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Oh, the anguish of the principled conservative: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday declined to support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying that he would be willing to do so if the real estate mogul could unify a bitterly divided Republican party. “I’m not there right now,” Ryan said on CNN’s […]

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Lauren Fox reports that Mitch McConnell is not changing his tune on the Supreme Court now that Marla Maples’ ex-husband is going to be the nominee of his party: Mitch McConnell is going to keep blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland even if that means Donald Trump ultimately gets to fill the […]

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Caitlin MacNeal reports that Ted Cruz has just about had it with Donald Trump: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) seemed to hit a personal breaking point Tuesday, going off on Donald Trump and calling on Indiana voters to save the country from the current Republican presidential frontrunner. Heading into the make-or-break Indiana primary, Cruz did […]

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Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin report on the gaping void at the heart of the Trump campaign: The Republican presidential nomination may be in his sights, yet Donald Trump has so far ignored vital preparations needed for a quick and effective transition to the general election. The New York businessman has collected little information […]

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Ted Cruz has finally found the magic formula for stopping Donald Trump: As Senator Ted Cruz of Texas seeks every possible edge to stop Donald J. Trump, he has seized on a once-obscure issue with a proven power to inflame conservatives: letting transgender women use women’s bathrooms. Mr. Cruz mentions it constantly in Indiana, […]

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Donald Trump has apparently decided that this sexism thing is working great for him: A day after his chief rival picked a woman as a running mate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended comments he made about Hillary Clinton playing “the woman card” saying the Democrat couldn’t even win a local election if she […]

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The Ted Cruz presidency is getting more and more appealing all the time: Ted Cruz, in an apparent act of desperation, announced Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he is the Republican nominee for president. Announcing a running mate is an unusual step that comes as he trails […]

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Kenneth Vogel and Eli Stokols report that there’s trouble in Trumpland: Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds, multiple sources close to the campaign tell POLITICO. Trump became upset late last […]

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Matea Gold reports on a nefarious scheme from a plutocrat to involve young people in the political process: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer announced Monday that his super PAC will spend $25 million this year to mobilize young voters in battleground states, hoping to harness climate change as a galvanizing political issue on college campuses. […]

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Sari Horwitz and Jenna Portnoy report on some good voting rights news from Virginia: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will make all ex-felons in Virginia eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, part of a years-long effort to restore full voting rights to former convicts. McAuliffe’s announcement in Richmond on Friday will allow an […]

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Looks like everything is under control among Republicans who are bracing for a contested convention to stop Donald Trump: The Republican National Committee’s rules committee on Thursday chose to punt on changing rules for how a presidential nominee is chosen in a contested convention. In avoiding a high-profile battle to simplify the rules, the […]

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Lisa Lerer and Hope Yen report that Hillary Clinton is sitting awfully pretty right now: Hillary Clinton can lose every remaining primary in the coming weeks and still clinch the nomination. With Clinton’s double-digit win in New York and more than two dozen new superdelegates joining her camp, rival Bernie Sanders now faces a […]

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Jeffrey Young reports on some not-so-great news for the Affordable Care Act exchanges: UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the U.S., will pull out of most states’ Obamacare exchanges next year, the company announced Tuesday. UnitedHealth cited about $1 billion in losses over the past two years for the firm’s decision to significantly […]

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Katie Glueck reports that Ted Cruz is a bit concerned about his ability to be a unifier, bringing all people together: Ted Cruz on Monday acknowledged he’s concerned about how a contested convention might “fracture” the party ahead of the general election, especially if Donald Trump lashes out should he lose the primary. “There […]

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Gabriel Debenedetti reports that a pro-Clinton super PAC is already planning for the general election: The main super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton is reserving $20 million more in television ad time beginning the day after California’s June 7 Democratic primary, meaning the group has now set down $90 million to air its anti-Republican message […]

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Sari Horwitz reports that Democrats are getting actively involved in voter access issues before the November election: The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will sue the state of Arizona over voter access to the polls after the state’s presidential primary last month left thousands of residents waiting as long as five hours […]

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Paul Kane reports that it is slowly dawning on GOP elites that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may be in the process of blowing their carefully laid plans to smithereens: After his party took full control of Congress 16 months ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set a seemingly strange goal for the newly […]

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Paul Ryan is just super-fed-up with everyone telling him how great he is and talking about how he should be the leader of the free world: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday delivered a forceful statement rejecting calls from establishment Republicans who want him to usurp their party’s presidential nomination from the […]

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Donald Trump is getting upset that the process of running for president involves complex details you might not be aware of if you’ve never run for office before: Donald J. Trump on Monday criticized the system for selecting delegates in Colorado, where he was shut out last week, insisting that people in the state […]

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Bill Clinton is kinda sorta almost sorry: Former President Bill Clinton said Friday he regretted drowning out the chants of black protesters at a rally in Philadelphia the day before, when he issued an aggressive defense of his administration’s impact on black families. His reaction thrust a debate about the 1990s into the center […]

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