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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has been talking about his immigration plans for weeks and now he's teasing a "major speech" he'll be giving on the topic this week.

Not much is known about his plans for the immigration speech besides what he posted on Twitter Sunday night.

I will be making a major speech on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION on Wednesday in the GREAT State of Arizona. Big crowds, looking for a larger venue.

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

The speech comes after Trump and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway gave differing statements about his plans during several appearances last week.

Conway stepped further back from Trump's earlier suggestions of a deportation force during a television appearance this weekend, saying that he "is not talking about a deportation force." That contrasts with what he said earlier in the campaign.

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said that given the back-and-forth of late, the main goal of Trump's address on Wednesday should be clarity.

"He's been all over the map and on every different place on this," Dowd said.

Trump should be trying to "convince people that it's his set policy and that's where he's going to stay," Dowd added.

Trump's recent waverings on immigration indicated that he may be softening on some of his harder stances, which could be an effort to try and win over more moderate Republicans, according to Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel.

"These are the voters that [Jeb] Bush and [Marco] Rubio and others were appealing to during the nomination. Many of them seem uncomfortable voting for a candidate whose immigration policy is so aggressive. It’s not even so much Latino voters as white Republicans who don’t want to be hostile to Latinos," Noel told ABC News.

"Trump’s goal is to hold onto his core while not alienating the rest of his party. That’s hard. If it were easy, immigration policy wouldn’t be so complicated in the first place," he said.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Huma Abedin announced Monday that she is separating from her husband Anthony Weiner.

The announcement comes in the wake of the latest allegations of the former congressman sending lewd messages to a woman online which were revealed by The New York Post Sunday night.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin said in a statement released Monday.

Abedin, who is one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, married Weiner in 2010 when he was a Democratic congressman representing a district in Queens, New York. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding.

In May 2011, Weiner resigned from Congress a month after the release of an explicit photo of him that he had inadvertently posted on his Twitter account. At the time, Abedin was pregnant with the couple's first child.

The couple's son Jordan was born in December 2011.

In spite of the scandal and his resignation from Congress, Weiner decided to run for mayor of New York City in 2013. Abedin campaigned with him at times — many of which were documented in detail by a film crew that followed Weiner's campaign.

After a similar sexting scandal unfolded during Weiner's mayoral race, the notoriously private Abedin spoke at a press conference defending her decision to stay in the marriage.

"Our marriage, like many others has had its ups and its downs. It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony," she said at the July 2013 press conference.

"It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. That was a decision I made for me, for our son, and for our family," she said at the time.

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ABC News(WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.) — Hillary Clinton’s wide lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House has been cut in half, according to a new national Monmouth University poll released Monday.

The Democratic nominee held a wide 50 percent to 37 percent lead in the wake of her party’s convention in a Monmouth poll in early August, but now that lead appears to have tightened to 7 percentage points -- 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters.

But Trump still faces a statistically significant deficit with just 70 days remaining until Election Day. The race was tighter -- 45 percent to 43 percent -- in July.

The change shows some signs of a post-convention bump wearing off among likely voters: She’s lost 10 percentage points among nonwhites, 9 points among college grads, 7 points among women and voters under 35 years old, and a slight 6 points among liberals and Democrats.

The poll also shows that a majority of voters have negative views of both candidates. A majority believes that Trump is not releasing his tax returns because there’s something in them that he doesn’t want the public to know, and a majority believes that Clinton gave special treatment to big donors of the Clinton Foundation.
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is warning all states to tighten security measures related to their online election systems after hackers successfully infiltrated one state board of election and targeted another, ABC News has confirmed.

“The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity ... has been detected,” the agency’s Cyber Division said in a bulletin recently sent to private-industry partners across the country.

In late June, an “unknown actor scanned a state's Board of Election website for vulnerabilities” and, after identifying a security gap, exploited the vulnerability to conduct a “data exfiltration,” the FBI said in its Aug. 18 “flash” bulletin.

Earlier this month, hackers used the same vulnerability in an “attempted intrusion activities into another state’s Board of Election system,” the FBI said.

