Gabriel Eckert/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A Colorado lawmaker says it's time that children who are prescribed medical marijuana be allowed to use that marijuana at school.
The push began when a school in Jefferson County, Colorado, told a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy and relies on a cannabis patch along with low-THC oil to treat muscle spasms that he could no longer have access to his medication on campus because it was marijuana.
State Representative Jonathan Singer wants medical marijuana administered the same way as drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.
“If we can do this for heavy narcotics we can certainly do it for medical marijuana,” he said.
Singer is now working on a proposal that would change the law to allow children access to prescribed medical marijuana at Colorado schools.
bbourdages/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration said on Monday it can’t confirm a video released over the weekend allegedly showing Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya being shot or beheaded by ISIS militants.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal mass murder, the brutal mass murder by ISIL-affiliated terrorists of what the murderers claim are Ethiopian Christians in Libya,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in a daily briefing with reporters.
The victims were allegedly planning to go to Europe by boat from Libya, but were captured by the extremists.
“There are some situations in which we believe individuals claim a link to ISIL without a lot of credibility merely because they sense a propaganda victory,” Earnest said.
Andre Nantel/Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- At least two senators – Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky – have been briefed on the Clinton Cash book, ABC News has learned.
Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told ABC News he was briefed by the book’s author, Peter Schweizer, two or three weeks ago. The briefing was conducted in Corker’s Senate office and consisted of a slideshow presentation.
Corker said he was the only lawmaker in the briefing, and it was not conducted through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Somebody sent me an e-mail and said that, you know, that he was in town and thought it would be worth my while to listen,” Corker said. “It was just me.”
Asked about the contents of the briefing, Corker only said, “I saw it, he seemed like he had done a lot of research, and but I don’t have any comment beyond that.”
Senator Rand Paul was also briefed on the book, but his aides repeatedly declined to provide any information about who conducted the briefing, what was said, where it was conducted, etc.
On Sunday, The New York Times wrote that members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were briefed on the book, leaving many wondering who exactly was briefed.
“Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which includes Mr. Paul and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have been briefed on the book’s findings, and its contents have already made their way into several of the Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns,” the NYT wrote.
ABC News reached out to all of the senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and only Corker and Paul confirmed they were briefed. Five Republicans and five Democrats on the committee said they did not receive a briefing.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, one of Hillary Clinton’s strongest defenders in the Senate, said any briefing “was clearly partisan in nature.”
“Today’s New York Times reported that members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were briefed on the latest anti-Hillary Clinton book. As the longest serving member of the Committee, I was never briefed on the book and I know of no other Democrats on the Committee who were briefed on it,” Boxer said. “So if there was a briefing, it was clearly partisan in nature.”
“This is just another vicious, partisan and unfounded attack on Hillary Clinton,” she added.
ABC News(KEENE, N.H.) -- During her first visit to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton brushed off accusations about the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments, dismissing the reports made in a new book as simply being a "distraction" from the issues of her campaign.
"Well, we're back into the political season and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks and I'm ready for that. I know that that comes unfortunately with the territory," Clinton remarked at the end of a roundtable discussion at a local business in New Hampshire Monday afternoon, when asked by reporters about a new book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
The book, set to be released next month, reportedly asserts that foreign entities have received special favors from her and her husband after donating to the Clinton Foundation or from paying former President Bill Clinton for speeches, particularly during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Many of Clinton’s likely Republican opponents have used the book as a way to attack the Democratic presidential candidate.
“It is, I think, worth noting,” Clinton added, “the Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they’d talk about if I wasn’t in the race. But I am in the race and hopefully we’ll get on to the issues and I look forward to that.”
Clinton’s campaign has also pushed back against the book – calling it a partisan hit job and noting that the book’s author, Peter Schweizer, is a former speechwriter consultant for George W. Bush.
Clinton is in New Hampshire for a two-day swing of the early primary state, where she is expected to continue holding intimate-style events with local business owners, employees and students.
Ahead of her visit, 19 Republican presidential prospects gathered in New Hampshire over the weekend and largely aimed their fire not at each other, but rather at Hillary Clinton. They hit her on a range of issues from her foreign policy, to the Clinton Foundation, to her recent Chipotle run.
