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Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY) said on Monday that Senate Republicans should not have rejected President Obama's Supreme Court nominee outright without waiting to see who the President put forward.

"I’ve never thought that was a good idea. I’ve always thought that the Republicans were wrong, that they should see who the nominee was—actually, the president nominated Judge Garland—and judge him on his abilities, his jurisprudence," Donovan told reporters at an event in Long Island, according to the Observer. "I think it’s one of the things that gets the public upset about politics, that they see things not moving."

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During a campaign rally on Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bashed Hillary Clinton's decision not to participate in a proposed Fox News debate in California ahead of the state's primary.

"I was disturbed, but not surprised that Secretary Clinton has backed out of the debate," Sanders said at the Santa Monica, California, rally, according to The Hill. "I think it’s a little bit insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how she will help the Californians address the major crises that we face."

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An envoy for North Korea on Monday dismissed Donald Trump's recent comment that he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss nuclear weapons.

"It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think his (Trump's) idea or talk is nonsense," So Se Pyong, the ambassador to the United Nations for North Korea, told Reuters.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday said that if his supporters are able to push his progressive agenda at the Democratic National Convention in July, then the event could get "messy."

"I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it's going to be messy," he told the Associated Press. "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic Party should go."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.

"Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA," the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted on Twitter.

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Three hundred self-stylized "race realists" came together over the weekend at Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park for the fourteenth annual American Renaissance conference, put on by one of the country’s leading white nationalist publications. Many of them, ardent immigration opponents, pointed to Donald Trump’s campaign as a positive sign for the future of their movement.

Read about their support for the presumptive GOP nominee below, and check out TPM’s full report from the conference here.

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Some men just want to watch the world burn, so the famous line in The Dark Knight goes. And some Republicans just want to break Obamacare so they can call it broken.

Their more recent efforts to attack the law won’t so much destroy it, but rather seem to be part of a larger plan to cause enough chaos to give the perception that Obamacare is failing.

“They started out strong and they got progressively weaker and they’ve become progressively less important,” Nicholas Bagley, a professor of health law at the University of Michigan, told TPM about the long conservative legal effort to undermine Obama's signature legislative achievement.

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Click here for TPM's portraits of American Renaissance conference attendees and their explanations of why they're voting Trump.

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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