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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Virtual reality is getting the presidential treatment.

In honor of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, President Obama is set to make his virtual-reality debut in a video filmed on his family's visit to Yosemite Valley in June.

In a partnership between National Geographic and the virtual-reality company Oculus, viewers get an up-close 3-D, 360-degree experience to bask in some of the country's most scenic views with its most powerful occupant.

Obama narrates portions of the video, describing the importance of national parks to generations of Americans. He also is shown talking with a park ranger, joking with a group of children and standing on a bridge with the first daughters and the first lady.

But the Secret Service is notably absent from the videos. That’s because the agents were instructed to hide behind trees in the park, a White House official told ABC News.

The video, available to download for Oculus users, is also up for viewing in 2-D format on National Geographic's Facebook page. Watch here on your mobile device.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump should release his tax returns and medical records, the GOP leader of the House Oversight Committee says, making him the latest Republican to publicly pressure the presidential nominee to disclose more information to the public.

"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything: your tax returns, your medical records," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CNN Wednesday afternoon.

The House Oversight Committee chairman also criticized Hillary Clinton for her ties to the Clinton Foundation while at the State Department, and called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be more transparent as well.

Both Trump and Clinton, compared to nominees in previous cycles, have disclosed relatively little about their health.

Chaffetz is the latest Republican to call for Trump to disclose his tax returns, a longstanding tradition for presidential candidates.

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone this week said Trump should release his returns.

The New York developer has said he won't release his returns while he is under audit.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "bigot" while addressing the crowd at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday night.

"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” Trump said as he appealed to African-American voters.

Clinton later responded to Trump's remarks in an phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. “Oh, Anderson, it reminds me of that great saying that Maya Angelou had, that when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time," she said. "And Donald Trump has shown us who he is. And we ought to believe him. He is taking a hate movement mainstream."

Trump was joined on stage by Nigel Farage, one of the leaders of the "Brexit" movement.

Farage spoke to the crowd assembled about the parallels between this election and the British referendum to leave the European Union, while Trump called for the U.S. to “re-declare our independence.”

As Farage addressed the crowd, he laid bare the comparison.

"The parallels are there. There are millions of ordinary Americans who’ve been let down, who’ve had a bad time, who feel the political class in Washington are detached from them,” he said. “You have a fantastic opportunity here with this campaign ... you’ll do it by doing what we did for Brexit in Britain.”

Farage also invoked President Obama addressing the people of the United Kingdom.

“He talked down to us. He treated us as if we were nothing,” Farage said, noting that he didn’t want to tell the American people how to vote.

"But I will say this, if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me,” he added.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders helped launch a much-anticipated organization Wednesday night dedicated to continuing the legacy of his presidential campaign.

“Tonight, the question on the minds of a whole lot of people is, 'OK, we ran a great campaign, we woke up the American people, but where do we go from here?'" the Vermont senator said during a livestream.

During his hour-long speech, Sanders recounted the major accomplishments of his progressive campaign, but also, as if transitioning power, introduced his supporters to the new advocacy organization called "Our Revolution." He also introduced the former campaign staff who will lead it.

“Over time, Our Revolution will involve hundreds of thousands of people," he said. "These are people who will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school board, in their city councils, in their state legislatures and their representation in Washington. As I have said many times — election days come and go, but the struggle for justice continues.”

Our Voice. Our Future. Our Country. Our Revolution is Just Beginning. Join us: https://t.co/QpXiFJbIRD

— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) August 25, 2016

But even before it gets off the ground, the organization has already been plagued by major internal turmoil, a number of last-minute resignations and lingering questions about the size and scope of the donations the group will solicit.

The group will function as a 501(c)(4), according to its website. Last week, ABC News reported that the unique tax status could allow it to accept unlimited contributions without having to reveal its donors. However, because of the organization’s close ties to Sanders, a sitting senator, the group could be limited by campaign finance regulations.

On Wednesday morning, just hours before the kickoff event, Sanders’ former campaign manager and newly-appointed head of the organization, Jeff Weaver, told ABC News the group still had not ironed out how it would handle donations. He said there had not been further conversations internally about whether, for example, the group would proactively limit the size of donations or disclose its donors.

