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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(OTTAWA, Canada) -- President Obama indirectly blamed ISIS for Tuesday's terrorist attack in Istanbul, calling the carnage "an indication of how little these vicious organizations have to offer" to society.

“We stand with the people of Turkey and we intend to do what's necessary to make sure that these kinds of terrible events are not happening," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Ottawa, Canada.

Obama also extended his “deepest condolences” to the people of Turkey for what he called a “terrible attack” in Istanbul. The president said he was in touch with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“I had a chance to speak to President Erdogan earlier today to discuss with him not only how heartbroken we have been by the images of the injured and those killed but also to reaffirm our strong commitment to partner with Turkey, with NATO, with the broad-based alliance that we've structured around the world to fight ISIL,” Obama said.

Although ISIS has not claimed responsibility, U.S. lawmakers have indicated the attack mirrors tactics previously executed by the terror group.

“While it is too early to determine who is ultimately responsible, this attack does fit the model previously employed by ISIL,” Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated. “These attacks are tragic reminders that ISIL is not contained and that America and our allies need a comprehensive and decisive strategy to defeat this extremist group.”

The terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport left 41 people dead and 239 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Voting for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean you’re completely on board, according to a new analysis of data from this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll.

With presumptive nominees Trump and Hillary Clinton garnering the lowest favorability ratings of major candidates in recent times, some voters say they are choosing to hold their noses and pull the lever in the ballot boxes.

“Unfortunately, all that’s left is really Trump or Clinton, so I gotta say Trump,” Heath Sandbulte, a 33-year-old veteran of the Iraq war from Pella, Iowa, who participated in the poll, told ABC News. “I don’t like either one of them.”

Indeed, less than half of people who support Trump or Clinton say they are “very comfortable” with the idea of their candidate as president. But the poll shows that a significant block of Trump supporters harbor a unique reluctance and hesitancy, despite their plans to back him.

The poll shows 18 percent of people who say they will vote for Trump say that the real estate mogul is not qualified to be president. One in six Trump supporters (16 percent) admit that Clinton has a better temperament to be president.

When asked specifically about the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed dozens at a gay nightclub, two in 10 Trump backers (19 percent) said Clinton showed better temperament, with another 17 percent unwilling to pick a side.

“If there’s a situation that requires a little more tact, I don’t know that Trump will have it,” Sandbulte said. Clinton’s defections are in the low single digits on these questions.

A sweeping two in three Trump supporters (67 percent) say the GOP presumptive nominee’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s heritage was inappropriate, and almost half of those (30 percent) went so far as to say his comment was racist.

Only a quarter of people who say they will vote for Trump (26 percent) defended the remark as appropriate. Plus, three in 10 supporters of Trump say they disapprove of the way he’s handling questions about Trump University, while less than half -- only 44 percent -- say they approve of his responses.

Clinton backers aren’t afraid to voice qualms with their own candidate either. One in three of them say they disapprove of the way she’s handling questions about her personal e-mail use at the State Department.

Two in 10 people who say they will vote for Clinton (19 percent) say they are “anxious” about the idea of her as president -- but still far fewer than the 35 percent of Trump supporters who say they are “anxious” about Trump as president.

Trump’s comments on the campaign trail have drawn some criticism from leaders on his own side of the aisle, prompting some Republicans to withhold endorsements or avoid attending the GOP convention next month.

But a majority of Trump supporters don’t object to GOP efforts to keep Trump in line. Fifty-five percent say that other Republicans should speak out when they disagree with his views -- not avoid criticizing him.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The decision by a number of well-known Republicans to leave the party because of Donald Trump's ascension to the top of the ticket could be seen as an effort to help rebuild the party, some experts say.

Longtime conservative and political columnist George Will said he recently changed his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated.

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who is Republican and served under President George W. Bush, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post why a Trump presidency is bad for the country, declaring that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall.

And Brent Scowcroft, who was the national security adviser to Republican Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, put out a statement supporting Clinton and her "wisdom and experience." He did not mention Trump by name.

