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Warren relishes role as attack dog against Donald Trump

In this June 9, 2016 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks in Washington. Warren is relishing her role as attack dog against Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Relishing her role as an attack dog, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tore into Donald Trump on Saturday, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a "thin-skinned racist bully" who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the White House.


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Trump’s ‘Mexican’ label against judge brings up slur history

Trump's 'Mexican' label against judge brings up slur historyPresumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump referred to a U.S.-born federal judge as a “Mexican” and saw a backlash, even from other Republicans. A black Democratic lawmaker called Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with another lawmaker and was forced to apologize. In the latest example, Trump recently used the word against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American of Mexican origin.


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Q&A: Why groups are suing Cleveland over RNC protest rules

CLEVELAND (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has sued Cleveland on behalf of a homeless organization and two groups planning marches during next month's Republican National Convention, alleging the city's rules for protests violate free speech rights. For example, the lawsuit says a large event zone of 3.3-square miles is "absurd" and other city rules also place a burden on anyone who lives and works in downtown Cleveland.

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Democrats’ new line on gun control: Do it for national security

Assault rifles are displayed during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in PhoenixDemocrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it's time to get tough on national security. Shoring up national security has long been a pillar of Republican orthodoxy, as has staunch opposition to gun control. With national security driving the debate, Democrats see a more powerful argument than simply advocating the need to curb gun violence in a country of 320 million that has more than 310 million weapons.


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Trump’s approach to staffing in states unconventional, risky

In this photo taken June 14, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. His campaign riled by infighting and Republican revolt, Donald Trump is working to address a battleground state staffing shortage that highlights his reliance on a skeptical GOP establishment. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — His campaign riled by infighting and Republican revolt, Donald Trump is working to address a battleground state staffing shortage that highlights his reliance on a skeptical GOP establishment.


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Utah Lt. Governor speech after Orlando shooting resonates

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, Spencer Cox looks on after Gov. Gary Herbert announced Cox is his pick for the state's new lieutenant governor during a news conference, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Amid the outpouring of grief after the Orlando nightclub massacre that left 49 people dead, Republican lieutenant governor Cox in a deep-red state stood at a vigil organized by an LGBT group and apologized. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Amid the outpouring of grief after the Orlando nightclub massacre that left 49 people dead, a Republican lieutenant governor in a deep-red state stood at a vigil organized by an LGBT group and apologized.


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House panel claims oversight of state climate probes into Exxon

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New YorkBy Terry Wade and Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Republican-led congressional committee sought on Friday to assert oversight over inquiries that about 20 states are making into Exxon Mobil and climate change, reiterating demands to know more about state attorneys general's consultations with environmental groups. In a letter, some 17 members of Congress and ranking members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee said they have broad jurisdiction that allows them to review investigations carried out by states. The committee was pushing back against state officials who have said they are not subject to federal oversight.


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George W. Bush ends exile, helps Republicans raise money

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks on stage during the Symposium on Invisible Wounds at the Invictus Games in Orlando FloridaBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President George W. Bush had every intention of sticking to his self-imposed exile from politics, but found that the phone kept ringing with appeals from Republican U.S. Senate candidates for help, friends say. As a result, Bush has embarked on a rescue mission to try to preserve the Republicans' narrow Senate majority in a year in which many party figures fear presumptive nominee Donald Trump will drag them down to defeat in the Nov. 8 elections. "I think that this is a one-off, temporary thing that where he can be helpful he will be," said Dana Perino, who was Bush's White House press secretary.


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GOP picks former Utah congresswoman to head rules panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the Republican Party named a former Utah congresswoman on Friday to head the rules committee at the party's national convention next month, elevating a political veteran from a state where Donald Trump absorbed one of his worst beatings in his quest for the presidential nomination.

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