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CLEVELAND- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has a a lot of ideas about how to attract new voters to the Republican Party, defeat ISIS, fund the military, stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and help America's veterans, and he's not shy about sharing them at the Republican convention even if at times he is more specific and detail-oriented than the party's actual nominee.

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CLEVELAND – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the man who in 2014 led the Republican Party to its biggest House majority since 1928, is certain Republicans will keep the House in the fall no matter what happens at the top of the ticket.

When asked if Republicans would keep the House, Walden responded in a single word.


As chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Walden's job is to get Republicans elected to the House and keep them there. While he is bullish on the House GOP's prospects, he is not as certain, however, Trump will be sworn in as president in January.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is slated to speak for 10 minutes at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

The speech will focus on his policy blueprint for the House–the Better Way project–and is expected to draw a crisp distinction between the House GOP's agenda and what is being proposed by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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For months the Hillary Clinton campaign has alleged that Donald Trump would govern exactly as he campaigned, and now, thanks to his pick of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as his running mate, her allies say they have a legislative record on which to build that case.

“It seems to me that his choice of former Congressman Pence to be his running mate is a pretty doubling-down on the divisive rhetoric that he has been stressing throughout the campaign,” Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) said on a press call with reporters Friday afternoon. Clyburn and Pence served together when Pence was in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011.

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For years, Kris Kobach has led an effort to pull the Republican Party to the conservative extreme. But in this election cycle -- as evidenced by the platform pulled together by him and his fellow convention delegates in Cleveland this week -- he doesn’t have a presidential candidate who is going to stand in the way.

The Kansas secretary of state was on the convention committee responsible for finalizing the proposed planks of the Republican party platform, which the full convention delegation will vote on next week. Normally, the process doesn’t get wide public attention because the platform is seen as little more than aspirational, something for party activists to rally around as they ramp up for the general election.

Enter Kobach, a Trump supporter with some experience pushing the Republican Party to the far right. With a nominee who has isn't steeped in movement conservatism and doesn't much seem to care, Kobach and conservatives on the committee appear to have had a long leash.

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Two warring parties of Virgin Island Republicans finally got a resolution to their bizarre, months-long delegate saga Wednesday.

After months of legal battles, a violent meeting at a gun range in St. Croix and public chiding back and forth, the Republican National Committee's Committee on Contests finally picked who the official delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Republican National Convention should be.

In an agreed to settlement, the committee declared Wednesday that John Yob – a Michigan-based GOP consultant turned Virgin Island resident and delegate who authored the book "Chaos: The Outsider's Guide to a Contested Republican National Convention." Yob – along with his wife and another Michigan pal– will now officially serve as delegates. The competing slate will be allowed to attend the convention, but won't be eligible to vote for the next Republican presidential nominee.

Yob was elected in March, but a faction of the Virgin Islands Republican Party rejected his election and put forth its own slate, after allegations surfaced that Yob and the others had lied about their residency when they registered to vote and therefore were ineligible to be on the ballot.

The GOP chairman sought to kick Yob and others off the delegate slate because they had "failed to comply with rule 11," a rule that required "individuals to 'confirm, in writing, that he or she accepts election' and that they are 'willing and able' to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio."

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No advertising budget? No problem.

Kelli Ward, a former Arizona state senator who is challenging Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Republican primary, released an online ad this week that looks strikingly familiar to one cut by Mitt Romney's team in 2008 when Romney was challenging McCain for the GOP presidential nomination.

The ad plays out a fictional debate between Hillary Clinton and McCain and alleges that on "amnesty for illegal immigrants," votes against President Bush's tax cuts and "blocking conservative judges," McCain and Clinton agree.

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In 2008, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accepted his party's nomination for president after he entertained a nearly three-minute standing ovation in the convention hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He said "thank you" more than 20 times before the roaring crowd silenced and let him speak.

"Tonight, I have a privilege given to few Americans, the privilege of accepting our party's nomination for President of the United States," he said and the crowd rose again in applause.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticisms of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign have landed her in the headlines and, experts say, in a big, yuuuge gray area.

Supreme Court observers told TPM on Tuesday that while no rule prevents Ginsburg from sharing her opinions on the 2016 presidential race with the media, her remarks present an unexpected break with tradition and could sow distrust by leading people to believe that the nation’s highest court is a political player.

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A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who sued state officials over a law binding him to vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot next week in Cleveland scored a symbolic victory Monday when a federal court ruling blocked enforcement of the state law.

However, a convention rules expert told TPM that the decision's effect on the "Never Trump" efforts to overthrow the presumptive GOP nominee was limited, if not more-or-less moot, and still depends on what happens at a closely-watched meeting of the convention rules committee later this week.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…