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Republican Heavy Hitters Maneuver With an Eye on 2020

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Variety of party leaders to position themselves as contenders for the next presidential campaign if Trump falls flat this fall Donald Trump was poised Thursday to complete his improbable journey to the GOP presidential nomination by delivering an acceptance speech to a party already rife with speculation about who and what might come after him.

Ted Cruz: I Can’t Back a Man Who Attacked My Family

blogs.wsj.com — CLEVELAND-Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in a sometimes heated exchange with members of his own state's convention delegation Thursday morning, appeared to offer his clearest explanation yet of why he declined to endorse Donald Trump in his speech to the convention.

Republicans Face a Fundamental Question as Donald Trump Remakes Party

wsj.com — CLEVELAND-Republicans gathered here for their national convention face a host of questions, but the fundamental one is this: Is Donald Trump merely renting the Republican Party, or has he now taken ownership of it? The answer will determine not merely how Republicans emerge from their Cleveland gathering this week, but whether their party is in...

‘The race is over’ if Americans become comfortable with Trump, Manafort says

marketwatch.com — CLEVELAND -- Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, said this year's election will turn more about voters' views of his candidate than views of his Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton. "I don't think this election is about Hillary Clinton," Manafort said at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News. "This election is about Donald Trump."

More ‘Awareness’ of Donald Trump Main Goal of Convention, Top Aide Says

blogs.wsj.com — CLEVELAND-Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, said this year's election will turn more about voters' views of his candidate than views of his Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton. "I don't think this election is about Hillary Clinton," Mr. Manafort said at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News. "This election is about Donald Trump."

Swing-State Polling Shows Cautionary Notes for Both Trump, Clinton

blogs.wsj.com — Video: Poll: Presidential Race Still Clinton's to Lose A flurry of polling in key battleground states in recent days suggests three bottom-line readings of the 2016 presidential race at this point: The race is growing closer, but remains Democrat Hillary Clinton's to lose; the presence of third-party candidates scrambles the equation but not to either major-party candidate's obvious benefit; and, an intriguing question going forward is whether polling is finding a ceiling of sorts for Republican Donald Trump.

Paul Ryan Has Tricky Role of Unifier at Trump’s Unconventional GOP Convention

wsj.com — Next week's Republican convention represents a turning point for Donald Trump. But it will be no less a turning point for House Speaker Paul Ryan-and, by extension, for the rest of the Republican Party. Mr. Ryan will be the chairman of the convention and, as such, walking a tightrope.

A Divided Nation, United in Grief

wsj.com — For a painful few days, police shootings, followed by shootings of police, underscored national divides on race, law enforcement and the proliferation of guns. But by Friday morning the shock of Dallas was instead producing in most quarters a call to step back and reconsider the path the country is traveling in a summer filled with tension.

Anatomy of the Trump Controversy Over Saddam Hussein

blogs.wsj.com — As is befitting a man who was at the center of two American wars, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has made several cameo appearances in U.S. presidential campaigns. But he's been dead for more than nine years, so it seemed unlikely that he would make a repeat appearance this year.

The Strategic Thinking Behind Trump, Clinton VP Picks

wsj.com — The Fourth of July weekend marked not just a national holiday but the arrival of a quadrennial spectacle: Guess the vice presidential pick. This year, of course, we get the game times two. Because there is no incumbent president running for re-election, two presumptive nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both must choose.
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Jul 25, 2016

Nancy Pelosi at Bloomberg breakfast: "The Russians did hack the DNC. "

Jul 24, 2016

Meanwhile, #nationals fans, in case you didn't notice, Papelbon had about as good a day as did Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Jul 22, 2016

We fact-checked the blizzard of statistics Donald Trump used last night. Some of the criime ones are a bit shaky.  http://on.wsj.com/2ad1bIe 

Jul 22, 2016

RT @LindseyGrahamSC: Going out on limb here… I don’t see @TedCruz in Trump’s Cabinet.

Jul 21, 2016

Cleveland has been the scene of the 2016 GOP convention--but also the focus of a lot of 2020 maneuvering.  http://on.wsj.com/2aeSy33  via @WSJ

Jul 21, 2016

Cruz asks Texas delegation: Can anyone imagine our nominee standing in front of you and answering questions like this?

Jul 21, 2016

Cruz to Texas delegation just now: "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."

Jul 20, 2016

An astronaut appeared at convention tonight to talk space ambitions; NASA has complained about GOP budget cuts:  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/245585-nasa-warns-gop-on-cuts-to-space-program 


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