The bulletin did not say who may be behind the cyberattacks, or where they may be located.

The bulletin, first reported by Yahoo News, notes that the FBI “routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations.”

“This data is provided in order to help cyber security professionals and system administrators to guard against the persistent malicious actions of cyber criminals,” the bulletin added.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment further.

Lawmakers and even top U.S. officials have recently raised concerns over potential Election Day cyber vulnerabilities.

Three weeks ago, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee called on the federal government to examine its efforts to protect election systems and voting machines in the United States against similar attacks.

“Election security is critical, and a cyberattack by foreign actors on our election systems could compromise the integrity of our voting process,” wrote Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security.

For months, the FBI has been investigating what appear to be coordinated cyberattacks on Democratic organizations, with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee being the most damaging so far.

Not only did the hack apparently allow cyber operatives to steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, but many suspect it led to the theft of internal messages that showed efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season.

After those damaging emails were publicly released by WikiLeaks, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as DNC chairwoman.

Many suspect Russian hackers are to blame for the cyberassault on Democratic organizations.

Nevertheless, Clapper said he's "taken aback a bit by ... the hyperventilation over" the hack of the DNC, adding in a sarcastic tone, "I'm shocked somebody did some hacking. That’s never happened before."

The American people "just need to accept" that cyber threats and computer-based attacks are a major long-term challenge facing the United States, and he said Americans should "not be quite so excitable when we have yet another instance of it."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that he will be making a speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday in Arizona.

The announcement comes after a week in which his language has sometimes shifted on illegal immigration, leading members of Trump's campaign to come out trying to explain his stand, and Trump himself blaming the media for suggesting he's softening his hardline approach on the subject.

At Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's Roast and Ride event Saturday in Des Moines, Trump said his focus will be on deporting criminals, not the 11 million people who are in the United States illegally.

"On Day One, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country," he said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted during an interview on This Week that there has been no flip-flop in Trump's stance on illegal immigration.

"This is a guy who's been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization, for folks who have been coming to the country illegally," he said.

Trump pledged during the GOP primary to deport millions of undocumented immigrants with a "deportation force," but last week on Fox News signaled an openness to a pathway to legal status for some undocumented immigrants.

But then Thursday night in an interview with CNN, he seemed to reverse that by ruling out legal status for undocumented immigrants who remain in the country.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile called on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to distance himself from the so-called alt-right movement and the racist language of some of his supporters.

"This sort of alt-right movement is very disturbing, it's almost like a renaissance of racism," Brazile told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on This Week Sunday.

“There’s no question Donald Trump has had ample opportunity to distance himself from the kind of racist language that comes from some of his supporters,” she said. “I know you can’t choose your supporters out there … but he should distance himself.”

Brazile also addressed newly released emails that show Clinton Foundation donors looking for invitations to State Department events and requesting to sit next to Vice President Joe Biden.

The emails were released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and were shared exclusively with ABC News.

Brazile dismissed the revelations in the emails, saying that it is "normal" for supporters or donors to request access to government officials.

“I've been a government official. So, you know, this notion that, somehow or another, someone who is a supporter, someone who is a donor, somebody who's an activist, saying 'I want access, I want to come into a room and I want to meet people' -- we often criminalize behavior that is normal,” Brazile said. “I don’t see what the smoke is.”

She also addressed the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee and responded to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s promise to release “significant” new DNC emails before Election Day.

“The DNC and other institutions are victims of a cybercrime led by thugs,” Brazile said.

“The notion that we're going let some person, you know, put out personal sensitive information across the world, jeopardizing people's privacy, and we're interviewing him as if he's going to have a smoking gun for October. The smoking gun is that we're interviewing somebody who is involved in a cybercrime and not calling him a criminal,” she said.

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Subscribe To This Feed YORK) -- Despite GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's recent pitches for African-American and Hispanic support, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would do more to help minority communities if elected president.

ABC News together with our partners at SSRS survey research firm asked our online opinion panel about Trump's recent appeals to minority voters.

Sixty-four percent said Clinton would do more for minority communities as president while 36 percent chose Trump.

