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White House doesn’t rule out potential commutation for Hunter Biden

Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Wednesday declined to rule out a presidential commutation for Hunter Biden following his conviction earlier this week on federal gun charges.When asked specifically by a reporter on Air Force One as President Joe Biden traveled to the G7 summit in Italy -- about whether a commutation of Hunter Biden's eventual sentence was on the table -- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she hadn't spoken to the president about the matter since Tuesday's verdict."As we all know, the sentencing hasn't even been scheduled yet," Jean-Pierre said. "I don't have anything beyond what the president said," she answered, referring to his comment to ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir in an   ... Read More

ACLU files federal complaint against new Biden asylum rule

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Texas Civil Rights Project and other civil rights organizations have filed a federal complaint challenging a recent executive order from President Joe Biden, which limits access to asylum.On Tuesday, June 4, Biden issued a proclamation that restricts access to asylum for migrants who cross into the United States in between ports of entry. Under a new interim rule, the administration can bar asylum access when migrant encounters at the border reach a seven-day average of 2,500 or more. The rule is lifted two weeks after encounters drop to less than 1,500 for a week straight.Two Texas-based civil rights organizations, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and Refugee and Immigrant Center   ... Read More

House Republicans vote to hold Garland in contempt over Biden interview audio

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans on Wednesday afternoon passed a resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur on his handling of classified documents.The final vote was 216 to 207. Rep. David Joyce of Ohio was the only Republican who voted against the contempt resolution.Speaker Mike Johnson called the outcome "a significant step in maintaining the integrity of our oversight processes and responsibilities.""It is up to Congress ‚Äď not the Executive Branch ‚Äď to determine what materials it needs to conduct its own investigations, and there are consequences for refusing to comply with lawful Congressional subpoenas," Johnson said in a   ... Read More

Marianne Williamson signals the end of her 2024 bid now that presidential primaries have ended

Marianne Williamson signals the end of her 2024 bid now that presidential primaries have endedDrew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Marianne Williamson, an author and speaker who was President Joe Biden's final Democratic opponent, said earlier this week that she is no longer a candidate for the party's nomination now that 2024 presidential primaries have ended.The presidential primary cycle concluded on Saturday with voters from Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands casting some of the last ballots. Williamson was on the ballot in most states and territories this election cycle, notwithstanding a brief suspension of her candidacy in February before shortly jumping back into the race.She did not earn any Democratic delegates, but acted as an alternative for voters opposed to Biden in some places where "uncommitted" or write-in options were not available."Now that the primaries   ... Read More

Biden, Zelenskyy to sign US-Ukraine security agreement at G7 summit

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will sign a bilateral security agreement at the G7 summit Thursday that will pledge long-term defense and security cooperation."We want to demonstrate that the U.S. supports the people of Ukraine, that we stand with them, and that we'll continue to help address their security needs, not just tomorrow but out into the future," national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force on his way to the G7 summit site of Bari, Italy. "We'll be sending Russia a signal of our resolve."A U.S. official tells me this is an "executive agreement," which means a future president could withdraw from it.The possibility of a second Donald Trump presidency   ... Read More

At G7, Biden to push $50B loan to Ukraine using frozen Russian assets

President Joe Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine during the G7 Summit, Sunday, May 21, 2023, at the Grand Prince Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden's key priority at the G7 summit in Italy this week is to solidify an agreement that could provide some $50 billion to Ukraine using profits from frozen Russian assets, according to a source familiar with the matter.The U.S. argues this is a solution to relieve Ukraine‚Äôs desperate battlefield situation using Russian funds instead of taxpayer dollars. Ukraine‚Äôs President Volodymyr Zelensky will attend the summit to personally drive home the urgency.Biden is also expected to meet with Zelensky this week   ... Read More

Hunter Biden conviction likely to have muted impact on election: Experts

First lady Jill Biden, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, joined by his wife Melissa Cohen Biden, leave the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building on June 11, 2024 in Wilmington, Del. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Hunter Biden's conviction Tuesday on three felony charges marks a historic moment -- the first time a sitting president's child has been found guilty of felonies. The verdict's impact on the presidential race, however, may not match that moment.Operatives in both parties predicted that the conviction would do little to move the needle in an election featuring two universally known candidates whose own poll numbers have refused to budge more than a few points even in light of historic developments surrounding President Joe Biden   ... Read More

Former US diplomat warns Biden policy on Israel is putting America at risk

U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- For years, Hala Rharrit was a career veteran diplomat who took pride talking about American values such as human rights and freedom of the press.Now, she's the first U.S. diplomat to resign her post in protest of Biden administration policies toward Israel and the war in Gaza.In an interview with ABC News this week, Rharrit said she believes the steady stream of U.S. bombs and other weapons sent to Israel with few conditions is putting America's national security at risk as the Arab world grows more volatile -- and hostile to U.S. interests -- than ever."None of this is helping Israel," Rharrit said of Israel's ongoing war in Gaza. And the policy of shipping military aid   ... Read More

