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Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that more people should be armed in the United States and said he would be okay with teachers being armed.

“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. I would feel more comfortable,” Carson said in a new interview with USA Today’s Capital Download. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.”

Carson said he would like teachers to be trained in diversionary tactics, along with other school personnel.

“You obviously are not going to have a weapon sitting on the teacher’s desk, but be secured in a place where kids cannot get to it,” Carson said on ABC’s The View Tuesday.

The comments come just days after a gunman opened fire in an Umpqua Community College classroom in Oregon last week, leaving 10 people dead.

Carson also knocked down the notion that gun-free zones would mitigate gun violence in the country, noting that gun-free zones would actually draw the gunman to the particular site.

“They aren’t likely to go into a place where they are likely to get shot,” Carson told USA Today.

The retired neurosurgeon has stood by his position that gun control isn’t the issue, but rather mental health. Carson has said that to stop gun violence that data collection is needed to prevent mass shootings from happening.

“You’re not going to handle it with more gun control,” Carson said at campaign events last week. “Gun control only works for normal law-abiding citizens, it doesn’t work for crazies.”

When asked how he would deal with a gunman in a situation, Carson told Fox News: “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”

“I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him!’” he added. “He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.”

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David Greedy/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the fight between GOP hopefuls Donald Trump and Marco Rubio heats up, it seems the Trump campaign thought Rubio might need a little help cooling off.

On Monday, the Trump campaign sent Rubio’s Washington office a special care package, with 24 bottles of water with Trump’s face on them and the words “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water.” Also in the care package: two “Make America Great Again” towels, bumper stickers, and a note reading, “Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water. Enjoy!”

“Apparently the water is very high quality water. It’s top notch water that he sent us,” Rubio said Tuesday morning on NBC. “So we’re grateful for the gift.”

In 2013, Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response went viral after he interrupted his speech to chug some water.

Rubio and his team embraced the event. At one point, they were even trying to raise money off of it, selling signed water bottles online.

Now, Rubio always has a bottle of water handy on the campaign trail. At an event in Cedar Falls this week, he showed Fox News his “speech routine.”

“Water for my throat, especially. It starts to hurt at the end of the day for some reason,” said Rubio. “Especially on a lot of planes."

This isn’t the first time Trump has attacked Rubio for getting too thirsty or sweating too much. Following the second GOP debate, Trump said of Rubio “he sweats more than any young person I've ever seen in my life.”

Rubio responded by joking, “I really want to take a sip of water but, Donald Trump will make fun of me!”

Asked on Tuesday how he felt about Trump’s prank care package, Rubio seemed to imply he was unimpressed.

“I don’t know. It is what it is,” he told Fox. “I drink water. So what? And I only sweat when it’s hot.”

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Oli Scarff/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — At an early childhood education conference in Manchester Monday, Clinton spent a lot of time talking about the importance of talking — and singing — to your children.

At one point, she talked about her granddaughter, tying it to her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

"She’s a little over 1, so we’ve got a long way to go. She’s so over-stimulated it’s embarrassing,” the Democratic frontrunner said. “But we read to her, and sing to her. [Moderator: Really] Yes, as you can see from SNL, I’m an enthusiastic, terrible singer…sometimes she says, no no, don’t sing.”  

She went on to say that Spanish-speaking parents should still speak and sing to their child in their native language, and encourage a bilingual child.  

“I mean, I’m barely monolingual,” she said.

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ABC News(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) — “Nothing short of crazy.”

That’s what 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz thinks about President Obama’s proposed plan for handling the Syrian refugee crisis.

At a rally in Kalamazoo, Michigan Tuesday morning, Cruz was asked about the refugee crisis and defeating ISIS in Syria.

“What President Obama is proposing — bringing tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims to America — is nothing short of crazy,” Cruz said. "It would be the height of foolishness to bring in tens of thousands of people, including jihadists that are coming here to murder innocent Americans. Now this refugee crisis is a crisis in significant part of President Obama’s making. The people they are fleeing are the lunatics who have risen to power in the face of American weakness.”

