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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Appearing in the same city and at the same event as Jeb Bush on Friday, Hillary Clinton took aim at the candidate who could be her future Republican presidential rival in the state where he lives and governed for eight years.

Without mentioning Bush by name, Clinton sunk her teeth into a phrase that has become synonymous with the Bush campaign.

“I don’t think you can credibly say that everybody has a right to rise and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare,” Clinton said at a gathering of the National Urban League, referring to the name of Bush’s Super PAC, as well as a line he often uses in his campaign speech, “Right to Rise.”

“They can’t rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on. They can’t rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education. And you cannot seriously talk about the right to rise, and support laws that deny the right to vote,” she continued.

Bush, who delivered remarks to members of the non-partisan civil rights group shortly after Clinton, did not offer a direct response to her. But his campaign did.

“These are just more false, cheap political shots to distract from the fact that Secretary Clinton has no record of accomplishment to run on this race,” spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said in a statement. “The Urban League deserved better today.”

Later Friday, Clinton plans to deliver a speech in Miami meant to tweak Bush and other Republicans. She will call for a lifting of a full-scale end to the U.S. embargo with Cuba.

“The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and keep pressure on the regime," Clinton said in her speech. "Today I am calling on Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell to step up and answer the pleas of the Cuban people.”

Bush is opposed to the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

“It’s insulting to many residents of Miami for Hillary Clinton to come here to endorse a retreat in the struggle for democracy in Cuba,” Bush said in a statement. “This city has become a home and a refuge to thousands and thousands of Castro’s victims. Secretary Clinton’s call to abandon the embargo -- and the principles of democracy and freedom for the Cuban people -- in exchange for nothing in return from the regime in Havana adds insult to the pain they and their families feel.”

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YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed the short term Highway Reauthorization Act, which will provide $8 billion in federal funding for highway and infrastructure repairs until October 29.  While he said the three month funding is a “good thing,” the president said Congress needs to stop its patchwork funding for transportation projects.

“That’s a good thing because if this wasn’t in front of me and ready for signature, we would end up having projects all across the country that would close,” the president said in the Oval Office. “I want to make sure that before I sign this, Congress gets a clear message – we should not be leaving all the business of the U.S. government until the last minute.”

“We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants, three months on a time. It’s not just how the greatest country on earth should be doing its business,” he later added.

The president noted that Congress is going on its August recess with major issues left undone – like the budget and the Export-Import Bank – and urged them to work on a plan over their recess and come back with a “spirit of compromise.”

“Congress has had all year to do a budget and yet Congress is leaving on vacation without the budget done and when they get back they’re going to have about 2 weeks in order to do the people’s business,” he said.

“Although I wish Congress well during the next six weeks, they probably deserve some time with their families and to refuel a little bit,” he said before adding he hopes they come back with a plan to “sit down and negotiate a budget.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Friday?

Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

  • In Tinley Park, Illinois the Black Conservative R.I.S.E Initiative Conference will feature retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also called the “All Lives Matter Conference,” it is a conservative gathering of African American anti-abortion activists.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have a packed day in Iowa with stops across the state.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich is in New Hampshire.
  • Donald Trump remains off the trail in Scotland with no event scheduled.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Friday is the deadline for super PACs to file campaign-finance disclosures covering the first half of the year.

By midnight, we should have a solid tally of who's up and who's down in the money race, judged by campaign and super PAC fundraising combined.

The campaigns disclosed their numbers two weeks ago, and some of the super PACs have already leaked their totals, but Friday's Federal Election Commission filings will supply much fuller context on the money race.

Plus, we'll get to see who the biggest donors are at this point in the 2016 race -- one that figures to shatter previous records for election spending.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Hillary Clinton e-mail saga continues.

The State Department will release the next batch of Clinton’s e-mails from her tenure as secretary of state on Friday.

The last batch revealed little in the way of hard news but some interesting bits of flavor from her daily life as secretary.

The release is part of a federal court-ordered rollout that will make 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails available on the department’s website by Jan. 29, 2016.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A boiling standoff between Republican leaders in the House and Senate is settling.