"Hillary's going to raise $2.5 billion -- that's a lot of Chipotle, my friends," quipped Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
When asked about the barrage of attacks against her, Clinton hit back, although, unlike her opponents, refrained from calling anyone out by name.
"These issues are in my view distractions from what this campaign should be about, what I'm gonna make this campaign about," Clinton said at Whitney Brothers, a children's furniture manufacturing business. "I'll let other people decide what they want to talk about. I'm gonna talk about what's happening in the lives of people in New Hampshire and across the country."
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama seemed to get a little star-struck on Monday as he honored the Ohio State University Buckeyes for winning the first-ever college football playoff national championship.
After lauding the “character and characters” of the team, the president was working the room and shaking hands when he spotted two famous Buckeyes.
“Hold on a second, Archie Griffin is here!” the president exclaimed when he noticed the former running back and football’s only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the audience.
Obama urged Griffin up on stage to take a photo with him and that’s when the sports-fan-in-chief eyed Cris Carter.
“Wow, Cris Carter!” he said, calling over the Hall of Famer, who looked equally starstuck to be meeting Obama.
The three then posed for a photo, but not before a few members of the team gave Carter an assist, wiping the sweat from his brow and straightening his tie.
TylerFairbank/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Monday declined to deny the allegations that Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment by the administration while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
“I know there's been a lot of accusations made about this, but not a lot of evidence,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. “The president continues to be extraordinarily proud of the work that Secretary Clinton did as the Secretary of State. But for the details of some of those accusations, I'd refer you to Secretary Clinton's campaign.”
“I'm not going to be in a position here where every time somebody raises a spurious claim, that I'm going to be the one sit down here and say that it's not true,” Earnest explained to ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
Earnest noted that the administration and the Clinton Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding before Clinton took the helm of the State Department in 2009, saying it went “above and beyond the ethical guidelines that the federal government previously had in place.”
In New Hampshire on Monday, Clinton also refused to engage on the subject, telling ABC’s Cecilia Vega "we’re back into the political season and therefore we will be subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks and I’m ready for that."
Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Monday said that, if true, the charges against Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian in Iran are “absurd” and should be “immediately dismissed.”
“Jason should be freed immediately, so that he can return home to his family,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing, noting that “we're going to wait until we see some more official announcement from Iranian judicial authorities before we comment further on his case.”
Rezaian, a U.S. citizen born in California, has been under arrest in Iran for nine months. A statement issued by his lawyer in Tehran and provided to the Post on Monday says he has been charged with four crimes, including espionage.
“More generally, let me repeat something that I said before, which is that the ongoing effort to try to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy will not, if it succeeds, resolve the wide range of other concerns we have about Iranian behavior,” Earnest added.
Asked by ABC News' Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl why the administration doesn’t make Rezaian’s release a condition of a final nuclear deal with Iran, Earnest explained: “The effort to build the international community's strong support for a diplomatic resolution, or a diplomatic agreement that would shut down every pathway that Iran has to a nuclear weapon is extraordinarily complicated.”
“That's why you continue to see regular, consistent and pretty forceful statements from the United States that these Americans should be released. While at the same time, we are working with our P-5-plus-1 partners and other countries around the world to compel Iran to sign onto the dotted line and agree to shut down every pathway they have to a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Will the Senate finally confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general?
It all depends on whether Republicans and Democrats are able to resolve their differences on the anti-human trafficking bill.
Over the weekend, senators hinted they have made progress in the trafficking logjam that has held up Lynch's nomination.
It has been over five months since she was nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder -- the longest delay for an attorney general nominee in modern history.
Last week, Jeb Bush advocated for confirming Lynch -- a position that put him at odds with many Republicans in the Senate. His argument: the longer you wait to confirm Lynch, the longer Eric Holder is in office.
ABC/ LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reputation has suffered over the last year, and a new Quinnipiac poll out Monday has the data to prove it.
His approval rating in New Jersey is down to 38 percent, and voters in his home state -- 65 to 29 percent -- say that Christie would not make a good president, according to the poll. That’s the baseline from which Christie is working to rebuild himself toward presidential credibility.
