told David Gregory: "My gut doesn't feel much differently this time than last"

In June 2016, he told Meet The Press, "People will speculate, but I have got one job and one job only right now, and that is to work hard for Hillary Clinton so she can win and especially in Virginia, that's the area where I have been helping her and that's the area where I'm going to help her."

On July 11, 2016, he told MSNBC: “You know, I mean, it’s interesting, I was speculated about 8 years ago, and it’s nice to be speculated about, I’m not going to pretend otherwise….Well in my gut 8 years ago, I didn’t think it was going to go that direction, and I’ve gotta say, in my gut right now I kinda feel like I’m going to stay in the Senate and continue to battle on armed services, foreign relations, and budget issues that make me a happy senator every day. So speculation is fine, but I got a job to do and for the Hillary campaign, the best thing I can do is hopefully help her win in Virginia. Virginia’s a key state and I’m looking forward to campaigning for her and making sure she wins Virginia.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video Friday, linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

“I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of ‘America First,’” Duke said. “We cannot have free trade without fair trade.”

“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” he said. ”I’ve always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster.”

Duke endorsed Trump's presidential run in February, and called on supporters to help the New York developer's White House campaign.

Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn't have said it better!

— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) July 22, 2016

Trump was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for not doing enough to distance himself from the former KKK leader's support, as well as re-tweeting white supremacist imagery.

Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator, is entering a crowded field that includes Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, a businessman-turned-member of Congress with tea party credentials, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, and state treasurer John Kennedy. They are running for the seat currently held by David Vitter, a Republican, who has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

Duke has unsuccessfully sought a Senate seat before. He also ran for president unsuccessfully in 1992.

Under Louisiana’s "jungle" primary system, if no candidate wins a majority of votes in November, the top two candidates will face off in a December runoff election.

The National Republican Senate Committee Executive Director Ward Baker was quick to say the committee would not be supporting Duke.

We will not support David Duke. Several GOP candidates in LA will have a great impact on our country. He is not one of them. #LASEN

— Ward Baker (@WardBaker) July 22, 2016

Duke's leading opponents have also denounced his rhetoric and Senate campaign.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Just days before the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks has released emails from top DNC officials that appear to show the inner workings of the Democratic Party and what seems to be them attempting to aid the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries.

Several of the emails released indicate that the officials, including Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, and his campaign as the primary season advanced, in one instance even floating bringing up Sanders' religion to try and minimize his support.

“It might may [sic] no difference, but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief,” Brad Marshall, CFO of DNC, wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. “Does he believe in God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps woudl draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

Amy Dacey, CEO of the DNC, subsequently responded “AMEN,” according to the emails.

During the primary battle, Sanders and his supporters accused both the party and Wasserman Schultz of putting their thumb on the scale for Clinton and these emails may indicate support for those allegations.

Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down, and in an April 24 email she received with an article detailing Sanders talking about the DNC being unfair to his campaign, the chairwoman responded, “Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.”

After the Nevada Democratic Convention, where things got out-of-hand over a delegate fight, Wasserman Schultz called Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver a “damn liar.” In another instance, she referred to him as an “a--," according to the emails.

The DNC did not respond to requests for comment.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told ABC News he was reviewing the documents.

The leak exploded on social media with Sanders supporters expressing anger and frustration that the emails appeared to suggest the party was colluding with the Clinton campaign and plotting against the senator. Some even called on Sanders to revoke his endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will begin receiving classified intelligence briefings after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week, when both candidates have become their respective parties' presidential nominees, senior intelligence officials tells ABC News.

“The briefings are traditionally given after nominating conventions have identified all the candidates,” the official said.

Republican and Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees have been offered introductory intelligence briefings on national security since 1952, after their parties' national conventions. So Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Clinton's running mate will receive them as well.

The ritual, organized by the Director of National Intelligence and the White House, is meant to prepare the candidates for the transition of power.

Former intelligence officials have expressed reservations about Trump and Clinton receiving the briefings, concerned about their ability to handle classified information.

Congressional Republicans, following the FBI probe into Clinton's handling of classified information on her private server, have sought to block the presumptive Democratic nominee's access to classified intelligence.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, wrote a letter to James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, requesting that Clinton be denied access to such briefings, but was rebuffed.

“Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed, non-partisan basis,” the DNI said in its response to Ryan earlier this month.

FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, but said she and her staff were "extremely careless" with their handling of classified information.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- If you're like most Americans, you might think we'd seen the last of Hillary Clinton's email messages when the State Department said in February that it had made them all public.

Turns out there's many more.

Originally, Clinton said she turned over 55,000 pages of work-related emails to the State Department that she'd accumulated during her time as secretary of state and deleted 30,000 personal ones.

