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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is expected to sign the GOP loyalty pledge Thursday, according to a source familiar with the conservations between Trump and the Republican National Committee.

Trump has not yet directly told GOP leaders what he will do.

“Mr. Trump will make a decision today,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC News Thursday morning. “No word on what that will be as of yet.”

Trump’s scheduled 2 p.m. news conference will come after he meets with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus at Trump Tower. Priebus, however, does not plan to appear at the press conference. Priebus has been in talks with Trump about the pledge for several weeks.

The RNC is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, which, according to GOP sources, reads, “I affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

The pledge is designed to force Trump to rule out a third-party run and support the Republican nominee.

Assuming Trump signs, the next question would be whether all 16 other GOP candidates will sign a document that commits them to supporting Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.

Jeb Bush would support Trump, the former Florida governor said on Good Morning America Thursday.

But Rick Perry, for example, has called Trump a cancer on the conservative movement. So it remains to be seen whether he -- and the others -- will commit to supporting Trump.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush hit fellow Republican Donald Trump Thursday, saying on Good Morning America that he thinks “Trump is trying to insult his way into the presidency.”

“It’s not going to work, people want an uplifting hopeful message, people come to this country to pursue their dreams, sometimes they start without speaking English, but they learn English and they add vitality to our country," Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.

Those comments were in response to a remark Trump made Wednesday in an interview with Breitbart News, saying “I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” adding, “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

Trump’s words resulted in an avalanche of criticism from both Hispanic groups and other Republicans who accused him of trying to kill the party. Bush called the United States a “diverse country” adding that “we should celebrate that diversity and embrace a set of shared values and Mr. Trump doesn’t believe in those shared values. He wants to tear us apart, he doesn’t believe in tolerance, he doesn’t believe in the things that have created the greatness of this country.”

Trump’s comments are just the latest in a string of controversial language Trump has used about immigrants since he launched his campaign. Trump’s attack was prompted by Bush answering questions Wednesday in both English and Spanish, something the fluent speaker often does.

Bush said when he first heard Trump’s comments he “laughed.”

"I mean this is a joke,” Bush said, adding answering questions in both English and Spanish is the “reality of America.”

“That’s the goodness of America, that is the kind of America we want,” he added. “So part of it is you laugh because it’s so bizarre, but it is hurtful for a lot of people and Mr. Trump knows this, he’s appealing to people’s angst and their fears rather than their higher hopes.”

Stephanopoulos asked Bush if Trump was out to “get him,” and he answered that he believes the real estate mogul is “out to get everybody.”

“He doesn’t have a set of plans,” the former Florida governor said, calling Trump’s immigration plan to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border “not serious,” as well as “unconstitutional,” adding it “violates civil liberties."

Bush said Trump’s views on “taxes” and “health care” are “those that are more closely similar to those of Hillary Clinton.”

The Republican National Committee is now asking presidential candidates to sign a loyalty pledge, promising all candidates to support whoever wins the nomination. This would rule out a third party bid by Trump -- something he has not done so far -- but, it would also mean all 16 other Republicans running for the White House would have to pledge their support to the tycoon if he wins the nomination.

This morning, Bush said “of course” he would support Trump if he was the nominee.

“We need to be unified, we need to win and I think Mr. Trump ought to figure out a way maybe to lessen the divisive language, the hurtful language and talk about the aspirations of the American people rather than trying to prey on their fears,” he said.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, one in five U.S. residents or more than 61.8 million people speak a foreign language at home. An ABC News-Washington Post poll released Wednesday shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Bush is lagging in polls both nationally and in the early voting states. Thursday he said he will turn it around by “recognizing it’s a long road,” adding he has a “well-funded campaign.”


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Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at a Wednesday night "Political Happy Hour" event hosted by The Boston Globe.

"He called me twice," Warren explained, "and invited me down. We had lunch and we talked about policy." Among the topics Warren mentioned were the middle class, the direction of the country as a whole, and "the capture of this country by those who've got money and power."

The Democratic favorite called the lunch "a good, long, rambly policy conversation."

