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BURNS, TENNESSEE—Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been accused of dog-whistling to white nationalists ever since he kicked off his campaign in the summer of 2015 and warned against “criminal” Mexican immigrants. His retweets of Twitter users with handles like "@WhiteGenocideTM" and his tepid disavowals of David Duke's support have not gone unnoticed in that fringe community, either.

Tucked away in the woods of middle Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park, 300 “white advocates” gathered over the weekend at the fourteenth American Renaissance conference to reflect on just how much fuel Trump has added to their movement this election cycle.

"I've never felt this sense of energy in our movement," the conference host, Jared Taylor, said in his opening remarks. "I've never been more optimistic."

For the conference, American Renaissance, a white nationalist publication, brought advocates for a white ethno-state together with Holocaust deniers, eugenicists and confederate sympathizers. American Renaissance and many of the groups the conference speakers are associated with are designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Michelle Fields has moved on.

Breitbart? Not so much.

Fields was the Breitbart reporter whose arm was grabbed by Donald Trump's top aide, Corey Lewandowski, back in March. She left the news outlet, citing a lack of support from the organization in the uproar that followed. But now she's back on her feet, CNN reported Sunday, accepting a job at The Huffington Post to report on ... Trump.

Her decision was mocked by Breitbart reporter Patrick Howley who seemed to delight in the fact that he was still employed at the conservative website and argued that Fields' prominence, along with her fiance, Jamie Weinstein, in the "Republican establishment" had wavered.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Before deciding if she'll vote for Donald Trump, Martha McSally says she'll spend time "determining what kind of man he is." Mia Love says some comments by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate need "some sort of explanation," while Renee Ellmers backs him because he's "a problem solver."

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In a sign of Democratic unification, the Democratic National Committee has announced that in a break with past practice both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will appoint some representatives to the party's 15-member platform committee.

The platform is considered a symbolic document, but after a tumultuous primary, Sanders and Clinton both getting to appoint their own representatives sends a signal to their supporters that both candidates' views will be represented within the party ahead of the general election. The Washington Post called the new arrangement "highly unusual." Typically, the chairman of the DNC would get to appoint the entirety of the committee.

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Mary Lou Bruner has suggested that President Obama was a prostitute and that humans roamed the earth with dinosaurs, all without hurting her status as the frontrunner for an open seat on the Texas Board of Education.

Comments she made recently to a group of superintendents referencing questionable statistics and non-existent meetings with school officials have provided the only glimmer of hope for her opponents that she could be defeated in the runoff election Tuesday.

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