But when FBI Director James Comey announced earlier this month that no criminal charges would be brought against her, he also revealed that his investigators had recovered many of the missing emails, some of which were work-related, not personal.

And because the State Department is the rightful owner of Clinton's work-related emails, the FBI has started returning them to the State Department.

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said the FBI turned over an "initial set" of those documents on Thursday.

"Just as we appropriately processed the material turned over to the department by former Secretary Clinton, we will appropriately, and with due diligence, process any additional material we received from the FBI to identify work-related agency records and make them available to the public consistent with our legal obligation," Trudeau said at a briefing with reporters today.

"As we have not yet reviewed the material, we're not going to speculate further about their scope or content, nor do we have any details to offer on how or when any such agency records will be released," Trudeau added.

The FBI has already reviewed the emails, so Clinton won't be subject to any more scrutiny for possible criminal charge when these emails are made public. Comey said his investigators determined three of them were classified.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of accepting his party’s nomination, Donald Trump held his first post-convention news conference on Friday.

ABC News decided to fact-check the newly-minted Republican presidential nominee's opening remarks of the general election race. Here are some of the claims and how they stack up:

Fact Check: War Over Wives

Claim: Donald Trump Didn’t Start the Back-and-Forth With Ted Cruz Over Their Wives. Cruz’s Friends Did

Rating: Questionable. A pro-Cruz super PAC attacked Melania first. But there’s no evidence Cruz knew about it.


Donald Trump said: “I didn't do anything. Somebody tweeted a picture of Melania and a picture of Heidi, who I think, by the way, is a very nice woman and a very beautiful woman. I have to tell you. I think Heidi Cruz is a great person. ... His people run the PAC. He said we had nothing to do, we had -- now, probably, you could trace it down with emails, but they're pretty smart. They don't even send, probably just phone calls. Look, it was a PAC with many of his friends. It was a Cruz super PAC. I think he said, well, it wasn't really meant for us. It was a Cruz PAC. It was his people.”

Background: An anti-Donald Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome, ran a Facebook ad featuring Melania Trump posing nude on a fur rug. Full-frontal nudity was not visible.

Trump then re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, the senator’s wife, next to one of Melania Trump.

Trump has repeatedly implied that Cruz was responsible for the original attack on Melania -- without evidence, according to Politifact.

The super PAC in question was run by GOP strategist Liz Mair, a former Republican National Committee staffer and Republican communications and strategy consultant who has worked on numerous campaigns, but none of them for candidates aligned strongly with Cruz’s wing of the Republican Party. Earlier in the current election cycle, Mair worked for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The PAC reported running no pro-Ted Cruz ads to the Federal Election Commission. Although its goal in the final months of the GOP primary was to boost Cruz over Trump, all of its reported ad spending was anti-Trump, not pro-Cruz, in content.

Trump’s claim is questionable because, while the Melania ad was posted by a super PAC seeking to deliver Cruz an electoral victory, there’s no evidence that Cruz directed the ad, knew about it, or has historically enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the staffer running the super PAC. It’s not true that Trump “didn’t do anything” -- he re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife -- so this claim is false and sounds more like an argument that Trump didn’t start the dispute.

Fact Check: Capturing the Sanders Vote

Claim: Donald Trump Will Get ‘a Lot of’ Bernie Sanders Voters Because They’re Aligned on Trade

Rating: Questionable. Trump trails far behind Hillary Clinton among Sanders' supporters, and it’s questionable whether the gulf between Sanders’ supporters and Trump can be bridged by a similar view on trade.


Donald Trump said: “We're going to get a lot of the Bernie voters, by the way. ... I think we'll get a lot of his voters because of the trade issue.”

Background: It's unclear exactly what Trump means when he says he'll get "a lot" of Bernie Sanders' supporters to vote for him. But regardless of where he's setting the goalpost, ABC News' most recent polling shows him trailing far behind Clinton in the competition to capture Sanders' erstwhile voters. Among Democratic-leaning voters who preferred Sanders, 79 percent back Clinton over Trump.

There’s also reason to question whether Trump’s similar view to Sanders’ on trade will cause supporters of the 74-year-old Vermont senator to gravitate to the New York billionaire. First, like Trump and Sanders, Hillary Clinton also now opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, albeit after initially supporting the deal. Yet perhaps more significantly, there’s a broader gulf between Trump and Sanders that a shared view on trade is unlikely to bridge, according to an essay in Politico by Bill Scher, a writer for the Campaign for America's Future, a nonprofit organization that advocates progressive policies:

"The problem for Trump is that the few areas of ideological overlap don’t come close to outweighing the long list of issues where Sanders and Trump are practically opposites. Sanders supports a carbon tax; Trump calls global warming a hoax. Sanders wants a $15 minimum wage; Trump has said 'our wages are too high.' Sanders wants to jack the top income tax rate up to 54 percent; Trump wants to slash it to 25 percent," Scher wrote in his essay.