Asked to give a one-word response to a video of one of Trump's recent appeals to African-American and Hispanic voters, 56 percent reacted with a negative word, such as "liar," "lies," "disgusted," or "stupid."

Thirty-seven percent responded positively, using words such as "hope," "hopeful," "truth," and "awesome."

The video shows Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, saying: "To the African American voter, great people, to the Hispanic voter who have been absolutely treated terribly, I say what do you have to lose? What do you have to lose? What -- I will fix it. I'll be able to make sure that when you walk down the street in your inner city or wherever you are, you're not going to be shot. Your child isn't going to be shot.”

The blunt appeal has become a regular theme of the Republican candidate's stump speech in the past week.

See full results here.

The ABC News/SSRS Poll was conducted using the SSRS Probability Panel. Interviews were conducted online overnight from August 24 – August 25, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 257 respondents age 18 and older. The margin of error for total respondents is /-8.0% at the 95% confidence level. Design effect is 1.7282. The SSRS Probability Panel is a probability-based, online panel of adults recruited from random digit dialed landline and cell phone numbers. For more information, visit

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs Donald Trump’s transition team, deflected questions on whether the Republican nominee is softening his stance on immigration, insisting that the candidate has been "completely consistent" on the issue.

"This is a guy who’s been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization, for folks who have come into the country illegally, and that’s always been the underpinning of his policy, along with the building of the wall on the United States Mexican border," the New Jersey governor told Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week.

At issue is one of Trump’s main campaign promises, to deport every immigrant who is here illegally and require them to reapply for citizenship from their home countries, through legal channels.

Trump has repeated this pledge throughout the campaign. But last week, Trump suggested that undocumented immigrants who had spent their time in the U.S. productively might be able to stay if they pay back taxes.

Christie insisted Trump remains committed to deportations, the core of his proposed immigration policy.

“I think he’s been very clear on this, we’re not going to have amnesty,” Christie told Raddatz.

“What we’re going to do is to get those who are breaking the law out of the country as quickly as possible to make sure that then you deal with people in a humane way,” Christie added. “I think that’s what he’s been saying. He’s been saying that for as long as I’ve been listening to him of late, and that’s what he’s going to do.”

Christie also addressed comments this week by another Trump adviser, Rudy Giuliani, who told NJ Advance Media that Christie was among the GOP candidate's inner circle who urged him to take a more moderate stance on immigration.

When Giuliani was asked if Christie was responsible for Trump’s more nuanced policy proposals regarding the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, he said, "The answer to that question is yes." He added that Christie is "not the only one" advising Trump on immigration but said "he is great value" to the Republican nominee.

Christie declined on ABC’s This Week to discuss the advice he gives Trump.

“Rudy can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He’s my friend, I like him a lot and respect him, but I don’t talk about the advice I give to Donald Trump,” Christie said.

The New Jersey governor was also asked about Trump's calling Clinton a "bigot." He said Clinton started the name-calling.

"I’ll tell you this, this type of discourse in the campaign is just unwarranted, but it was started by Mrs. Clinton," he said.

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By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America.(NEW YORK) -- A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State.

The emails -– released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and shared exclusively with ABC -- reveal what the group claims is new evidence Foundation allies received special treatment. [Read the emails here.]

In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for January 2011.

On the list were three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation: Bob McCann, the then-president of wealth management at UBS; Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of Western Union.

According to the Foundation website, the UBS Wealth Management USA has contributed between $500,001 and $1 million to the Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation has given between $10 million and $25 million, while Western Union and its foundation has contributed between $1 million and $5 million.

Nearly two weeks later, Band followed up on email, specifically requesting Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden’s table. "I'll ask," Abedin replied.

In a separate exchange, Abedin forwarded to Band -- outside the State Department -- an attachment entitled "Updated China RSVP Guest List 1-5-11." The attachment was not included in the documents received by ABC, but suggests sharing of information ahead of a state visit by President Hu Jintao in late January 2011.

Band declined comment to ABC News. Clinton Foundation spokesman Craig Minassian said the emails "aren't related to the Clinton Foundation's work improving lives around the world."