Biden has been considering a possible campaign for president in 2016, but has not yet announced his intentions.

Asked if she would endorse a Democratic primary candidate, Warren said that she expected to, but that "right now, that's not where we are."

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Cultura RM/Angela Cappetta/Getty Images(ROWAN COUNTY, Ky.) -- Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license Wednesday by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision Wednesday when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license.

She said she was "not discriminating because I'm not issuing marriage licenses to anybody."

But U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey issued a statement Wednesday, saying, "We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court's order. Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law."

Earlier at the clerk's office, protesters on both sides of the issue flooded in behind Blankenship and Cruz and began chanting loudly during the exchange.

Blankenship is seen turning toward the news cameras at one point, saying of Davis, "She's been married four times, three divorces. We've been together 20 years."

There are reports that Davis has been married four times -- twice to the same man -- and divorced three times.

Though Wednesday's video shows that Davis appears to be trying to refuse issuing a license without getting into a debate, she does bring up her religious beliefs at one point.

"Have you received death threats for what you believe?" she says, before adding that "our Constitution was founded on faith," and being cut off by the couple and protesters.

Shortly after, Davis is seen retreating to her office, with the shades drawn. She has been in her office much of today and was escorted to work by a man with a handgun visible at his waistband.

The controversy surrounding her refusal will play out in court Thursday, when she is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after the Supreme Court this week refused to intervene in an appeals court’s affirmation that she issue the licenses.

Her attorney will argue that she should not be held in contempt of court because of her due process rights.

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ABC News(DILLINGHAM, Alaska) -- President Obama's been known to bust a move now and then -- and he's not a bad dancer. On Wednesday, he had the opportunity to show off his moves on the last day of his three-day trip to Alaska.

Obama stopped at Dillingham Middle School and was treated to a cultural performance by the school kids, featuring native dances and songs.

After the kids had finished performing a number of dances, President Obama joined in.

"I've been practicing," Obama said.

Along with the children dressed in colorful native clothing, Obama waved his hands to the beat.

Following the dance, Obama made a few remarks to the audience.

"I've got to make sure I bring Michelle and the girls back," Obama said to applause. "In the meantime we are going to enjoy the fish you gave us. I already had some for lunch. It was really good."

The president said he was "so happy to be here.

"The young people here especially, I'm very proud of you. Keep up your traditions even as you go out into the big world, and learn and bring back the knowledge that's going to help to build this community," Obama added. "We're very very proud of all of you."

“Thanks to all the kids for the great dancing,” said Obama, who then took a group picture with the kids, in front of a sign that read “Camai President Obama." Camai is a native Alaskan greeting. After getting a picture, Obama greeted the kid dancers, hugging a few of them and thanking them.

Earlier in the day, Obama met with local fisherman and tried some salmon jerky.

 

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said fellow Republican Jeb Bush should speak English in the United States, another comment likely to spark controversy in light of the millions of U.S. citizens who speak dozens of other languages nationwide.

“I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News Wednesday, which has been confirmed by ABC News. “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”

Trump has been under fire for controversial comments about immigrants from Mexico throughout the duration of his campaign. The comments also come the same day as a newly released ABC News-Washington Post poll shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.

The attack from Trump, 69, was prompted by Bush's comments at a town hall Tuesday in Miami. Bush had addressed -- in both English and Spanish -- questions from the media about his thoughts on Trump.

"I mean this is not a guy who’s a conservative and using his own words is not a mischaracterization, it came out of his own mouth," Bush, 62, said in Spanish, defending his campaign’s Web ad quoting the real estate mogul expressing Democratic positions in past years.

Trump and the former Florida governor, who speaks Spanish fluently, have been engaged in multiple attacks over the past several days.

Bush's campaign manager and director of communications immediately responded to Trump's interview with Tweets Wednesday condemning Trump's remarks.

Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, referenced the diversity of languages spoken by millions across the country in response.

“Trump would be better served remembering that the U.S. is a country with diverse people who speak many different languages,” he said. “We appreciate Jeb Bush’s ability and willingness to speak directly to a Hispanic audience in Spanish. It demonstrates his respect for that diversity and willingness to connect directly with the Latino community, something Trump refuses to do.”

