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'We need to end (mass shootings), absolutely, yes.': Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for stronger background checks and said that gun control proposals from Democrats would not have stopped the recent mass shootings in Texas."We've seen too damn many of these in the state of Texas. So, we need to end them, absolutely, yes," he…... Read More

Hand-drawn swastika found in Homeland Security office building

(WASHINGTON) -- A hand-drawn swastika was discovered inside an office building at the Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Avenue Complex, a source confirmed to ABC News on Saturday. The hand-drawn image was removed and the matter was referred to the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Civil Rights…... Read More

The new GOP super PAC behind the anti-AOC ad that aired during Dems' debate

(WASHINGTON) -- A political advertisement during a commercial break in Thursday night's Democratic debate, hosted by ABC News and Univision, caused an uproar for disturbing content that showed progressive icon Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being consumed by fire, followed by a black-and-white image of skeletons in an apparent reference to Cambodia's Khmer…... Read More

Trump confirms Osama Bin Laden's son has been killed in a US counter-terrorism operation

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Hamza Bin Laden, son of the 9/11 terrorist mastermind and al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden, marking the first time the White House is confirming his death since it was initially reported earlier this summer."The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only…... Read More

State Dept. failing to protect bomb-sniffing dogs from dying, getting poor care: Watchdog

(NEW YORK) -- Despite previous warnings, the State Department is still not doing enough to ensure the safety of bomb-sniffing dogs that it provides to partner countries for counter-terrorism, resulting in poor conditions, mistreatment, and sometimes death, according to a watchdog report."While dogs in the [Explosive Detection Canines Program] are…... Read More

Special operations airman awarded for heroic actions during combat mission against ISIS in Afghanistan

(NEW YORK) -- A special operations airman was awarded the Air Force Cross on Friday at a ceremony that recognized his actions during a 2017 combat mission against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.Staff Sgt. Daniel Keller, assigned at the time as a joint terminal attack controller for Combined Joint…... Read More

Understanding the 1994 assault weapons ban and why it ended

(WASHINGTON) -- Federal action on guns has been a divisive issue, but a quarter of a century ago, it was a reality.On this day 25 years ago, then-President Bill Clinton signed the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, commonly called the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was a…... Read More

The five key takeaways from the ABC News Democratic debate

(HOUSTON) -- As Democrats descended into Republican territory for Thursday’s debate in Houston, Texas, they made their pitches to voters with the hope of creating a battleground opportunity in 2020. Over the course of nearly three hours, the 10 candidates exchanged blows over pivotal issues including health care, gun legislation,…... Read More

Texas lawmaker tweets that his 'AR is ready' for Beto O'Rourke after debate

(HOUSTON) -- A Republican lawmaker from Texas made what Beto O'Rourke called a "death threat" against the Democratic presidential candidate on Twitter, prompting a report to the FBI. It began on the stage of the third Democratic presidential candidate's debate Thursday night. In response to a question about his proposal…... Read More

Julian Castro says he ‘wasn’t taking a shot’ at Joe Biden’s age in health care debate

(HOUSTON) -- During the Democratic debate on Thursday, Julian Castro got into a testy exchange with Vice President Joe Biden over their plans to make sure that more Americans are covered by health insurance -- but he later insisted in an interview with ABC News he had not taken a…... Read More

Seven biggest moments of third Democratic debate

(HOUSTON) -- Sparks flew Thursday night in Houston as the 10 highest-polling Democratic presidential candidates clashed on issues like health care and criminal justice, and fought to prove they were best-suited to beat President Donald Trump in 2020. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders,…... Read More