In a 65-34 vote, the Senate on Thursday passed a long-term, $350 billion highway funding bill that would last six years. The move now sets up discussions with the House over the future course of transportation funding.

"The House has now indicated as a result of our passing a multi-year bill, they intend to do it in early September and we'll go to conference. And the goal of the conference obviously will be to get a result," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote.

The House began its summer recess on Thursday; senators will begin theirs next Friday.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Hillary Clinton will deliver a speech in Miami on Friday, calling on Congress to end the trade embargo with Cuba.

Given that Republicans have forcefully criticized President Obama's rapprochement, this will draw some bright lines between Clinton and GOP rivals in a major general election state with a big Cuban-American population that also happens to be Jeb Bush's and Marco Rubio's backyard.

According to excerpts of her speech, the former secretary of state will say, "The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all. We should replace it with a smarter approach that empowers the Cuban private sector, Cuban civil society, and the Cuban-American community to spur progress and keep pressure on the regime."

"Today I am calling on Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell to step up and answer the pleas of the Cuban people," Clinton plans to say. "By large majorities, they want a closer relationship with America. They want to buy our goods, read our books, surf our web, and learn from our people. They want to bring their country into the 21st century. That is the road toward democracy and dignity. We should walk it together."

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Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images(KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine) -- Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted on Thursday thanking those who sent him get-well messages following his fall earlier this month.

Bush tweeted a smiling photo in which he gives two thumbs up, captioned "who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed? Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages." In the photo, Bush can be seen wearing a neck brace.

The 41st president has gone skydiving multiple times, including on his 90th birthday.

Bush fell at his Kennebunkport summer home on July 15.

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Protesters place stuffed animals on the sign of Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental Clinic to call attention to the alleged poaching of Cecil the lion on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- The petition calling for the extradition of Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who recently admitted to killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, has surpassed 100,000 signatures, meaning the White House will have to respond to the petition.

“We urge the Secretary of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch to fully cooperate with the Zimbabwe authorities and to extradite Walter Palmer promptly at the Zimbabwe government's request,” the petition reads.

The petition was started on July 28 and currently has over 140,000 signatures.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the petition has “reached the threshold” that would warrant a response but did not offer a time frame. He did note that decisions about prosecution and extradition are made at the DOJ.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which has offered assistance to Zimbabwe in its investigation, has asked Palmer to contact them "immediately."

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of 'Cecil the lion,'" the agency told ABC News in a statement Thursday. "At this point in time, however, multiple efforts to contact Dr. Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful. We ask that Dr. Palmer or his representative contact us immediately."

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David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Cell phones, chainsaws and "cancer": Some Republican candidates are pulling out all the stops in an effort to make the cut for the first presidential debate just one week from Thursday.

Fox News says that the top 10 candidates in an average of the five most recent national polls will get into the debate. The other seven will be left to a separate forum in the afternoon.

While Donald Trump has been dominating headlines in the last month, candidates near the bottom of the 17-person Republican presidential field have had limited media exposure and struggled to win over voters.

But that hasn’t stopped them from trying to draw media attention — and taking extreme measures in the next seven days to attract the cameras and headlines.

Rand Paul

While Rand Paul isn’t on the cusp of missing out on the debate, the Kentucky senator is trying to claw his way into the top tier and recover the potential front runner status he had earlier in the race. Paul raised eyebrows with a new video, showing the presidential contender using a chainsaw to cut up the federal tax code. “How would you kill the tax code?” the video asks as an electric guitar riffs on the national anthem.

Rick Perry

The former Texas governor, right on the cusp of being invited to the first debate, has been trying to use Trump to get into the headlines in the last several days, calling him a “cancer on conservatism” and a “toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.”

According to an ABC News analysis, Rick Perry is currently in 11th place in an average of five national polls, missing the final debate podium by just six-tenths of a percentage point.

Carly Fiorina

Currently registering at less than 1 percent support in an ABC analysis of five recent national polls, the former HP executive faces an uphill climb to reach the first debate. But Fiorina, the only woman in the GOP field, turned to Buzzfeed to help her get her message out. The video, titled “If Men Were Treated Like Women In The Office,” features Fiorina asking male coworkers about baking and work-life balance.

