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  • Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election as GOP fears grow over his Senate seat - CNNPolitics.com about 2 hours ago
    • Rubio skipped the lunch, but he was later buttonholed on the Senate floor by Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
      Wicker told CNN that the prospect of Rubio running for re-election is "certainly within the realm of possibility."
      "It is a very real development," Wicker said.
  • Marco Rubio says he's going to the GOP convention - CNNPolitics.com about 2 hours ago
    • It's a remarkable reversal for a former 2016 presidential candidate who earlier this year tweeted using the #NeverTrump hashtag, indicating he'd joined the ranks of Republicans who would refuse to vote for the presumptive GOP nominee no matter the circumstances.
      Asked specifically if he'd speak on Trump's behalf if Trump asked, Rubio said: "Yes."
  • Rubio: 'Unlikely' I'll run for reelection - POLITICO about 2 hours ago
    • But pressed further whether he might change his mind and file for the seat by the June 24 filing deadline, he replied: "I don't think so. Look, I enjoy serving with my colleagues, I respect them very much, I'll always listen to what they have to say. But I don't think anything's going to change."

    • The crowded primary fight in Florida has GOP officials fretting that the winner will be so damaged and depleted of cash that he will be unable to compete with Reps. Alan Grayson or Patrick Murphy, who are competing for the Democratic nomination.

       

  • How to Get Trump Elected When He’s Wrecking Everything You Built about 4 hours ago
    • This was a comforting notion, but it hasn’t panned out. “The Jeb Bush guys wrote the autopsy,” says a frustrated Republican strategist who works with the RNC. “Then Jeb Bush ran the worst campaign in presidential history.” By obliterating Jeb, Trump redefined the Republican Party’s identity off the top of his head. And his vision of the GOP’s future is in many ways the diametrical opposite of what Priebus and the party Establishment had imagined. Many politicians, Trump told me, had privately confessed to being amazed that his policies, and his lacerating criticism of party leaders, had proved such potent electoral medicine. Trump says this was obvious, but craven Republicans wouldn’t acknowledge it. So he called bulls---. “It’s funny,” he told me, delighted by the swift triumph of his influence. “It’s like the paper clip: a very simple thing. But one guy got rich, and everyone else said, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ ”

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  • My Advice for Trump: Don't Change - The Rush Limbaugh Show about 5 hours ago
    • Some of these consultants even today are quoted in magazine articles about how, "You know what? This Limbaugh thing is a fad! It isn't gonna last. It isn't gonna last. He's not gonna last! He isn't gonna last." Even 28 years later, they're out there saying, "It isn't gonna last!" They're out there saying, "It's over," doom and gloom. So my point is... These are not my friends.  I don't have consultants.  I have never had a consultant.  Since this show started live, there has never been a consultant.  I'm talking about when I worked at radio stations that had hired consultants. 
  • George Hawley: A right-wing revolt against Trump? Dream on - NY Daily News about 3 hours ago
    • The conservative movement’s takeover of the Republican Party — begun by Barry Goldwater and completed by Ronald Reagan — was an impressive tactical victory. However, the movement never convinced regular voters of the wisdom of its anti-government message.

         

    • Running a principled conservative candidate in the general election would only shine a spotlight on what the Trump campaign has already revealed: Conservatism, as the ideological movement defines it, is not a mass movement. It does not have widespread popular support.
  • Why Marvel Wants To Make Captain America The Bad Guy | Daily Wire about 5 hours ago
    • This is what happens when the original values for which Captain America stood – American pride and patriotism, defense of Constitutional freedom – become unpopular with the left. They either have to convert Cap to leftism, or make clear that he was the villain all along. Because America must either be converted to leftism, or it was the villain all along. As Brevoort says, “Captain America, because he’s draped head to toe in the flag, has more of a larger, more symbolic meaning than many other characters. In an allegorical fashion, you want to make his adventures about where America and where the world is.”

  • Donald Trump's Top Adviser: 'This Is Not A Hard Race' about 7 hours ago
    • A Ban On Muslims: Democrats and many Republicans have hammered Trump on his call to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. until some unspecified future time when he deems it safe to do so.

       

      “He’s already started moderating on that,” Manafort said. “He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he’ll soften it some more.”

       

      “He’ll still end up outside of the norm, but in line with what the American people are thinking.”

    • Trump doesn’t read briefing papers, but he is a magnet for information, Manafort said. “He reads the newspapers, and he talks on the phone and to office visitors in a never-ending stream. You’re sitting there in his office and you realize that he is constantly picking up stuff as he goes.”
    • The campaign probably won’t choose a woman or a member of a minority group, he said. “In fact, that would be viewed as pandering, I think.”

        
       
  • The GOP Spent Years Building A Latino Outreach Project—Is Trump About To Destroy It - BuzzFeed News about 9 hours ago
    • Three Republicans with ties to the RNC said they have heard from operatives who are looking to leave the RNC to work on key congressional races. People who are described as “committed to the Republican Party, just not committed to Trump.” Other conservatives say most party operatives will fulfill their commitment and that it’s not odd that some to want to leave because they might be layered by the Trump campaign or asked to do a job they’re not passionate about.

      One party operative, a lifelong Republican, told BuzzFeed News they plan to leave to go work on down-ballot races. “I’ve always supported conservative principles, but when I look at the things I align with, they do not align with Trump.”

      “We put a lot of time and hard work when it comes to this business,” the operative said. “Early mornings, late nights, tough deadlines, stress, we sacrifice a lot — to do this for a person, for a cause I don’t believe in, I can’t do it.”

      But if Trump really plans to do this, Latino evangelicals and their aversion to some Democratic stances on social issues would be a good place to start.

  • Reeling From 2016 Chaos, G.O.P. Mulls Overhaul of Primaries - The New York Times on May 25, 16
    • In one possibility that members of the Republican National Committee have floated, the early voting states, also known as “carve-out states,” would retain their special status. But to bring more states into the process earlier, each would be paired with a nearby state that would vote on the same day. So Iowa would still hold the first contest in 2020, but on the same day as Minnesota. New Hampshire would vote next, but on the same day as Massachusetts. And the same-day pairings would change: In 2024, Iowa would be twinned with South Dakota, and New Hampshire with Maine.

    • Other changes under consideration include ones that would abolish the early state system as it now exists and replace it with a rotating set of states that would vote together based on a host of shared factors like population size and geography.

    • One of the most fraught discussions taking place inside the party is whether to restrict voting in presidential primaries and caucuses to registered Republicans. The impetus is the impending nomination of Mr. Trump, a former Democrat who holds some views that are far out of line with mainstream party orthodoxy.

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