A representative for McCann told ABC News he did not attend the lunch, while a representative for Ersek said he doesn't have a "record" of the event. Rodin's office did not immediately return a request for comment. The State Department said it could not provide a list of attendees.

In addition to State Department functions, Band also corresponded with Abedin about personal requests of some Clinton Foundation supporters.

In January 2011, Band forwarded an email to Abedin on behalf of Gerardo Werthein, a South American businessman who has donated more than $1 million to the Foundation, according to its website.

Calling Werthein a "great friend" and "big supporter," Band asked Abedin to deliver a message to the U.S. ambassador to Malta on behalf of Werthein. The ambassador was scheduled to meet with the Admor, a religious leader in Malta and associate of Werthein.

Abedin passed on Band's message to another State Department official asking for delivery to the ambassador's assistant, writing, "Just want to pass along for info. No need for action."

A June 2009 email from Band passed on thanks from a Tim Collins to Abedin for bringing him to "some event." Abedin says, "We invited him into speech in Cairo." ABC News could not confirm the identity of the Collins who attended the speech. The Clinton Foundation website lists a Timothy Collins, founder of the investment firm Ripplewood Advisors, as a major donor.

"After more than two years of Freedom of Information Act requests and lengthy litigation, the truth is finally coming out," said David Bossie, president of Citizens United, in a statement. "Hillary Clinton's senior staff at the State Department routinely worked with the Clinton Foundation to reward big donors with special access and favors for four years."

The State Department and Clinton campaign both told ABC News that Foundation donors held no special influence or received favors.

When asked about the apparent involvement of a top Clinton Foundation official in requesting invitations for guests for State Department functions, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told ABC News: "The State Department does not believe it is inappropriate for the administration to consider individuals suggested by outside organizations when deciding who to invite to an official function."

Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said the emails released are a political attack on the Clintons.

"Citizens United is a right-wing group that's been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s and, once again, is trying to make something out of nothing," Schwerin told ABC News.

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Subscribe To This Feed LAKES, Fla.) -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine reacted to Donald Trump tweeting about NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin being the victim of gun violence, saying the only appropriate reaction is sympathy.

Kaine also criticized Trump for calling his running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a bigot.

"My reaction is we just ought to be extending our sympathy to the family. That's the only reaction that is appropriate right now and maybe a sadness about this gun violence issue, which we know it's complicated but that is, you see something like this and it's just, we should redouble our efforts to really adopt and promote smart strategies on that. But the sympathy issue is the one that ought to be our strong first reaction," Kaine said of Trump's tweet.

Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016

Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was killed Friday in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, according to police.

Kaine made the remarks about Trump's tweet following a tour of the small business, Design South Florida, in Miami Lakes, Florida.

"The tweet isn't important. What's important is this horrible crime, you know a woman and her child on her way to a store getting shot. I mean it's really, really tragic and of course you need good leadership to focus on these issues," Kaine said.

ABC News asked Kaine about remarks he made Friday in Tallahassee connecting Trump to "Ku Klux Klan values."

"He has supporters like David Duke connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are going around and saying Donald Trump is their candidate because Donald Trump is pushing their values. Ku Klux Klan values, David Duke values, Donald Trump values are not American values," Kaine said Friday at Florida A&M University.

On Saturday, Kaine said he was not saying Trump had "Ku Klux Klan values."

"What I said yesterday was he's got guys connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are out, they are claiming him. And his record of, you know, sometimes he doesn't disabuse that and sometimes he seems to want to take advantage of that, and that I find that very troubling," Kaine said.

When asked earlier this year about what he thought about white supremacists, Trump told CBS News, "I don't like any group of hate. Hate groups are not for me.”

When reporters asked Kaine what was behind his intensifying attacks against Trump, he said that Trump's calling Clinton a "bigot" really bothered him.

"I mean I was pretty stunned by that," Kaine said.

He contrasted Clinton's career battling "for families and kids to get a fair shot in tough places" with Trump's remark about her.

.@TimKaine says he was "pretty stunned" when Trump called @HillaryClinton a "bigot."

