In it, but not of it. TPM DC

During his primary, Donald Trump swore he could deport an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country, illegally. In fact, with "really good management," he vowed to get it done in two years. Then, he'd call on Mexico and get them to build a beautiful wall.

But now that Trump is the presumptive nominee, many Republicans in Congress are keeping their distance from what has become their nominee's signature campaign issue and instead dismissed it as little more than stump speech bravado.

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It's not even summer yet, and this election year is jumping the shark.

Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) re-election campaign on Monday mocked his primary opponent for entertaining constituents' chemtrail conspiracy theories. But it turns out McCain last year forwarded to the Environmental Protection Agency a letter from a constituent concerned about chemtrails, and asked the EPA to respond.

In the April 2015 cover letter, McCain notified the EPA that a constituent had "encountered a problem."

"Because the situation is under your jurisdiction, I am respectfully referring this matter to you for consideration," the letter reads.

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Late update: Sen. Sanders responded to the complaint filed by the Nevada Dems in a statement Tuesday that downplayed the reports of violence while accusing the state party of not operating transparently.

After a chaotic state convention in Nevada during which Bernie Sanders supporters interrupted and even threatened Dem officials over byzantine delegation rules, the state Democratic Party warned the Democratic National Committee of the potential for similar trouble at the national convention in July.

Nevada State Democratic Party general counsel Bradley S. Schrager filed a complaint Monday afternoon with the national party's rules and bylaws committee. The complaint, via Ralston Reports, accused the Sanders campaign of "either ignoring or profiting from the chaos it did much to create and nothing to diminish or mitigate." It said the efforts that Sanders representatives did make to calm the ruckus were merely "token gestures."

"We believe, unfortunately, that the tactics and behavior on display here in Nevada are harbingers of things to come as Democrats gather in Philadelphia in July for our National Convention," the complaint said.

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If there is one clear message that could be derived from a unanimous but unsigned Supreme Court opinion on a major contraceptive case, it is this: Everyone is just going to need to get along and keep the Supreme Court out of it.

The short, three-page opinion in the closely watched case of Zubik v. Burwell was riddled with ambiguity, uncertainty and even contradiction. The Supreme Court's non-decision to punt the issue reflects not just its intractability, exacerbated by the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, but also hints of trouble to come when the case goes back down to lower courts.

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In a surprise move Monday, the Supreme Court punted on a major Obamacare case challenging the law's contraceptive mandate, and specifically, how it accommodates religious nonprofits that object to birth control. The Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts to examine an alternative accommodation to the mandate that the court had been briefed on by both parties in the case after the oral arguments.

The move -- which comes as the Supreme Court is down a justice with Justice Antonin Scalia's death -- allowed the court to avoid what looked like a split decision after March's oral arguments. The Supreme Court was able to stay away from the thorny trade-offs between health care policy and religious freedom, a legal landscape that got much more complicated after the Supreme Court's ruling in 2014's Hobby Lobby case.

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After Donald Trump's much-ballyhooed trip Thursday to Capitol Hill, some Republican senators present in his meeting with GOP Senate leadership praised him for his willingness to "listen" behind closed doors.

"He was like I've always known: very straightforward ... very open about what he believes, very cordial," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- the most-senior Republican senator and one of those present at the meeting -- told reporters in the Capitol Thursday afternoon.

"I've always been impressed, but I was really impressed today," Hatch said.

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Donald Trump treated the 2016 primary cycle like a WWE wrestling match. So, when it comes to uniting Republicans around him -- let alone Americans -- he's in a steel cage death match against ... himself.

The Donald Trump “make nice” tour makes a stop Thursday on Capitol Hill, where the presumptive GOP nominee will attempt to mend fences with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican leaders he spent most of the last year needling. For months on end, he has ran a campaign fueled by insults and Twitter beefs, antagonizing some of the very people he will depend on in his general election battle.

There's a lot of talk about Trump making the so-called pivot to the general election -- and a lot of disagreement about whether he can or even wants to. But to put it in pro wrestling argot, Trump must execute the pivot from "heel" to "face." From bad boy villain to pretty boy hero. Here is look at who Trump must convince that he has given up his villainous ways.

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