In it, but not of it. TPM DC

CLEVELAND – The attendees of the GOP convention were thrown for a loop Wednesday evening when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finished his primetime speech without an endorsement for Donald Trump. Some delegates were willing to compliment the remarks, and a few even praised the GOP primary's second-place finisher for sticking to his guns. But many delegates felt betrayed by Cruz's gambit, which they say proved why he fell short in his effort to defeat Trump and even jeopardized his standing with the party in the future.

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Two days after giving a national convention speech that blatantly lifted language from First Lady Michelle Obama, the Trump campaign tried to put an end to the drama by releasing a mea culpa from the speechwriter apparently responsible for the double-dipped speech.

But campaign finance experts told TPM on Wednesday that rather than putting the matter to rest, the statement from Meredith McIver raises further questions about who paid the Trump Organization staffer for drafting Melania’s address. If McIver, in her capacity as a Trump Organization employee, was paid by the company to draft a campaign speech for Melania Trump, that could amount to a campaign finance violation, the experts said.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) fought hard all the way through the convention to block Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination, but Tuesday night Utah's delegates' votes went to Donald Trump anyway – and Lee still won't endorse him.

Lee said he could still eventually support Trump, but on the evening Trump was officially nominated Lee said he has still has not seen Trump prove he's the kind of constitutional conservative Lee wants him to be.

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CLEVELAND -- What happens when a die-hard, uncompromising party position is a non-issue for the candidate topping the ticket? How Republicans are treating Obamacare at the GOP convention suggests, whether Donald Trump wins or not, repeal-fever might be close to breaking.

GOP antipathy towards the Affordable Care Act has been a driving party issue in the three federal elections since its passage. But this year, condemning it is not dominating primetime convention program, or lending itself to election year-slogans. Instead, discussion of the issue was relegated to hotel conference rooms and restaurant basements where lawmakers mingled with lobbyists and policy folks gave them their take.

For conservatives who have long sought the repeal of the dreaded Obamacare, the challenge was how to keep the issue as part of the convention conversation when presumptive nominee has shown little interest in the topic.

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The Republican convention kicked off not with a celebration of Donald Trump’s ascendency nor with a hopeful vision to quell the country’s growing unrest. Instead, the first night of the Republican convention painted a bleak picture of a country on edge, under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, and with the specter of violence never far from the surface.

"There's no next election. This is it. There's no more time for us left to revive our great country,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in his slashing speech to the convention. “No more time to repeat our mistakes of the Clinton/Obama years. Washington needs a complete turnaround, and Donald Trump is the agent of change, and he will be the leader of the change we need!"

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Update: The chairman of the Iowa Republican party is denying claims that the Trump campaign threatened to revoke his state's first in the nation status. The allegation was made earlier Monday evening by Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia.

"His comments are absolutely not true. I have had other members of the media ask me this same question, and I told them that he is simply trying to embarrass Trump once again. His entire motive in my estimation is to embarrass Trump. It's not going to work," Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said in a statement to TPM.

The conflicting accounts from Cuccinelli and Kaufmann come hours after the Stop Trump movement managed to disrupt the convention proceedings. In the heated exchanges late in the afternoon, before the primetime schedule began, Cuccinelli threw his credential down on the floor in disgust.

The anti-Trump movement initially claimed that it had signatures from enough state delegations to force a floor vote. But the RNC claimed some delegations votes changed and ruled that the anti-Trump forces fell short of qualifying to force a vote.

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CLEVELAND – Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia and a major proponent of the stop Trump movement, claimed that the Republican establishment "cheated" Monday afternoon when it refused to give delegates a roll call vote on a convention rule that would have allowed delegates to cast a ballot for whoever they wanted on the convention floor.

CLEVELAND – Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia and a major proponent of the stop Trump movement, claimed that the Republican establishment "cheated" Monday afternoon when it refused to give delegates a roll call vote on a convention rule that would have allowed delegates to cast a ballot for whoever they wanted on the convention floor.

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Ryan Bundy, a leader in the Oregon Wildlife Refuge standoff, was planning to escape from jail, according to a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

During a pretrial hearing in Portland, OR., prosecutors alleged that Bundy had been plotting his escape from the Multnomah County jail when jail staff discovered his bed sheets had been tied together into a 12-15 foot "braided rope" in April, OPB reported.

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