Following his controversial statements about Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump will be in Laredo, Texas visiting the US-Mexico border to hold a news conference and meet members of the union representing border control agents. The billionaire’s comments on immigrants have become the focus of his campaign and much for the election so far, drawing criticism from fellow candidates and other members of the GOP party.
IMMIGRATION POLL (HFR 7AM ET)
Donald Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border marks the extent to which negative views on immigration fuel his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination – and the limits they may impose. About half of potential GOP voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll oppose a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, and Trump wins support from 34 percent in this group, a remarkable tally in a 16-candidate race. Among those who favor providing legal status for undocumented immigrants, by contrast, Trump’s support drops sharply, to 13 percent. The results pose two challenges for Trump and other sharp critics of immigration policy: First, the issue divides rather than unites potential Republican voters. Second, a pathway to legal status is far more popular beyond the party’s confines, making the position a hard sell in the general election.
- On Capitol Hill, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, are set to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday on the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations.
- Thousands of pro-Israel protesters packed into New York City's Times Square on Wednesday to rally against the Iran deal.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made an announced trip to Iraq Thursday. Secretary Carter will meet US troops there and discuss progress by Iraqi forces to push back ISIS militants in across Iraq.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO AFRICA
Thursday evening President Obama will travel to Kenya and Ethiopia for bilateral meetings, for additional meetings of the African Union, and he will attend, as well, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. This will be the president's fourth trip to Africa, the most of any sitting American president. It will also be the first time that a sitting American president travels to Kenya, the first time that a sitting American president travels to Ethiopia, and the first time a sitting American president addresses the African Union. Kenya is the homeland of the President's father; a country where children, roads and schools bear Mr. Obama's
VOTE 2016/HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Clinton will be in South Carolina Thursday holding a forum to discuss her economic vision for the state.
TX JAIL DEATH
The body of Sandra Bland is back in her hometown of Illinois, more than a week after she was found dead in her jail cell after a traffic stop. Sister Sharon Cooper was asked if the family had heard anything new on the independent autopsy being conducted on Sandra's body following her death. Her reply: Quite frankly I'm disgusted we're having a discussion about an autopsy, because she was pulled over for something so insignificant, and because of an officer who thought that maybe his ego was bruised. The family attorney says they take issue with reports Bland was suffering from depression. On Wednesday, the Waller County Sheriff said Bland told a jail guard during the booking process that she had tried to kill herself in the past. Bland's family dispute sclaims she committed suicide.
-A fast-moving wildfire in Glacier National Park torched a car and forced tourists to abandon their rides on the Montana park's most popular roadway while officials evacuated hotels, campgrounds and homes near the park's eastern boundary.
- Authorities near Walla Walla, Washington are struggling against a suspected man-made wildfire that's forced evacuations in nearby homes. It's burned more than 5,5000 acres and is zero-percent contained.
- 150 structures are threatened by wildfire in Napa County, California. Nearby home owners and campers have been evacuated from the flames which have burned about 1,000 acres and is 5-percent contained.
A federal indictment is being filed against alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof on 33-counts, including hate crime charges. The Justice Department says it believes Roof targeted members of the Emanuel AME Church in the June 17th mass shooting that left nine people dead ... both because of their race and because they were in an historic black church. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said for these crimes, Roof faces federal penalties up to life imprisonment or the death penalty. No decision has been made about whether to seek the death penalty in this case.
Officials in Chattanooga are releasing more details today on the shooting at a Navy facility that left five service members dead. FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold says Mohammod Abdulazeez first fired shots from his car at a local recruitment center, before crashing through the gate at the Naval reserve and running into a building, where he shot his first victim. All told, Abdulazeez's rampage lasted less than five minutes, before he was shot by law enforcement. The FBI says it’s too early to determine whether Chattanooga shooter had been `radicalized' before attacks.
More than a quarter of the major roadways around cities were in poor condition according to a new report from TRIP, a research firm funded by construction and union groups. The reports which uses 2013 data from the Federal Highway Administration also indicates damaged roadways can cost up $1000 dollars a year in added maintenance.
AIRLINE BAGGAGE FEES
One Congressmen is fed up with rising airline bag fees that he says don't contribute to airport improvement. That anger could lower the cost of your future plane trip. Airlines now take off with much more of your money..including extra bag fees that Congressman John Mica says don't contribute to airport improvement taxes. He says they've diverted probably more than 9 billion from baggage and service fees and they're not putting anything into the trust fund. So Congressman Mica wants to limit airlines to just $4.50 per bag. The airlines are expected to fight this proposal.
- New York became the first state to authorize a minimum wage hike for tens of thousands of fast food workers. It would be phased in over three years. Fast food workers paid 8.75 an hour now would make 15 dollars an hour by 2018. The minimum wage hike would apply only to fast food workers and the franchise owners say it's unfair. But the state says it's tired of subsidizing billion dollar corporations who aren't paying their workers enough.
- On the West Coast, the University of California system plans to announce an increase base pay for workers to $15 an hour.
The sentencing phase of the Colorado movie theater shooter trial got underway on Wednesday after jurors returned a guilty verdict last week. Prosecutors want James Holmes to get the death penalty. Deputy District Attorney Richard Orman telling jurors in the sentencing phase that Holmes committed a horrific act, but defense attorneys are expected to argue that even though the jury has found Holmes was not insane, that he is mentally ill and cannot be put to death.
Problems for sushi lovers... We are learning more about a recall. The FDA says raw tuna linked to a salmonella outbreak across 11 states was not only sold in grocery stores but it also went to restaurants. 11 people have been hospitalized... The Osamu Corporation - the California company that distributed the tuna has issued a voluntary recall. It says the fish came from a processing plant in Indonesia. The FDA suggests consumers who are worried should ask restaurants and grocery stores the source of their fish.
Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast.