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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama opened negotiations with world leaders in Paris this week on a worldwide pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change, Republicans in Congress continue to challenge the administration’s climate agenda.

The House is set to vote Tuesday on two measures to repeal Environmental Protection Agency power plant regulations, a centerpiece of Obama’s climate agenda that the Senate voted to repeal earlier this month. The House is also set to vote later this week on an energy infrastructure reform bill.

Republicans say their efforts are reining in administration regulations, though all three measures are likely to face vetoes from the president and are unlikely to become law.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, said Tuesday the EPA rules the House is schedule to vote on, which set new limits on future carbon emissions, “stifle job creation,” which the White House disputes.

Republicans have also threatened to undermine the United States’ participation in a climate accord by withholding funding for global climate initiatives and threatening to oppose any proposal that could be sent to Congress for ratification.

“I don’t think that’s the best use of our money,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, told reporters Monday.

A New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday found that two-thirds of Americans support the United States joining a binding international deal to address climate change. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, disputed on Tuesday that congressional Republicans were out of step with the American public.

“I don’t think we’re out of step with public opinion wanting jobs, wanting economic growth,” Ryan said. “When you weigh the costs and benefits against these so-called legally binding obligations, they don’t add up.”

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- Speaking from inside the historic church where the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized, Hillary Clinton renewed her calls on Tuesday for criminal justice reform, gun control, and “more love and kindness” during remarks at an event to honor the 60th anniversary of the demonstration.

“Those of us who serve in politics, or want to lead our country, have a special responsibility to bring Americans together, not pull us apart,” Clinton said from the pulpit of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, A.L. where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once served as pastor, "And it may be unusual hearing a presidential candidate saying we need more love and kindness, but that’s exactly what we need right now."

Clinton invoked a sermon Dr. King gave at this church the first night of the bus boycott. "Justice is really love in calculation,” he said, "Justice is really love correcting that which works against love. Standing beside love is always justice."

Reiterating her calls for criminal justice reform and gun control, she added: "It’s time to change our approach and end the era of mass incarceration. And we must do more to address the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our country. I consider this a national emergency."

On Dec. 1 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was ignited after Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to on a bus to a white person. The boycott lasted through December 1956, when city was ultimately ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to integrate its bus system.

The Tuesday event, hosted by the National Bar Association, commemorated the 60th anniversary of the boycott and focused on the role lawyers played in it and the civil rights movement.

Fred Gray, the legendary civil rights lawyer who represented Rosa Parks during the boycott, was also in attendance on Tuesday, as well as Benjamin Crump, the president of the National Bar Association, who has represented the families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

Bernice King, Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter, delivered the benediction.

The event ended with the churchgoers -- including Clinton -- holding hands and singing "We Shall Overcome."

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ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- As the socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders attracts lots of unique fans. But not all of them have a Bernie Bus.

For months, Martin Buckley has been riding “the 101” -- a powder-blue bus decked out in American flags, Bernie Sanders signs and Christmas tree branches -- up and down the East Coast in support of his favorite candidate.

“It’s a 1992 handicapped children’s bus from Ohio,” he said while giving ABC News a tour. The bus runs entirely on vegetable oil, which “smells like vanilla cake when it first starts up.”

As Sanders supporters chanted outside the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Sunday, Buckley ticked off items he had brought on board: a funeral organ, a 40-gallon water tank hidden inside a London steamer trunk, a counter acting as "Constitution Cafe," doors to act as bunk beds, and solar panels on the roof, which doubles as a stage for demonstrations.

Oh, and a 9-year-old rooster.

“This is my co-pilot, Mr. Clucky,” Buckley said, taking his feathered friend out of its cage behind the driver’s seat. “He loves to ride his bicycle.”

He said that’s how they met -- while riding around Miami Beach, Buckley found the rooster wounded in the street. He quickly found that Mr. Clucky enjoyed riding with him on his bike, and they started doing regular public appearances together.