Appealing to Christian voters, Cruz argued that the Obama administration is leaving behind Christian refugees.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Tuesday? Read below to find out their schedules:

Hillary Clinton

After Hillary Clinton made headlines Monday in New Hampshire, the Democratic frontrunner is ready to turn her attention to the very first contest in the presidential race: Iowa. The former Secretary of State, who made news Monday for her emotional comments on gun control and Benghazi, will hold a community forum in Davenport and another organizing event in Muscatine Tuesday afternoon.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main competition as of now, is in Washington Tuesday announcing a new bill to strengthen workers' bargaining rights.

Martin O’Malley

Martin O'Malley, now one week from the first Democratic debate, is in Nevada.
Donald Trump

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has nothing scheduled Tuesday.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush will also take to the Hawkeye state Tuesday evening for a county GOP Reagan dinner.

Other lower tier candidates, like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, as well as Bobby Jindal, who stretched up to 6 percent in Iowa in Sunday's NBC/WSJ poll, will also be in Iowa looking for a spark.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, also gaining steam in the polls, will be in New York City Tuesday morning before turning to New Hampshire for the night.

John Kasich

John Kasich will be in Washington, D.C. with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — an event Trump backed out of last week.
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court justices took the bench Monday and like last term, this one is shaping up to be a blockbuster — with affirmative action in college admissions, unions and legislative districts at issue.

Below are a few of the most significant cases the justices have already agreed to hear; two other big cases they haven’t yet taken but almost certainly will; and a few notes on another big issue to watch this term.


Fisher v. University of Texas

At issue: Affirmative action in college admissions

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

This is the second time the court will consider this case, in which plaintiff Abigail Fisher is challenging the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions. The first time the court heard the case, it held that the lower courts had been too deferential to school administrators in evaluating the affirmative action program. The lower court took another look and stood by its earlier decision, and the case is back before the justices, who could rule broadly on the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education. They could also write a decision that’s more limited to Texas’ unique admissions program, which first takes the top 10 percent of graduating seniors in the state and then uses race as part of a “holistic” analysis to fill the remaining spots.

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

At issue: First Amendment challenge to compulsory dues in public sector unions

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

This case asks whether public-sector employee unions can require non-members to pay a share of the costs of collective bargaining. In the 1977 case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the court upheld a compulsory fee scheme, but has recently expressed doubts about the correctness of the decision. A group of California teachers now asks court to overrule Abood, claiming that requiring them to subsidize union activities violates the First Amendment. A ruling in favor of the teachers could deal a serious blow to public-sector unions across the country.

Evenwel v. Abbott

At issue: Proper method of drawing state legislative districts

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

At issue in this case is a challenge to the way Texas draws its state legislative districts. Like most states, Texas uses total population, not just voting eligible population; the challengers argue that this method means that areas with higher undocumented populations get an unfair advantage in legislative apportionment. The challengers ask the court to order states to draw districts using eligible voters, not total population. If they’re successful, the case could significantly change the composition of state legislatures, shifting power to rural (and away from urban) areas.


Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

At issue: Texas abortion restrictions

This case features a challenge to two provisions of Texas’ restrictive 2013 abortion law: a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and a requirement that abortion facilities comply with the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers. If these laws go into effect (they’re currently on hold) the challengers claim the number of clinics in Texas will drop by 75 percent to around 10, concentrated in the state’s urban centers. The lower court found that the legislature’s justification of promoting women’s health was sufficient; the challengers argue that there’s no evidence that these regulations promote health, and that they’re really about impeding women’s access to abortion. The fundamental question here is how much leeway states have to regulate abortion before a regulation will be deemed an “undue burden" (the language used in the court’s 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case). If the court takes this case, it could be the biggest abortion case in over 20 years.