"We are going to do everything here by the book and make sure we fully comply with every applicable law and regulation," Weaver said during a phone interview.

Earlier this month, the newly-formed organization sent out an email with the senator’s name "Bernie" branded at the top and bottom, directing followers to donate directly to a congressional candidate in Florida, Tim Canova, who is challenging former Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Despite this, Sanders said during his remarks that he will not be involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

“As a United States Senator I will not be directing or controlling Our Revolution, but I have the utmost confidence that this leadership team and the board being assembled shares the progressive values we all hold and I expect very big things from them and from all of you who join with them,” Sanders said.

This week, however, the organization lost several key members of Sanders’ former campaign staff who had previously agreed to stay on and work for Our Revolution, including all of the organizing outreach team and much of the digital team as well.

As first reported in Buzzfeed
, several of these younger, tech-savvy folks walked out after the Senator changed his mind and decided Weaver would run the organization. Sanders’ former senior advisor, Shannon Jackson had been made the Executive Director and will remain in that role.

According to sources, Sanders had personally assured staff that Weaver would not be involved in a major way, but last Monday on a conference call, it was clear Weaver had been put in charge and would serve as the organization’s president. People with long-standing personal grievances with Weaver’s management as well as philosophical disagreements about how the group should operate asked Sanders to reconsider or limit Weaver’s role. When that did not happen, they resigned.

For months — and perhaps for the entirety of the Senator’s campaign — there were disagreements about the role and responsibility of online organizing. Younger members of the staff, engaged in this work, often felt under appreciated and that tension seemed to come to a head this summer, as Sanders and his team struggled to figure out their next steps.

As a result of the last minute walkouts from some of the campaign’s core aides, the new organization is reportedly very understaffed, and, arguably, without the folks who created some of the special grassroots sauce that propelled Sanders’ insurgent campaign.

Our Revolution hired a for-profit, Washington, D.C.-based digital marketing team in part to make up for the loss of staff.

"We have all the infrastructure in place," Weaver said. "We are just going to hire a few more people to reconstitute the team."

Sanders spoke highly of the remaining team who now face the tough challenge of keeping his supporters engaged and inspired. “Jeff has worked with me for most of the last 30 years,” Sanders said during the speech Wednesday. “Shannon Jackson did a great job as my assistant and point person throughout this campaign, and I am sure he is going to do a great job in his new position.”

The fledging group has promised to endorse and support progressive candidates around the country as well as educate followers about environmental, economic and social justice issues. Sanders took the opportunity Wednesday to acknowledge five specific candidates he and the group were endorsing, including a Native American man running for school board in Nebraska and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold who is again fighting for a senate seat in Wisconsin. Sanders said the group was in the process of identifying dozens of other candidates to back as well.

He spoke in favor of a number of state voter access and health care ballot initiatives in Alaska, Colorado and California too and encouraged his supporters to organize around local causes such as these.

Jackson said the group would be organizing phone banking and social media campaigns around state and federal measures, most specifically against the trans-pacific partnership trade deal. He said the group needed help pinpointing worthwhile candidates to support.

"Obviously, the imperative is the November election right now and then beyond that the organization will continue to help create a progressive bench and help keep people organized around the country," Weaver told ABC News. Weaver clarified in some circumstances the group would provide money to local progressive grassroots as well as "technical assistance."

The organization’s board also remains in flux, but Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, will be stepping down from her post as chair, sources added.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump said he would "work with" undocumented immigrants during a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity taped on Tuesday, the second half of which is airing tonight at 10 p.m.

When asked whether he would allow an exception for someone to stay in the U.S. who's proven to be a fair citizen, Trump said, "No citizenship. Let me go a step further -- they'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them."

On Tuesday, during the first half of the town hall, Trump indicated there could be a "softening" of his controversial immigration policies. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," he said when asked by Hannity if there was "any part of the law" he would change to accommodate law-abiding immigrants who have kids in the U.S.

During the primary season, Trump called for the removal of all undocumented immigrants through a deportation force, subsequently allowing what he referred to as the “good” immigrants to return legally.

