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Republican Opposition to Health Care Bill Mounts
McConnell’s margins appear to be slipping

From left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., conclude a news conference after the Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol on June 27, 2017, where McConnell told senators there would be no vote on the health care bill this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY JOE WILLIAMS and NIELS LESNIEWSKI

Republican opposition to legislation to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system grew after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chose to delay a vote on the measure until after the upcoming Fourth of July recess, a sign of the challenges GOP leadership faces in crafting legislation with support solely from their own party.

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Will the Deal-Making Pragmatist in Trump Surface in the White House?
Cautious optimism he'll be a better governing executive than he was a candidate

If traditional conservatives with actual experience weren't willing to ally themselves with candidate Donald Trump, there would be no such individuals whispering in his ear during the transition, writes Matt Lewis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For much of 2016, we focused on the schism in the Republican Party. Today, it is the Democrats who are in need of an autopsy. We always knew they had problems, too, but we figured that Hillary Clinton’s election would allow them to brush their issues under the proverbial rug. Instead, the rug caught fire, and the roof caved in.

Having publicly (and privately) wrestled with their problems for over a year, Republicans were better positioned to handle defeat. Instead, they were handed an unexpected gift at a party they hadn’t even been invited to. Meanwhile, having had little cause for introspection, Democrats are in shock and mourning over a sudden death in the family that came after having received a clean bill of health.

Who's Going to Get Fired Over Melania Trump Speech?
Top Manafort aide was responsible for speech, according to reports

Responsibility for Melania Trump's speech reportedly lay with Rick Gates, a top aide to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In the wake of plagiarism accusations that have embroiled Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night, many people are asking: Who's going to get fired over this?  

Although Donald Trump is reported to be furious over the accusations surrounding his wife's speech, the Trump camp is not going fire anyone over the plagiarisms accusations, according to CNN .    

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From Palin to Trump, Larson’s Steady Hand Leads Another Convention
2008 convention veteran takes reins as CEO in Cleveland

Republican National Convention CEO Jeff Larson. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The last time Jeff Larson agreed to help with the Republican National Convention, he inherited a bankruptcy and ended up paying for Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe. He must have thought that was as hard as it gets in convention planning.

This year, Larson is back. He's the convention’s CEO and is forced to deal with some frustrated Republicans and donors inside the party who don’t want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee and protesters outside the security perimeter who want to burn the whole thing to the ground.

Trump, RNC Strike Deals on Fundraising
Donors could give up to $449,400 to two joint committees

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign has struck fundraising deals with the Republican National Committee. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Details on how Donald Trump's presidential campaign plans to collaborate on fundraising with national and state Republican Party committees are emerging. But the arrangement may leave some battleground states out of the loop.  

The presumptive GOP nominee's  presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee have inked deals that will allow political donors to contribute an aggregate of $449,400 to the Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again committees.