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

At issue: birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) < The ACA requires health insurers to provide, among other things, cost-free contraceptive coverage to female employees. For employers who object on religious grounds, the government has come up with an accommodation: the employer can sign a form registering the objection, provide the federal government with information about its insurance plan, and the federal government will then make alternative arrangements to provide contraceptive coverage. A number of religious groups have objected to this process, under both the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Constitution, arguing that their religious convictions prevent them from completing the form. There’s now a circuit split and a number of petitions (the best known one from the Little Sisters of the Poor) pending. It seems highly likely that the court will grant one of them, though it will most likely wait until a petition out of the most recent case is filed.


The death penalty.

At the end of last term, two justices — Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — announced in their dissenting opinion in Glossip v. Gross that they had concluded that the death penalty was most likely unconstitutional as a general matter. This is a very significant development — since the court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 (between 1972 and 1976 the court imposed a de facto moratorium on the death penalty, finding that the arbitrariness of its imposition rendered it unconstitutional), very few justices have concluded that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

The Glossip dissent changed that. And, although justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor did not join the Breyer/Ginsburg opinion, their separate opinion was deeply troubled by the court’s rejection of the petitioner’s method-of-execution claim. They wrote that the majority opinion “leaves petitioners exposed to what may well be the chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake.” And Justice Antonin Scalia said at an event last month that there were four votes on the court right now to hold the death penalty unconstitutional.

The court has a number of death penalty cases on its docket this term, and it may yet take more. None of these cases squarely raises the question of the constitutionality of the death penalty. But there may be an appetite for engaging with the question, for the first time in quite some time.

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andykatz/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday released its first national television ad, set to hit airwaves on Tuesday -- featuring comments made by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about how the committee investigating Benghazi and her emails has led to a drop in her poll numbers.

The 30-second spot, titled “Admit,” is the latest move by Clinton’s campaign to highlight McCarthy’s remark, made last week on Fox News, which her team claims is proof that the Benghazi probe was set up to destroy Clinton’s campaign.

The ad uses McCarthy’s comment to make the campaign's larger point that Republicans are on a mission to bring down Clinton.

"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right, but we put together a Benghazi special committee," McCarthy can be heard saying. After a cut in the tape, the contender for House Speaker says: "What are her numbers today?"

A voiceover then says: “Republicans have spent millions attacking Hillary because she’s fighting for everything they oppose from affordable health care to equal pay.”

McCarthy later said the Benghazi committee had "nothing to do with politics." "This committee was set up for one sole purpose: to find the truth on behalf of the families of four dead Americans," he said on Fox News.

In a statement, a rep for House Speaker John Boehner blasted the spot.

"This is a classic Clinton attempt to distract from her record of putting classified information at risk and jeopardizing our national security, all of which the FBI is investigating," said spokeswoman Emily Schillinger.

Clinton, who has drawn scrutiny for the Benghazi attack and using a private email server to conduct government business, has maintained that she did nothing illegal.

According to Clinton's campaign, the spot is part of a new national cable TV ad buy that begins on Tuesday.

Since August, Clinton has aired several television ads across the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. This new ad will be the first one to air nationwide.

So far, Clinton’s campaign has spent roughly $14 million for air space in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Her campaign did not comment on how much this national ad buy cost, nor did they provide any other details about it.

The buy comes exactly one week before the first Democratic presidential primary debate, as well as amid growing concern about Clinton’s campaign and reports that Vice President Biden could challenge her in the race.

A NBC News/Marist poll released Monday showed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leading Clinton in New Hampshire by 14 points.

Clinton, however, was quick to defend herself as the national frontrunner. When asked about the New Hampshire poll in an interview with NBC News on Monday, she interjected.

“And it shows me winning in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and nationally,” she said, defensively. “So I'm happy to be in New Hampshire to talk to the people here."

The same poll does show Clinton ahead of Sanders in Iowa, but only by a slim margin: 33 - 28.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will visit with the families of the victims in last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.

