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Demonstrators protesting Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (in window, L) are reflected in the side of his car as he departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Voters Aren’t Angry At The ‘Establishment,’ They’re Angry At Brown People

Millionaires who support Democrats vote against their own material interests, as do working people who vote for Republicans intent on destroying collective bargaining rights. We should assume that Black, Latino and Asian voters understand what they’re voting for and and are able to formulate their own visions of America. And we should assume the same about Trump voters.

June 20, 2016
Former U.S. President George W. Bush (L) joins his brother Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Call In The Big Gun: George W. Bush Criss-Crosses The Country For GOP Senators

The 43rd president recently headlined fundraisers for Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and will soon repeat the act for Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

June 20, 2016
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Some Republicans Push Back Against Trump’s Racism, Others Stay Silent

Following Donald Trump’s horrific response to the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, some prominent Republicans are expressing hesitation regarding their party’s nominee—from refusing to comment on his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim remarks to outright endorsing Hillary Clinton.

June 14, 2016
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Cartoon: Republican Unity Emerges

Donald Trump is taking Republicans along for the ride, whether they like it or not.

June 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his daughter Ivanka (L) looks on at a campaign event on the day that several states held presidential primary elections, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

GOP Gets What It Deserves With Trump

Republican establishment figures are feigning surprise over their nominee’s racism, misogyny, narcissism and contempt for the rule of law, but they are being disingenuous. They’ve known for years the sort of man Donald Trump is. And they welcomed him and his money.

June 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama talks to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during a break in a taping of the show, to air Thursday night, at NBC's Rockefeller Center studios in New York, U.S. June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WATCH: Obama On Fallon: “Actually I Am Worried About The Republican Party.”

President Obama expressed concern for the Republican Party during a “Tonight Show” appearance — he also “slow jammed the news.”

June 10, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to a campaign rally in Redding, California, U.S. June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Senior Republicans Criticize Trump’s Remarks On Hispanic Judge Curiel

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate to Trump, called Trump’s comments about the judge “inexcusable.” “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made,” Gingrich told Fox News.

June 5, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Trump Keeps Pushing Latinos Out Of The GOP, Despite Their Electoral Significance

It should come as no surprise that Trump is going after successful, prominent Latinos. The generalization that all immigrants are “rapists and murders” set the tone for his presidential run, and Hispanic American governors, journalists, and federal judges don’t fit that image.

June 2, 2016
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No, You’ve Never Heard Of The New #NeverTrump Candidate

“The only man who combines the integrity, financial resources, name recognition, and broad public support to make a realistic independent run at the presidency” …is how David French, likely #NeverTrump candidate, described Mitt Romney.

June 1, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House Republicans Block Their Own Spending Bill Because of LGBT Protection Amendment

A domestic energy and water spending bill was defeated last week over an amendment that would prevent the U.S. government from hiring contractors that discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

May 31, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally to highlight POW-MIA issues on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, U.S. May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Definitive List: Who Deserves Blame For The Nomination Of Donald Trump?

We know Republicans are responsible for Trump, because you can be assured they’ll take credit for him if he wins. Here’s a quick review of who deserves the most blame.

May 30, 2016
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It’s Good To ‘Rattle’ Allies ‘In A Friendly Way,’ Trump Says Following Nomination Victory

The newly-crowned Republican presidential nominee’s contradictory foreign policy platform has consisted of reversing the postwar world order, promoting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and starting a trade war with China in order to somehow balance out America’s trade deficit.

May 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Anaheim, California, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump Secures Delegates Needed To Clinch Nomination: AP

A small number of unbound delegates said they would support Trump at the party’s July convention, the AP reported, pushing the billionaire businessman over the 1,237-delegate threshold he needed to avoid a contested convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

May 26, 2016
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Latina GOP Governor Susana Martinez To Trump: ‘I Will Not Be Bullied’

When the chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association and the only Latina governor in the United States failed to endorse Donald Trump before he campaigned in her state on Tuesday night, Don didn’t take it lightly. One Trumper tantrum later, a spokesman for Susana Martinez’ office said simply, “Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her.”

May 25, 2016
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Trump Slams New Mexico’s Republican Governor At Rally

During a 65-minute speech in Albuquerque last night, Donald Trump laced into New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. He blamed her for the state’s economic problems, for the growing number of food stamp recipients and for not doing more to reject Syrian refugees. The billionaire even mused about moving to the state to run for governor himself.

May 25, 2016
Trump campaign merchandise vendor David Dickson from Florida holds Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" hats dusted with falling snow outside a Trump campaign town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump Is Not ‘Bringing New People’ Into Politics

Donald Trump’s claim that he is bringing “millions and millions” of people to the political process and the Republican Party are simply false. As with most of Trump’s appeals — “I win with the hispanics!” — the claim is a mix of wordplay and smoke and mirrors. So why do we keep believing him?

May 24, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre (R) and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox (L) at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Trump Currying Favor Among Republican Elite

Trump, who eschewed fundraising in his primary fight, primarily loaning himself $36 million, has started raking in super PAC cash. Great America PAC filed an unusual Federal Election Commission report this week, the Hill reported, claiming the bulk of its donations came in at less than $200. The super PAC said it raised $513,606 in April, more than 80 percent of which came in as small donations that do not have to be itemized.

May 22, 2016
A woman walks past a giant fake mosquito placed on top of a bus shelter as part of an awareness campaign about the Zika virus in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

As Zika Spreads, Republicans Hold Funding Hostage

The House on Wednesday passed the Republican-backed Zika Response Appropriations Act, a bill that would provide $622.1 million in funding towards Zika but would also lead to other cuts — including on funds allocated for the fight against Ebola — in order to satisfy Republican demands to limit deficit spending.

May 20, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Will Trump Cost Republicans The Senate?

Republicans hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate. But they are defending 24 seats in November compared with just 10 for Democrats — only a third of the Senate is up every two years — and they are in jeopardy of losing enough seats to lose control.

May 20, 2016
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Cartoon: New Members

Meet the new boss.

May 20, 2016
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From His Death Bed, A GOP Senator Apologizes For Donald Trump

Utah Senator Robert Bennett was appalled at Trump’s call to ban Muslims, among other things.

May 19, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Trump Releases List Of 11 Possible SCOTUS Nominees

The list is widely seen as a strategy by Trump to placate the “movement conservatives” actively resisting his candidacy, by committing to place sufficiently conservative justices on the court.

May 18, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at the Republican National Committee for a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump Goes On Charm Offensive With Republicans But Differences Remain

Trump held an hour-long session with Ryan, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is the top U.S. elected Republican and can hold sway with many establishment Republicans leery of Trump. “This was our first
meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification,” Ryan and Trump said in a joint statement. The usually loquacious Trump was restrained, issuing a tweet in which he said: “Things working out really well!” before flying home to New York.

May 12, 2016
A masked protester demonstrates outside Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters, where Donald Trump was meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump’s Party

According to a Pew report published Wednesday, the difference between Trump supporters and other GOP voters is marked by views on immigration, government scrutiny of Muslims in the U.S., and global affairs such as free trade and interventionism.

May 12, 2016
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Endorse This: Trump Aide Calls Presidency ‘The Ultimate Reality Show’

It’s not that Trump sees the coverage of his campaign as a free media spectacle — though it is, increasingly — but rather that Trump sees his presidential campaign and the presidency itself as one giant reality show.

May 12, 2016
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