Trump-endorsed Nancy Mace projected to win South Carolina GOP primary

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the second time in as many years, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) has defeated a fierce primary challenge in South Carolina‚Äôs 1st congressional district.With 27% of the vote reporting as of 8:40 p.m ET., the Associated Press projects Mace will win South Carolina‚Äôs first district with an outright majority of more than 57%.During a speech in the Charleston area, Mace emphatically thanked Trump for his support in this race while vaguely referring to her controversial reputation.‚ÄúPresident Trump, South Carolina will have your back in November. Thank you all for standing by me and sticking with me, and many of you for sticking up for me,‚ÄĚ Mace said during her celebration speech.The result is a stunning victory   ... Read More

Justice Alito, in secretly recorded audio, apparently agrees nation needs to return to place of ‘godliness’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts had no comment Tuesday after a woman posing as a conservative Catholic allegedly secretly recorded them at a black-tie event last week.Lauren Windsor -- seeking out the justices at the Supreme Court Historical Society's annual gala -- apparently attempted to engage them in the nation's culture wars.At one point, the liberal filmmaker started a conversation with Justice Alito, a well-known staunch conservative on the court.She posted what appears to be edited audio of that exchange on X, detailed in an account first published by Rolling Stone.ABC News has not authenticated the audio.In one exchange, Windsor poses a leading question to Alito, suggesting that there can be   ... Read More

Biden touts administration’s gun control record, again pushes for assault weapons ban

Ian Maule/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden joined gun control activists Tuesday in pushing forward more initiatives to combat gun violence and trumpeted his administration's stricter gun laws.Biden's prescheduled remarks at the advocacy group Everytown's Gun Safety University conference in Washington, D.C., came hours after his son Hunter was convicted on three felony counts in his federal gun trial in Delaware.The president did not mention his son or the case during his remarks Tuesday afternoon."Look, folks, you've helped power a movement that is turning this cause into reality," Biden said. "Especially young people who demanded our nation do better and protect us all, who protested, who organized, who voted, who ran for office and yes, who marched for their lives.   ... Read More

AP African American studies dropped in South Carolina, prompting criticism

Getty Images - STOCK(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina's Department of Education has decided to eliminate Advanced Placement African American Studies in its high schools, saying districts can choose to offer it instead as a locally approved honors course without college credit.The move has been criticized by free speech and civil rights groups including the NAACP and ACLU South Carolina."All students deserve access to a high-quality, inclusive, and accurate education with curricula and school instruction that reflects the experiences and perspectives of allcommunities," read a letter to the state superintendent from several organizations including the NAACP, the Legal Defense Fund, the Charleston Jewish Federation and others.South Carolina is the third state to restrict the AP class, following in the footsteps of   ... Read More

Judge blocks Florida’s transgender youth care ban for minors

Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A federal judge has called Florida policies restricting gender-affirming care for minors and adults "unconstitutional," blocking the state's policies from being enforced."Transgender opponents are of course free to hold their beliefs," Judge Robert L. Hinkle said in the 105-page decision on Florida's SB 254 and similar Boards of Medicine rules. "But they are not free to discriminate against transgender individuals just for being transgender."Hinkle wrote in his decision Tuesday, that bans on puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors "even when medically appropriate" for treatment of "gender dysphoria" is "unconstitutional."The lawsuit did not challenge the state's prohibition on surgery for minors and the decision does not address it, Hinkle wrote.Hinkle also blocked parts of the   ... Read More

DOJ says no contacts between senior officials and Manhattan DA Bragg about Trump case

Thinkstock/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An extensive search of Justice Department records uncovered no contacts between senior DOJ officials and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office relating to their state prosecution of former President Donald Trump, a top department official informed House Republicans in a letter Tuesday."The Department does not generally make extensive efforts to rebut conspiratorial speculation, including to avoid the risk of lending it credibility," assistant attorney general Carlos Uriarte said in the letter to the House Judiciary Committee. "However, consistent with the Attorney General‚Äôs commitment to transparency, the Department has taken extraordinary steps to confirm what was already clear: there is no basis for these false claims."Since Trump's conviction in the Manhattan DA's case last month, House Republicans have   ... Read More

Judge Aileen Cannon rejects Trump’s bid to dismiss counts in classified documents indictment

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign rally at Sunset Park on June 09, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Federal Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing former President Donald Trump's classified documents case, has just denied one of a series of defense motions to dismiss many of the counts against him, according to a new order issued late Monday afternoon.Cannon did, however, agree to strike one paragraph from the indictment, though it's not linked to any particular charge in the indictment.In her order, Cannon expressed agreement with Trump's team that "much of the language" in Special Counsel Jack Smith's speaking indictment of Trump and his two co-defendants "is legally unnecessary."She further points to "the   ... Read More

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