Obtained by ABC News(HARTFORD, Conn.) — Candidates up and down tickets in the 2018 midterm elections were some of the most diverse in U.S. history — they were also the youngest. About 700 millennial candidates ran in roughly 6,000 state legislative races, according to the group Run for Something. Will Haskell was one of those millennials who won. “We need every generation to have a seat at the table,” he told ABC News’ “The Briefing Room.” Haskell, a 22-year-old Democrat, was elected to Connecticut’s state senate in November when he beat incumbent Republican Toni Boucher who had been serving longer than Haskell had been alive. “I’m certainly confused for an intern multiple times a week. But I’ll tell you, it’s already been so rewarding and I’m only a few months into my first term,” Haskell said. Since getting sworn in this January, Haskell has focused on higher education and employment policy. Last month he introduced his first bill, designed to improve mental health prevention and treatment in higher education. Haskell told ABC News, he was “starting with an issue that
iStock/visual7(JACKSON, Miss.) — A federal court in Mississippi on Friday temporarily blocked the state’s new “fetal heartbeat” law that bans abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. The law was set to take effect July 1. “Here we go again,” U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves wrote in his opinion. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.” Mississippi is one of ten states to push through a law restricting access to abortion in 2019, though all of those laws have faced lawsuits that challenge their constitutionality and none of them are in effect. Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky have passed bans similar to Mississippi’s, and earlier on Friday, Missouri’s governor signed a new eight-week ban. Alabama passed a law that would criminalize abortion for doctors who perform them, while Utah and Arkansas have pushed through legislation that would ban the most common form of second-trimester abortions. The judge went on to say that Mississippi’s law, which was passed in March, “prevents a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy.” The case was filed by
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday continued his showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats regarding oversight of the Mueller investigation and potential impeachment, declaring: “It’s over.” “All they do is want to try and do a redo of the Mueller report,” Trump charged, fielding questions from reporters at the White House as he departed for a trip to Tokyo, Japan. “They were very unhappy with the Mueller report. They want to do a redo of the Mueller report. It’s over. There is no redo. They lost. It’s very clear. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction so there’s no redo.” Pressed by ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on what he was trying to accomplish with his personal attacks on Pelosi this week, the president shot back, insisting the speaker started it when she accused Trump of leading a cover-up. Pelosi on Thursday also said Trump’s family or members of his administration need to stage “an intervention.” “When you say ‘a personal attack,’ did you hear what she said about me
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Saying he wants him to be “fair,” President Donald Trump on Friday described why he has given Attorney General William Barr sweeping powers to declassify intelligence as part of his review into how the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election began and the resulting surveillance on the Trump campaign. “He’s a great gentleman and a highly respected man,” Trumps told reporters as he left the White on Friday on a trip to Japan. “They will be able to see how this hoax, how the hoax or witch hunt started and why it started. It was an attempted coup or an attempted takedown of the president of the United States. It should never have to happen to anybody else,” he said. “You are going to learn a lot. I hope it will be nice, but perhaps it won’t be,” he said. “I want somebody that will be fair. I think William Barr is one of the most respected men doing what he does in our whole country. I just want him to be fair. I don’t
iStock/MicroStockHub(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration on Friday said it would sell $7 billion-worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with getting congressional approval, citing Iran as an urgent threat. The move has sparked bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are promising to block the sales and calling out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for what they see as an illegal decision made in a shady manner. “The excuse that this is somehow an emergency is just flat out false, and they know it. But they’re still going ahead and doing it, which is beyond the pale,” said a congressional aide, speaking anonymously to discuss the details of these deals, which the State Department has not yet released publicly. The State Department authorizes the sale of weapons to foreign countries, but Congress has the authority to block a given sale by vote within 30 days of being notified by the administration. In 2017, the Senate came within four votes of blocking a $510 million sale of munitions to Saudi Arabia, which is fighting alongside UAE and