“We can expedite the good ones to come back in and everybody wants that. But they have to come in legally,” he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week last October. “We're a country of laws. We're a country of borders. How can you have a country without a border? How can you have a country without laws?”

Trump said at the town hall that his shift had come after speaking with voters who emphasized the difficult predicament of undocumented immigrants.

“When I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, I've had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me. And they've said, 'Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it's so tough, Mr. Trump,'” he said of the exchanges he’s had on the trail.

"I have it all the time," he added. "It's a very, very hard thing."

Speculation that Trump might soften his stance on immigration began to emerge after he held a closed door meeting this past Saturday with members of his National Hispanic Advisory Council, which the Republican National Committee described as "a diverse group of national Hispanic leaders who are advising the campaign and sharing Mr. Trump’s proposals with the Hispanic community."

Jacob Monty, a Houston lawyer who is a member of the council and was at the meeting, told ABC News he was “very encouraged” by the discussion at the meeting on undocumented immigrants and the fact Trump sought counsel from the members.

“He brought up the topic and said we needed to find a solution,” Monty said Saturday.

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Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(NEW YORK) --  Wednesday, Bill Clinton made his first public comments about the would-be Clinton Foundation changes if Hillary Clinton is elected president. His remarks come after a string of attacks from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for the foundation to be shut down.

“We’re trying to do good things,” said Bill Clinton in response to recent criticism. “If there’s something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don’t know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except I’m really proud.”

.@billclinton defends Clinton Foundation: "We're trying to do good things." https://t.co/c4P9W7vJf7https://t.co/1GpKTw3CDJ

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 24, 2016

Speaking in Atlanta, the former president went on to defend his foundation and its more than 300,000 donors worldwide. He said that the foundation has already found partners who want to take over many of the programs it facilitates.

Bill Clinton told his staff on Thursday that he would officially step down from the board of the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton becomes the next president and that he will stop fundraising on its behalf.

Wednesday, he stressed that the foundation would not shut down and that the transition will take some time.

“You just can’t do this stuff overnight. Not if you don’t want anybody to lose their jobs or their form of income or their lives. That’s my only concern. And I want to take care of the people who work for me and give them a reasonable time to transition which they will.”

He reiterated that regardless of the outcome of the election, above all, he is pleased with the work the foundation has done. “I'm really proud of what we did and nothing that has been said in the last few days has done anything to dampen that,” said Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton was in Atlanta for a fundraiser for his wife, and he will continue a fundraising throughout the remainder of the week. Earlier in the day, he visited Pulse nightclub in Orlando to pay his respects to the victims of the June 12 shooting.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Hillary Clinton is expected to receive her first classified briefing as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee this weekend at an FBI facility in White Plains, a New York City suburb, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.

This comes one week 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 become an outspoken and sometimes controversial supporter of Trump.

But Clinton may not take any advisers to her planned briefing Saturday at the FBI’s White Plains facility, which is a satellite office of the bureau’s New York field office, ABC News has learned.

 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. The FBI's office in White Plains has such rooms.

The FBI’s satellite office in White Plains is the closest secure FBI facility to Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York.

Staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will be leading the briefing, which, as with Trump’s briefing last week, is expected to cover major threats and emerging concerns around the world.

It’s unclear why Clinton may not attend the briefing without advisers. Any attendees aside from the presidential candidate would have to hold the necessary security clearances.

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 over 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.

CNN first reported the timing and location of Clinton's expected Saturday briefing.

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

These briefings resemble the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the intelligence community, which releases an unclassified version each year. While some top-secret information could be discussed, the briefings will not include the nation's most sensitive secrets, particularly information on sources, methods and operations.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is hanging on to a slim lead in the reliably red state of Arizona, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.

The poll shows Donald Trump with 43 percent support and Hillary Clinton with 38 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson has 12 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein has 4 percent.

Arizona has gone blue only once since 1952 -- during Bill Clinton's reelection bid in 1996. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney won the state by 9 percentage points during the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.

