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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Indiana Theater in Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S., May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

GOP Chairman Says ‘People Just Don’t Care’ About Misogyny Allegations Against Donald Trump

“These are things that he is going to have to answer for,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But I also think there are things from many years ago and I think that, you know, as Christians, judging each other I think is problematic.”

May 15, 2016
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How Reince Priebus Handed Donald Trump The Republican Party

Even after the Republican donor class began “encouraging” candidates to end their campaigns, Trump’s anti-establishment war continuously put Priebus (and the Republican Party) on the defensive, forcing him to fend off accusations of establishment meddling in the nomination process.

May 4, 2016
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Endorse This: Priebus On Candidates: “No One’s Forcing Them To Wear Our Jersey”

Reince Priebus was navigating a minefield: the RNC’s rules committee voted Thursday against a rule that would have made it harder to nominate candidates on the floor.

April 22, 2016

Republican Party Chairman Suspends Partnership With NBC For February 26 Debate

RNC Chairman Reince Priaebus cited “bad faith” in announcing the party will suspend its partnership with NBC News for the Feb. 26 debate to be held in Houston.

October 30, 2015
U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Front-Runner Trump Signs Republican Loyalty Pledge

Nudging Trump toward signing the pledge was a weeks-long effort by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and other officials, an RNC official said. Priebus met Trump on Thursday.

September 3, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a news conference near the U.S.- Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas

Republican Leader Says Party Candidates Shouldn’t Run As Independents

“If Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican.”

July 27, 2015
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Donald Trump Is Number One?

Don’t let anyone tell you it means nothing that Donald Trump has surged to the top of the Republican field.

July 20, 2015
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Conservative Group Behind Scott Walker’s Political Rise

While the Bradley Foundation has a lower profile than the Kochs, its aims are similar.

March 31, 2015

Midterm Roundup: Dumbest Campaign Controversy Debunked

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

October 2, 2014

Today In GOP Rebranding: Don’t You Miss George W. Bush?

After the GOP’s humbling defeats in the 2012 elections, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus released an “autopsy report” laying out the party’s urgent need to rebrand itself if it hopes to compete in future elections. It hasn’t been going well. And, based on his latest fundraising pitch, even Priebus has given up on the […]

July 7, 2014
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Republicans Finally Have A Poster Boy For Voter Fraud (But Scott Walker Won’t Like It)

For years, Wisconsin Republicans have warned that voter fraud is a scourge that threatens the very survival of democracy in their state. “I’ve always thought in this state, close elections, presidential elections, it means you probably have to win with at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud. One or two points, […]

June 24, 2014

Reince Priebus Leaked Info On Scott Walker’s GOP Primary Opponent

Have you ever wondered how Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus still has his job after leading his party to a disastrous 2012 election, where it lost the presidency along with seats in the House and Senate? One of the 27,000 emails released as part of the “John Doe” investigation of former aides to Governor […]

February 20, 2014
Mike Huckabee. Photo via Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Huckabee Won’t Back Down From ‘Uncle Sugar,’ Would Like Some Money, Please

A day after former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sparked controversy with his bizarre remark that Democrats insult women “by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help […]

January 24, 2014

4 Reasons The RNC Should Demand This Bigoted Member’s Resignation — But Won’t

Party chairman Reince Priebus delayed the Republican National Committee meeting so committee members could participate in the March for Life — in case there was anyone in America who doesn’t know that the GOP is anti-abortion rights. But when the meetings get going after the march on Wednesday afternoon, the chairman will have to deal […]

January 21, 2014

This Week In Crazy: ‘Bridgegate’ Is The Least Of Christie’s Concerns, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Reince Priebus Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr Supposed false-flag operations are a pretty common theme in This Week In Crazy, but the accusations usually come […]

January 10, 2014
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Today In GOP Outreach: RNC Delays Annual Meeting To Attend Anti-Abortion Rally

As the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” nears its one-year anniversary, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has provided yet another example of why his rebranding plan never really had a chance to succeed. According to a Washington Times report, Priebus is delaying the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other RNC members can […]

January 7, 2014
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How The Right Is Turning ‘Political Correctness’ Into Another Tool Of The 1 Percent

You may have noticed that when the right isn’t busy being outraged at the left for being outraged by comments by Republican reality stars, radio hosts and elected officials, they’re busy being outraged at the left for “offensive” comments about Republicans. The current target is MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who featured a brief segment on her […]

December 31, 2013
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