One in five U.S. residents (more than 61.8 million people) speaks a foreign language at home, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

National Council of La Raza spokesperson Lisa Navarrete told ABC News, “Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters. Today is no exception.”


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Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama's landmark Iran nuclear agreement will survive congressional review.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, has announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president, and giving Obama the numbers in the upper chamber to sustain his promised veto of the resolution of disapproval of the deal.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel,” Mikulski said in a statement.

Congressional opponents of the deal would have needed a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in order to override Obama’s veto of the Resolution of Disapproval, which would have prevented the administration from lifting some Congressional sanctions on Iran.

But Mikulski’s announcement means opponents will not be able to reach the 67-vote threshold needed to override the veto.

The Maryland senator, who has served longer in Congress than any other woman in history, is retiring after this term, indicating it was less politically toxic for her to be the so-called “decisive” vote in favor of the deal than some of the other Senate Democrats who have not yet announced their position on the agreement.

There are 10 remaining Senate Democrats who have not yet made their opinion public, including some who are facing difficult re-election races and others who have large anti-deal constituencies.

But if the White House can get seven of those 10 holdouts to support the deal, they will not only be able to prevent the resolution of disapproval from going into effect but also be able to sink it upon the first Senate vote, which is expected to happen shortly after Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey told ABC News that Congress’ work on the Iran nuclear agreement is far from over, even as the deal’s success was essentially secured Wednesday as it received enough Senate support to move forward.

“The agreement will be moving forward. In some ways that’s when our work just begins,” Casey said in a phone interview.

The senior senator from Pennsylvania became on Tuesday the 32nd Democratic senator to support the deal, writing a lengthy memo that explained his decision-making process but also laid out his concerns, including the belief that the Obama administration should use more direct language in explaining the consequences if Iran violates portions of the deal.

“The language that’s been repeated month after month after month – 'All options are on the table' – is not enough in my judgment,” he said.

Casey added that Congress has a role to play in ensuring that Iran does not use the funds it receives from the lifting of sanctions to support other destabilizing organizations and regimes in the region including Hezbollah, Hamas and the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“We have to do something about the fact that Iran with limited dollars can do a lot with asymmetric warfare – they do that better than any country in that region and we have to make sure that other countries in the region are using the same strategies and methods to counter Iran,” he said.

The Obama administration is likely to join the EU and United Nations in implementing the agreement now that it has the 34 Senate Democratic votes it needed to sustain a veto of a resolution of disapproval on which Congress will vote when it returns from recess on September 8.

Casey is among the members of both houses that have begun talking about what else needs to be done after the deal is in place to keep up the pressure on Iran.

He said Congress should look at increasing support for not just Israel, whose government strongly opposes the nuclear agreement, but also gulf nations that fear that Iran will take advantage of the deal to become a dominant military force in the region.

Casey said that despite multiple conversations with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, there was no one “aha” moment in which he decided to support the deal, but rather, it came at the end of a six-week process of consulting officials, experts and constituents.

“Not any one person or group of people could persuade me. I had to persuade myself,” he said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, but the relatively small group of aides who run his presidential campaign is not nearly as visible.

This may change. Lately, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has stepped out of the shadows.

The 40-year-old father of four known for his anti-establishment enthusiasm has had a colorful career. A Massachusetts native and current New Hampshire resident, he ran, and lost, for a state representative position while still a student at UMass, Lowell, according to the Lowell Sun.

He briefly worked for the Republican National Committee, and most notably, spent almost seven years at the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity. He was also the executive director of the New England Seafood Producers Association and the director of public affairs at a PR firm. Lewandowski is a New Hampshire Police Academy graduate, guest lecturer, licensed real estate agent and notary.

Notably, he also once had an entire debate with a cardboard cutout of former Democratic New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, according to Politico.

Lewandowski has stayed mostly behind the scenes but recently made an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which drew attention after he asserted that 400,000 “anchor baby” births take place in the U.S. each year. (The non-partisan website, Politifact, posted a story saying the number is roughly 100,000 fewer).