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 27, 2016

"So that he is just going to casually say you're a bigot. Well then, OK. Well, it's important to call out what he's been saying, who he has been drawing support from. It was really important to do that," Kaine said.

The vice presidential nominee also criticized Trump's controversial overtures to the African American community over the past few days. Kaine said that Trump's past helping facilitate the "birther" controversy about President Obama makes it impossible for him to be serious about reaching out to the African American community.

"I don't see it as that serious because if you have been out pushing, promoting the notion that President Obama wasn't born in this country then you can say OK, well now I want to do outreach. I just don't see it as that serious," Kaine said.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine met with Florida mayors and elected officials on Saturday, encouraging them to deliver the state for his running mate Hillary Clinton by contrasting the Clinton-Kaine ticket from what he called a "Social Darwinism me first" Donald Trump.

Kaine made the remarks in Pembroke Pines, Florida. In attendance were Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

"We are running against a guy who is kind of a social Darwinism, me first everybody else move aside guy and that's a sharp distinction," Kaine said.

Kaine did not repeat remarks he made Friday that linked Trump to "Ku Klux Klan values." Instead, he attacked Trump for questioning the NATO alliance and discussed America’s fight against ISIS.

"We are battling ISIL, we are beating them on the battlefield. They are shrinking, shrinking, shrinking but they are trying to do one-off attacks here, there and everywhere. How do you stop those? You stop those attacks by sharing intelligence. Who do you share intelligence with? Your allies," Kaine said.

He added, "If you tear up NATO and say now we don't need alliances anymore, who are you going to share intelligence with? So there is a sharp distinction between a Hillary Clinton, who understand the value of alliances and making us stronger, and a Donald Trump, who seems to think building walls and tearing up alliances is a path to strength. It's a path to Isolation and it's a path to weakness."

Kaine described the importance of Florida to the mayors and elected officials as crucial to a Clinton-Kaine victory.

"If we win Florida, it's over. Help us do that," Kaine said.

A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll released this month showed the Clinton campaign with a slight lead in the Sunshine State. Kaine said that good poll numbers in other battleground states means that they can devote more energy to Florida. Kaine said that Virginia and Colorado have moved into "safer territory," while Florida is "so close."

"What that means is the states that are real close, now we can really spend a lot of time here, and Florida is one of those states. Not only massive on the electoral vote side but also because it is so close. It's a place where we are going to spend a lot of time. And there is nobody, nobody who can be more of a guarantor of our success here in Florida winning the electoral votes and by producing a margin for Hillary winning House seats, winning a Senate seat, winning seats in local legislature elections, there is nobody who can do that better than you," Kaine told the elected officials.

To stress the importance of Florida, Kaine brought up the 2000 election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, when the state's votes were recounted.

"Of course in Florida, it's an easier sell to tell people that their vote matters because you were so pivotal to one of the most amazing and even still kind of surreal elections in the history of this country in 2000 where every vote did matter in a way that frankly changed the history of this country in terms of things that happened that might not have happened and things that didn't happen," Kaine said.

Kaine's appearance in Pembroke Pines was part of a two-day swing through the state where he attended public events as well as private fundraisers. Kaine will head back to the state next week.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton spent Saturday morning at an FBI facility near her New York home meeting with staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who briefed her on major threats and emerging concerns around the world.

Clinton arrived at the office in White Plains, New York, which is roughly 20 minutes from her Chappaqua home, about 9 a.m. The meeting lasted over two hours and she attended it alone, a campaign aide said.

Any attendees aside from the presidential candidate have to hold the necessary security clearances.

The briefing comes 10 days after her main rival, Donald Trump, received his first classified briefing as the Republican Party’s nominee.

Trump took two top advisers to his briefing: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former Defense Intelligence Agency director who has been an outspoken and sometimes controversial supporter of Trump.

Because of the sensitivity of the information discussed during presidential candidate briefings, the sessions must take place in locations with secure rooms, known as Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs). The FBI's office in White Plains has such rooms.

