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Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump

May 16, 2016
Robert Costa, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
A band of exasperated Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia — is actively plotting to draft an independent presidential candidate who could keep Donald Trump from the White House.
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Election forecasting in the age of Trump

May 16, 2016
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Ray Fair of Yale University says that if his election forecasting model is correct, the Republican nominee is likely to win the presidency by a convincing margin. John Sides of George Washington University agrees; the “fundamentals,” he says, give the Republican about a 60% chance of winning. Alan Abramowitz of Emory University gives Republicans a solid shot at the White House too; his model gives the GOP the edge — but in “a very close election.”
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Previewing Tuesday’s Kentucky, Oregon Primaries

May 16, 2016
Reid Wilson | Morning Consult
As Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton closes in on her party’s presidential nomination, voters in Oregon and Kentucky look likely to give her a boost Tuesday — though Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could claim a moral victory by extending his winning streak in two states seemingly made for a liberal populist.
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The map is tough for any Republican. It's completely daunting for Donald Trump.

May 14, 2016
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
Every preliminary electoral-map forecast this spring paints a bleak picture for Donald Trump in his effort to win the presidency against Hillary Clinton.
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Democrats fear Sanders is undermining efforts to beat Trump

May 14, 2016
Lisa Lerer, Ken Thomas | AP
Democratic Party leaders are upping the pressure on Bernie Sanders to drop his presidential campaign, alarmed that his continued presence is undermining efforts to beat the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and again win the White House.
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Sheldon Adelson Is Poised to Give Donald Trump a Donation Boost

May 14, 2016
Jonathan Martin | The New York Times
The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him than he has to any previous campaign, a sum that could exceed $100 million, according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment.
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Bernie Sanders & the Democratic convention, Congress passes opioid bill and House GOP wins Obamacare lawsuit

May 13, 2016
Can Bernie Sanders influence the Democratic platform? Obamacare faces a Republican-led setback.

Trump, Ryan try to unify the Republican Party while Clinton fights a two-front campaign. And the fight over transgender rights.

May 13, 2016
Can the Republican Party unite before November? Can Hillary Clinton turn her focus to Trump?
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Speaker Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump Meeting 'Encouraging'

May 13, 2016
Susan Davis | NPR
House Speaker Paul Ryan met with the de facto nominee of the Republican Party Donald Trump Thursday and called the conversation encouraging and a good first step, while acknowledging that the two have legitimate policy differences.
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