There were flashes of the old Christie -- the blunt style that wins converts -- during his recent trip to New Hampshire. And there are plenty of pro-Christie strategists ready to make the case that others with less magnetism than the New Jersey governor have used New Hampshire to resuscitate campaigns. But it sure was crowded in the Granite State the last few days, with New Hampshire hosting the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit over the weekend.
Christie, of course, has a job to do back in Trenton, New Jersey, too -- even as he awaits indictments in the Bridgegate scandal.
There may yet be a comeback path for the New Jersey governor, but it’s going to take a long while yet to materialize. After all, John McCain didn’t have to compete for attention with a dozen other viable candidates.
Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new book is raising questions about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer, takes a close look at the tens of millions of dollars in donations that the foundation received and highlights the speaking fees that Bill Clinton received while Hillary was secretary of state.
The book, out next month, charges that those donors got favors in return for their contributions.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is clearly worried about this, says ABC News' Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. They are portraying it as a partisan hit job, pointing out that the author is a former Bush speech writer, he says.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- While the Florida mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn last week exposed a security “vulnerability,” House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul said Sunday on This Week that authorities were ready if the aircraft made it closer to the national landmark.
Doug Hughes flew his gyrocopter about 80 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday with the declared intention of carrying out an act of civil disobedience. He landed on the Capitol lawn with letters addressed to all 535 members of Congress calling for campaign finance reform.
Hughes was met by Capitol police officers, who quickly arrested him.
“Had it got any closer to the Capitol, they were prepared to shoot down the aircraft,” McCaul said.
Hughes told reporters Sunday he expected to be stopped along the way to the Capitol, but McCaul said the gyrocopter was missed by radar monitoring the secured airspace.
“I think part of the problem is these small, ultra-light aircraft are very difficult to detect, can fly under the radar as this one did … That is the real threat,” McCaul said. “I think it exposed a vulnerability … that the terrorists, I think, can exploit.”
The Texas Republican also weighed in on an Ohio man who was arrested last week after allegedly training with al Qaeda in Syria and plotting a terror attack in the United States. McCaul said the threat posed by Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamud was a serious one.
“He said something big was going to happen. He was plotting to attack a military installation, possibly in Texas,” McCaul said. “What's most significant about this case -- it's the first foreign fighter case we've seen of an American citizen traveling to Syria, training with al Qaeda, al Nusra, and then returning to the United States under instructions by al Qaeda operatives to conduct a terrorist attack on American soil.”
Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Senator Claire McCaskill, an early endorser of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president in 2016, told ABC's Martha Raddatz on Sunday that Clinton is "the most qualified" person "to be a champion for working families in this country."
McCaskill defended Clinton's record in regards to the email controversy that has embroiled the former secretary of state in recent months. "I think most Americans understand that this has turned into a political exercise," she said, "Benghazi has had more hearings, more documents produced, more investigative effort than the entire Iraq war."
"And at this point," McCaskill argued, "it's pretty clear that she implemented all the recommendations of an independent review, she has answered all of the questions." As for the House Select Committee, which continues to ask Clinton for more answers, the Missouri senator said that "they are really getting into dangerous territory where it becomes blatantly obvious that this is just about politics and not about policy."
McCaskill echoed others, saying that neither she nor Clinton want to see the former secretary of state undergo a coronation ahead of the 2016 election. "Anyone can challenge Hillary Clinton if they would like to," noted McCaskill, "the reason people aren't challenging her is because of her qualifications."
Raddatz also questioned McCaskill's endorsement of Clinton, considering the senator endorsed Barack Obama instead of Clinton in 2008.
"That was a tough choice," McCaskill admitted. "I am glad I don't have that kind of tough choice this time. This is not a hard choice. And I don't think it will be a hard choice for America."
On a weekend where many possible GOP candidates gathered in New Hampshire and took shots at Clinton's campaign, McCaskill cracked a joke at the expense of Marco Rubio, who also announced his candidacy last week.
"The minute Rush Limbaugh criticized him, he folded like a cheap shotgun," McCaskill said about Rubio's stance on immigration reform. "That's old politics. That's not what we need right now. That is the stalest trick in the book."