“He’s done a lot of TV -- National Geographic, Animal Planet,” he said. “He’s a pretty famous little rooster.”

The two plan to attend more Bernie Sanders events, even through the cold New Hampshire winter.

“I paid a hundred bucks for the wood stove,” he said. “It was toasty in here [last night]. I had to keep some windows open. You put some logs in there, it warms it up pretty good.”

That hundred dollars, he added, was the only money he spent on the bus’s elaborate interior, in which he has spent up to three months at a time.

“Everything in this bus has been found,” he said, including his trusty co-pilot.

As the crowds continued to chant outside, Mr. Clucky broke through with an ear-piercing crow.

“He woke me up at four in the morning,” Buckley said sheepishly, putting a hand to his forehead.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the second time, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton invoked the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 as a way to defend herself against critics who say Clinton has become too cozy with Wall Street.

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on CBS, Clinton argued that the critics who say she's too close to Wall Street haven't hurt her image or her judgment in running for president.

"I have stood for a lot of regulation on big banks and on the financial services sector," Clinton said. "I also represented New York and represented everybody from the dairy farmers you know to the fishermen. Everybody. And so, yes, do I know people and did I, you know, help rebuild after 9/11? Yes, I did."

CBS' Charlie Rose also asked Clinton if she took money from Wall Street donors.

Clinton responded: "That has nothing to do with my positions. Anybody that thinks they can influence me on that ground doesn't know me very well."

Clinton first mentioned the 9/11 attacks on New York to defend herself against Wall Street ties during the second Democratic debate.

"I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is," Clinton said last month. "I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild."

The former New York senator said her effort helping Wall Street "rebuild" was "good for New York" and "good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."

Martin O'Malley's deputy campaign manager, Lis Smith, rebuked Clinton's comment during the Democrat debate and again on Twitter Tuesday.

My word, @HillaryClinton again exploits 9/11 to defend her status as Wall Street's favored candidate

— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) December 1, 2015

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his second major jab at Donald Trump in 24 hours, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed the Republican front-runner for his apparent mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a muscular disability.

"He shouldn't be making fun of people's disabilities. It's just not worthy of someone running for president of the United States,” Christie said Tuesday on CNN.

Trump has denied that he was mocking Kovaleski’s illness, insisting that he doesn’t know him and was unaware of his condition, and that he would never make fun of someone with a disability. Kovaleski has rebutted Trump’s claim that he doesn’t know who he is, saying he was on a first-name basis with the real estate mogul when he covered him for the New York Daily News in the 1980s.

The latest Christie remark comes after he publically admonished Trump on Monday for his claim that thousands of Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey, saying it simply didn’t happen. Christie had previously stopped short of shooting down Trump’s claim outright.

“It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since,” Christie told reporters at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Monday.

Trump came under fire last week after appearing to imitate Kovaleski’s muscular disorder during a speech in South Carolina.

Kovaleski wrote a story for the Washington Post a week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that referred to allegations of "tailgate-style parties on rooftops" in New Jersey after the World Trade Center towers fell.

Trump has pointed to Kovaleski's story as evidence that his claim that "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the World Trade Center’s collapse. But Kovaleski has since said he never heard about "thousands or even hundreds" of people celebrating and that he doesn’t recall the allegations of isolated celebrations ever being confirmed.

Trump has since accused Kovaleski of trying to retract his story and continues to insist that he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks on TV in New Jersey.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. would establish a special operations "targeting force" in Iraq as part of the intensified military effort to fight ISIS.

The special operations force would conduct raids, could free hostages held by ISIS, gather intelligence and capture ISIS leaders in both Iraq and Syria.

It is part of the broader role for U.S. special operations forces that Carter said would occur in the wake of the raid in September where U.S. special operations forces helped free 70 ISIS hostages in northern Iraq. That same raid resulted in the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, the first American fatality from combat in Iraq since the return of U.S. forces to that country in mid-2014.