Arizona's growing Hispanic population and Trump's controversial language on immigrants has led some to believe the state could be in play in 2016. A majority of Hispanic voters -- 57 percent -- back Clinton in this poll, while 20 percent back Trump, 15 percent support Johnson and 5 percent choose Stein.

But Trump leads whites without a college degree by 30 percentage points in Arizona, as well as independents by 14 percentage points, bolstering his slim lead there.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's latest attack on his White House rival Hillary Clinton: her health.

Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS,” Trump asserted at an event in Youngstown, Ohio, last Monday.

“Go online and put down Hillary Clinton illness, take a look at the videos for yourself,” former New York mayor and Trump campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani said this weekend on Fox News Sunday.

The Clinton campaign knocked the attacks as “deranged conspiracy theories” and accused Trump of “parroting lies based on fabricated documents.”

Neither Trump nor Clinton have released a detailed medical history. In recent presidential elections, candidates have been more transparent about their health.

What We Know About Trump’s Health

Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Dr. Harold Borstein, Trump's doctor since 1980, boldly asserted in a one page statement released last December.

The statement, far from a full medical report that Trump previously promised would be released, also states that Trump takes aspirin daily as well as a small dose of a cholesterol-lowering drug.

Trump, 70, abstains from alcohol and tobacco, the statement notes.

According to his doctor, Trump’s only surgery was an appendectomy when he was 10.

As for Trump’s family history, his father, Fred, suffered from Alzheimer's disease before he died in 1999.

What Trump Has Said About His Health

Trump told People magazine last year that he’s lost 15 pounds from his time on the campaign trail.

For exercise, Trump plays golf and tennis, acknowledging, “I’m not a gym workout guy.”

Trump’s diet, however, is hardly what a doctor, nutritionist or a gym trainer would recommend; he has said he’s a fan of fast food, in part because he likes the cleanliness of fast-food chains.

“The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder with cheese,” Trump said at a CNN town hall in February, adding, “The other night I had Kentucky Fried Chicken.”

But Trump doesn’t seem worried: “I am fortunate to have been blessed with great genes -- both of my parents had very long and productive lives,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

What We Know About Clinton’s Health

Like Trump, Clinton, 68, has not divulged her full medical record. She released a two page health care statement from her physician Lisa Bardack in July 2015.

“She is excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” Bardack wrote.

Clinton’s medical conditions include, according to her doctor, hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies. Clinton also had deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009 and an elbow fracture in 2009.

Clinton’s most notable past medical condition was when she suffered from a concussion in December of 2012. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” the state department spokesman, Philippe Reines, said in a statement at the time. Clinton took some time off to recover and was back to work in about a month.

Her concussion left her with double vision for two months, forcing her to wear special glasses to help correct the problem. A blood clot was also found near Clinton's brain after the concussion, prompting the use of blood thinners, which she still takes a “precaution.”

As for Clinton’s family history, Clinton’s father suffered a stroke, her mother had congestive heart failure and one of her brothers had premature heart disease.

What Clinton Has Said About Her Health


Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, Clinton jokingly told Kimmel to “take my pulse” in response to Trump’s attacks on her health.

In an interview in June 2014, Clinton told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that she has “no lingering effects” from the concussion.

For exercise, Clinton said she does yoga and pool aerobics.

While Clinton is strict with her diet, she allows herself to indulge once in a while. While out on the campaign trail, she made a pit stop at a Chipotle in Ohio.

“I can’t possibly be as disciplined as the Obamas. I just can’t. I mean, I’ve had meals with them — they are so disciplined,” Clinton said in an interview with the newsletter Skimm.

Her one health tip she abides by: using hot sauce.

“I started using hot sauce back in 1992, because I read an article that said it would help my immune system stay healthy,” Clinton said during a Good Morning America town hall in April. “I have continued doing it almost religiously and so far so good.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The list of flip-flops that Donald Trump has made since descending an escalator in his namesake tower last year and into the presidential campaign continues to grow.

In the latest instance, he has described his change in tone on immigration as a "softening" of a stance he previously touted rather than a complete reversal.

Other issues on which he had different feelings before the presidential campaign include abortion and assault rifles. But the bigger surprises have come after he announced one stance early in the presidential campaign and then switched his position.

