In it, but not of it. TPM DC

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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When Donald Trump emerged as the presumptive Republican nominee in May, a GOP in denial reassured itself that the divisive, name-calling candidate who dominated the primaries would make a dignified turn toward the general election. A month later, Republicans are beginning to wake up. Trump might never change.

“For those of us who had hoped we would see the 2.0 version, I think the realization is coming that we got what we got,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who has yet to endorse Trump. “That is not somebody who can win the White House.”

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Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) lost her primary bid Tuesday night to fellow Rep. George Holding (R-NC), according to the Associated Press and the Washington Post.

Ellmers lost in a newly drawn district where it was not clear if she would even come in second place. According to the Washington Post, Ellmers was neck and neck with Republican Greg Brannon who had run twice for the Senate.

Ellmers had been endorsed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but had faced an onslaught of attacks from Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity. According to NPR, outside groups had spent more than $1 million against her.

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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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