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Donald Trump treated the 2016 primary cycle like a WWE wrestling match. So, when it comes to uniting Republicans around him -- let alone Americans -- he's in a steel cage death match against ... himself.

The Donald Trump “make nice” tour makes a stop Thursday on Capitol Hill, where the presumptive GOP nominee will attempt to mend fences with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican leaders he spent most of the last year needling. For months on end, he has ran a campaign fueled by insults and Twitter beefs, antagonizing some of the very people he will depend on in his general election battle.

There's a lot of talk about Trump making the so-called pivot to the general election -- and a lot of disagreement about whether he can or even wants to. But to put it in pro wrestling argot, Trump must execute the pivot from "heel" to "face." From bad boy villain to pretty boy hero. Here is look at who Trump must convince that he has given up his villainous ways.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) returned to Washington this week after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and all eyes are watching to see whether he will take the opportunity to work with his colleagues after years of obstruction.

After he led a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Cruz was viewed by many leaders in his party as a destructive and reckless force. Now, he's got a fresh reputation as one of the last men standing against Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee who makes a lot of senators queasy.

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While avoiding saying Donald Trump's name out loud, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill that "the early indications are that our nominee is likely to be very competitive."

"We know that Hillary Clinton will be four more years of Barack Obama. I think that's in the end going to be enough to unify Republicans across the country," McConnell said in a press conference after the GOP caucus lunch, the first official gathering of Republican senators since Trump emerged as the party's presumptive presidential nominee.

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Thanks to North Carolina, major legal questions about how civil rights law applies to transgender people will be hashed out in a case about their access to bathrooms.

“Transgender rights still are very much an open question in American law,” Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, told TPM. “It’s going to take a law like the North Carolina bathroom bill to bring the question of transgender rights to the courts for final resolution.”

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) really didn't want to answer one more question about Donald Trump.

"Sometime in the next 24 hours I may do a total moratorium on any Trump questions in this building and just refer you to the office who knows how many times I've already answered the Trump questions," Blunt said.

In the Senate Monday, just a week after Trump became the party's presumptive nominee and any hope of a contested convention was laid to rest in Indiana, Republican lawmakers resistantly settled into their new normal: their futures are inextricably tied to a Manhattan billionaire who has run his campaign as if it is a reality television show. And everything he says? They are about to have to answer for it.

Scuttling around the hill, many GOP senators were reticent to embrace Trump outright, and that often took the form of demanding more from him.

"So he still needs to unite the party and the nation," Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said, refusing to answer whether he could support Trump.

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As Hill Republicans stagger back to the Capitol this week, many are coming to terms with what still hadn't sunk in when they recessed 10 days ago: Donald Trump is their nominee.

“Donald Trump was not my first choice. He wasn’t my second choice or third or fourth choice. I have lots have differences with Donald Trump and lots of problems with him, but I am absolutely in the ‘never Hillary Clinton’ camp,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is running for re-election told the Dom Giordano Program last week. "I guess this is where we are."

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Donald Trump sewed up the GOP nomination Tuesday despite the clear dangers he poses to his party in November. Polls show him deeply vulnerable against Hillary Clinton, and he could cost Republicans the Senate and, according to some analyses, put their House majority in peril.

But the longer term threat Trump poses to the GOP is in some ways more vexing. After a Trump drubbing, the party could very well be in the exact same position it found itself in in 2008 and 2012, re-litigating a core question: Is the GOP losing because its candidates aren't conservative enough -- or because it's banking on a narrow, white constituency that is being eclipsed by a growing minority population?

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A candidate who exploited white resentment and racist rhetoric.

A bitter primary fight that threatened to sever the Republican Party.

Warnings of a catastrophic GOP defeat in the general election.

There are many similarities between Donald Trump’s journey to the top of the 2016 GOP heap and the nomination of Barry Goldwater in 1964. But there’s one place where current reality could depart from historical parallels: Don’t expect Republicans to publicly rebuke Trump, the way some moderate GOPers did during and after Goldwater's 1964 nomination.

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The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have a message for their Republican counterparts, who are leading the blockade on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee: If you care so much about giving America a voice, give us a hearing on voting rights!

The nine Democrats on the committee sent a letter Friday to its Republicans leaders -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chair of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), chair of its subcommittee on the Constitution -- demanding a hearing on voting rights, which the committee has not hosted since the GOP took over the Senate. They pointed to the 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act and the electoral and legal chaos that has ensued since. But they also used the letter to call out the same Republicans for refusing to grant Obama's nominee Merrick Garland a hearing.

"It is ironic that Senate Republicans would claim to give the American people a voice, but at the same time allow sweeping voting restrictions to be enacted that would silence many of these Americans - a disproportionate number of whom are minorities," the letter said.

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