Here is a review of some of his most notable reversals.

His 'Softening' on Immigration

Trump has spoken throughout the campaign about his plans for a "deportation force," but his campaign staff has indicated in recent days that such plans may not come to fruition exactly as previously described.

In November he mentioned a possible force to target unauthorized immigrants.

"You are going to have a deportation force, and you are going to do it humanely," he said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Now Trump has signaled that he's adjusting his position.

"There certainly can be a softening, because we're not looking to hurt people," he said during a Fox News town hall event Tuesday, Aug. 23.

"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," Trump said.

His comments stand in stark contrast to one of the more controversial portions of his presidential announcement in June 2015, when he said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

His 'Sarcasm' About Obama's Being the Founder of ISIS


After repeated assertions that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were "the founders of ISIS," Trump reversed his position in a tweet earlier this month.

 Before posting the tweet, Trump insisted over and over that he had meant literally that Obama founded the terrorist organization.

"I call President Obama and Hillary Clinton the founders of ISIS. They are the founders," Trump said at a National Association of Home Builders event in Miami on Aug. 11.

"He is the founder in a true sense," he said at a Florida rally later that night.

And when pressed to clarify in interviews that day, Trump insisted that he said what he meant.

Pressed on whether he actually meant that Obama created the vacuum that led to ISIS, he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, "No, I meant he's the founder of ISIS. I do."

"I meant exactly that. He's the founder of ISIS," Trump told the Miami NBC affiliate Thursday night when asked what he meant by the comment.

Looser Wording on the Temporary Muslim Ban

On Dec. 7, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Over the preceding five months, he talked about a "Muslim ban" extensively during campaign stops and hinted at various possible exceptions, including U.S. citizens who are Muslim, his wealthy Muslim friends from overseas and foreign leaders.

Trump told Fox News in May that the "temporary ban ... hasn't been called for yet. Nobody's done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on."

Taxes on the Rich: To Raise or Not to Raise?

Trump has spent time this week adjusting his language when it comes to specifics on his tax reform plan.

The plan, which was initially released in September, had the nation's wealthiest earners seeing their income tax rate dropping from the current 39.6 percent to 25 percent.

His comments on the topic in subsequent interviews, however, have caused some confusion.

"They will go up a little bit," Trump said in a May 8 interview on ABC News' "This Week."

"No, no, on my plan, they're going down. But by the time it's negotiated, they'll go up. Look, what I'm negotiating with the Democrats, I'm putting in a plan. I'm putting in my optimum plan. It's going to be negotiated," he said.

"By the time it gets negotiated, it's going to be a different plan. That's what I'd like to get, and we'll fight for it. But from a practical standpoint, it's going to get renegotiated. And in my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat."

Fundraising

Even though Trump has told supporters, "I don't want your money" and repeatedly said his campaign is "self-funded," that hasn't stopped the real estate mogul's campaign from taking in millions in cash from individual donors.

Aside from the individual donations, he has also made it clear that he won't be entirely self-reliant for the general election.

"I'll be putting up money but won't be completely self-funding, as I did during the primaries," Trump told The Wall Street Journal in May.

Guns

Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and has repeatedly said he would not attempt to tinker with the Second Amendment, which guarantees citizens the right to bear arms, saying that Hillary Clinton "wants to abolish it."

"We're going to preserve it. We're going to cherish it. We're going to take care of it," he said in a speech at the NRA's national convention in May.

In spite of that, he has also repeatedly suggested that there should be some reforms, including an effort to stop people on the terrorist watch list from being able to get guns.

"If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it's an enemy of state, I would keep them away, absolutely," he said during an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in November.

Trump went back on that later in a GOP primary debate hosted by Fox News, when he responded "no" when asked whether there are "any circumstances that you think we should be limiting gun sales of any kind in America."

Now, in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting and the endorsement he received from the NRA, he says he wants to meet with the gun-rights group to discuss possible ways to prevent people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns.

Abortion

The quickest reversal came before the Wisconsin primary, when Trump was asked about his stance on abortion.