While some top-secret information could have been discussed, the briefing did not include the nation's most sensitive secrets, particularly information on sources, methods and operations.

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Many of Clinton’s critics have questioned whether she should receive a classified briefing after what they say is the reckless way she handled sensitive information when she was secretary of state.

Some Republican lawmakers have said her use of a private email server -- and what FBI Director James Comey called the "extremely careless" way she subsequently handled classified information -- should prevent Clinton and some of her aides from obtaining security clearances. There's no evidence, however, to indicate that she knowingly sent or received classified information across the server, according to Comey.

DNI Director James Clapper and the White House recently said they have no qualms about briefing the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, noting that providing the briefings is a tradition dating back more than 60 years.

"Ensuring a smooth transition to the next president is a top priority ... and that's important, in part, because of the significant threats around the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington, D.C., last month.

He said U.S. intelligence officials "understand what steps are necessary to protect sensitive national security information, and the administration is confident that they can both provide relevant and sufficient briefings to the two major-party presidential candidates while also protecting sensitive national security information."

Clapper said there is no concern in the U.S. intelligence community about providing classified information to either of the presidential candidates, insisting, "It's not up to the administration and certainly not up to me personally to decide on the suitability of a presidential candidate."

"The American electorate is in the process of deciding the suitability of these two candidates to serve as commander-in-chief, and they will make that decision, to pick someone who will be cleared for everything," he said at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Colorado last month.

Each of the campaigns decides the location for the classified briefings, according to Clapper.

Clinton and Trump could each receive as many as three classified briefings before Election Day.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's address, President Obama called on Republicans in Congress to take action and vote to fund the administration’s $1.9 billion response to the Zika virus.

The president said Republicans in Congress have failed to take action on this issue.

"We were forced to use resources we need to keep fighting Ebola, cancer, and other diseases," President Obama said. "We took that step because we have a responsibility to protect the American people.  But that’s not a sustainable solution.  And Congress has been on a seven-week recess without doing anything to protect Americans from the Zika virus."

President Obama urged for a bipartisan way to fight Zika because he said, "A fraction of the funding won’t get the job done.  You can’t solve a fraction of a disease.  Our experts know what they’re doing.  They just need the resources to do it. "

Read the president's full address:

Earlier this year, I got a letter from a South Carolina woman named Ashley, who was expecting her third child.  She was, in her words, “extremely concerned” about the Zika virus, and what it might mean for other pregnant women like her.

I understand that concern.  As a father, Ashley’s letter has stuck with me, and it’s why we’ve been so focused on the threat of the Zika virus.  So today, I just want to take a few minutes to let you know what we’ve been doing in response, and to talk about what more we can all do.

Since late last year, when the most recent outbreak of Zika started popping up in other countries, federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been preparing for it to arrive in the U.S.  In February – more than six months ago – I asked Congress for the emergency resources that public health experts say we need to combat Zika.  That includes things like mosquito control, tracking the spread of the virus, accelerating new diagnostic tests and vaccines, and monitoring women and babies with the virus. 

Republicans in Congress did not share Ashley’s “extreme concern,” nor that of other Americans expecting children.  They said no.  Instead, we were forced to use resources we need to keep fighting Ebola, cancer, and other diseases.  We took that step because we have a responsibility to protect the American people.  But that’s not a sustainable solution.  And Congress has been on a seven-week recess without doing anything to protect Americans from the Zika virus.

So my Administration has done what we can on our own.  Our primary focus has been protecting pregnant women and families planning to have children.  For months now, the CDC has been working closely with officials in Florida and other states.  NIH and other agencies have moved aggressively to develop a vaccine.  And we’re working with the private sector to develop more options to test for and prevent infection.  For weeks, a CDC emergency response team has been on the ground in South Florida, working alongside the excellent public health officials there – folks who have a strong track record of responding aggressively to the mosquitoes that carry viruses like Zika.  They know what they’re doing.

Still, there’s a lot more everybody can and should do.  And that begins with some basic facts.

