Analysis: GOP voters wanted an outsider who could fix the economy

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The Republican race for president will go on through the mighty contests of early June, but it ended Tuesday. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president because of two imperatives that GOP voters clung to all through the primary season.

They were desperately concerned about the economy. And they wanted an outsider to fix ...Read more

Clinton's two-front war drags out her march to the nomination

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton gained some clarity Tuesday night, but it came with a cost.

Clinton now knows her Republican opponent will be Donald Trump, who became his party's presumptive nominee with a win in Indiana. For weeks now, Clinton's advisers have viewed voter anxiety about a Trump presidency as one of the best ways to bring Bernie ...Read more

A 'dogged' debate on pets and prescriptions

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WASHINGTON -- House members found a rare note of accord on Friday as they considered the plight of a 16-year-old terrier name Sammie.

When Sammie, who has the distinction of belonging to Texas Republican Rep. Michael C. Burgess, got sick a year ago, the family veterinarian prescribed a medication that would give him a few more months to live.

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Q&A: How Senate Republican campaigns will handle Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is, for all intents and purposes, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And his ascent to the top of his party's ticket carries big consequences for down-ballot Republicans.

Here is the compilation of three months of reporting about Senate Republicans preparing for a Trump nomination:

Q: How bad is the outlook ...Read more

Clinton is raising millions more for Democrats than Sanders is

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WASHINGTON -- Both candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination opened accounts to raise money for the party. Here's the tally so far: Hillary Clinton, $46 million; Bernie Sanders, $0.

Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, has headlined a half-dozen fundraisers -- one at movie star George Clooney's home, another at a Radio ...Read more

Trump begins tightrope walk to unite Republicans behind him

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WASHINGTON -- The "stop Trump" movement has failed, but victory for the coming "back Trump" effort is far from assured.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party, declared Donald Trump the party's presumptive nominee on Tuesday after the front-runner's last serious rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, exited the primary race. But as the New York real ...Read more

Trump wants a vice president who is 'friends with the senators and congressmen'

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WASHINGTON -- With the Republican party's nomination virtually in hand, frontrunner Donald Trump is thinking about who might be his second-in-command.

Trump suggested in television interviews Wednesday morning that he would likely pick someone with more experience governing or legislating, though he did not name any potential picks.

"It will ...Read more

The 2016 guide to political predictions

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NEW YORK -- For political junkies, polls and predictions are almost irresistible. But they can also overload us with information that's at best confusing and at worst wrong.

Recent high-profile polling misses -- from Israel and the U.K. to Michigan -- have prompted concerns that election results can no longer accurately be forecast by surveying...Read more

GOP establishment's nightmare: Ted Cruz 2020

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WASHINGTON -- While some Republican elites saw karmic justice in Ted Cruz suffering a fatal defeat and ending his presidential bid Tuesday in Indiana, they also experienced a nagging fear: The 45-year-old Texan could return in 2020.

If Donald Trump is nominated in July and loses the general election, Cruz, the runner-up, would have a sprawling ...Read more

Lull in congressional schedule not felt on K Street

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WASHINGTON--With official Washington riven by distrust and partisan strife, and with Congress set to spend most of its summer campaigning, this year was shaping up to be a particularly slow one for lobbyists.

But the anti-establishment fervor coming from the political right and left combined with anxiety over the post-election landscape are ...Read more

Democrats don't have their hands tied raising convention money this year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dan Murrey might envy Kevin Washo. To a point.

Murrey was the executive director of Charlotte's host committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Washo heads the host committee staff for this summer's convention in Philadelphia.

Murrey was charged with raising $37 million for many of the activities surrounding the ...Read more

There's nothing between Trump and GOP title, and Clinton

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WASHINGTON--Once unthinkable, Donald Trump now is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president.

That became a certainty Tuesday as he crushed rival Ted Cruz in Indiana, drove the Texas senator out of the race, and set the course to clinch the needed delegates in the next few weeks.

The nomination of the brash man with no political ...Read more

Is Hillary Clinton launching her general election campaign in Appalachia?

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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Deep in a difficult conversation with an unemployed West Virginia coal worker, Hillary Clinton said, "I'll be honest with you, a lot of people said just don't go to West Virginia ... go to California, there are lot more votes there."

Yet the Democratic front-runner spent two full days this week moving from Kentucky to West ...Read more

Ted Cruz was right: GOP voters wanted an anti-establishment candidate, just not him

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WASHINGTON--Ted Cruz was never expected to advance this far in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

The Texas senator was seen as too extreme for most Republicans; too despised by the establishment; too unknown by the rest of the country.

It turned out Cruz was right all along about what Republican voters really wanted in 2016: an ...Read more

Analysis: Ted Cruz's rise and fall is explained by a cruel paradox

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WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz rose in the presidential race by painting Republican leaders as sellouts and insisting only he had the courage to fight a broken system. Those same elites returned the favor by snubbing him when it mattered most, refusing to rally the party behind him and all but ensuring that Donald Trump will be the nominee after winning...Read more

Clinton, Sanders locked in tight battle in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS--Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to Indiana to provide a jolt to his faltering presidential campaign as the insurgent fought Tuesday to keep his agenda at the center of a race he is now almost certain to lose.

The lone state that voted Tuesday, Indiana was set to provide a crucial test of the continued potency of Sanders' effort to ...Read more

Trump wins Indiana, putting him on pace to seize GOP nomination

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Donald Trump won the Indiana primary Tuesday, vanquishing rival Ted Cruz and all but locking down the Republican presidential nomination.

The results were clear from the instant polls closed, with Trump jumping out to a double-digit lead and running strongly across the state.

Trump's win was a major setback for not just Cruz ...Read more

Analysis: GOP considers the unthinkable — uniting behind Trump

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WASHINGTON -- They've called him a liar, a clown and the possible death of the Republican Party.

But now, as Donald Trump notches another big victory in the GOP presidential primary, the Republicans once steadfastly opposed his campaign are contemplating calling him by a different name: our nominee.

Trump's seemingly inevitable march to the ...Read more

Hillary and the coal worker: Behind a moment of humanity on the presidential trail

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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- How did an unemployed coal worker who identifies as a Republican break through the usually manicured world of presidential campaign round tables?

It was a classic case of connections made in a life in a small town, Bo Copley told reporters after he became the unanticipated star here Monday.

"We coach three soccer teams, ...Read more

Trump looks to lower the boom on Cruz in Indiana

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CHICAGO -- Ted Cruz has described Tuesday's Indiana primary as "the one thing that stands between us and plunging over the cliff." The Texas senator and others trying to block Donald Trump from the Republican presidential nomination may be about to fall in.

The outcome in Indiana, where balloting across two time zones will end at 7 p.m. Eastern...Read more

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