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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday said that Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's comments published in the New York Times, in which he wondered if African-Americans were "better off as slaves," would not impact Las Vegas' chance to hold the GOP convention.

"The convention decisions are made in pretty much a vacuum. It’s not Las Vegas’ fault," Priebus said on the conservative "Coffee and Markets" podcast when asked about Bundy's comments and the convention. "No matter where you fall on this issue, with regard to this land out in Nevada, I don't think it has anything to do with whether Las Vegas is a worthy place for a convention."

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After building himself up as a symbol of the anti-government sentiment that burns hot among conservatives, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy took things to another level: He wondered aloud whether blacks had been "better off as slaves."

And almost immediately, conservatives started hedging. They argued that the showdown was never really about Bundy. His racial sentiments were immaterial to his standoff with the federal government. Government overreach was still the issue here.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad.

After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don't work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow lawmakers.

"Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do," state Rep. Will Infantine (R) said during a speech on a paycheck fairness bill. "Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors."

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