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A presidential bar and more: Cleveland for conventioneers

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:51pm

Conventioneers, political geeks and others heading to the GOP convention in Cleveland, take note: With seven presidents born in Ohio, there's a lot of history here.

Chris Christie being vetted for Donald Trump VP, source says

Jamie Gangel and Tal Kopan, CNN  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:41pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a former Donald Trump rival turned top defender — is being vetted as a possible running mate for the presumptive Republican nominee, a source confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

Utah Sen. Lee defends not endorsing Trump so far

David Wright, CNN  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 8:39am

Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday cited Donald Trump's use of a baseless tabloid report that Ted Cruz's father helped conspire to kill President John F. Kennedy as a reason he has yet to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee in a heated exchange.

Gov. Gary Herbert says convention loss motivated voters in primary election

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:59pm

Gov. Gary Herbert said finishing behind Jonathan Johnson at the GOP state convention in April ended up helping him win big against the chairman in Tuesday's primary election.

Mitt Romney: My family still wants me to run for president

Theodore Schleifer CNN  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:43pm

Mitt Romney's family is still pleading for him to mount an independent bid for the presidency, the 2012 Republican nominee said Wednesday.

History-making transgender US Senate candidate looking to capitalize on Utah primary win

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 6:31pm

The first openly transgender candidate to win a major party U.S. Senate primary election celebrated Tuesday at the campaign offices of another Democrat because she can't afford her own space.

Oklahoma teachers fight education cuts by winning elections

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:40pm

Inner-city high school English teacher Mickey Dollens was fed up with low pay and cuts to public education, so he decided to run for the state Legislature to fix the problem.

'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:30pm

Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.

McConnell bids to shelter GOP senators from Trump upheaval

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:00pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.

Poll shows Clinton with battleground leads

Tal Kopan, CNN  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:40pm

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump across the board in a new poll of battleground states.

California Legislature approves gun measures before break

Alison Noon and Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

The California Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown 12 gun-control measures as Democratic lawmakers try a last-ditch effort to convince Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to drop a proposed ballot initiative.

$900K in TV ads take aim at Senate hopeful Heck over banks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21pm

A Democratic super PAC is launching TV ads attacking Republican Senate candidate Rep. Joe Heck for positions he's taken on bank taxes and Social Security.

Judge: 'Decent case' political role in Wisconsin voting laws

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:21am

A federal judge said Thursday that opponents of more than a dozen new Wisconsin election laws had made a "pretty decent case" that Republicans approved them to secure a partisan advantage, but added he isn't convinced the measures actually had a dramatic effect.

Brit indicted in botched attempt to shoot Trump in Las Vegas

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:40pm

A British man who authorities say tried to grab a police officer's gun to shoot presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Las Vegas campaign rally was indicted Wednesday on federal criminal charges that, together, could get him up to 30 years in prison.

The Latest: 5 of 6 GOP lawmakers lock up primary battles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:31pm

The Latest on Utah election results (all times local):

6 Assembly candidates who lost allege voting machine issues

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 3:11pm

Six Republican Nevada Assembly candidates who lost their primaries by significant margins want an investigation of voting machines they say may have malfunctioned, although elections officials insist nothing went amiss.

Missouri GOP governor candidate sells 'ISIS hunting permits'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:52pm

Missouri Republican gubernatorial Eric Greitens is selling so-called "ISIS hunting permits" to raise money.

Cleveland relaxes rules on protest marches at GOP convention

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:51pm

The relaxation of rules on protest marches during the upcoming Republican National Convention and the shrinking of a designated event zone downtown are an "important victory" for free speech rights, a civil rights group said Wednesday.

NRA launching ad in Nevada invoking Clinton, Benghazi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 1:11pm

The National Rifle Association is launching an ad against Hillary Clinton that invokes the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.