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Administration officials won’t testify before Congress in remote hearings, White House says

By BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — The White House, following its steps to limit congressional testimony from administration officials in May, has told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that it will only allow key officials to testify before committees meeting in-person — an apparent dismissal of the House’s new remote hearing system that will likely further…read more »

Pentagon has troops on 4-hour standby to go to Minneapolis if needed

phototreat/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon has placed a small number of U.S. Army units on a four-hour standby to deploy to Minneapolis if Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz requests them to help end the violent protests, but so far Walz has indicated he will use only National Guard troops from his state or…read more »

Trump again stokes racial divides, a reality at odds with his efforts to court black voters

Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBY: RACHEL SCOTT AND WILL STEAKIN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s controversial comments suggesting looters in Minneapolis be shot and calling protesters “thugs” marks the latest example of the president choosing to stoke long standing racial divides rather than trying to comfort a hurting community, a reality…read more »

Sen. Klobuchar’s past as prosecutor looms over vice presidential prospects

Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBY: ALISA WIERSEMA, ABC NEWS (MINNEAPOLIS) — In recent months, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been floated as a presumptive top choice for the role of vice president on Joe Biden’s ticket.While the former presidential candidate’s political visibility could be seen as an asset in the vice presidential…read more »

Cleared of wrongdoing for Kansas trips, Pompeo turns to attack Dem requesting probe

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBY: CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not violate a law governing federal employees’ behavior with his trips to Kansas in 2019, according to a letter from an independent federal investigative agency released by Pompeo late Thursday.Pompeo has come under increased scrutiny after recommending the firing of…read more »

Trump appoints Conair heir who promoted conspiracy theories to head US consulate in Bermuda

U.S. ConsulateBY: CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration has appointed a controversial Republican donor and businessman to head the U.S. consulate general in Bermuda, bypassing bipartisan opposition to his nomination to be a U.S. ambassador.Lee Rizzuto, heir to the Conair Corporation fortune, was nominated by President Donald Trump in 2018 and 2019…read more »

Trump announces China sanctions over Hong Kong, termination of WHO relationship

Oleksii Liskonih/iStockBy BEN GITTLESON and ELIZABETH THOMAS(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday announced sanctions on China over its approach to Hong Kong and said he would end the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health…read more »