During a June 19 interview on the "John Fredericks Show," a conservative Virginia radio program, Lewandowski said he was, “sold instantly,” after being offered a job by Trump.

And he told the Washington Post that he has “the greatest job in politics.”

“I have the privilege of working for a candidate who is exceptionally well known, has had unparalleled success in everything that he has attempted to accomplish, from the business deals to the television field, to being a best-selling author,” he said in a July 23 interview.

The Trump campaign declined to make Lewandowski available for an interview for this piece.

Long before he worked for Trump, Lewandowski cut his teeth managing the 2002 Senate re-election campaign of New Hampshire Republican Bob Smith.

Smith lost the race, and in an interview with ABC News, said the 2002 effort has a “striking similarity” to Trump’s bid. Both races, he said, featured candidates taking on the GOP establishment.

Thomas Rath, a longtime New Hampshire Republican political operative and the state’s former attorney general, said Lewandowski is known as someone who doesn’t “have an issue making himself visible.”

“He was out front as a spokesperson for Americans for Prosperity,” Rath said in an interview, “and, I think he’s quite comfortable behind the podium, as opposed to behind the curtain.”

Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen said he thinks Lewandowski is drawn to a “burn the boats, blow up the bridges campaign.”

During Lewandowski’s recent CNN appearance, he was neither boisterous, nor strident, as Trump often is. He did, however, stay on message, echoing his boss’s plan to “build a wall” at the southern border with Mexico and referring to rival GOP presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, as “low energy.”

Trump recently told the Lowell Sun, a local Massachusetts newspaper, that he found Trump “refreshing,” and his style, “liberating.”

His old boss, former Sen. Smith, said he remembers warning Lewandowski about getting involved with an anti-establishment campaign.

“When I hired Corey, I told him, ‘you’re going to get involved in a campaign where the establishment of the Republican Party is opposed to my candidacy. Do you have a problem with that?’ And he said, ‘absolutely not, I wear it as a badge of honor.’”

And while Cullen questioned the wisdom of Lewandowski’s decision to take a job with Trump (“It’s good while it lasts, but if you work for Trump, I hope you have a professional pre-nup”), Rath disagreed.

“Right now, working for Trump is brilliant,” he said. “Obviously he is giving himself -- and he’s earned it -- an elevated profile, and he’ll probably have lots of opportunities -- win or lose -- coming out of this.”

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(WASHINGTON) — As with any good political feud, the attacks between Republican candidates Johnny Louis/FilmMagic and Donald Trump are becoming more personal.

The Bush campaign Wednesday put out a quiz asking “Which Candidate Are You?” that's designed to highlight the differences between Bush’s positions and Trump’s.

The quiz is live on the campaign’s Facebook page and takes voters to a page with a series of questions that range from the serious to the strange, all choices lead to either Bush or Trump.

If one were to get Bush, the choice is described as:

"Like you, he supports cutting taxes, reducing spending, and limiting the role of the federal government in your life.”


Conversely, if one’s choices lead to Trump, that summary is described as:

“You have clear Democratic tendencies. You’re looking for the candidate who proposed record new tax hikes, supported single-payer health care, and supported an assault weapons ban. You’ve found your man in Donald Trump."

While many of the questions are policy-based, asking about stances of abortion, healthcare, guns, tax reform, etc, one is a more personal…and a little odd.

The last question on the quiz reads: "Would you rather support a candidate who strives to shake every hand everywhere or is a germophobe when it comes to shaking hands?"

It is a not-so-subtle jab at Trump, who is a self-declared “germaphobe” and has said he “hates shaking hands” though he later said he would obviously shake hands if he ever ran for office and has done so since declaring his candidacy.

It is all yet another chapter of the ongoing battle between the two candidates. Yesterday the two engaged in a war of advertisements, Trump hitting Bush for saying illegal immigration was “an act of love”, Bush slamming Trump for his Democratic tendencies. Trump then warned Bush that others who have gone after him have now all slipped in the polls.

