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Talk of shifting funds away from Trump premature: Republican official

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield, ConnecticutBy Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior official with the Republican National Committee on Sunday played down the prospect that the party would cut off cash and logistical support to White House nominee Donald Trump in order to shift resources toward congressional races. Last week 70 Republicans wrote a letter urging the RNC to stop helping Trump and to focus instead on candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The letter, signed by former members both of Congress and RNC staff, said Trump's actions were "divisive and dangerous" and posed a threat to the party and the country.


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Protests over killing of suspect prompt call for National Guard

Authorities respond near a burning gas station as dozens of people protest following the fatal shooting of a man in Milwaukee, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. A crowd of protesters skirmished with police Saturday night in the Milwaukee neighborhood where an officer shot and killed a man after a traffic stop and foot chase earlier in the day, setting fire to a police car and torching a gas station. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ehlke)Milwaukee County's sheriff called on Sunday for the National Guard to be deployed in a predominantly black neighborhood where protesters set off a night of fiery rioting in response to the police killing of an armed suspect. The neighborhood, which has a reputation for poverty and crime, appeared calm at midday on Sunday after businesses were burned, cars set ablaze and gunshots fired by demonstrators angered by the police killing. Sheriff David Clarke, nationally known as a conservative voice in Republican politics, asked that the National Guard be mobilized to help contain the protests, said Fran McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.


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Trump makes a pitch for Connecticut, a Democratic stronghold

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has not been in Republican hands since George H.W. Bush won the state in 1988. No matter, Donald Trump says as he promises to pursue the Democratic stronghold.


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In Connecticut, Trump promises a major push in a blue state

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Conn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an unusual foray Saturday night into deep-blue Connecticut, pledging to make "a big play" for the Democratic stronghold.


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Trump rails against press in response to reports of chaos

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Fairfield , ConnecticutBy Ginger Gibson FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his attack on President Barack Obama that he helped "found" Islamic State and railed against media reports that his campaign is failing, at a campaign rally in Connecticut, a state where he has a long-shot of being victorious. Speaking for more than an hour in a sweltering room, Trump spent a significant portion of his speech complaining about the media. On Saturday, the New York newspaper published an article detailing failed efforts to make Trump focus his campaign on the general election.


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Trump backs off ISIS comments; party head appears at rallies in show of unity

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at an American Renewal Project event at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FloridaBy Steve Holland ALTOONA, Pa. (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump on Friday backed away from comments calling President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the founders of the militant group Islamic State, while the Republican Party sought to project unity behind their candidate. A new poll showed Trump, whose unfiltered speaking style has repeatedly landed him in hot water, losing ground in three crucial states ahead of the Nov. 8 general election against Clinton. In a surprise appearance, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who in private expressed fury over some of Trump's actions earlier this month, introduced the candidate at a campaign event in Erie, Pennsylvania, and the two hugged onstage.


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