Politics August 6, 2016: Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte

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Trump finally endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte

By Bonnie K. Goodman

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 05: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on August 5, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) during the rally in an effort to heal rifts within the Republican Party. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 05: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally on August 5, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) during the rally in an effort to heal rifts within the Republican Party. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

After a couple of days of drama, Republican nominee Donald Trump endorsed Speaker of the House and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, Arizona Senator John McCain and New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte in their re-election bids for their Congressional and Senate seats. Trump made the endorsements official on Friday evening, Aug. 5, 2016, at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Trump expressed that he wanted to be a “big tent” Republican like Ronald Reagan in a speech that was rather unusual for Trump in that he read it off prepared remarks.

Trump in announcing his endorsements stated, “This campaign is not about me or any one candidate, it’s about America. I understand and embrace the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s big tent within the party. So I embrace the wisdom that my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” Trump emphasized that he would need the support of the House and Senate as president.

Then after 10 minutes into his speech, Trump endorsed Speaker Ryan. Trump remarked, “We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly toward real change. So in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the house Paul Ryan.” Trump’s endorsement comes only days before Ryan’s primary on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where he leads his opponent Paul Nehlen by 66 percent.

Continuing Trump endorsed McCain, both have been highly critical of the other. The GOP nominee said, “And while I’m at it, I hold in the highest esteem Senator John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and public office, and I fully support and endorse his reelection Very important. We’ll work together.”

After the rally, Trump’s campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters touting party unity and the endorsements. The email read, “It’s time to unite our Party and deny the third term of Obama. I have officially endorsed Paul Ryan — and together, we will fight for YOU, and together we will Make America Great Again!”

The controversy over the Ryan endorsement commenced on Tuesday, Aug. 2 when Trump spoke to the Washington for an interview. Trump echoed Ryan earlier comments about endorsing him back in May. The GOP nominee said, “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

Trump running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence broke with Trump over the endorsements choosing to endorse Ryan on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Pence endorsed Ryan in a phone interview with Fox News, stating, “I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election. He is a longtime friend. He’s a strong conservative leader. I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States.”
Pence later tweeted that he told his running mate in advance of his decision, “I talked to @realDonaldTrump this morning about my support for Paul Ryan and our longtime friend ship….” According to a Trump campaign insider, the GOP nominee is giving Pence “latitude” to speak his mind and convictions, and Pence’s endorsement was hardly a falling out.

Trump’s withholding the endorsement, however, was causing friction with fellow Republicans, who were quickly abandoning the GOP nominee. Even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, a friend of Ryan’s and also from Wisconsin, was upset at Trump veering off the script.

Trump’s decision to endorse Ryan came only hours after Ryan suggested he could be easily unendorsed Trump if he sees fit. On Friday morning, Ryan told local Wisconsin radio WTAQ’s Jerry Bader, “None of these things are ever blank checks, that goes with any situation in any kind of race.” Continuing Ryan explained why he endorsed Trump in the first place, “he won the delegates, he won the thing fair and square it’s just that simple.”

Politics July 7, 2016: McConnell wants the FBI to release Clinton’s interview

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) listen during a news briefing July 6, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held a weekly policy luncheon to discuss Republican agenda.Ê (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 06: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) listen during a news briefing July 6, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held a weekly policy luncheon to discuss Republican agenda.Ê (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A day after FBI Director James B. Comey announced that the FBI would not be prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for the FBI to release Clinton’s interview. On Wednesday, July 7, 2016, McConnell joined Republican leaders’ chorus criticizing the FBI for deciding not to prosecute Clinton for using a private email server during her tenure and risking national security.

McConnell requested the FBI release Clinton’s interview transcript during his weekly press briefing. The majority leader said, “It’s pretty clear … that the American people would like to see what Hillary Clinton said to the FBI.” McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) believe Clinton might have perjured herself. The FBI conducted the three-hour interview with Clinton on Saturday, July 2.