Zika spreads mainly through the bite of a certain mosquito.  Most infected people don’t show any symptoms.  But the disease can cause brain defects and other serious problems when pregnant women become infected.  Even if you’re not pregnant, you can play a role in protecting future generations.  Because Zika can be spread through unprotected sex, it’s not just women who need to be careful – men do too.  That includes using condoms properly.

If you live in or travel to an area where Zika has been found, protect yourself against the mosquitoes that carry this disease.  Use insect repellant – and keep using it for a few weeks, even after you come home.  Wear long sleeves and long pants to make bites less likely.  Stay in places with air conditioning and window screens.  If you can, get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.  And to learn more about how to keep your family safe, just visit

But every day that Republican leaders in Congress wait to do their job, every day our experts have to wait to get the resources they need – that has real-life consequences.  Weaker mosquito-control efforts.  Longer wait times to get accurate diagnostic results.  Delayed vaccines.  It puts more Americans at risk. 

One Republican Senator has said that “There is no such thing as a Republican position on Zika or Democrat position on Zika because these mosquitoes bite everyone.” 

I agree.  We need more Republicans to act that way because this is more important than politics.  It’s about young mothers like Ashley.  Today, her new baby Savannah is healthy and happy.  That’s priority number one.  And that’s why Republicans in Congress should treat Zika like the threat that it is and make this their first order of business when they come back to Washington after Labor Day.  That means working in a bipartisan way to fully fund our Zika response.  A fraction of the funding won’t get the job done.  You can’t solve a fraction of a disease.  Our experts know what they’re doing.  They just need the resources to do it. 

So make your voices heard.  And as long as I’m President, we’ll keep doing everything we can to slow the spread of this virus, and put our children’s futures first.  Thanks everybody.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Fla.) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine depicted Donald Trump Friday as a man peddling "prejudicial and bigoted" ideas but stopped short of calling him a racist.

Following an appearance at a voter registration drive at the historically black Florida A&M University, reporters asked Kaine if Trump is racist.

"I don’t know him but he says things that are clearly prejudicial and bigoted," Kaine said.

During his remarks to the mostly African-American student body, Kaine stressed the ideal of equality and framed it as an issue at stake this election.

Noting it was Women's Equality Day, Kaine contrasted the ideal with Trump's rhetoric. "Let’s just take equality. Let’s just take the principle that we stated in 1776 would be the North Star for our nation,” Kaine said. "That’s something to think about on Women’s Equality Day and that’s something to think about as we approach this election.”

Kaine echoed much of Hillary Clinton's speech in Reno, Nevada, yesterday where she described Trump running a campaign based on “prejudice and paranoia" and accused Trump of "taking hate groups mainstream."

Kaine brought up Trump's support among white supremacists, saying that Clinton's speech called Trump "out on the fact that he has supporters like David Duke connected with the Ku Klux Klan who are going around and saying Donald Trump is their candidate because Donald Trump is pushing their values.

"Ku Klux Klan values, David Duke values, Donald Trump values are not American values, they’re not our values and we’ve got to do all we can to fight to push back and win to say that we’re still about heading toward that North Star that we set out so long ago,” Kaine added.

When asked earlier this year about what he thought about white supremacists, Trump told CBS News, "I don't like any group of hate. Hate groups are not for me.”

Kaine went on to describe Trump as a man engaged in irresponsible rhetoric during this election cycle.

"You’ve heard during the campaign he’s ridiculed people with disabilities, he’s ridiculed people if they were [of] Mexican-American origin. He has said that anybody who’s Muslim should be treated as second class religiously," he said.

"That’s not the way we do things in this country. It’s not the way we do things. Donald Trump was a main guy behind the scurrilous and I would say bigoted notion that President Obama wasn’t even born in this country and Donald Trump has continued to push that irresponsible falsehood from all the way up to now. And that’s the difference in this election and that’s the stakes."

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump says he plans to discuss his immigration plan at length in a speech at some point next week, but that hasn’t stopped the Republican presidential nominee from teasing some of the possible changes he may adopt.

His plan to build a wall along the southern U.S. border has not changed since he introduced it early in his campaign, but his proposal for what to do with undocumented immigrants who are already in the country may have.