Mark Makela/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Major digital companies have reacted differently to slow the viral spread of a subtly manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – a video that could be a harbinger of the political digital fakery to come in 2020 and beyond. A video that appeared to have been digitally altered to slow the speech of the House Speaker at a recent public appearance, making her appear impaired, made the rounds on social media and major digital platforms in recent days. YouTube said it had removed versions of the slowed-down video, saying it violated company policies. A representative for Facebook said their third-party fact-checking partners had deemed the video “false,” and the social media giant was “heavily reducing its distribution” in Facebook’s newsfeed. Versions of the video still exist on Facebook, however, one of which has been viewed more than 2.5 million times as of this report. A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment, but at least one version is still live on that platform as of this report. Twitter’s media policy bans videos that show things like
Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is eager to avoid the politics swirling around his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia’s 2016 influence efforts and doesn’t want to testify publicly on Capitol Hill about his findings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday. “He doesn’t want to be public in what some people will regard as a political spectacle, I think,” Nadler said in an interview with MSNBC, confirming reports from ABC News and other outlets about House Democrats pushing back on DOJ’s offer for limited Mueller testimony. “He’s willing to make an opening statement, but he wants to testify in private,” he said. “We think it’s important for the American people to hear from him and to hear his answers to questions about the report.” Nadler and the committee have been in discussions with Justice Department officials about Mueller’s appearance for weeks, after initially proposing the special counsel appear on May 15. President Trump, after initially suggesting Mueller shouldn’t testify, said he would defer to Attorney General Bill Barr. The attorney general has repeatedly said
iStock/Zzvet(NEW YORK) — A total of five people have died this week on Mount Everest, as crowds of climbers experienced bottlenecks as they rushed to take advantage of a short window of good weather to attempt the world’s highest summit. Three deaths were reported on Thursday, and two others died on Wednesday. The deaths come amid reports and images of massive crowding on the mountain. Around the Hillary Step, where climbers have to go single-file, there were reports of two-to three-hour delays on Wednesday. Nepal issued a high number of permits to climb the mountain this year — 367 to foreigners and 14 to Nepalese climbers, according to a government liaison officer at base camp. This is a record number, according to Everest expert Alan Arnette. In addition, this season’s weather has forced large crowds up at once. Climbers wait for favorable weather forecasts to make summit attempts, and this year, there have only been two windows with five summit days so far, as Arnette detailed on his site. Typically, there are seven to 12 favorable days, according to Arnette.
WABC(NEW YORK) — Democratic Rep, Jerry Nadler, who as House Judiciary Committee chairman is leading his party’s congressional investigation into President Donald Trump, appeared to nearly faint at an event in New York City on Friday. “He is okay. Seems to have been dehydrated and it was very warm in the room. He is now responsive and receiving a check-up,” a Nadler spokesman told ABC News. The New York congressman, who’s 71, was at an event with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio when video showed him slumping in his chair. Microphones picked up De Blasio saying to Nadler, “You’re looking dehydrated brother. You are looking a little dehydrated, you want a drink?” Then, shortly afterward, a voice on the loudspeaker announced: “I have a code blue in the gym. Code blue in the gym. First responders to the gym please.” Nadler later could be seen drinking water and eating an orange. The event, with signs saying “speed cameras save lives,” ended. Not long after, he sent out a tweet saying he was “feeling much better.” Appreciate everyone’s concern. Was
midesi69/Twitter(LYON, France) — An explosion in the French city of Lyon on Friday left eight people with minor injuries, local officials said on social media. The blast occurred at the corner of Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street, and authorities are urging people to avoid the area. The New York Police Department’s counter-terrorism division said in a message on Twitter that they were “closely monitoring” the incident and “reports of a package explosion.” In January, a science building at the University of Lyon in France caught on fire after three gas cylinders on the roof of the building exploded, injuring three students, but officials said the incident was not tied to terrorism. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.