"Their foreign policies do not dovetail that neatly. Sanders’ anti-imperialist fans would not echo Trump’s call to 'take the oil' in Iraq. Nor would they want to 'authorize something beyond waterboarding' for suspected terrorists, let alone 'take out their families,'" Scher added.

This cycle has also seen apparent signs of bad blood between Sanders' supporters and Trump. For example, followers of the Sanders have been credited with forcing Trump to shut down a rally in Chicago over public safety concerns.

Fact Check: President Trump’s Super PAC

Claim: If He’s Elected President, Donald Trump Can Set Up a Super PAC to Attack Ted Cruz

Rating: Mostly False. This would probably not be feasible under current election law and regulations, but there might be some creative ways around it.


Donald Trump said: “Maybe I'll set up a super PAC if he decides to run [in 2020]. Are you allowed to set up a super PAC, Mike, if you are the president, to fight somebody?”

Background: Trump made this aside after dismissing the idea that he would even want Ted Cruz’s endorsement. In Trump’s supposition, he is a first-term president, and he is setting up a super PAC to attack Cruz, who is running against him.

This would likely be impossible for a president to do, said Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center. Candidates are not allowed to establish their own super PACs under current regulations.

The only way Trump could do it is if he were not running for re-election. It’s possible that Trump would not have begun his re-election campaign yet, but he can become a candidate by engaging in political activity, and establishing a PAC to attack an opponent for office would likely be considered such activity.

But candidates get around super PAC rules quite frequently, as evidenced by the volume of complaints that campaign-finance reformers (like the Campaign Legal Center) file against them every year with the Federal Election Commission.

If Trump were to tell an aide to set up the PAC, that would not be okay, but it’s conceivable he could do so secretly without being found out.

Another potential option would be to form a super PAC that only engaged in issue advocacy -- for instance, telling voters that “Ted Cruz is wrong on jobs,” but not to vote against him. Even then, it would be a big stretch.

“He can’t just ignore the basic rules surrounding a candidate,” Noble said.

Fact Check: Ted Cruz: Debate Season's Biggest Loser?

Claim: Cruz “Lost” Every Single Debate

Rating: Highly questionable. Few credible polls have numbers on debate performance, but those that do exist do not show Cruz in last place.


Background: Trumps said of Cruz, “And he was a good debater but he didn't do well in the debates against me. According to every poll, I mean, every poll, you know, he lost in every single poll, in every single debate.”

A CNN/ORC poll in September did show that those who watched a Sept. 16 CNN debate believed that Trump performed better than Cruz. Trump was ranked third, behind Carly Fiorina (52 percent) and Marco Rubio (14 percent), with 11 percent of respondents saying that they believed Trump did the best job in the debate. Cruz came in fifth, tied with Ben Carson, at 3 percent. Although he polled lower than Trump, Cruz came out in front of Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. In this sense, it is not true that Cruz “lost” in “every” poll.

It is also important to note that most “polls” on debate performance are unscientific, asking readers or viewers to dial in or vote online.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, speaking in Washington with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by his side, told reporters he didn't tune into the Republican convention in Cleveland this week. But he noted that reports of chaos during the convention do not "jibe with the facts."

"The one thing that I think is important to recognize is this idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse," Obama said. "This vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people."

Obama urged Americans to continue on with business as usual.

The president also disputed that violent crime and illegal immigration in the nation were on the rise, two claims that Republicans have repeatedly said in recent weeks.

"We’re not going to be able to make decisions based on fears that don’t have a basis in fact," Obama said. "America is much less violent that it was 20 or 30 years ago and immigration is much less a problem than it was not just 20 or 30 years ago but since I became president."

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- During a lengthy speech intended to serve as a thank you to supporters, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on Dan Scavino, his campaign social media director, to report on another campaign milestone Friday in Cleveland.

Scavino went out of his way to thank “President Trump” as he stepped up to the podium and delivered an effusive description of the party’s engagement with supporters during the Republican National Convention.

“Twitter, last night, exploded. Facebook exploded. Instagram exploded,” Scavino told reporters. “We had over 85 million [video] views on in a four to five day period.”

Trump looked on approvingly during the brief remarks with running mate Mike Pence and Pence’s wife, Karen, and daughter, Charlotte, standing nearby.

Trump has used his social media accounts to attack rivals and draw headlines. His use of Twitter is prolific and often controversial. On Thursday, his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account hit 10 million followers, according to Scavino.