The "Never Trump" movement gathered steam during the primaries and there are still elected officials who say they support the idea. The recent announcements by party elders could also represent a rebuke of Trump's campaign.

Hans Noel, an associate professor at Georgetown University, said longtime party members "don’t think [Trump] is going to win, so they don’t need to back him."

Regarding Will and Paulson, "Their careers are winding down. So they just care about their legacy. They are jumping on the bandwagon now because Trump’s poor performance is making it relevant," Noel noted.

Noel said these developments within the GOP mean that the party "is thinking ahead to life after Trump. And I think if Trump loses big, then the rebuilding task is easier."

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said many Republicans view the November election as a lose-lose proposition.

"If Hillary wins, they and the nation loses," Campbell said. "In the unlikely event that Trump wins, the nation loses and the party is saddled with Trump into the future."

Zorine Bhappu Shirley, who served as regional finance director for the Republican National Committee in the 1980s and the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the 1990s, said discontent among Republicans has been growing in recent years.

"Over the years, we have become a bigger government party - higher taxes, bailouts, and corruption - all these things that run contrary to what I believe a Republican believes in," Shirley told ABC News.

I don't know if we continue in that direction, if we can heal this and unify the party," she said.

That said, she is still supporting Trump's bid for the White House.

"I feel as if I have more faith that Trump will do what is right knowing that Hillary will do everything that I am against," Shirley said.

Campbell warns that if Trump and his policies end up being viewed as the Republican establishment, that could be a "recipe for political failure."

"I think it is not too early to start the recriminations for the Trump fiasco. The establishment ignored the Tea Party by ramming through McCain and Romney and now the Tea Party folks are openly at war with their own party's establishment," he explained.

"Someone has to figure out a way to bring the party together. I am not convinced that leaving the party is a productive route to doing this," he said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to television advertising, Hillary Clinton is blowing Donald Trump out of the water.

Clinton and her allies have outspent Trump forces by more than $20 million in June on television advertising, according to an ABC News analysis of CMAG/Kantar Media data.

For every $1 that Trump and his allies spent on television in June, Clinton and her allies spent $12. The presumptive Democratic nominee and her main super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds, doled out about $23 million during the month of June.

Almost nine in every 10 dollars spent on television in June were spent boosting Clinton’s campaign. Six in 10 dollars came from Priorities USA Action, the Clinton-backing super PAC, with another quarter of spending coming from Clinton’s campaign itself.

Trump’s campaign, meanwhile, has spent no money on television advertising, while unofficial super PACs backing his bid spent less than $2 million.

The lack of advertising spending isn’t a change in strategy for the real estate mogul -- his bare-bones primary campaign relied heavily on dominating news coverage, but spending little money on advertising or staff.

But this means Clinton’s ground game has a monumental head start moving into the general election. Her campaign and her main super PAC have almost $100 million the bank -- more than 20 times as much as Trump and his allies. And according to campaign finance records, Clinton has nearly 10 times as many staff on her campaign’s payroll: 684 vs. 70.

The Sanders campaign and environmentally-focused super PAC NextGen Climate also each spent money leading up to the California primary during the first week of June.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its 800-page report Tuesday on the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead, wrapping up its two-year, $7 million investigation.

The report did not challenge the main conclusions of previous investigations, and includes new findings about the events around the attacks and their aftermath in Libya and Washington, culled from more than 80 new interviews and thousands of pages of documents.

Here’s a look at the report’s big takeaways:


The new report, like others before it, did not find any new evidence of wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials, though it was critical of the response from officials following the attack.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has faced criticism that his panel has targeted Clinton because of her presidential run, insisted Tuesday that the report “has never been about one person.”

“Democrats want to make this about one person. That's never been our intention,” he told reporters.

Two Republicans on the committee -- Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio -- released their own analysis of the report that more directly faults Clinton and her leadership, accusing her and top Obama administration officials of putting politics before policy and endangering the lives of Americans.

“My job is to report facts,” Gowdy said of the majority’s report.

One of the panel’s most revealing discoveries was Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department, a revelation that has dogged her presidential campaign and prompted an FBI investigation.