Carter said the force would "also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations into Syria." Over the past year, U.S. special operations forces have already conducted two targeted raids into Syria.

The force's operations in Syria would be separate from the scheduled deployment of up to 50 special operations forces that will soon be deployed to northeastern Syria. In October, the Pentagon announced that it would send up to 50 special operations forces there to work with the Syrian Arab Coalition, a force of 5,000 Arab rebels that has been fighting ISIS.

Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that "we're deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIL."

"These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders," said Carter.

He said their operations in Iraq would create "a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, and more momentum."

Carter said the special operations task force had been established with the cooperation of the Iraqi government.

"The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the ISF's (Iraqi Security Forces) own capacity," he said.

In an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee in October, Carter had included "raids" as one of the "Three R's" that would guide the intensified effort against ISIS. The other two R's described putting military pressure on Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital in Syria, and Ramadi, the western Iraqi city seized by ISIS earlier this year.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton "cannot conceive" of any possible situation that would require U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, she said on CBS This Morning.

"I don't think it's the smartest way to go after ISIS," Clinton said on Tuesday. "I think it gives ISIS a new recruitment tool if we get back into the fight."

"We're not putting American combat troops back into Syria or Iraq. We are not going to do that," she told show co-host Charlie Rose.

It should be a "non-starter" because it wouldn't do anything to further the defeat of ISIS, she added.

Clinton's position is similar to that of President Obama, who has sent U.S. Special Forces but is resistant to deploying combat troops.

GOP candidate Jeb Bush, who is calling for more troops on the ground, tweeted his response shortly after the Clinton interview aired:

Hillary Clinton limiting ISIS attack options shows she’ll continue Obama’s containment. I have plan to defeat them.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 1, 2015

Clinton also emphasized the need to cooperate with the Russians, who are proponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and were recently victimized by ISIS when a bomb was planted on a Russian-bound plane from Sharm el Sheikh, killing 224 people.

Although she called for a no-fly zone over Syria, Clinton said the Russians would need to be informed, even if they aren’t participating. “I want them at the table,” she added.

Clinton also emphasized that the focus should be on defeating ISIS rather than Assad, noting that she doesn't think the latter is attainable.

"Right now we're not going to see a military defeat of Assad,” she said. “It's not going to happen.”

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ABC/Randy Sager(WASHINGTON) -- Chris Christie will not rule out waterboarding as a method of acquiring intelligence because he doesn’t believe it’s a form of torture, the New Jersey governor said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday.

“We need to do whatever we need to do to get actionable intelligence within the Constitution,” Christie said.

Christie said he doesn’t believe waterboarding constitutes torture because it was conducted in 2002-03 under U.S. Department of Justice guidance that the action was “lawful and constitutional.”

But the United Nations says waterboarding qualifies as a form of torture. It was used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks to interrogate several suspected terrorists, but President Obama banned it in 2009.

Christie faulted Obama and Hillary Clinton for second-guessing the practice.

Waterboarding entails placing a cloth over someone’s head and pouring water over the cloth to simulate drowning. It is generally used in an effort to obtain information or intelligence from the person in question.

GOP candidate Donald Trump has outwardly called for using waterboarding as a form of interrogation, saying on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos last month that he would “absolutely” reinstate it as a form of interrogation.

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ABC News(BETTENDORF, Iowa) — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz took a question about women's access to birth control and turned it into an attack against Democrats Monday, saying at an Iowa town that they've manufactured a war on women and falsely painted conservatives as the "condom police."

"Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. Look, when I was in college, we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in and voila. So, yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it’s an utter made-up nonsense issue,” Cruz said at a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The Republican senator from Texas used humor to explain his stance, subtly referencing his own use of family planning.

"Now, listen, I have been a conservative my entire life,” Cruz said. “I have never met anybody, any conservative, who wants to ban contraceptives. As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I’m very glad we don’t have 17.”