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows both men trailing when it comes to how the public views them. Trump is viewed at unfavorably by 59 percent of all Americans while Bush is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of Americans, though Bush is viewed much more favorably when it comes to Hispanic-Americans, a voting group both men are trying to court and that Trump has said he will win over.

Neither have campaign events scheduled for Wednesday but, though the candidates may be off, their feud most certainly is not.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said he is not surprised by the recent attacks by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

"Well, I think he had no choice,” the real estate mogul told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Wednesday morning on Good Morning America.

“It seems to be backfiring, based on the polls. It seems to be somewhat backfiring on Jeb," Trump added. "So far everyone that has attacked me has gone down. Let’s see what happens."

Bush’s new video, released Tuesday on his Twitter account @JebBush, entitled “The Real Donald Trump,” is almost entirely comprised of old interview clips that Trump participated in.

It begins with Trump speaking these words [from 1999], "I lived in New York City, in Manhattan all my life so my views are a little different than if I lived in Iowa.”

You then hear Trump say “I am very pro-choice” and proclaim that he thinks Hillary Clinton would do a good job in Iran negotiations.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks he if identifies more as a Democrat or a Republican. Trump responds, “you'd be shocked if I said that, in many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat.”

Trump told Stephanopoulos Wednesday that when he was solely focused on business, he had to play nice. “That was my obligation, they termed me a world-class businessman," he said.

The GOP front-runner also responded to one portion of the Bush ad in which he says he doesn’t know why he is a Republican. “They [Republicans] had some ideas that were different than my ideas, and many Republicans were saying [then] they didn’t know why they were Republican.”

Trump is still at the top of all the most recent national polls. He tied with neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in a new Iowa poll released by Monmouth University earier this week. Trump said he was “surprised” by the poll but added that he “likes Ben very much” and would not attack him, for now.

Trump is off the campaign trail this week before the long Labor Day weekend. Next week, he flies to Washington to join fellow GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in protesting the Iran nuclear deal. Trump said he does not support the deal, telling GMA it was negotiated by “stupid, incompetent people. There is something wrong with them.”


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Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Negative views of Hillary Clinton have jumped to nearly their highest on record in ABC News/Washington Post polls, while Donald Trump’s personal popularity has grown more polarized along racial and ethnic lines.

Clinton’s favorability has burbled back under water: 45 percent of Americans now see her favorably, down 7 percentage points since midsummer, while 53 percent rate her unfavorably, up 8. Her unfavorable score is a single point from its highest in ABC/Post polls dating back 23 years; that came in April 2008, in the midst of her last presidential campaign.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

Trump is much farther under water than Clinton, rated favorably by 37 percent of Americans and unfavorably by 59 percent. That reflects a slight 4-point rise in favorability since mid-July, entirely among whites, 6 points. Nonwhites see Trump negatively by a vast 17-79 percent, unchanged among Hispanics and more negative among blacks, by 16 points, since midsummer.

That said, whites are the majority group –- 64 percent of the adult population -– and they now divide evenly on Trump, 48-49 percent, favorable-unfavorable. Clinton, by contrast, is far more unpopular than Trump among whites, 34-65 percent. So while racial and ethnic polarization is on the rise in views of Trump, it remains even higher for Clinton.

Given their support profiles -– Clinton’s more popular in groups that are less likely to be registered -– the difference in her and Trump’s popularity narrows among registered voters. In this group Clinton’s favorable-unfavorable score is 43-56 percent (-13 points); Trump’s is 40-58 percent (-18). Negative views of Clinton among registered voters are up by 10 points from July, while Trump’s ratings in this group are essentially unchanged.

Two others were tested in this survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates:

Jeb Bush, even while generating far less controversy than Trump, is seen almost as negatively, by 17 points overall, 38-55 percent. Bush’s favorable rating is flat while his unfavorable score is up 8 points since July, including 9-point increases among Republicans and independents alike. He’s also lost ground among conservatives, and is especially weak among strong conservatives, a group in which Trump far surpasses Bush.