The report describes the bureaucratic confusion following the attack, detailing how assets sent to Libya did not leave for hours after orders were given by the secretary of Defense -- and how one unit was forced to change in and out of uniforms four times as officials debated protocol.

The report also claims that the Libyans who evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport were former Moammar Gadhafi loyalists who had served the former leader the year before -- and not members of the militias the CIA had cultivated relationships with.

The investigation also described details of a high-level meeting at the White House on the evening of the attack. Separately, emails from senior Clinton aides at the State Department also indicated that Clinton was preparing a trip to Libya in October of 2012.

The report, citing interviews with administration officials, also describes administration deliberations before and after Susan Rice, the national security adviser and former United Nations ambassador, appeared on five Sunday shows to represent the White House following the attacks. Rice was later criticized for claiming that they grew out of protests of an anti-Muslim YouTube video.


Previous investigations into the Benghazi attacks found that U.S. forces in Europe would not have been able to reach Benghazi in time to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died. The new report doesn’t challenge that conclusion, even as it adds details to administration decision-making and mobilization.

“Nothing could've reached Benghazi because nothing was ever headed to Benghazi,” Gowdy said Tuesday. “At the time that those two Americans were killed, not a single wheel on a single US military asset had even turned toward Libya.”


Republicans say the administration “severely tested” Congress’ oversight by resisting requests for documents and witnesses from the committee, and that “serial delays” delayed the release of their report, leaving unanswered questions.

The committee even considered beginning procedures to hold Secretary of State John Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan in contempt of Congress for the delays, according to the report, which recommends changes to House and Senate rules to force the administration to be more responsive to future requests from Congress.


The report also includes seven pages of recommendations based off of the attacks and the administration response, including closer coordination between agencies for emergency planning, and joint training exercises.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver predicted on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday that Hillary Clinton will win the general election against Donald Trump.

Clinton has a 79 percent chance of winning the election, compared to Trump's 20 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast.

Chances of winning the election according to @FiveThirtyEight and @NateSilver538:
Clinton - 79%
Trump - 20%

— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 29, 2016

"We're at halftime of the election right now," Silver said. "She's taking a seven-point, maybe a ten-point lead into half time. There's a lot of football left to be played. She's ahead in almost every poll, every swing state, every national poll."

Silver said "both candidates have a lot of room to grow," but historically the only candidate to blow a lead like the one Clinton holds now was former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988.

"Trump has never been ahead of Clinton in the general election campaign," Silver said. "He did a great job of appealing to the 40 percent of the GOP he had to win the election, the primary -- a lot different than winning 51 percent of 100 percent."

Silver called 49 out of 50 states correctly in the 2008 election and got all 50 states correct in the 2012 election.

FiveThirtyEight launches its general election forecast later Wednesday here.

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ABC News (ST. CLARKSVILLE, Ohio) — In an effort to narrow in on economics and hammer Hillary Clinton on trade, Donald Trump got graphic on Thursday in describing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country. That’s what it is too,” he said at a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

“It’s a harsh word. It's a rape of our country. This is done by wealthy people that want to take advantage of us, and that want to sign another partnership. So Hillary Clinton not so long ago said this is the gold standard of trade pacts,” he went on.

He also blamed the loss of jobs in Ohio on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and reminded voters that Clinton was "married to the man that signed NAFTA."

“It was signed by Bill Clinton, and I assume Hillary was there watching over him,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Trump laid out a seven-point plan to “Make America Wealthy Again."

Reading from a teleprompter, he claimed the country was robbed by the financial elite of which he “used to be” a part of.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump's backers expressed a range of opinions over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tweak in his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., according to phone interviews with participants in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Some criticized Trump’s bowing to political pressure, while others praised what they called a pragmatic move that could strengthen his hand in the general election.

Trump in recent weeks appears to have moderated his original policy, which called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," to a ban on immigration from "terrorist countries."

Melvin Hicks, a retired 79-year-old mechanical engineer and a Trump backer from Lakeland, Florida, supported the candidate's original pledge in December to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., and expressed disappointment over the shift.