Politics June 22, 2016: Rubio announces reelection run for Florida Senate seat leads in polls

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June 22, 2016 11:45 AM MST
Sen. Marco Rubio said after dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination that he wouldn't run for re-election.

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Politics June 21, 2016: Senate rejects all gun control measures put to vote after Orlando shooting

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June 21, 2016 9:04 AM MST
 Senate Republicans and Democrats voted against dueling measures that would have strengthened gun-control laws, June 20, 2016
Senate Republicans and Democrats voted against dueling measures that would have strengthened gun-control laws, June 20, 2016
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Politics June 15, 2016: Marco Rubio reconsidering running for reelection for Florida Senate seat

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June 15, 2016 10:52 PM MST

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is inching closer to running for reelection, after being reluctant to consider running after his failed presidential bid and his friend Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera running for his seat, June 15, 2016
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Politics May 31, 2016: McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat

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Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
Republican leaders are urging Marco Rubio to run for re-election for his Senate seat from Florida in attempt to maintain control of the Senate come November, May 31, 2016
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Politics February 9, 2016: FBI confirms ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server

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February 9, 2016 3:56 AM MST

Thousands of documents belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were overlooked by State Department employees who apparently didn’t know that some records were “retired” to State archives. Now the state has been ordered to give an expla...

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Politics January 2, 2016: State Dept falls short on number of Clinton emails released, more classified

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Examiner.com, January 2, 2016 8:08 AM MST

The State Department did not release the required number of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails in the last release of 2015, they intend to release the remaining amount next week, before completing the process by Jan. 29, 2016, Dec. 31, 201
The State Department did not release the required number of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in the last release of 2015, they intend to release the remaining amount next week, before completing the process by Jan. 29, 2016, Dec. 31, 201
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Politics December 16, 2015: Ted Cruz investigated for leaking classified information during the GOP debate

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Examiner.com, December 16, 2015, 7:25 PM MST

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Ted Cruz for possibly revealing classified information about National Security Agency's surveillance program during the GOP debate, Dec. 16, 2015
The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Ted Cruz for possibly revealing classified information about National Security Agency’s surveillance program during the GOP debate, Dec. 16, 2015
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Politics July 18, 2015: Elizabeth Warren challenges Hillary Clinton on Wall Street reform

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Netroots Nation in Phoenix on Friday, July 17, 2015 where she challenges Democratic candidates specifically Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to support the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act. The newly introduced legislation aims at…

Politics June 2, 2015: Senate votes for Patriot Act reform bill the USA Freedom Act Obama lauds passage

Senate votes for Patriot Act reform bill the USA Freedom Act Obama lauds passage

June 2, 2015

The Senate overwhelmingly voted to overhaul the Patriot Act approximately 40 hours after three of the programs expired. On Tuesday afternoon, June 2, 2015 the Senate passed the USA Freedom Act with a vote of 67 to 32. The bill…

Politics May 31, 2015: Senate advances Patriot Act reform bill Rand Paul wins NSA programs expire

Senate advances Patriot Act reform bill Rand Paul wins NSA programs expire

May 31, 2015

Just as three aspects of the National Security Agency’s data collection program part of the Patriot are set to expire at midnight, the Senate voted to advance the reform bill, the USA Freedom Act on Sunday afternoon, May…

Politics May 26, 2015: Senate fails to extend Patriot Act NSA surveillance program begins shutting down

Senate fails to extend Patriot Act NSA surveillance program begins shutting down

May 26, 2015

The National Security Agency began shutting down their telephone data surveillance program, as the Senate failed to advance the two-month USA Patriot Act extension and the House’s reform bill the USA Freedom Act. The extension and…

Politics May 26, 2015: Obama victory Senate passes fast track trade bill sends it to House

Obama victory Senate passes fast track trade bill sends it to House

May 26, 2015
The Senate moved one-step closer to giving President Barack Obama the authority to fast track trade deals. Friday evening, May 22, 2015 the Senate passed the six-year fast track trade bill, the Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA…

