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Donald Trump continues to find new ways to sabotage the Republican candidates below him.

The Trump campaign’s May FEC filing released Monday sent shockwaves across Washington -- no small feat in a political cycle where it feels like nothing can truly surprise anymore.

The candidate who has made bragging about his wealth a trademark of his campaign is kicking off the summer with only $1.3 million in cash on hand -- compared to Hillary Clinton’s $41 million plus. In the month since emerging as the presumptive GOP nominee, Trump has raised only $3.1 million.

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A new, bipartisan proposal to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists got a major boost Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to allow it to come to a vote on the Senate floor as early as this week.

Early indications are that the measure has redrawn the normal contours of the gun control debate, with some vulnerable GOP senators getting onboard with centrist Democrats. It's not clear that the the bill will have sufficient support from Republicans or Democrats to pass, but it does suggest more moderate GOP senators are feeling political pressure to act after the attack in Orlando earlier this month.

During a press conference unveiling the new compromise legislation, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced McConnell had given the green light for the amendment to get a floor vote.

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As Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) reportedly looks to get back in the political ring and defend his Senate seat, he will face-off against a familiar enemy: Trumpmentum and an appetite for an outsider back home.

The political climate that sunk the Florida senator's presidential ambitions in March hasn't gone away in the Sunshine state. It's only taken on a new face. After suffering a crushing double-digit defeat to Donald Trump on his home turf in the Florida presidential primary, Rubio will have to contend with another outsider, bomb-throwing businessman who is readying to pounce on Rubio's immigration record. This time his name is Carlos Beruff.

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A new report by the Urban Institute analyzing government projections in U.S. health care spending shows that it is growing at even slower rates than what was originally projected with the passage of Affordable Care Act. The study predicts that the U.S. will spend $2.6 trillion less on health care between 2014-2019 than what was initially anticipated when Obamacare was passed in 2010.

“Health care costs have had several years of really historic low spending during the period, so overall, public programs, private spending is all less than we thought it would be,” said Gary Claxton, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Each year we see spending going up 3 percent, 2 percent, whatever, and not 5 percent, and because that stuff compounds, when it continues to go up more slowly ... it starts to really add up.”

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a searing -- and at times, wrenching -- dissent in a Supreme Court illegal-stop-and-search case in which she accused the conservative majority of giving "officers an array of instruments to probe and examine you."

"When we condone officers’ use of these devices without adequate
cause, we give them reason to target pedestrians in an arbitrary manner," she wrote. "We also risk treating members of our communities as second-class citizens."

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The federal Bureau of Land Management has announced it plans to return to work, clean up and access the Gold Butte region near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch for the first time since Bundy and his brigade led a standoff against BLM officials in 2014.

Bundy – who stopped paying federal grazing fees on the land near his ranch more than two decades ago– had become an icon for anti-government extremists with his outspoken denouncement of the federal government. His declaration against federal officials in 2014 and refusal to stop grazing his cattle on the federal land attracted armed anti-government types to face off against federal authorities in 2014.

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This is it. This week House Republicans will unveil their plan to replace Obamacare.

Except by "plan" they mean be a “broad outline,” and by “replace” they mean without giving any specific dollar amounts that would show how far they'd go to guarantee that Americans don't lose coverage, according to a report last week in The Hill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will roll out the policy paper at a Wednesday event at the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank in Washington. It comes as a part of series of general initiatives -- "A Better Way,” as Ryan is calling it -- which the speaker has described as showing voters what Republicans are for, not just what they’re against.

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The same Republicans who have argued that gay couples should not be allowed to marry, that LGBT Americans don't need federal anti-discrimination protections and that trans people should not use the bathroom that matches their identity are now claiming that they -- not Democrats -- are the party on the LGBT community's side.

Their reasoning? That somehow, in the wake of the Orlando shooting at a gay night club that left 49 people dead, there's now a mutually exclusive choice between supporting Muslims and protecting gay people, and Democrats have chosen the former.

The unlovely premise of that rationale is that all Muslims are terrorists, as one Republican congressman has baldly stated.

"Democrats are in a perplexing position. On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but, on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said on a radio show Thursday.

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Donald Trump promised he wasn't going to change after becoming the presumptive GOP nominee. He hasn't -- or he can't. It's killing his electoral chances.

What worked for Trump in the GOP primaries isn’t work for him in the general election, where his brand of bombastic, xenophobic fear-mongering doesn't play in front of a different audience of voters.

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