"I would have rather he stayed with his stronger position," he said. "He's getting a lot of pressure and I think he's wilted a little bit there."

Other Trump voters see the apparent shift as pragmatic. “I think he's probably getting pressure from the government people,” said auto body shop owner Roger Crouse, 60, of Winona Lake, Indiana. “I think he's just trying to win -- you’ve got to win more people.”

Trump supporter Margie Burns, 50, a secretary and Virginia resident, told ABC News that she accepts Trump’s shift “if it helps get him into office.”

One Trump supporter who said that the candidate's original approach to Muslim immigration amounted to “reintroducing prejudices” told ABC News he now supports the tweaked version.

“Any country that especially has a lot of support for terrorism, we should be careful of anyway,” said Heath Sandbulte, 33, of Pella, Iowa who is a veteran of the Iraq War and works as an assembler in a factory.

Michigander Carly Rasper, 18, a college student who works as a summer deli cook, is still debating whether to vote for Trump.

“I think that he is a bit extreme, but also at the same time extreme measures need to be taken,” Rasper said. She supports Trump’s shift because it is “not assuming that everyone is a terrorist, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

The Trump campaign has denied that Trump is rolling back his proposed Muslim ban. Former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum echoed this sentiment, telling ABC News, “Does it make sense to focus on all of the countries where most of them come from? Yes, it does. I don't think that it's a backing away from the policy.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has maintained and even increased his favorability numbers among white Protestant Republican voters in the past few weeks, a recent Gallup poll shows.

The numbers stand in stark contrast to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll showing his loss of support in the past few weeks among several other key voting blocs, including Hispanics and African-Americans.

The Gallup poll found that Trump’s favorability among “highly religious” white Protestant Republicans increased to 66 percent this month from 57 percent in the window between February and the end of May. The 9-point gain is reflective of attitudes among evangelical Republicans, according to Gallup.

“Highly religious white Protestant Republicans, a core group whose support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought last week, are slightly more positive about Trump now than they were from February to May,” Gallup said.

Fifty-four percent of white Protestant Republicans identify as highly religious, according to Gallup.

The poll reflects positively on Trump’s efforts to reach out to evangelical voters, as evidenced by his recent speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington. The slight increase in support for Trump comes after Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to drop out of the race in May. Cruz had performed well among evangelical voters.

Gallup points out, however, that when factoring in race and partisanship, “religiosity doesn’t make much of a difference in views of Trump.”

Trump polls relatively well among all white Protestant Republicans. Trump’s favorability increased three points among “moderately religious” white Protestant Republicans, to 73 percent from 70 percent in the same period of time, while remaining mostly steady among “not religious” white Protestant Republicans.

Sixty-five percent of Republicans who identified in the Gallup poll this month as “not religious” white Protestants view Trump favorably, which is not a statistically significant difference from the 64 percent of the “not religious” white Protestant Republicans who viewed him favorably between February and May.

While support among highly religious white Protestant Republicans increased, the Gallup poll also shows that support among white Protestant Republicans overall has remained steady and relatively close in number among people claiming varying degrees of religiosity.

Given the relatively small difference in favorability among highly religious white Protestant Republicans, when compared to “moderately religious” and “not religious” white Protestant Republicans, Gallup concludes, “it's not clear whether Trump will ever generate the type of differentially strong appeal among evangelicals as was the case for Cruz.”

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Following the release of the House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee’s final report, Hillary Clinton brushed off the document, saying it was nothing new and that it was “time to move on.”

“I'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on,” Clinton told reporters while campaigning in Denver, Colorado.

“I said this when I testified for 11 hours that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating,” Clinton said. “We owe it to those brave Americans to make sure we learn the right lessons from this tragedy.”

Clinton also seemed to suggest that the Benghazi committee spent millions of taxpayers' money for nothing and that the report “took on partisan tinge.”

The report says U.S. State Department officials, including presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton, should’ve been on alert because there was intelligence leading up to the attacks suggesting the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi were not safe. The 2012 Libya terror attacks killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, the Clinton campaign slammed the Benghazi Select Committee for releasing parts of the report overnight and argued committee Republicans are “finishing their work in the same, partisan way that we've seen from them since the beginning.”