While Cruz, 44, expressed his support for access to birth control, he reiterated his opposition to abortion and attacked Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her pro-abortion rights beliefs.

"Hillary Clinton embraces abortion on demand in all circumstances up until the moment of birth, partial birth abortion with taxpayer funding with no notification for parents in any circumstances," Cruz said.

Cruz said Clinton can't base her candidacy on the economy, Obamacare or foreign policy, so she and the Democrats have created a false narrative about Republicans opposing birth control to scare voters.

"So what do you do, you go, ‘Ah ha, the condom police. I’m going to make up a completely made-up threat and try to scare a bunch of folks who are not paying a lot of attention into thinking someone’s going to steal their birth control. What nonsense," Cruz said.

Shortly after answering the question, Cruz was also asked about Planned Parenthood and how he would get rid of the organization. He made no reference to the Friday shooting in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood facility, but renewed his pledge that he would instruct the Department of Justice to investigate the health care provider on his first day in the White House.

"On these videos, you see senior officials of Planned Parenthood callously, heartlessly laughing, sipping chardonnay and selling the body parts of unborn children and you should just ask are those my values. Is that what I stand for?" Cruz said, citing a series of recent anti-Planned Parenthood videos.

Cruz has previously called the Colorado Springs shooting "horrific" and "unacceptable." He rebutted those who've claimed the criticism of Planned Parenthood by Republican presidential candidates could have inspired the shooting.

"Well, I think there has been some vicious rhetoric on the left. Blaming those who are pro-life. I’ll tell you I am proud to be unambiguously pro-life, to support protecting every human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, I think every human life is a gift from God,” Cruz said in Newton, Iowa, Sunday.

“This murder that occurred in Colorado is tragic. It is a criminal act, we don’t fully know the motivations of this deranged individual.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One by one on Monday night, 13 female Democratic senators took the stage inside the packed ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. to raise money and announce their support for Hillary Clinton.

But it was the person missing from the group who stood out most.

Elizabeth Warren, the progressive lawmaker from Massachusetts, was the only female Democratic senator who wasn't at the endorsement event and fundraiser for Clinton's presidential campaign.

Warren, who many thought would run for president herself, has so far declined to back anyone in the primary. She is also one of only six Democratic senators who has not endorsed Clinton.

Clinton's campaign said it invited the 13 female senators who have endorsed Clinton to attend tonight's event, but would not say whether or not they invited Warren. They also would not comment about Warren's absence.

"We're honored to have 13 women Senators coming together to endorse and support Hillary Clinton," Clinton spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement, "This is a sign of the broad support Clinton is receiving from women across the country who know she'll fight for us."

Warren's senate office declined to comment.

Last year, all of the female Democratic senators -- including Warren -- signed a secret letter to Clinton encouraging her to run for president. Warren later clarified that while she supports Clinton running, she had not endorsed her.

"You know, all of the women -- Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate -- urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does," Warren told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last year when asked if she would back Clinton.

"Hillary is terrific," she replied when asked again.

Many of the other senators who signed that letter were at the event tonight, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Heidi Heitkamp, Mazie Hirono, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen and Debbie Stabenow.

No one, however, made any mention of Warren's absence during the program. "I'm not sure why she wasn't," Mikulski said coyly, "Maybe she has a cold."

The fundraiser tonight, which was held just blocks from Capitol Hill, was only the second of Clinton's fundraisers to be open to the press. More than 1,000 people attended and tickets ranged from $250-$2,700, according to the campaign.

Clinton, who spoke following remarks from each of the Senators, spoke broadly on a range of issues such as equal pay, paid leave, marriage equality, climate change, the economy and terrorism.

She also offered her thanks and praise of her former colleagues.

"They have so much courage and smarts, the combination of grit and grace," Clinton, a former senator, said pointing to the women standing on stage behind her, "It was the honor and privilege of my life to serve with them."