Joe Biden lands an even score, 46-46 percent. He hasn’t announced candidacy, a move that can sharpen divisions as candidates start staking out positions on controversial issues, catching flak and aiming some of their own.

Favorability taps into a public figure’s basic overall image; a negative score indicates thin ice. Clinton’s has been especially uneven, from as high as 67 percent favorable during her tenure as secretary of state to as low as 44 percent in spring 2008 and 45 percent now.

Clinton was somewhat better rated at roughly this time in the 2008 cycle: In November 2007 she had a 50-46 percent favorable-unfavorable rating. Barack Obama’s was 51-36 percent, John McCain’s 43-42 percent. All, then, were better off than Clinton, Trump or Bush today. Among other factors –- including increasing partisan and political polarization – this was before the economic collapse of 2008 that pushed public frustration into a deep trough from which it has yet to recover in full.

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Hispanics divide about evenly on Bush, 43-46 percent, a much less negative rating than Trump’s but still a 15-point increase in unfavorable views since July. That said, Bush’s negative rating is up among whites as well, by 9 points.

Clinton is seen far more positively by Hispanics than are Trump, Bush or even Biden; she’s also highly popular among blacks. But, after a period of missteps chiefly focused on her handling of e-mails as secretary of state, her unfavorable rating is up by 14 points even among blacks. Her main trouble, regardless, rests in the fact that she’s so broadly unpopular among whites.

Party ID

Clinton is particularly strong in her party, seen favorably by 80 percent of Democrats. But her unfavorable rating has increased by 10 points among independents since midsummer, moving from an even split in July to a 20-point net negative score in this group now. Only Bush does worse among independents.

Trump and Bush alike continue to be seen more favorably than unfavorably within their party, by 59-38 and 57-39 percent, respectively. But that’s far behind Clinton’s intramural score, as well as Biden’s (70 percent favorable among Democrats). While negative views of Bush have gained among Republicans and independents, Trump’s held steady within the party, and his 6 in favorability among independents, while not statistically significant, is directionally opposite from Bush.

Other Groups

Among other groups, Bush’s unfavorable rating has increased by 14 points among conservatives since midsummer, he’s at 44-50 percent favorable-unfavorable in this group, while Trump’s held more or less steady at 52-44 percent. The gap is especially wide among strong conservatives -– a 39-57 percent score for Bush, negative by 18 points, vs. 61-37 percent for Trump, positive by 24 points.

Additional trouble for Clinton, meanwhile, is reflected in 11-point increases in her unfavorable rating among women and liberals. And among Trump’s challenges is a decidedly poor rating among young adults; 70 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds see Trump unfavorably, up 12 points since midsummer.

Strength of Sentiment

Strength of sentiment is more negative than positive for all these figures. While 21 percent of Americans see Clinton “strongly” favorably, more, 39 percent see her strongly unfavorably, an 18-point gap. It’s an 11-point gap for Biden (15 percent strongly favorable, 26 percent strongly unfavorable) and 22 points for Bush (just 7 percent strongly favorable, 29 percent strongly unfavorable).

But the gap is biggest for Trump: Sixteen percent of Americans see him strongly favorably while 43 percent see him strongly unfavorably, a 27-point margin for strongly negative sentiment.

See additional data tables here.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone Aug. 26-30, 2015, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS of Media, Pa. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DES MOINES) -- Every four years, presidential candidates descend on the Iowa State Fair to meet with voters, spread their vision for the country and eat and grill pork.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association "Pork Tent" is the place to be seen on the state fairgrounds outside Des Moines. Whether you're Donald Trump or Jeb Bush, candidates fill-in as a "guest chef" to show their appreciation for the leading pork-producing state in the United States.

“The way they one-on-one with you makes a big difference," tent volunteer Dana "Spanky" Wanken said. "You ask a question, they take time to answer it. Just don’t come for the photo-op. Be your normal self."

The Pork Tent hosted 17 presidential candidates and served over 50,000 pounds of pork at the 11-day 2015 fair that ended Aug. 23.

