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Signs of thaw as Republicans see a different side of Trump

Scott Wong and Jonathan Easley, The Hill

In a meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) leadership team on Thursday, the typically brash Manhattan billionaire was polite, professional, and even deferential at times. During two-plus hours of meetings at the Republican National Committee offices, the presumptive GOP nominee did something he doesn’t seem to do very often on the campaign trail: listen.

'Never (Again) Trump' sets sights on 2020

Kyle Cheney, Politico

Conservatives, still reeling over the looming nomination of Donald Trump, are pushing new Republican primary rules that might have prevented the mogul’s victory in the first place: shutting out independents and Democrats from helping to pick the GOP nominee.

How Parties are Revitalized

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Trump may bring more excitement than some folks can handle. But Clinton has become a crashing bore, until she gets agitated, and then the voice rises to where she sounds like the siren on the hook-and-ladder in “Chicago Fire.”

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are better off without each other

Phillip Klein, Washington Examiner

Should Trump win in November, Ryan's failure to endorse Trump won't ultimately matter. Office holders are frequently forced to work together with people who they didn't support during the elections. Ryan and Trump could collaborate on specific issues on which they both agree. If Trump wants accomplishments, he'd need to go through Ryan's House. If Ryan wants any parts of his agenda to become law, he'd need Trump's signature.

GOP Leaders learning to live with Trump

James Arkin and Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics

Behind the hoopla, the GOP was coming to terms with the new reality: party leaders may have rejected the now presumptive nominee, but millions of voters didn't. For that reason, Trump and the establishment are now in this together.

Larry Craig: A Case for Donald Trump, Part 1

Larry Craig says, "For me there are five issues that are the iceberg sinking the ship.  And if the ship sinks, nothing else is going to matter.  In each case, Donald Trump is either the only one who understands the problem, has the right solution to fix the problem, or is the only one I believe will actually do what is needed to fix the problem."

Trump Is Right: Jeb Bush Is “Not A Man Of Honor”

Donald Trump may not be a paragon of virtue and personal rectitude on par with George Washington, but he’s right about Jeb Bush. A pledge is a guarantee, there’s no outs, and in refusing to offer even a pro forma endorsement of Trump Jeb Bush dishonored his pledge.

Trump Now Saying Banning Muslims Was ‘Just a suggestion’

Brandon Morse, RedState

Those who supported Trump for his hard stances must now live with the fact that “hard stance” does not mean the same thing to Trump as it does to anyone else. Regardless, this will likely be written off as Trump playing politics until he can assume power and come through with every promise that ever left his lips.

The Ryan-Trump Summit

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan should use Thursday’s meeting as the start of a conversation on restoring economic growth. Both men understand that Barack Obama’s seven years of zero to 2% growth is killing the American public.

Newt Gingrich endorses Trump

Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner

The showing of support for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee comes in the midst of Trump's stalemate with current Speaker Paul Ryan, who said last week he was not ready to back him.

Was Banning Muslim Immigration Just Another Trump Con?

We’d like to think that Donald Trump will eventually earn our vote by committing to conservative positions and policies and campaigning as a conservative, but now that he's backing off his call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what the hell is going on” what sounded to us like sensible policy is looking like just another political con.

Concerns Rise Over Trump Fealty to GOP Agenda

Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics

The concern with Trump isn’t so much about his differences with the platform as it is with his inconsistencies and at times undefined positions. The presumptive Republican nominee prides himself on being “flexible,” a trait that carries appeal among many voters but that creates some anxiety among party leaders hoping to forge consensus on an overall agenda.

Ryan on meeting with Trump: GOP won’t unite in a week

Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, The Hill

Speaker Paul Ryan, in a shift from the more combative approach of last week, suggested Tuesday that unification is possible, but it will require more than a single meeting.

Poll: Americans pick lice, Nickelback over Donald Trump

Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner

Of the 10 cringeworthy items Trump was compared to, a Public Policy Polling survey from May 6-9 found people only had a higher opinion of the politician when he was up against hemorrhoids and cockroaches. Respondents had more respect for used car salesmen, traffic jams, hipsters, the DMV, root canals, jury duty and Nickelback than Trump.

Running Unopposed, Trump Manages To Lose Almost Half of Nebraska Primary Vote

Caleb Howe, RedState

Do recall how he said it was really hard to get a high percent of the vote with so many opponents? Do recall he said getting just 60% of the vote in his home state of New York was only because he had two other opponents? And then realize he had ZERO opponents yesterday and still barely broke 60.

CHQ 2016 GOP Presidential Straw Poll - #NeverHillary or #NeverTrump

Donald Trump is all but certain to be the Republican nominee for President. However, after a series statements causing confusion about where he stands on key elements of the conservative agenda, many conservatives continue to question whether or not they can support Donald Trump for President. Where do you stand on Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President? Are you #NeverHillary or #NeverTrump?  


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Who Promoted Private Ryan?

Patrick J. Buchanan,

Trump cannot allow the establishment to claw back in the cloakrooms of Capitol Hill what he won on a political battlefield. He cannot allow a discredited establishment to dictate the issues he may run on. That would be a betrayal of the troops who brought Trump victory after victory in the primaries.