Hillary Clinton (L) Photo: ABC/ Martin H. Simon -- Martin O'Malley (R) Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a significant lead in Iowa when compared to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a potential opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 -- in at least one platform: Facebook.
Clinton, who announced last week that she’ll again run for the White House, had nearly 90 times the number of Facebook interactions in Iowa compared to O'Malley during a period measured earlier this month. The former Maryland governor is currently considering a bid for the presidency.
According to Facebook, which provided the data to ABC News, the number of interactions from April 8 to April 14 related to Clinton were 268,000, while the number of interactions related to O'Malley were 3,000.
During the that time period, Clinton both announced she’d be seeking the White House and also made her first campaign stop in the Hawkeye state.
Facebook defines “interactions” on the social platform as posts, comments, likes and shares.
According to the Facebook data, 57 percent of the interactions related to Clinton were positive, while 82 percent of the interactions related to O’Malley were positive.
Interactions in Iowa related to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- who has repeatedly said she would not be running for president –- were 15,000, while interactions related to Vice President Joe Biden matched those of O’Malley.
Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Nineteen Republican presidential prospects gathered in New Hampshire this weekend and largely aimed their fire not at each other, but rather at Hillary Clinton, who's declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
Clinton, who plans to arrive Monday in the Granite State for two days of events, was a ripe target for the GOP hopefuls -- a few who have already jumped into 2016 presidential race and others who appear to be getting ready to run.
Here's a look at some of the sharpest attack lines -- and laugh lines -- aimed at Clinton as she prepares to begin her second full week as a presidential candidate:
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:
"Hillary's going to raise $2.5 billion -- that's a lot of Chipotle, my friends."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
"How would I contrast my style with Hillary's? Listen. We're different people of different generations and so you know we're going to approach things in different ways."
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry:
"The orchestrator of these policies that we have seen that I just mentioned will most likely be the Democrat nominee for president. She's the one that literally brought the reset button to the Kremlin, to reestablish those new relationships with Russia. Well they did re-set us -- that's for sure -- they re-set us back to pre-1989 from my perspective."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
"We need to contrast with Secretary Clinton on substance. I think it's a mistake for the Democratic Party to engage in a coronation. I think a primary competition would be better for them, but they don't look to me for advice, so that's O.K."
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:
"I think that her dereliction of duty, her not doing her job, her not providing security for our forces, for our diplomats, should forever preclude her from holding higher office."
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:
"Hillary Clinton must not be president of the United States. I was asked this morning on Fox News whether a woman's hormones prevented her from serving in the Oval Office -- not that we have seen examples ever of a man's judgment being clouded by hormones, including in the Oval Office. Hillary Clinton cannot be president of the United States, but not because she is a woman. Hillary Clinton must not be president of the United States because she does not have a track record of accomplishment, because she lacks the candor and the transparency that are so necessary to leadership and because she will pursue a set of policies that crush the possibilities and the potential of this great nation."
Real estate mogul Donald Trump:
"You can't just sit down with three people that have been vetted and say, 'oh gee it was a wonderful day' and look nice in a brand new suit that looks like it was from central casting. You just can't do that. Eventually she's going to have to answer questions. She's going to have to answer how she did as secretary of state, OK? I mean the world blew up."
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:
"I think it's something out of the North Korean playbook. I mean at the end of the day, the dear leader -- Kim Jong-un -- everybody he meets likes him. I can't believe that this is a listening tour. I mean one -- the only way you can listen to her is chase her car down the interstate. You've got to come and do what we're doing here today: Take questions from real live people. And, at the end of the day, if this is a listening tour then I'm going to get drafted by the NBA."
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee:
"Every time I ever ran for public office. I ran against the Clinton political machine. I ran against their money. I ran against them. Virtually every election Bill and Hillary Clinton would come back and campaign against me. If somebody wants to know what it's like running against their organization and their apparatus, come see me and I'll tell you. I'll show you some scars, because I have a few."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:
"As I was coming up, I was a little bit startled because I could have sworn that I saw Hillary's Scooby Doo van outside. And then I realized it couldn't possibly be that because I'm pretty sure you all don't have any foreign nations paying speakers right? We want something new. We want new leadership to change the page and to turn around. You know the Democratic version of this I'm pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk."