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Trump, Romney Talk World Affairs Over Frog Legs

Mitt says it was a 'wonderful evening'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney paid another visit to Trump Tower Tuesday night, where he says he discussed world affairs with Donald Trump and chief of staff Reince Priebus at an upscale French restaurant. CNN reports that Romney said he had a "wonderful evening" at Jean-Georges, where the men tucked into dishes... More »

Bernie Sanders: 'Nothing Wrong' With Recount

Though it's not likely to change anything, he says

(Newser) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says "there's nothing wrong with" pursuing recounts to ensure the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump's Nov. 8 victory. The former Democratic presidential candidate addressed the looming recount in Wisconsin—and the prospect of others in Michigan and Pennsylvania—Sunday morning on CNN's... More »

Trump Faces Backlash Over White House Picks

'Trump likes to have his subordinates battle it out—but this is something else'

(Newser) - Analysts wondering what kind of White House Donald Trump is going to run were still scratching their heads Sunday after the announcement that Reince Priebus will be Trump's chief of staff and Steve Bannon his chief strategist . The two men are from radically different wings of the conservative movement... More »

Trump Picks RNC Chairman Priebus as Chief of Staff

Steve Bannon will be a senior strategist

(Newser) - President-elect Trump has named Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, NBC reports. The choice was widely believed to be between Priebus and Steve Bannon, Trump's campaign CEO and executive chairman of Breitbart News. In the end, both will stay on board. While Priebus won... More »

Ryan: We Are Not Planning Deportation Force

Says 'we don't want' racist elements in the GOP

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan says the people generating racist graffiti in the wake of Donald Trump's election are "not Republicans," reports the AP , and "we don't want them in our party." The Wisconsin congressman told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that... More »

Trump's Son Among Potential Cabinet Picks

Donald Trump Jr. for Interior secretary?

(Newser) - Hours after Donald Trump was named president-elect , talk has turned to what could potentially be "one of the more eclectic and controversial presidential cabinets in modern history," per Politico . Given that Trump is a businessman rather than a seasoned politician, it's perhaps no surprise that his camp... More »

Jan Brewer: Trump Is Getting 'Waterboarded'

"Anybody who's been under these kinds of assaults I think want to defend themselves"

(Newser) - With Donald Trump taking some heat for using a policy speech in Gettysburg to promise to sue those accusing him of sexual assault , former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer took to the airwaves of CNN (via Mediaite ) on Sunday to proclaim his innocence, telling Jake Tapper that her candidate has... More »

RNC Holds 'Emergency Conference Call'

But the results are not what you may have predicted

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee held an "emergency conference call" Monday, Politico reports, and though the call was scheduled amid speculation that the RNC might abandon Trump or at least divert its resources to down-ballot candidates after Trump's 2005 comments about women became public, the end result was less... More »

Kasich Slams RNC's Priebus as a Podunk Political Hack

After Priebus warned Kasich, others to 'get on board' with Trump

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus warned Donald Trump's former rivals in the primaries that they should endorse Trump or risk retribution from the party if they ever run for office again. Well, one of those former rivals isn't having it. On official campaign letterhead,... More »

RNC Chief Warns GOP Candidates: Endorse Trump

Reince Priebus says those who don't could face trouble if they run again

(Newser) - Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus has had his issues with Donald Trump, but he's squarely behind the party nominee now and ordering Trump's former rivals to be the same. "Those people need to get on board," Priebus said on CBS News Sunday. His leverage? "... More »

RNC: Trump Is Staying on the Ballot

He says the campaign is 'going really well'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is the GOP nominee for president and there will be no refunds or exchanges, the Republican National Committee insisted Wednesday amid rumors that Trump's missteps had panicked it so badly it was looking at options for a replacement and planning to pressure him to drop out. "... More »

On RNC's Final Night, a Father-Daughter Dance

Ivanka Trump will introduce Donald as he accepts the GOP nomination

(Newser) - It's been a Republican National Convention of inspirational family tributes , plagiarism accusations , and a major diss by a former presidential contender. On Day 4, however, which Vox notes will boast a "Make America One Again" theme, the GOP hopes to bring the focus squarely back to the guest... More »

Priebus' Bungling May Destroy the GOP

'Over his head,' writes Washington Post pundit

(Newser) - The last time a major US political party broke apart was 160 years ago. The issue: slavery. Dana Milbank predicts the GOP might follow in the Whigs' footsteps over a matter far less serious: Donald Trump. Republicans are split over "whether to embrace as their nominee a man who... More »

Trump: I'll Act More Presidential 'Pretty Soon'

But right now he's busily 'fighting for my life'

(Newser) - In the wake of Saturday night's victory in South Carolina , Donald Trump acknowledges he probably needs to act more presidential and says he'll do so "pretty soon." The often brash Trump tells Fox News Sunday, ''I think I'll be very presidential at the... More »

Priebus: Expect 'Elbows Thrown' at CNN Debate

And expect candidates to keep dropping out as they run out of money

(Newser) - The first Republican debate was a contentious affair , and don't look for the second one to let off the gas, says Reince Priebus. "One of the undiscussed issues is just, you know, controlling the debate," the RNC chair told host Jake Tapper, who will moderate Wednesday's... More »

Republican Party Will Try to Boot One of Its Own

Dave Agema has endorsed racist, homophobic material

(Newser) - It's so rare for the Republican National Committee to seek to oust one of its own members that the body doesn't have an official procedure for doing so. But this week, leaders will mull action against Dave Agema of Michigan, a committeeman who recently shared what he called... More »

MSNBC Fires Staffer Over GOP Tweet

Network apologizes for suggesting Republicans would hate biracial ad

(Newser) - Republicans scored an apology today from MSNBC over a tweet that the network later called "unacceptable," reports USA Today . The since-deleted tweet went out last night, with a link to a Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family. "Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will... More »

At Center Stage in Midterms: Abortion

Both parties look to capitalize on issue

(Newser) - With the midterm elections ahead, both parties are looking to use abortion rights as a rallying issue. Republicans are hoping related state ballot initiatives will bring voters to the polls. Meanwhile, they're looking to avoid another Todd Akin "legitimate rape" embarrassment, instead emphasizing a fiscally conservative take on... More »

On Question of Christie, No One Rushes to Judge

GOP thinks he can move on; Dem O'Malley says 'I don't know'

(Newser) - Chris Christie was as popular a topic on the Sunday shows today as one might expect, but rather than getting tarred and feathered, guest after guest either came to the New Jersey governor's defense or declined judgment. A rundown of the highlights, as per Politico :
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NYPD's Kelly: 'No Question' More Will Die Sans 'Stop, Frisk'

Meanwhile, Trayvon lawyer calls policy 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Ray Kelly isn't soft-pedaling the effects if the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ends: "No question about it, violent crime will go up," he said today when asked if more people would die without it, Politico reports. "The stark reality is that violence is... More »

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