Jon Ward Scott Walker backs away from anti-Trump insurgency while John Kasich tiptoes toward it The idea of a convention insurgency against Donald Trump continues to loom as a possibility, but one Republican governor

  • Jon Ward
    Scott Walker backs away from anti-Trump insurgency while John Kasich tiptoes toward it

    The idea of a convention insurgency against Donald Trump continues to loom as a possibility, but one Republican governor who had been floated as a possible leader of any rebellion in Cleveland against Trump took himself out of the running for any such role this week. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the state press corps he’d like to speak at the GOP’s four-day convention that starts July 18, and hinted Wednesday that his decision to reverse course and support Trump was based on his belief that any effort by the roughly 400 anti-Trump delegates out of the 2,472 headed to Cleveland has no chance to wrest the nomination away from the presumptive nominee. “It’s now clear who the RNC delegates will vote to nominate.

  • Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump cites Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to defend controversial tweet

    Six days in, Donald Trump still can’t let it go. Trump offered a creative new defense Wednesday night for one of his tweets, which was widely denounced as anti-Semitic for showing a Star of David over a pile of cash. Is this the ‘Star of David’ also?

  • Dylan Stableford
    Jared Kushner defends Donald Trump: ‘My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite’

    Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner issued a lengthy defense of his father-in-law on Wednesday after the presumptive Republican nominee stirred outrage with a tweet that critics — including one of Kushner’s Jewish employees — called anti-Semitic. “My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite,” Kushner, who is also Jewish, wrote in an online column published by the New York Observer, a newspaper he owns.

  • Andrew Romano
    Unconventional #32: Will Trump and Joni Ernst ‘make ’em squeal’? The case for — and against — the Iowa senator as Trump’s running mate

    In which Unconventional examines the presumptive Republican nominee’s possible — and not-so-possible — vice presidential picks. Source of speculation: How Donald Trump spent his Independence Day. Amid reports that the presumptive Republican nominee has changed his mind about waiting until the GOP convention in Cleveland to unveil his running mate — he now plans to select a sidekick next week, according to an adviser — Trump summoned Ernst to meet with him Monday at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

  • Yahoo News Photo Staff
    Not just Saddam: Other strongmen who have received Trump’s praise

    On Tuesday, Donald Trump raised eyebrows by praising Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq, for his tough approach to terrorists. “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right?” the presumptive Republican nominee declared at a campaign rally in North Carolina. The comments quickly became a small media firestorm, but they were actually very much in line with what Trump has said previously on the topic.

  • Colin Campbell
    ‘It’s shameful’: Clinton goes to Atlantic City to torch Trump’s casino bankruptcies

    Hillary Clinton took her presidential campaign to Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday to rip into Donald Trump’s rocky business record in the seaside resort. “Donald Trump says he is qualified to be president because of his business record. Now, three weeks ago he said, and I quote, ‘I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business,’” Clinton said as she stood next to the shuttered Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

  • Dylan Stableford
    Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment suit against Fox News chief Roger Ailes

    Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, alleging that the network’s chairman and chief executive fired her after she refused to sleep with him. Carlson called her firing “the ultimate retaliation” for refusing to sleep with the 76-year-old cable news chief.

  • Olivier Knox
    Afghanistan: Obama again slows pace of U.S. withdrawal

    Warning that al-Qaida is trying to regroup and its Taliban hosts have made battlefield gains, President Obama announced Wednesday that he was slowing the scheduled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and that his successor will inherit some 8,400 troops there. “The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,” Obama told reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford at his side.

  • Dylan Stableford
    ‘I will be with you, whatever’: Blair sent memo backing Bush’s Iraq War plan, Chilcot report reveals

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair looks on as President George W. Bush speaks at the White House in June 2005. Eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent a note to President George W. Bush pledging his support for the war. “I will be with you, whatever,” Blair wrote in the July 28, 2002, memo that was published Wednesday as part of a long-awaited report by the U.K. Iraq Inquiry Committee, led by Sir John Chilcot.

  • Holly Bailey
    Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein for killing terrorists

    Donald Trump offered surprising, if qualified, praise for former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein at a rally Tuesday night, describing him as “a bad guy” who also happened to be good at killing terrorists.

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