A White House official confirmed that the President will head to Roseburg, Oregon "to visit privately with families of victims in the shooting."

Last Thursday, gunman Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire at the college, killing nine people before shooting himself to death.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --   Singing sensation Demi Lovato wants Congress to make mental health a top priority and she heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with members of Congress to raise awareness of mental illness.

Earlier on Monday she spoke candidly at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention in Washington, D.C., about her own mental health struggles. The popular singer credited her friends and families for her recovery.

“The people around me know my deepest, darkest secrets,” she told the audience.

Lovato has joined five leading mental health advocacy organizations to encourage people to use their own voices to make a difference in mental health. She kicked off the "Be Vocal" campaign in a livestream video on Periscope Monday afternoon.

Her trip to the nation’s capital coincides with her recent nude and make-up free shoot for Vanity Fair magazine. She told the magazine she wanted to do the untouched photographs to encourage other women to overcome body-image issues. She has publicly struggled with eating disorders and entered rehab in 2010 to address emotional and physical issues.

"What does it mean to be confident?" Lovato said, according to Vanity Fair. "I want to show the side of me that’s real, that’s liberated, that’s free. What if we do a photo shoot where it’s totally raw? Super sexy, but no makeup, no fancy lighting, no retouching and no clothing. Let’s do it here, let’s do it now.”
Lovato has not shied away from allowing her fans – known as "Lovatics" – to see glimpses of her personal life and raw emotions. Every week she usually starts with a “No Makeup Monday” self-portrait on Instagram. Another recent post showed her comforting her great-grandmother after the death of her great-grandfather “Papa."

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  “I'm probably going to lose, but I'm okay with that.”

That’s a pretty surprising admission from someone who just announced they were running for Speaker of the House.

But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said that kind of uncertainty is exactly why he thinks he could also become the replacement for outgoing speaker John Boehner.

In an interview with ABC News, Chaffetz acknowledged that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the leader going into Thursday’s closed-door speaker elections, which are conducted in secret.

But the real test, Chaffetz said, is when McCarthy’s speakership is put to the entire House floor, where he needs 218 votes to win. Chaffetz said there are at least 50 conservatives who told him they won’t vote for McCarthy because they think McCarthy won't represent their interests.

“I think I can be palatable to those 50 people that won't and cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy," Chaffetz said. "They could and would vote for me. So the question is, would the rest of the group come along and support?”

Chaffetz said he’ll endorse McCarthy if he emerges from the GOP conference election as the front-runner. But the wildcard is what happens on the floor –- and Chaffetz wouldn’t commit to what happens then.
“That's my point. My point is we won't know what's going to happen on the floor. And that could be an ugly situation,” he said. “This happens with or without me.”

In a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters Monday, Chaffetz said his support would have to come about “organically” among the Republican conference. He is not keeping an official whip count of supporters although he did say he’s already flipped several members who had already come out in support of McCarthy or Rep. Dan Webster, a third candidate.

Chaffetz said he told McCarthy in person on Friday that he was running and Chaffetz said he “wasn’t too happy.” But the Utah congressman says it’s just business.

“It’s nothing personal. I don't feel that I'm running against Kevin. I'm running for the speakership,” he said.

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Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Less than one week after the deadly shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Hillary Clinton on Monday unveiled a series of gun control measures she would enact as president, including renewed calls for universal background checks and a crackdown on the sale of guns on the Internet.

After rolling out her policies, the democratic presidential candidate invited the mother of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to join her on stage at Manchester Community College.

“So many of the parents of these precious children who were murdered have taken the unimaginable grief that they have been burying and have tried to be the voices that we need to hear, and I want you to introduce yourself and maybe talk about what you and other parents are trying to do to get the changes that are necessary,” Clinton said, choking up.

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Nicole Hockley, the mother of Dylan Hockley, who was killed along with 19 other children and six Sandy Hook staff members, received a standing ovation as she took the stage. She offered an emotional plea for gun control measures.

