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GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying their best to avoid having to deal with Donald Trump’s response to the worst shooting in U.S. history. With Trump the story of the day Tuesday, some members tried to dodge questions about the Muslim ban or Trump's speech Monday and others found respite in their offices or the House and Senate chambers.

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was always expected to do well with African American voters, but Donald Trump may help her do even better.

"I think Trump helps drive black voter turn out. I really do," says Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) "He has created more unforced errors than any politician I've ever seen...People question his judgement."

Pollsters, strategists and Democratic politicians are beginning to forsee a November election where Trump's divisive rhetoric drives black voters to the polls for Clinton in the same numbers they came out for Obama, better enabling her to hold onto rust belt states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan where Trump is betting on white working class voters to win the White House.

"Any doubts about black turnout that we had, Donald Trump has more than compensated for the absence of Obama," Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) told TPM. "I think Donald Trump has done more for Democrats than any one person I know in recent history."

Rangel adds that Trump "is so frighting to every group of people. Just out of fear, people don't want to wake up Wednesday morning and find out they did it to themselves."

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As Donald Trump’s attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage were being roundly condemned, he and his supporters turned their fire on an innocent bystander: The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which counts Curiel among its members.

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association is a pretty typical professional group that promotes diversity and Latino empowerment in the legal community. You can find similar organizations for African American lawyers, Asian lawyers, female lawyers and so forth, as well as parallel organizations in almost every other industry.

Now, thanks to a smear campaign by Trump and his supporters, who have used Curiel's connections to the group to justify the presumptive GOP nominee's attacks on him, the attorneys group has had to defend itself against claims of having a "radical" agenda, being racist, and of unduly influencing Curiel. Like other institutions and people targeted by Trump and his associates, the attention has also led a backlash of "hateful" phone calls, emails and Facebook post, according to the group.

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Calls are mounting to wrestle the Republican nomination from Donald Trump at the party's convention in Cleveland this summer and you guessed it, "Never Trumpers" are leading the charge.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt warned listeners Wednesday that Trump would lead to "Waterloo" level losses for the Republican Party as he read off his summary of the morning headlines, the Los Angeles Times reported. 'Bigot, bigot, bigot. Racist. Racist Racist... We are going to get killed."

“The Republican National Committee needs to step in and step up and talk to him about getting out of the race,” Hewitt said told listeners on his Hugh Hewitt Show.

Talk is growing to change the rules at the Republican convention to ensure Trump is defeated there. Steve Deace, a Republican radio host, tweeted Wednesday night that state delegates were reaching out to him personally to see how they could stop Trump.

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The Obamacare-fueled fireworks, poison pills and government shutdown threats that have become commonplace in the funding fights of the Obama era may be nowhere to be found this year, if a ho-hum subcommittee vote on a normally contentious appropriations bill is a sign of where things are headed.

The bill, the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill, is usually the site of a variety of partisan flash points, Obamacare funding not the least of them. It provides funding for Health and Human Services as well as the Labor Department, and thus, in the past, has provided an opportunity for Republicans to take swipes at some of the Obama initiatives they hate the most. The funding legislation for FY 2017 that passed out of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday was the first Labor-HHS appropriations bill in seven years to be cobbled together in a bipartisan fashion, without any new policy riders.

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Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign on a promise to “Make America Great Again” by stopping corporate offshoring and reinvigorating the U.S. manufacturing industry.

But three of the four co-chairs of the host committee for the Republican National Convention, where Trump is expected to be named the party’s nominee in July, have ties to a corporation that has offshored hundreds of jobs in the past few years.

Their links to Eaton Corp., a global power management giant, highlight the ripe tension between the GOP establishment's free trade orthodoxy and the sweeping America-first rhetoric of the party's nominee—who, ironically, has been criticized for offshoring himself.

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