Scavino first met Trump in 1990 when he worked as a caddy for the New York businessman. Scavino was 16 at the time.

Scavino also took the opportunity to reveal the campaign’s approach to outreach and communication, and deliver a shot at the media.

“When Mr. Trump wants to get a message out…when things aren’t necessarily working out with CNN or somebody,” said Scavino, “[w]e can put it on his platform and get more views just on one of those social media accounts.”

During the event in Cleveland, Trump also praised members of his campaign team, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, press secretary Hope Hicks and current campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Thanking his volunteers in Cleveland a day after the Republican National Convention wrapped, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Friday slammed Ted Cruz's Wednesday night speech and said he “will not accept” if the Texas senator ever decides to endorse him.

"He'll come and endorse over the next little while. It's because he has no choice," Trump said. "But I don't want his endorsement. What difference does it make?"

"Ted, just stay home, relax, enjoy yourself," Trump.

Trump said he reviewed a version of Cruz's speech, but allowed him to take the stage anyway Wednesday night.

"Honestly, he may have ruined his political career. I feel so badly," Trump said.

"Because I like Ted, he's fine. Again, don't want his endorsement," Trump said. "If he gives it, I will not accept it, just so you understand.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — For the first time in history, a Republican nominee has mentioned the LGBTQ community in a GOP nomination acceptance speech.

"Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it," said Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

The massacre in Orlando, by gunman Omar Mateen, occurred at the popular gay club Pulse.

"As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me," Trump added.

After pausing for applause from the audience, Trump went off his speech script to acknowledge the support of his statement from Republicans gathered in the arena.

.@realDonaldTrump: "So nice" to hear Republicans cheering comments about protecting LGBT community from terrorism. https://t.co/0RjnSkSETE

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 22, 2016

"And I have to say as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," he said. "Thank you."

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Trump gave a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, one that was defined by anger toward the status quo of American politics, and marked by some surprises, including references to the LGBTQ community.

Here are a few highlights from the speech:

On the perceived failure of American leadership


"Not only have our citizens endured domestic disaster, but they have lived through one international humiliation after another. We all remember the images of our sailors being forced to their knees by their Iranian captors at gunpoint."

"I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice."

"This Administration has failed America’s inner cities. It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level."

On Hillary Clinton


"Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now -– poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad -– will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them. A change in leadership is required to change these outcomes."

"When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was “extremely careless” and “negligent,” in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible crimes."

"In fact, [Hillary Clinton's] single greatest accomplishment may be committing such an egregious crime and getting away with it –- especially when others have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come."

On security


"When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order our country."

"We must have the best intelligence gathering operation in the world. We must abandon the failed policy of nation building and regime change that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. Instead, we must work with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terror."

On the LGBTQ Community


“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it. As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me.”

Promises


"We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions more jobs. We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice."

"We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share."

"We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And We Will Make America Great Again."

[READ THE FULL TEXT OF DONALD TRUMP'S GOP CONVENTION SPEECH]

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Thursday night following Donald Trump's acceptance of the GOP presidential nomination at the RNC, slamming his speech and encouraging her supporters to donate to her campaign.

In particular, Clinton took issue with Trump's apparent embrace of the LGBTQ community. "As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me," Trump said.

Clinton tweeted, "Here's how the Republican ticket would 'protect' LGBT Americans #RNCinCLE," along with a chart that read, "The Trump Pence ticket," followed by a series of checked-off campaign issues, including opposition to gay marriage, and support of religious discrimination laws and so-called conversion therapy.

Here's how the Republican ticket would "protect" LGBT Americans. #RNCinCLE pic.twitter.com/bcHNM1EMxL

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016

Clinton also slammed Trump's proclamation, "I'm with you," writing, "Not included: women, African Americans, LGBT people, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants..."

"I’m with you*" —@realDonaldTrump

*Not included: women, African Americans, LGBT people, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants...

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016

One of her final tweets of the evening was, "This is real—Donald Trump just accepted the @GOP nomination. RT if you agree: We can't let him become president."

This is real—Donald Trump just accepted the @GOP nomination.

RT if you agree: We can't let him become president. pic.twitter.com/3C5WLPv33W

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 22, 2016

Meanwhile, Hillary for America chair John Podesta released the following statement on Trump’s acceptance speech:

"Tonight, Donald Trump painted a dark picture of an America in decline. And his answer – more fear, more division, more anger, more hate -- was yet another reminder that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be President of the United States."

Podesta continued, "He offered no real solutions to help working families get ahead or to keep our country safe, just more prejudice and paranoia. America is better than this. America is better than Donald Trump. Next week in Philadelphia, Democrats will focus on issues, not anger. We'll offer a positive vision for the future based on lifting America up, not tearing Americans down."

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