"It’s a very happening place,” Iowa Pork Producers Association president Dave Struthers said. ”We sell a lot of pork, get a lot of publicity, and everyone wants to show that they’re a real guy or a real lady, down to earth and can hang with the Pork Producers.”

“When candidates arrive, they receive an apron with their name sewn into it and head straight for the grill cooking the fair’s most popular treat, pork chop on a stick.

“It’s tender and juicy and you eat it like you would carry it around like a drum stick, like a turkey leg, or a chicken leg. It’s a nice good, tasty and healthy piece of meat because it’s low in fat," said Struthers, who has been a pork farmer for over 30 years.

Volunteer Wanken said it’s his job to help the candidates grill because many of them don't have time to do it.

“You ought to be able to flip a burger,” he said. “I don’t know what it says [if they can't]. Just says somebody else does all the cooking, in my book.”

On the final Saturday of the State Fair, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie brought his whole family to the Pork Tent and Wanken greeted them by the gas grill.

At one point, with a spatula in one hand and a pork chop on a stick in the other, Christie asked for pork patties. Wanken said he was impressed by Christie's cooking skills.

"He knew what he was doing. ...He wanted to stay and help finish them, but he had to go. When you’re on a time schedule, you’re on a time schedule,” he said. “Nothing you can do about it."

Iowa produces one-third of the nation’s pork, thanks to the state's ideal weather conditions, which allow farmers to grow corn and soy beans to feed the pigs.

"It’s basically the whole circle-of-life kind of thing,” Struthers, the pork association president, said. “Raise the crops, feed the animals, and the animals produce fertilizer for the crops, which feed the hogs again.”


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ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- In an op-ed for the Union Leader, Hillary Clinton announced a plan to establish a $7.5 billion fund to support federal-state partnerships in fighting substance abuse.

The plan will also call for increasing funding to the existing Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program. Clinton notes that on her first trip to New Hampshire after announcing her candidacy for president, one voter said that a big concern in the state was heroin addiction. "In state after state, this issue came up again and again -- from so many people, from all walks of life, in small towns and big cities," Clinton writes.

"This is not new," the op-ed continues, "we're not just now 'discovering' this problem."

"Plain and simple, drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a moral failing -- and we must treat it as such."

Clinton says that her plan sets five specific goals: giving communities the power to prevent drug use among teens, ensuring that all addicts can receive comprehensive treatment, making sure that first responders carry naloxone, the so-called overdose antidote, requiring health care providers to receive training to help recognize substance abuse disorders and to prioritize treatment for low-level and non-violent offenders instead of prison sentences.

"There are 23 million Americans suffering from addiction," Clinton writes, "but no one is untouched. We all have family and friends who are affected. We can't afford to stay on the sidelines any longer."

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(SEWARD, Alaska) -- President Obama had an adventurous day in Alaska on Tuesday.

The president – who’s visiting the 49th state to address global warming – went for a hike before taking a tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, witnessing Alaska’s natural beauty.

Heading out into the bay, past Godwin Glacier, the president saw Dall’s porpoises, Steller Sea lions and black-legged kittiwakes, a type of gull.

Obama, riding in Coast Guard Cutter “Viewfinder,” yelled to the nearby press, explaining an option for his post-White House plans: "After the presidency you might see me in one of those little cabins over there," he said.

Throughout Resurrection Bay, he saw Bear Glacier -- the longest glacier in Kenai Fjords, despite retreating 2.2 miles in the last 15 years. He also saw three cirque glaciers, which are no longer connected to an ice field.

On the bow of the boat, the president said the view was “spectacular.” He highlighted the melting of the glaciers along the way.

“The iceberg is sitting in a lake,” Obama said. “Periodically the icebergs break off from the glacier. Each one is the size of a Costco."

Earlier, at Exit glacier, the president walked past brown and white signs that denote the year the glacier reached that point. The glacier has receded 1.25 miles in the past 200 years, and is the only glacier accessible by car and foot in Kanai National Park.

Pointing to the signs, the president addressed the speed at which glacier retreats is accelerating.

“It is spectacular, though,” he said pausing to glance back at the view. “We want to make sure our grandkids can see it.”

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