He said he had changed his beliefs on the controversial issue in the years leading up to the campaign, but more recently he made a 180-degree turn regarding comments about whether a woman who sought an abortion should be punished.

The question came up during a taped MSNBC town hall, when host Chris Matthews repeatedly pressed Trump about whether he thought there should be "some form of punishment." Trump finally said, "For the woman? Yeah."

That put him in the unenviable position of being criticized from both the right and the left.

The campaign first released a statement from Trump that read, "This issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination. Like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions, which I have outlined numerous times."

Trump later released a statement reversing the most controversial portion of the comments he made during the MSNBC taping.

The second statement read, "If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman."

The Minimum Wage: To Raise or Not to Raise?

During the fourth prime-time Republican primary debate, Trump was asked whether he plans to raise the minimum wage, and he replied, "I would not do it," which was met with applause.

Six months later, during an interview on ABC News' "This Week," he said he is "looking at it, and I haven't decided in terms of numbers. But I think that people have to get more."

"Well, sure it's a change. I'm allowed to change. You need flexibility," he said.

Accepting Syrian Refugees

In early September, Trump said that he would support asylum for refugees from Syria, given the circumstances in the country.

"I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, you have to," he said during an interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" Sept. 8. "But you know, it's living in hell in Syria. There's no question about it. They're living in hell, and something has to be done."

About three weeks later, during an event in Keene, New Hampshire, Trump reversed course, saying, "I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration that if I win, if I win, they're going back."

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Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, President Obama on Wednesday named a national monument in Maine.

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompasses "awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine," the White House said in a press release.

The new monument will protect nearly 90,000 acres of "significant natural, scientific, and historic and cultural resources, wildlife habitat, and one of the most pristine watersheds in the northeast, ensuring that present and future generations are able to enjoy these lands," the White House explained.

The woodlands were donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees.

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ABC News (NEW YORK) — Donald Trump has said that he would meet with the president of Mexico.

During a Fox News town hall Tuesday night, the Republican nominee was asked about recent reports of the Mexican president saying he would meet with the next president of the United States regardless of who it is.

"I’d meet with him," Trump said. "Absolutely, I’d meet with him."

Over the course of his campaign for the White House, Trump has time and time again vowed to build a wall separating Mexico from the U.S., adding Mexico will pay for the wall.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto previously said in March that he would not pay for a wall under any circumstances.

"We send them practically nothing and Mexico is the new China. I hate to say it. The Mexican leaders are so much smarter than our leaders,” Trump said during a rally last January in New Hampshire.


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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump indicated there could be a "softening" of his controversial immigration policies during a Fox News town hall moderated by Sean Hannity that taped earlier Tuesday night.

When asked by Hannity if there was "any part of the law" he would change to accommodate law-abiding immigrants who have kids in the U.S., Trump replied: "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said in his response. "We want people -- we have some great people in this country."

Trump's immigration policies are still being worked out, his running mate, Mike Pence, told CBS News' Major Garrett while aboard Pence's plane, nicknamed "Trump Force 2."

"I think those are issues that will continue to be worked out in the days ahead," Pence said when asked what "tough and fair" means when it comes to deportations.

When asked about a "deportation force," Pence said, "the details and how we do that, we'll work that out with Congress." Trump would "do it in a humane way," Pence said.

"We're going to enforce the laws that are on the books today, Major. And the mechanism for how we do that -- he's also been very clear that we'll do it in a humane way," he said.

The comments come amid reports over the weekend that during a roundtable meeting with Hispanic leaders, Trump expressed an openness to changing his hard-line stance on immigration.

In an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday, Trump insisted he wasn't "flip-flopping."

"We want to come up with a really fair but firm answer. That's -- it has to be very firm. But we want to come up with something fair," he said.

The town hall airs Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- After touring recovery efforts in a flooded Baton Rouge neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, President Obama pledged to help rebuild Louisiana, insisting his visit there "is not a photo-op."

"I come here first and foremost to say that the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones. We are heartbroken by the loss of life," Obama said during remarks following his tour of the flooding. "There are also still people who are desperately trying to track down friends and family we are going to keep on helping them every way that we can."

