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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wouldn't call Donald Trump's attacks on a federal judge's "Mexican" heritage racist on Tuesday, despite House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) saying Trump's attacks qualified as the "textbook definition" of racism.

Instead, McConnell appeared to be increasingly fed up with answering for his party's presumptive nominee and called on him to stop attacking minority groups.

"It's time to quit attacking various people that you competed with or various minority groups within the country and get on message," McConnell said.

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Donald Trump's latest attacks against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel have left his party grappling with buyer's remorse with five agonizing months left until the November election.

Just weeks after clinching the nomination, Trump has doubled down on his divisive rhetoric, most recently ignoring calls from GOP leaders to back off of his racially-charged comments about Curiel's "Mexican" heritage and work to unite the party.

Republican lawmakers seem to be caught in an awkward dance– clinging to their endorsements on one hand all the while criticizing their nominee. Just last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) finally lent his support to Trump. By Tuesday he was at a podium condemning him.

"Claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment," Ryan said at a news conference in Southeast D.C. "I'm not going to defend these kinds of comments because they're indefensible."

Trump's supporters, however, have stopped short of withdrawing their support for their nominee. They sharply jab Trump, but resist abandoning him. Whether they persist in doing that delicate dance until November is an open question.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) who is running for re-election told Politico that he didn't agree with Trump's comments, but he that wouldn't stop him from endorsing him.

“If they were inconsistent with things we’ve seen up to this point in the election, I would tell you it might. But I think we’re all sort of used to remarks being made that we don’t expect," Politico reported Burr said.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who is also running for re-election, re-upped her own opaque position on Trump.

“I felt that his comments were wrong and offensive, and I’ve urged him to retract them," Ayotte said, according to Politico, before adding “I’m running my race and focusing on the people of New Hampshire. I’ve said he’s our nominee; I plan to vote for him, but I’m not endorsing.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) reiterated that he planned to run "a very independent campaign," according to the Associated Press.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is going to endorse Donald Trump, but during his book tour this week, the typically disciplined party leader was all over the place on his party's presidential nominee.

In the last week, McConnell, 74, compared Trump to Barry Goldwater, instructed him to stop insulting people all the while saying the GOP is at an "all-time high." Many times McConnell's hot and cold feelings about Trump revealed themselves within the same short interviews.

Here are some of the most conflicting messages coming from McConnell's effort to promote his new memoir, "The Long Game."

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The target of Donald Trump’s latest barrage of attacks is no stranger to ugly threats.

Back in the late 1990s, Gonzalo Curiel -- then a federal prosecutor, now the federal judge handling two high-profile cases against Trump University -- was believed to have had a hit placed on him by one of Mexico’s most dangerous cartels.

“This is typical Trump bullying tactics, but they’re not going to work on a man who survived a contract taken on his life by the Arellano Felix organization,” Jason Forge, a lawyer representing the challengers in a class-action lawsuit against Trump University, told TPM.

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With a beautiful border wall, a ban on Muslims and a declaration that former POW and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wasn't a war hero, Donald Trump has been one heck of a phenomenon to behold. But, while he may be the most brazen Republican candidate in the spotlight today, he is just one of the many colorful Republicans seeking federal office in 2016.

Meet these five Republicans coming to a congressional race near you.

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The ongoing House Republican effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his handling of the so-called “IRS targeting scandal” took a turn towards creative filmmaking last week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The testimony of witness Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight committee, revolved around an extended video created by his office and played for the committee. The video was a ten-and-a-half-minute, slickly-produced recounting of GOP allegations of Koskinen's supposed misconduct. It bore a closer resemblance to a campaign attack ad than to the sort of the evidence typically provided in a congressional hearing.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the committee, called the move to play it during Chaffetz's testimony “a little bit unusual.”

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A former IRS official, under a congressional subpoena, said he had doubts about the administration’s rationale for funding Obamacare subsidies that are at the heart of a House Republican lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, according to a New York Times report published Sunday. His deposition was part of a Republican-led House committee investigation and, in a moment of partisan jockeying, the deposition was made public by Democrats on the committee, who sought to get ahead of a potential Republican leak, according to the Times.

The official, David Fisher, who worked for the IRS as financial risk officer, recounted in a May 11 deposition for House Ways and Means Committee investigators a January 2014 meeting during which IRS officials were taken to an Old Executive Office Building conference room. There, they were shown a Office of Management and Budget memo justifying the administration’s funding of billions of dollars in health insurance subsidies. They were not allowed to take notes or copy the memo, according the Times, and the IRS officials were also told that then-Attorney General Eric Holder had approved of the rationale.

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