“In leaking out select portions from their report in the middle of the night, without even allowing some of the committee's own members to see it, the Republican members are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredited, conspiracy theories,” Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said in the statement.

"After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations,” the statement from the Clinton campaign read.

The statement went on to say that the report is an attempted takedown of Clinton ahead of the general election, pointing to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s comments on Fox News and a former staffer’s claims that he was fired from the Benghazi committee for refusing to focus solely on Clinton.

“This Committee's chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign,” the statement read.

During a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, fought back accusations that the report was partisan, arguing that the Republicans’ report mentions Clinton far less than the Democrats' report released yesterday. The Republicans’ report came to no new conclusions from previous investigations about Clinton’s wrongdoing in the Benghazi attack.

“My audience are fair-minded Americans who want to know what happened to their fellow citizens and they can draw their own conclusion,” Rep. Gowdy said Tuesday in a press conference on Capitol Hill, adding, “If you can read this report and you believe on the last page of the report that it is about one person instead of about four people, then there is nothing I can say that is going to diffuse you of that.”

The RNC released a statement following the press conference, saying, “Hillary Clinton was in charge, knew the risks and did nothing. Together the report’s findings make clear we cannot afford to let Hillary Clinton be our next commander-in-chief.”

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hit Clinton on Twitter Tuesday, saying Benghazi was "just another Hillary Clinton failure."


Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure. It just
never seems to work the way it's supposed to with Clinton.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016


Less than a week ago, Trump also tweeted that Clinton lies to Benghazi families.


If you want to know about Hillary Clinton's honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016


Trump has also praised Chairman Gowdy as a “seasoned prosecutor” when Gowdy was first appointed to lead the committee, but then later criticized Gowdy in 2015 on Twitter after he endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president.


I hope @TGowdySC does better for Rubio than he did at the #Benghazi hearings, which were a total disaster for Republicans & America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2015


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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The two presumptive presidential nominees weighed in on the terrorist attack at the main international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, that claimed the lives of at least 36 people and injured 147 more.

Speaking at a campaign event in St. Clairsville, Ohio, GOP candidate Donald Trump began his remarks by addressing the attack.

"There is something going on that’s really, really bad,” Trump said. “Alright, it’s bad. And we better get smart. And we better get tough. Or we are not going to have much of a country left.”

Trump added, “We have to take care of the ISIS situation. And I’ll tell you, they are spreading, they are spreading like wildfire. ISIS is spreading, ISIS is getting our youth, getting people from various countries, many countries, they use the internet better than we do. They are converting people to join ISIS. And you know why? Because these young impressionable people they see what’s going on, and they see the way ISIS is treating us, and they say, ‘Wow isn’t that wonderful, that’s who I want to be with.’ We have to do things where they don’t feel so good about themselves anymore, folks."

Before his speech Trump tweeted about keeping terrorism outside U.S. borders:

We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016

In a statement Tuesday, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton declared that “all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.”

“Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world,” Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. “And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- It’s less than three weeks away from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the GOP convention committee is giving a preview of its set design.

Jeff Larson, the CEO for the 2016 National Convention, said the committee has been working “great” with the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign on a “daily basis, sometimes an hourly basis, working with them putting together pieces of the program.”

”It’s been a great working relationship with the campaign and putting together the pieces that we’re going to have just a stunning convention,” Larson said Tuesday at a news conference held on the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena.

Construction on the stage began on June 18, a month ahead of the convention, however Larson said over the next two days the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers will change dramatically.

The biggest change will be the installation of 636 LED panels, that make up the giant screen. According to the Committee on Arrangements, 856 seats will be removed from the arena to make room for the stage. The committee is also reserve 125,000 balloons and 1,000 pounds of confetti for the convention.