Obama observed that "people's lives have been upended by this flood."

"Sometimes when these kinds of things happen it can seem too much to bear but what I want the people of Louisiana to know is that you're not alone on this," he said. "Even after the TV cameras leave. The whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in their homes and lives are rebuilt."

The president also praised FEMA for its efforts coordinating a federal response, which he said has already reached $127 million in assistance.

"Now, federal assistance alone won't be enough to make people's lives whole again so I'm asking every American to do what you can to help get families and local businesses back on their feet," Obama said. "So let me just remind folks: sometimes once the floodwaters pass, people's attention spans pass. This is not a one-off. This is not a photo-op issue. This is how do you make sure that a month from now, three months from now, six months from now people still are getting the help that they need."

Before he leaves this afternoon, the president is scheduled to meet with the family of Alton Sterling as well as the families of deceased and injured officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

Air Force One touched down at approximately 11:45 a.m. Central time. The president then traveled in his motorcade to the Castle Place neighborhood, where he visited residents affected by the flood.

For days, critics hammered Obama for continuing his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts as flooding wreaked havoc on Louisiana, claiming the lives of at least 13 people and displacing tens of thousands of residents.

Obama declared a major disaster for Louisiana on Aug. 14, making federal resources available to help with home repairs, temporary housing, low-cost loans for uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover. The White House disclosed that he received a series of briefings on the flooding during his vacation.

In Castle Place, Obama viewed some of the flood damage, thanked rescuers, spoke with to officials who have been managing the response effort, and greeted citizens whose lives have been thrown into chaos because of the flooding.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- While Donald Trump's campaign's ties abroad have come into question in recent weeks, he's not alone.

Hillary Clinton's connections between her political life and the global foundation that she and her husband launched are being questioned in light of her presidential bid.

Changes to the way the Clinton Foundation operates have started to emerge in recent days and the extent of those changes depends on the fate of the November election.

Here is a rundown of what is known about the future for the foundation.

What Changes Have Already Happened at the Foundation?

Staff at the Clinton Foundation are working on scaling back operations and handing off a number of its ongoing programs to other organizations that can help continue the efforts that the foundation started, according to foundation officials.

The specifics of these plans have not been publicly disclosed.

Those discussions started happening in early February, one month after the Democratic primaries began, a foundation official told ABC News.

Why Not Just Stop Some of the Foundation Work Now?

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon defended the continued work of the foundation on MSNBC Tuesday morning.

"Based on its work, you have 11.5 million people in the developing world that have gained access to HIV/AIDS drugs, the cost of malaria drugs has gone down 80 to 90 percent. And the Clintons do not personally draw a salary or profit from the work of the foundation," he said.

Fallon said that the steps that are being taken to lessen the foundation's reach are "not taken lightly" because it is "going to drastically curtail" the "life-saving" programs that it has invested in.

Will Bill Clinton Be a Part of the Foundation If Hillary Wins in November?

Bill Clinton announced Monday that he will no longer raise money for the foundation should his wife win in November.

The former president said that it would be presumptive to assume a November win, but officials for his foundation say that talks about protocol changes have been ongoing since February.

"If Hillary is elected president, the Foundation’s work, funding, global reach, and my role in it will present questions that must be resolved in a way that keeps the good work going while eliminating legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest," Bill Clinton wrote in a letter sent to supporters via email on Monday.

A spokesperson for Chelsea Clinton told ABC News that she will remain on the board regardless of the election results.

What Other Changes to the Foundation Will There Be If Hillary Wins?

One of the major sources of revenue for the foundation will be cut off. Spokespeople from the foundation said that it would end all foreign contributions.

Instead, the foundation will only accept contributions from U.S. citizens and independent charities.

Not all changes will be behind the scenes, however.

It has already been announced that Bill and Chelsea Clinton will not fundraise for the foundation if Hillary Clinton is in office.

When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, she stopped fundraising for the foundation, and presumably will adopt a similar stance should she be elected.

What Happens to the Foundation If Hillary Loses?


Presumably nothing, but neither foundation officials nor campaign spokespeople have directly addressed that.

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