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Trump looks to RNC for rapid response assist

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WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is working with the Republican National Committee to adopt a rapid response communications strategy, a further sign that the presumptive nominee's campaign and party leaders are joining forces for the general election.

On Monday, RNC communications director Sean Spicer met with Trump ...Read more

Unsealed Trump University 'playbooks' show how controversial school was run

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SAN DIEGO -- Nearly 400 pages of previously sealed court documents in a lawsuit filed against Donald Trump and the now-defunct Trump University were made public Tuesday, detailing operations of the real-estate-to-riches program that cost students as much as $35,000.

The documents are part of one of two lawsuits filed in San Diego federal court ...Read more

Kristol eyes conservative lawyer for independent presidential run

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WASHINGTON -- Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol's efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French -- whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine....Read more

Former Guantanamo prosecutor settles free-speech lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress has agreed to pay a former military prosecutor $100,000 and change his personnel records to resolve his complaint that he was fired improperly for criticizing the military commission process for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis served as the chief military ...Read more

Third party possibilities say 'not me'

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WASHINGTON -- Several top contenders for a "Never Trump" nomination continued to insist Tuesday that they were not interested, but that hasn't dampened growing speculation that a third party candidate will materialize before the November election.

The not-me list includes Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., an outspoken Donald Trump critic whose spokesman ...Read more

A testy Donald Trump lashes out at news media and says 'I'm not changing'

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump repeatedly lashed out at the media, conservative opponents and Republican foes in a testy news conference Tuesday that he had called to answer criticism over his contributions to veterans' charities.

Trump reeled off a list of charities that he said had received a total of $5.6 million he had raised. The list came ...Read more

Supreme Court rules for landowners who are fighting the government over wetlands

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for landowners Tuesday who are fighting the government over whether their property includes protected wetlands.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said property owners may go to court and obtain a "prompt judicial review" of claims by federal environmental regulators that their dry land may in fact ...Read more

Trump's ousted political director says he still sees Republican winning

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump hired his national political director, Rick Wiley, without ever having a conversation with him.

He fired him the same way.

The two men never had a single phone call, or traded emails, because Trump doesn't use email, campaign insiders say.

That lack of contact meant Trump never felt a deep bond with Wiley, and so ...Read more

McConnell talks Trump on media tour

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing something he rarely does: discussing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

At the Capitol, the Kentucky Republican rarely comments on the race for the White House. But in recent days he has been making the rounds in the media touting his memoir, "The Long Game," and...Read more

Trump's press relations? Testy, he says

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WASHINGTON -- If you like contentious, insult-laced news conferences, you'll be in luck should Donald Trump ascend to the White House, the likely Republican president nominee acknowledged Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters from Trump Tower, ostensibly to detail the veterans groups he raised money for, a testy Trump turned the 40-minute appearance ...Read more

Congressman marries woman running to replace him

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WASHINGTON -- Senate hopeful Alan Grayson quietly married fiancee Dena Minning over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Florida.

"Rep. Alan Grayson and his wife Dr. Dena Grayson had a small, private wedding ceremony Sunday evening, with friends and family to celebrate their union," Grayson spokeswoman Brook Hines told the Miami Herald.

Minning...Read more

Why California's governor just endorsed Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- After carefully avoiding any involvement in the Democratic presidential primary, California Gov. Jerry Brown dropped his neutrality -- and looked past his bitter history with the Clintons -- to endorse Hillary Clinton on Monday.

In an open letter to Democrats and independents, Brown urged voters who do not want to see a Donald ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects union challenge to casino bankruptcy

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to hear a union's challenge to a bankruptcy ruling that cut health and pension benefits for workers at the Atlantic City, N.J., casino founded and formerly owned by Donald Trump.

The Trump Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and was eventually taken over by billionaire Carl Icahn.

The Trump...Read more

Republicans fight to regain voter data parity with Democrats

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CHICAGO -- One of the records inside a massive and rapidly growing Republican National Committee database contains three predictive numbers about Barack Obama's political leanings.

There's a 95 percent likelihood Obama will vote in the 2016 general election, the database predicts, based on computer modeling. It also shows an 83 percent chance ...Read more

Trump gets chance for tax cut by moving trademarks to Delaware

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NEW YORK -- As Donald Trump prepared for the Republican primaries, he transferred dozens of his most prized assets, the "Trump" trademarks that adorn everything from hotels to ties to his U.S. golf courses, into a new Delaware-based company -- a move that offers him a chance to cut his income-tax bills.

By shifting more than 110 registered or ...Read more

Clinton steps up California efforts

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LOS ANGELES -- Hillary Clinton's campaign had once hoped the California primary could be a coronation for the former secretary of State, the last major stop en route to claiming the Democratic presidential nomination.

Instead, it has turned into a dogfight with Bernie Sanders, who has been campaigning nonstop through the state. With at least ...Read more

Jesse Ventura rules out presidential campaign

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who had earlier said he was considering running for president this year, said in a posting on his website that he "unequivocally" will not run.

Ventura, 64, who served one term as governor from 1999 to 2003, wrote, "I would love to run against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

"I'd love to ...Read more

New generation of veterans in Congress

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WASHINGTON –– There are still fewer veterans in Congress than in past decades, but the drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given rise to a new generation on Capitol Hill.

Last year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., started a bipartisan caucus to help post-9/11 veterans transition to civilian life, and to ...Read more

Corporate America is not sold on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Even as the Republican establishment and leading conservative groups are starting to warm to Donald Trump, a large and important segment of the Republican base has been conspicuously quiet: corporate America.

Wall Street and the nation's business community have historically been dependable backers of the Republican Party, whose ...Read more

California Latino Republicans fear loss of more votes from their community

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LOS ANGELES -- Latino leaders in California working to mend the GOP's relationship with their community were filled with dread, not joy, as Donald Trump clinched their party's nomination for the presidency.

The businessman's campaign, staked on a hard-line approach and incendiary rhetoric about illegal immigration, threatened to unravel the ...Read more