Lindsey Graham

The South Carolina senator comes in next-to-last in an ABC analysis of five recent national polls, but he rocketed into the headlines after Donald Trump released his phone number on national television. In response, Graham dropped his phone off a building, burned it, hit it with a golf club and hacked it with a meat cleaver.

Graham also has been campaigning with fellow Republican Sen. John McCain after Trump questioned whether the former POW was a war hero. Graham says using national polls to determine debate participation is unfair because it preempts the role of early states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

John Kasich

Kasich is one of the newest candidates to the 2016 field, but he’s already making a move into the top 10. He just announced his presidential campaign last week — but the timing may work to his advantage. He registered at 5 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning, which leaves him hanging on by a thread to the final debate podium, according to an ABC News analysis of five recent national polls.

Bobby Jindal

Jindal’s campaign manager pleaded his candidate’s case for the debates on Periscope last week, pointing out Jindal’s climbing favorability numbers in Iowa polls. Still, Jindal sits at just 1.4 percent support in our ABC News analysis — keeping him off the stage in a tie for 12th place.

Chris Christie

Chris Christie’s “telling it like it is” brand is struggling to compete with the loud, headline-grabbing comments of Donald Trump. The New Jersey governor vented some of his frustration at the polls earlier this month, when a Monmouth University poll placed him in a tie for ninth place with just 2 percent support. “The Monmouth University poll was created just to aggravate me,” Christie said, according to Politico.

Ben Carson

It isn’t likely that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has to worry about missing the first debate, but that isn’t stopping him from sharing some of his operating tips. The Republican presidential contender shared his tips for the game Operation — in which a player must carefully remove objects from the patient’s body. “I think Obamacare probably would require a large deductible,” he says at the end of the video.

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Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice Inspector General says that the FBI has failed in the face of growing cyber threats.

An audit released on Thursday found that while the FBI has made progress in implementing the Next Gen Cyber Initiative, it has experience failures in attracting external participants to its task forces, that it did not hire more than one-third of the computer scientists that it was authorized to bring in, and that five FBI field offices did not have a computer scientist assigned to their Cyber Task Force.

In the wake of hacks against the Office of Personnel Management and Sony, the FBI has attempted to use the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force to "coordinate, integrate and share information related to domestic cyber threat investigations."

The DOJ Inspector General called on the FBI to measure timeliness of the information sharing, work harder to hire computer scientists, continue developing new strategies for recruiting, hiring and retaining cyber professionals and ensure changes to the Cyber Division are strongly communicated.

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner loves golf — just not when it's with the President of the United States.

"The president has suggested, 'Hey, do you think it would be too much trouble to play golf again?' I have to look at him and say, 'Yes,'" Boehner, R-Ohio, said in an interview with the Golf Channel, scheduled to air Monday morning.

Boehner, who held a "golf summit" with Obama in 2011 during budget negotiations, said media scrutiny makes it difficult to enjoy 18 holes with the president.

"Everybody gets bent out of shape, worried about what we’re up to, when all we’re about to do is play golf," he added.

The president has said that Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden are among his favorite golf partners.

Obama usually golfs with a small circle of friends and administration officials at Andrews Air Force Base, but spent a recent Sunday with three House Democrats — Reps. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and Joe Courtney of Connecticut.

While observers wondered whether Obama lobbied the Democrats on the recently-completed Iran deal, Perlmutter said the outing was the fulfillment of a request he made to golf with Obama in 2013, and that the group talked "very little shop."

"It was a lot of fun," he recalled. "We had a blast."

Boehner said he'd never give up golf for the Oval Office.

"You've got to either have a very special calling or be an egomaniac to want to do this," he said. "On top of that, I smoke cigarettes, I drink red wine, I play golf, I cut my own grass and I wash and iron my own shirts. I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States."

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND) — Where Donald Trump goes, America's political campaign follows.

On an unofficial trip to Turnberry, Scotland, Donald Trump told reporters his sole focus was running for president. "Three months ago I would have said business is more important, but now I'm more a politician, although I hate the word," Trump said.