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Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul Ryan's got a new job -- and a new look.

The newly minted House speaker was sporting facial hair after the week-long Thanksgiving recess.

Ryan's facial hair -- his staff have taken to calling it the "#BeardoftheHouse" on social media -- has earned praise from the facial hair community.

"It’s a pretty shrewd political move," said Adam Paul Causgrove of the American Mustache Institute. "It’s a bold step, he’s going out there to show the rugged manliness that he wants to define his speakership."

"When we look at the current crop of presidential candidates, we’ll go another session without a mustached POTUS since President Taft," he added.


Hey @USHouseHistory, when was the last time a Speaker of the House sported a beard?

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 30, 2015

.@SpeakerRyan It’s been a while (Gillett & Cannon before him).

— U.S. House History (@USHouseHistory) November 30, 2015


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- If you missed your chance to splurge on Black Friday or simply chose to skip the lines – don’t fret, because the 2016 presidential candidates have got you (political junkies) covered this Cyber Monday.

To kick off the holiday season, presidential hopefuls are offering their loyal supporters an array of products, offering everything from 'I hate tea (parties)' mugs for the Dems to ugly Christmas sweaters from some of the Republican candidates.

This ‘CyberCruz’ day, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is introducing an ugly Christmas sweater to his campaign apparel collection.


Today only: save 20% on your purchase at -- order now and RT to spread the word!

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 30, 2015


Dr. Ben Carson’s supporters can also stay warm in the ‘Ben Carson for President’ ugly Christmas sweater.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more.


Free shipping on orders of $75 or more at the 2016 shop! #CyberMonday

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 30, 2015


Ohio Gov. John Kasich is enticing his supporters with 25-percent off t-shirts and a free bumper sticker with each order.


Don't miss today's #CyberMonday sale! Use the code: KASICH2016 for 25% off t-shirts! Visit:

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 30, 2015


Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio seem to have the same idea, both offering a sale that extended through the weekend.


Hoodies, koozies, camo hats & more — it’s all still 20% off! Show you’re on our team with our official campaign gear

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 28, 2015



New hats, mugs, scarves and more. The All-Weekend Cyber Monday Sale is still going on:

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 29, 2015


Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley took to Twitter Friday, to encourage his supporters to shop for 'cool gear.'


Shopping today? Check out for some cool gear.

— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 27, 2015


And while the Cyber Monday deals end when the clock strikes midnight, for those hoping to get their hands on campaign merchandise from presidential candidates who didn’t get in on the action – below are the links to each of their shops.

Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders

Rand Paul

Mike Huckabee

Rick Santorum

As for candidates Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore, ABC News was unable to locate online stores for their campaigns.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) -- New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said, "It didn't happen" when it comes to Trump's claim that "thousands" of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey following Sept. 11 attacks.

The latest comments come after Christie was criticized last week for not condemning Trump's claim, saying at the time that he did not remember any Muslims celebrating in his state.

“It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since,” Christie told reporters on Monday at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

"I do not remember that,” Christie emphasized. “It’s not something that’s part of my recollection. I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but there could be things I forget too, but I don’t remember that.”

On Monday, Christie explained that he was not trying to “hedge” anything when he said he didn’t recall specifics. The candidate also reminded reporters that the day of the attacks, his primary focus was on determining the safety his wife and brother, who were both in lower Manhattan at the time of the attacks.

“I said I didn’t remember it, it wasn’t me trying to hedge anything, it was me telling the truth, and I said I think even that day if it had happened I’m pretty sure I’d remember it,” Christie said.

Asked by a reporter if Trump’s comments should disqualify him from being president, Christie said the decision about a candidate’s qualifications should be left to the voters.

“The only thing that disqualifies anyone from being president is not getting enough votes or not being a us citizen or 35, other than that, nothing disqualifies you," Christie said. “I'm not going to get into all that stuff … the American people should decide what this should be."