In November, Trump first mentioned a “deportation force” to remove immigrants who arrived in the country illegally, but now he appears to be wavering on what to do with some longstanding residents who have families and jobs and no criminal history.

Here is a rundown of what changes he and his team have mentioned in the past few days.

Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway’s interview on CNN on Sunday, Aug. 21

Trump’s new campaign manager appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, and when asked directly whether Trump’s plan will include a deportation force, Conway indicated that it is up for discussion.

"To be determined," she said.

Trump’s town hall on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show taped on Tuesday, Aug. 23

Trump spoke about immigration in a town hall hosted by Fox News that was taped Tuesday, Aug. 23, but then broken into two parts and aired on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

"There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people,” Trump said in the first part of the town hall. “We want people -- we have some great people in this country. We have some great, great people in this country. But, so we're going to follow the laws of this country. What people don't realize, we have very, very strong laws.”

During the second part of the town hall, Trump seemed to express empathy for people who have adapted to life in America and have been law-abiding ever since arriving.

"You have somebody that has been in the country for 20 years. He has done a great job. Has a job, everything else. OK. Do we take him and the family, her or him or whatever, and send them out?” Trump said.

"So do we tell these people to get out, number one, or do we work with them and let them stay in some cases?” he added.

Trump attempted to address the concerns among some hard-liners in light of signs that he may be “softening” his position on immigration.

"Let me go a step further: They will pay back taxes. They have to pay taxes. There's no amnesty, as such. There's no amnesty,” Trump said.

Trump’s Rally in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday Aug. 24

Trump held a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, where Nigel Farage, the former U.K. Independence Party leader who was one of the strongest supporters of the Brexit vote, appeared.

Trump said "any immigration policy" that he supports, if he's elected, would have to improve jobs and wages, improve safety and security, and improve the quality of life, for all U.S. citizens.

Trump’s interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday Aug. 25

"My first day in office, I am going to notify law enforcement authorities that all of the bad dudes -- and we have a lot of them -- that are here illegally, that are the heads of gangs and drug cartels and all sorts of people ... And there are probably millions of them but certainly hundreds of thousands, big numbers. They’re out. They’re out,” he said.

The order in which undocumented immigrants would have to leave the country would be determined by the time and effort it takes to enact his policy, he said.

"You can’t take 11 million at one time and just say, 'Boom, you’re gone.' We have to find where these people are. Most people don’t even know where they are,” he said.

When asked whether people who entered the country illegally as long of 15 years ago, and have jobs and families, will be deported, Trump said, "We’re going to see what happens once we strengthen up our border."

"There is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and come back,” Trump said, noting that they would then have to start paying taxes.

"If somebody wants to go legalization route, what they’ll do is they’ll go, leave the country, hopefully come back in, and then we can talk. And one other thing, there are millions of people right now online trying to come into our country. It’s very unfair to them some of the rules, regulations and policies that I’ve seen. These are millions of people that want to come into our country legally. And it would be very unfair to them,” he said.

Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway’s Good Morning America interview on Friday Aug. 26

Even though it has been nearly a week since she made her “TBD” remark, Conway appears to be sticking to the same talking points.

"I think you've heard him over the course of a week explain his position as being what it's always been. No amnesty. He's going to build a wall, the center piece of his campaign from the beginning. He wants to protect the American worker,” Conway said.

"He's said no path to legalization, no path to citizen ship. No amnesty. You can return home, and if you would like to stand in line, the thing that everybody else is stand in line, wait your turn, go through the normal courses.”

While she didn’t specifically address the so-called “deportation force,” she said the manner in which they would be deported “will be determined.”

Conway added: "This has never been tried on such a scale. It's President Obama who has deported by some estimates 2 million plus people. We know it's possible.”

When asked about the order in which undocumented immigrants would have to leave the country, Conway reiterated that criminals are the first priority.

"He has said first you throw the bad once out. The one who is have committed a crime,” she told Good Morning America.

“They leave. We don't know the number. Some people have estimated 1 million. Then you find a humane, fair way to deal with those still here. He said last night, they would have to return to their home countries.”

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