30 suites in @TheQArena will be converted - many will become TV studios! #RNCinCLE

— GOP Convention (@GOPconvention) June 28, 2016

2,472 seats will be added to the Convention floor for delegates. #RNCinCLE

— GOP Convention (@GOPconvention) June 28, 2016

“The stage design is an important element of the convention," Larson said. "It is where Mr Trump will speak and he will deliver his address and his vision to the world -- his vision of how he’s going to make America great again.”

It’s also the same stage where the vice presidential nominee will deliver his or her speech.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Penn.) -- Donald Trump announced a twist on his campaign slogan during an economic speech in Pennsylvania, saying that he has a plan to "Make America Wealthy Again" and claiming that the country was robbed by the "financial elite" of which he "used to be" part.

"The legacy of Pennsylvania steelworkers lives in the bridges, railways and skyscrapers that make up our great American landscape. But our workers' loyalty was repaid you know it better than anybody with betrayal," Trump said during the speech, at an aluminum plant.

"Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization - moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas," he added.

Trump repeatedly said under his presidency he would order "American steel" to be used to reinforce bridges and build "skyscrapers soaring, soaring into the sky."

At one point during the speech he added that aluminum would also be used in addition to steel. The comment -- where he said "And aluminum!" -- was not in the prepared version of his speech that was released before delivery.

While standing in front of an unusual backdrop of what appeared to be stacked bales of crushed aluminum, Trump slammed globalization and said that it made "the financial elite" very wealthy, noting that "I used to be one of them. Hate to say it."

He went on to criticize NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, and the work of Bill Clinton's administration as well as Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State, accusing her of standing "idly" by "while China cheated on its currency, added another trillion dollars to our trade deficits, and stole hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property."

"I've been talking about China for years but they didn’t listen, but they’re listening now," Trump said.

Trump outlined seven steps he would take to help bring back American jobs lost to globalization, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, renegotiating the terms of NAFTA, order the Secretary of Commerce to identify trade agreement abuses and "direct all appropriate agencies to use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses."

He later revisited the issue of China, singling them out as a country that he would want labeled as a currency manipulator and he would use tariffs and taxes to stop any further violations from happening.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Americans overwhelmingly support barring gun purchases by individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list — an initiative that has thus far failed in Congress. And Hillary Clinton has moved ahead of Donald Trump in trust to handle terrorism, boosted by her response to the Orlando attack.

Eighty-six percent of respondents in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday favored a ban on gun purchases by those on the watch list. The survey also found an increase in support for an assault weapons ban, to 51 percent, even as most Americans were in favor of encouraging more people to carry guns legally for self-defense. With broad worries about other lone-wolf attacks, most favored increased surveillance of suspected terrorists, even if that intrudes on privacy rights.

See PDF for full results and charts.

Mirroring her rebound in the race for the White House, Clinton led Trump, 50 percent to 39 percent, in trust to handle terrorism in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. That’s similar to the gap in March, after a more closely divided view last month.

Trust to Handle Terrorism

This reflected Clinton’s superior marks for her response to the shooting in Orlando. More respondents thought she did a better job than Trump in responding to the attack overall (46 percent to 28 percent) and showed better temperament in her response (59 percent to 25 percent). More said Clinton gave them confidence that she could handle a similar incident as president (53 percent to 34 percent). She also prevailed, albeit more narrowly, in having better proposals for preventing attacks (44 percent to 35 percent).

Clinton vs. Trump on Orlando

Clinton’s biggest gains in overall trust to handle terrorism came among some key groups, including those who preferred Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, white men and white Catholics, as well as among Democrats in general. Trump lost ground in most of these groups, as well as (slightly) among men overall, those without a college degree and liberals.

Anxiety was substantial; 86 percent of those polled said they were concerned about other lone-wolf attacks, including a majority, 53 percent, who were very concerned. There was continued skepticism that the government can prevent these incidents; two-thirds of respondents said they had little or no such confidence. That was down 10 percentage points from its level after the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, but is still high.

Fifty percent of respondents approved of the way President Barack Obama has handled the threat of terrorism, versus 45 percent who disapproved — the best he has done on this issue since January 2014. That accompanies a more general improvement in his approval rating this month.

Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks


Support varied for policy proposals to address the issue. Most divisive was the idea of nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons (51 percent support, 48 percent oppose), with most on both sides feeling strongly about their position. That said, support for an assault weapons ban was up 6 points from its more-than-20-year low in December — the sole ABC/Post survey to date to find majority opposition to an assault weapons ban.

Support for Measures post-Orlando

The biggest increases in support were among Northeasterners (up 12 points, to 65 percent), middle- to upper-income adults (up 12 points, to 49 percent), Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (up 11 points, to 69 percent), moderates (up 11 points, to 57 percent) and nonwhites (up 10 points, to 59 percent). There was a 20-point increase among strong conservatives, to 35 percent support overall.

In sharp contrast with views on assault weapons, there was wide agreement on trying to keep guns out of the hands of those on the FBI’s list of people with possible connections to terrorism. The 86 percent support for this proposal is similar to the level of support in past ABC/Post polls for expanded background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online.

Additionally, 72 percent supported increasing surveillance of people suspected of links to terrorism, even if it intrudes on privacy rights. That followed a historical pattern of willingness to forgo privacy for safety when it comes to countering the threat of terrorism.

In another result, more respondents supported than opposed encouraging more people to carry guns legally for use in self-defense, 54 to 42 percent. Not surprisingly, 76 percent of those who opposed an assault weapons ban supported more people legally carrying guns, while 61 percent of those who backed a ban opposed encouraging carrying guns for self-defense.


Trump proposed temporarily barring Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the United States. In exit polls, majorities of Republican primary voters supported this idea. By contrast, among all Americans, 52 percent opposed temporarily barring Muslims, and 43 percent supported it.

At the same time, more respondents agreed than disagreed with GOP criticism of Obama for his unwillingness to use the term “radical Islam.” Forty-eight percent said they thought “leaders should say terror attacks are caused by radical Islam because this accurately identifies the cause,” while 40 percent said “leaders should not use the phrase radical Islam because it lends legitimacy to terrorists by falsely suggesting that their actions are supported by Islamic teachings.”

Support for using the term “radical Islam” peaked among Republicans and strong conservatives; it was also high among men, whites, older adults and those who are better off financially. Support for temporarily barring non-U.S. Muslims also peaked among Republicans and strong conservatives, especially among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents who favored Trump for the nomination. Seventy-eight percent in this group favored a ban, versus 55 percent of Republican-leaning respondents who preferred someone else for the party’s nomination.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone June 20 to 23, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York City, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York City. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest adjustment in Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslims' entering the United States comes in relation to which Muslims would be affected.

Some kind of ban on Muslims has been the centerpiece of Trump's presidential campaign, but his description of it has changed since he introduced the concept in December.

It started as a temporary "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Now it would be limited to a ban focusing on "terrorist" countries.

But his aides have repeatedly denied that this represents a shift in policy.

Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson rejects the notion that Trump targeted all Muslims from the beginning, even though he did. And the new language was just a matter of "adding specifics to clarify his position," she said during a Monday appearance on CNN.

"There's been no change. Mr. Trump still wants to stop individuals from coming into their country who cannot be vetted," Pierson said.

When it comes to specifics, however, several key details about the supposed clarifications remain to be seen. The Trump campaign has not responded to ABC News' repeated requests to explain how he would determine the "terrorist" countries.

During a trip to Scotland to visit one of his golf courses last week, Trump said it "wouldn't bother me" if Muslims from Scotland went to the United States.

His son Eric Trump weighed in during an appearance on Fox News on Monday, saying he thinks the biggest difference is that someone from Scotland who is Muslim could be more easily vetted than those from other countries.

Eric Trump went on to say that the problem with letting in Muslims from places like Syria is that "they don't have files or documents." Such a clarification had never been made by a Trump associate about the proposed ban before this week.

Donald Trump previously said there would be some exceptions to the ban. He told The Washington Post in December that foreign leaders and athletes headed to the United States for competitions would be exempt.

He also said during a Wisconsin town hall in March that his "very rich" Muslim friends wouldn't have a problem getting into the United States.

"They'll come in," he said. "And you'll have exceptions."

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