“Gun violence prevention was nowhere on my radar before losing my son and I wish it had been and I wish I had done something long before something that I thought could never hit my community hit me,” she said.

The announcement of Clinton’s plan came two days after the Democratic presidential candidate blasted Republicans for putting "the NRA ahead of American families," and just hours after her Democratic challenger, Martin O’Malley, called on both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to back his plan, which includes a ban on assault weapons.

Sanders, who is currently polling ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, has not rolled out a gun control policy.

On Monday, Clinton said her plan was filled with what she calls “common sense proposals” to combat what she described as an "epidemic of gun violence.”

“People are quick to say that they offer their thoughts and prayers. That’s not enough,” Clinton said to the roughly 500 people in attendance. "How many people have to die before we actually act? Before we come together as a nation."

Clinton, who said that the gun control issue has been taken over by “extremists," renewed her call for universal background checks and for closing the gun show loophole. She also called for banning military-style assault weapons from the streets, and for a crackdown on the sale of guns on the Internet and at gun shows.

Clinton made a brief reference to a recent remark by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, when he said “stuff happens” in response to a question about the recent Oregon shooting.

“On the Republican side, [Donald] Trump was asked about it and said something like, ‘You know, things like that happen in the world and Governor Bush said, ‘Yeah stuff happens,'" said Clinton. "No, that’s an admission of defeat and surrender to a problem that is killing 33,000 Americans. It’s time for us to say wait a minute, we are better than this, our country is better than this and there are steps we can take that improve gun safety and further the prevention of violence by guns."

Clinton’s plan also calls for laws to prevent gun sales from going through without completed background checks (something currently dubbed a "Charleston Loophole”); legislation that prohibits domestic abusers and stalkers from buying and possessing guns; the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so that dealers and manufacturers are held accountable for negligence when crimes are committed with products they’ve sold.

Last Thursday a gunman opened fire at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon, killing 10 people, plus himself, and injuring seven others.

The shooting renewed calls for stricter gun control laws, including by Clinton, who on Friday called for a "national movement" to stand up to the National Riffle Association.

On Monday, she doubled down on that call.

“Ideally, what I would love to see,” Clinton said, “is gun owners, responsible gun owners, support a different organization and take back the second amendment from the extremists.”

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United States Congress(WASHINGTON) — “I’m probably going to lose, but I'm okay with that.”
It was a surprising admission from House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who announced Sunday that he was challenging House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the House speakership in light of Speaker John Boehner’s imminent departure.
He explained that McCarthy is the far-and-away leader going into Thursday’s likely closed-door GOP conference elections, which are conducted in secret. But the real test, Chaffetz said, is when McCarthy’s speakership is put to the entire House floor, where he needs 218 votes to win — and, Chaffetz said, there are at least 50 conservatives who have said they won’t hold their nose and vote for McCarthy.
This is the scenario in which Chaffetz said he could envision himself winning: “I think I can be palatable to those 50 people that won't and cannot vote for Kevin McCarthy. They could and would vote for me. So the question is, would the rest of the group come along and support?” he said.

Chaffetz said he’ll endorse McCarthy if he emerges from the GOP conference election as the frontrunner. But the wildcard is what happens on the floor — and Chaffetz wouldn’t commit to what happens then.
“That's my point. My point is, we won't know what's going to happen on the floor. And that could be an ugly situation,” he said. “This happens with or without me.”
How’s his relationship with McCarthy? He told him Friday, face-to-face, he was going to run for the speakership — and McCarthy wasn’t happy. But Chaffetz says it’s just business.
“It’s nothing personal. I don't feel that I'm running against Kevin; I'm running for the speakership,” he said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Monday? Read below to find out their schedules:

Hillary Clinton

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a busy day in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. She’s participating in a town hall meeting Monday morning and a childhood education conference in the afternoon.