Following a meeting at Trump Tower with several African American church pastors, Trump told ABC News' Tom Llamas that Christie should be "careful with what he says."

"He didn't say that the other day. He was very weak the other day," Trump said Monday in response to Christie's comments. "He said it like, well, he doesn't know. And now I guess he feels a little bit emboldened. He must be careful with what he says."

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Cal(WASHINGTON) -- It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- especially for Congressional spending hawks.

Sen. James Lankford introduced his “Federal Fumbles” list, a compilation of 100 government projects that Lankford says are “prime examples of wasteful spending.”

It also happens to call out one presidential hopeful: real estate magnate Donald Trump, whose new hotel project in Washington, D.C., housed in the Old Post Office Building, is the recipient of a tax credit for historic structures to the tune of $40 million.

“While the lucky guests of this palatial hotel will be awestruck by its glitz and glamour, taxpayers are unlikely to be amused that they helped foot the bill through a $40 million tax credit thanks to the National Historic Tax Credit,” Lankford wrote.

Here’s a look at a few other spending items that made the list:

Thousands Researching Seniors’ Romancing

The dating waters can be rough -- but just how do older adults navigate them? That’s a question the University of Texas at Austin is seeking to answer, and has received almost $375,000 in National Science Foundation funds over three years to find out. The study’s researchers maintain their purpose is practical, and serious: as Americans begin to live longer, research about how that affects their interpersonal relationships becomes harder to find.

“Longer life expectancies and high divorce rates have contributed to a new social reality in which older adults (i.e., age 60 ) increasingly find themselves unpartnered and searching for companionship. ... Results from this study will be informative for improving happiness and health throughout the lifespan.”

Shakespeare, Only Without the Words

Lankford’s list singles out a Northern Virginia theater that has received almost $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts over the past four years: the Synetic Theater in Arlington, which frequently stages wordless adaptations of William Shakespeare plays.

“William Shakespeare was lauded for many things: his meter, his verse, his complicated characters. Generations of families have come together to enjoy productions of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. ... But was Polonius right in Hamlet when he said, ‘Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice’? Lankford asks in his “Fumbles” list. But the Synetic Theater says it’s only spent $35,000 in federal funds on silent Shakespeare performances in its 15-year history. And the theater also defended the art form. “Our angle is different but still valuable as we use traditional physical techniques that are at the root of all theatre,” the theater’s marketing manager Alysa Turner said in an email to ABC News.

Latest Pentagon Target: A Bird?

The Department of Defense issued a $283,500 grant to the study of a tiny breed of bird, the California Gnatcatcher, “to determine use throughout each vegetation alliance,” according to a description of the project on -- although the total money the program would actually use was far less than the dollars allocated. The first question Lankford asks about this study is why the Department of Defense is spending money to research this bird, while there is a perfectly valid federal agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that could be better suited to it, assuming the California gnatcatcher is not a national security threat?

“DOD should be in the business of defense, not nature conservancy,” the report says. A representative for the gnatcatcher research program could not immediately be reached by ABC News.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders chose to undergo an outpatient hernia repair surgery at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday, according to a statement from his Senate office.

Campaign staff told ABC News that the 74-year-old Vermont senator was not feeling well this past weekend in New Hampshire, and on Sunday the Senator elected not to come by a rally with supporters in Manchester ahead of the state Democratic party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner there.

Michael Briggs, a spokesperson for the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign, told ABC News that he does not think the procedure will impact Sanders's campaign schedule and that the senator is still planning to travel back to New Hampshire for more events this weekend.

"Sanders has maintained a grueling campaign schedule with coast-to-coast travel since announcing his presidential bid last May," Briggs said. "He faithfully travels back to Washington, D.C., for his Senate duties as well. He has been asked several times on the trail about his age and the toll of a presidential race and often answers that he has so far been blessed with good health."

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