Politics May 21, 2015: Rand Paul filibusters for 10 hrs against Patriot Act, McConnell schedules vote

Rand Paul filibusters for 10 hrs against Patriot Act, McConnell schedules vote

May 21, 2015

Kentucky Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul could not break his own 2013 filibuster record, but he tried. On Wednesday afternoon May 20, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. Paul took to the Senate floor to give…

Politics May 21, 2015: Senate votes to advance fast track trade bill

Senate votes to advance fast track trade bill

May 21, 2015
The Senate is making progress on the fast track trade bill before the one-week Memorial Day recess and are now on track to passing the bill and sending it to the House of Representatives. The Senate voted 62…

Politics May 18, 2015: Senate moves toward passing fast track trade bill

Senate moves toward passing fast track trade bill

May 18, 2015

After agreeing to a compromise earlier last week, the Senate passed two bills moving forward on the fast track trade, trade promotion authority (TPA) bill. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the Senate voted 78 to 20 on a customs and…

Politics May 7, 2015: Senate overwhelmingly passes bipartisan Iran review bill with 98 to 1 vote

Senate overwhelmingly passes bipartisan Iran review bill with 98 to 1 vote

May 7, 2015

Reviewing the Iran nuclear weapons deal is point Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on. With an overwhelming vote of 98 to 1 on Thursday, May 7, 2015, the Senate voted to approve a bill to review the pending…

Politics May 7, 2015: Senate passes Republican budget plan Obama promises veto for 2016 budget bills

Senate passes Republican budget plan Obama promises veto for 2016 budget bills

May 7, 2015

Congressional Republicans have shown the power of a majority, when the Senate passed the first Republican budget in a decade. The Senate passed the 10-year budget plan with a vote of 51 to 48 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015…

Politics April 30, 2015: House passes joint GOP Congressional budget first since Bush era

House passes joint GOP Congressional budget first since Bush era

April 30, 2015

The House of Representatives has passed the first Republican joint Congressional budget in a decade on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The budget passed with a vote of 226-197 mostly along party lines, but with 14 Republicans voting with the…

Politics April 27, 2015: Loretta Lynch sworn in as 83rd Attorney General and first black woman

Loretta Lynch sworn in as 83rd Attorney General and first black woman

April 27, 2015

After more than five months after be nominated by President Barack Obama Loretta Lynch was finally sworn-in as Attorney General on Monday, April 27, 2015. In a ceremony helmed by Vice President Joe Biden Lynch finally replaced Eric Holder…

Politics March 28, 2015: Retiring Harry Reid names Schumer successor amid tributes to his Senate career

Retiring Harry Reid names Schumer successor amid tributes to his Senate career

March 28, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV announced Friday morning, March 27, 2015 in a YouTube video message posted on Twitter that he will retire in 2016 opting out of running for reelection after five terms in the Senate…

Politics March 19, 2015: GOP budget blueprints advance in the House, Senate with Democratic opposition

GOP budget blueprints advance in the House, Senate with Democratic opposition

March 19, 2015

The House Budget Committee advanced the House budget blueprint on Thursday, March 19, 2015, that the new committee Tom Price, (R-GA) introduced on Monday, March 16, with cuts across the board that will balance the budget within nine years…

Politics March 12, 2015: Americans find 47 Senators traitors guilty of treason in WH petition and polls

Americans find 47 Senators traitors guilty of treason in WH petition and polls

March 12, 2015

Americans believe the 47 Republican senators who wrote and signed an open to Iran about the potential nuclear weapons deal went too far in crossing the line. Not too long after the senators released their letter on Monday, March 9…

Politics March 11, 2015: Did the 47 GOP Senators commit treason, violate the Logan Act with Iran letter?

Did the 47 GOP Senators commit treason, violate the Logan Act with Iran letter?

March 11, 2015

Law professors and liberal pundits and news media are taking their criticism of the letter to Iran 47 Republican Senators signed against a potential nuclear weapons deal on Monday, March 9, 2015 to a new level charging that the Republican…