Turnberry is the location of one of Trump's most lucrative golf courses, where the women's British Open of golf is taking place this week.

Only a week before the first Republican debate in which he is taking part, the outspoken candidate said his only plan was to "show up."

"I am who I am, I'm not a debater," Trump said, before adding he was a "big job builder who gets things done." "Maybe I'll do terribly, maybe I'll do great."

Regarding his earlier comments on Mexicans and illegal immigration, Trump did not show any sign of regret and said he was confident he would win the Hispanic vote.

"I'm not known as a politically correct person, and for a good reason," Trump said.

Asked about how he would deal with foreign powers, Trump said he believed he was a great diplomat, and would get on well with Russia and China.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — His words may be controversial, but Donald Trump is holding strong among the Republican candidates. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning shows Donald Trump continuing to hold a commanding lead in the GOP field.

According to Quinnipiac, “Trump's 20 percent is the largest tally for a Republican contender in any national poll by the independent Quinnipiac University. Behind Trump are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 10 percent.

No other Republican tops 6 percent and 12 percent are undecided."

Fox News, which is hosting the first presidential debate one week from Thursday, says it will choose the top 10 candidates from the five most recent national polls, and middle-of-the-pack candidates are jockeying for the final spots on the debate stage.

[See the full poll results here.]

According to Thursday's poll, 30 percent of Republican voters say they would definitely not support Trump — the largest share of any GOP candidate.

"They love him and they hate him. Donald Trump triumphs on the stump so far, but do voters really want him? Maybe not so much," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The first Republican presidential debate is just one week away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.

With the addition of a new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning, an updated ABC News analysis of five recent national polls shows that John Kasich has ousted Rick Perry for the 10th and final podium at the debate -- at least for now. Donald Trump, meanwhile, has solidified his lead over the GOP pack.

We expect a few more national polls to come out in the next seven days -- and we will watch as GOP candidates jockey for every last percentage point they can earn.

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race that will create a stark division between candidates who are in the running and candidates who have minimal support.

Who's In

According to an ABC News analysis of five recent major national polls on July 30, eight candidates can likely already book their tickets to the debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Who's Out

Another three candidates are almost certainly going to miss the mark. Carly Fiorina, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and newly-announced Jim Gilmore have less than 1 percent support. The seven candidates who don’t make the debate will instead participate in a one-hour forum during the afternoon before the debate.

Who's on the Bubble:

But that leaves five candidates who are on the bubble: less than 1 percentage point separates the three candidates between ninth place and 11th place.

Chris Christie and John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy last week, currently hold the last two spots on the debate stage. Rick Perry, who had been in 10th place until Thursday morning, would miss the debate stage by just six-tenths of a percentage point. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are close behind, but still watching from home on Aug. 6. These numbers will move slightly with each new poll that comes out in the next week.

FULL STANDINGS (as of July 30 at 6 a.m.):

1. Trump – 19 percent

2. Bush – 13 percent

3. Walker – 12 percent

4. Rubio – 6 percent

5. Paul – 6 percent

6. Huckabee – 5 percent

T7. Carson – 5 percent

T7. Cruz – 5 percent

9. Christie – 3.2 percent

10. Kasich – 2.8 percent

11. Perry - 2.2 percent

T12.Santorum – 1.4 percent

T12.Jindal – 1.4 percent

14. Fiorina – 0.8 percent

15. Pataki – 0.6 percent

16. Graham – 0.4 percent

17. Gilmore - 0.0 percent (only two of five polls)

This analysis includes five recent polls: Quinnipiac on 7/30; CNN/ORC on July 26; ABC/Post on July 20, Fox News on July 17; and USA Today/Suffolk University on July 14.

What We Don't Know

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Fox News says that it gets to decide which national polls it will recognize, saying only that they “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

But there’s more. Will it try to get more precise numbers from polling companies or just use the whole number reported? There’s a big difference between 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, but both round to 4 percent. Will Fox News round averages to the nearest whole number? To the nearest tenth of a percent? What qualifies as a tie?

What About Ties?

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

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