Martin O’Malley

Just more than a week away from the first Democratic debate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spends his day in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Donald Trump

A day after new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls show Donald Trump still leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republican frontrunner has no events scheduled.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, now in second place in New Hampshire, will be spending her day in the Granite State, with a manufacturing tour and a house party.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has a whopping five events scheduled in Iowa Monday, where he hopes to jumpstart some momentum in the polls.

Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will hold a rally in Michigan Monday.

John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host a town hall in Virginia.

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul is at home in Kentucky for a rotary club meeting.

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After more than five years of negotiations, trade ministers from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries announced on Monday that they have reach a sweeping free trade agreement.

Following days of negotiations in Atlanta, United States Trade Representative Amb. Michael Froman announced the conclusion of negotiations at a news conference Monday. He was surrounded by trade representatives from 11 other participating countries -- from Canada to Chile, and Japan to New Zealand.

“We the trade ministers…are pleased to announce we have successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Froman said to applause.

In a statement released shortly after the announcement, President Obama noted that the deal “reflects America’s values and gives our workers the fair shot at success they deserve.”

“This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products,” Obama wrote. “It includes the strongest commitments on labor and the environment of any trade agreement in history, and those commitments are enforceable, unlike in past agreements. It promotes a free and open Internet. It strengthens our strategic relationships with our partners and allies in a region that will be vital to the 21st century. It’s an agreement that puts American workers first and will help middle-class families get ahead.”

Froman said TPP was a “historic agreement” that brings higher labor standards to the global economy. He added that negotiators will continue “technical work” before the agreement is publicly released.

The agreement is likely to become a major issue on the presidential campaign trail, as Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for president, already has slammed the deal as “disasterous.”

“Wall Street and other big corporations have won again. It is time for the rest of us to stop letting multi-national corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense,” Sanders wrote in a statement. “In the Senate, I will do all that I can to defeat this agreement. We need trade policies that benefit American workers and consumers, not just the CEOs of large multi-national corporations."

The deal must be ratified by Congress, as well as the legislatures of all participating nations. The Obama administration must make the text public for at least 60 days before sending it to Congress for consideration. Congress must then take an up or down vote, and won’t have the opportunity to amend the deal.

Rep. Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, noted that he is “reserving judgment” until he reviews the final text and consults other lawmakers and his constituents.

“I want to explore concerns surrounding the most recent aspects of the agreement,” Ryan, R-Wis., noted. “The administration must clearly explain the benefits of this agreement and what it will mean for American families. I hope that Amb. Froman and the White House have produced an agreement that the House can support."

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Sean Rayford/Getty Images(WINDHAM, N.H.) -- For over three decades, Carly Fiorina’s bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in medieval history and philosophy has had little real-world application.

But as she mounts a presidential bid, the Republican candidate says her degree is finally of use as she considers how she would deal with ISIS as commander-in-chief.

“Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy,” Fiorina said Sunday night, “because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally.”

Fiorina was responding to a question from a member of the military at a town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, who wanted to know how she could assure him that she would be serious in taking on the Islamic extremist group.

She said that ISIS is “an evil that must be defeated” and explained how she would work with allies in the Middle East who have asked for specific resources and assistance to fight the extremist group, citing the example of Turkey, which has asked for help in establishing a no-fly zone along its shared border with Syria. Fiorina said she would work with Turkey in establishing such a no-fly zone.

Pressed to explain how her bachelor’s degree in medieval history will help her in dealing with ISIS, Fiorina listed off a number of brutal techniques that ISIS is using that were common in medieval times and said it is not an exaggeration to say that the group is operating under a mentality based in the Middle Ages.

“Every single one of the techniques that ISIS is using, the crucifixion, the beheadings, the burning alive, those were commonly used techniques in the Middle Ages,” Fiorina told reporters during a media availability, “so we can’t avert our eyes and pretend it’s an exaggeration that ISIS wants to take its territory back to the Middle Ages but that is in truth what they want to do and are attempting to do.”

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