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A rehearsal for Cleveland? Protestors chant outside a campaign event for Donald Trump in Boston on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Preparing for the GOP: Cleveland hires 3,000 cops, takes out $50 million in 'protest insurance'

When Republicans gather in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena for their national convention in 18 days, they will encounter a fabulous stage with a sweeping American flag backdrop, a grand staircase and a 1,711-square-foot screen, deemed "one of the most advanced stages ever put together" by organizers who unveiled their plan during a cordial press tour Tuesday. That will be inside. Published June 29, 2016

It's here: Gary Byrne's Clinton expose arrives

For weeks, nonstop press coverage, breathless buzz and strategically released excerpts has kept an unpublished book on radar. "Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate" has drawn intense public interest and big headlines, both pro and con. Published June 26, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., greets people outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced he will run for re-election to the Senate from Florida, reversing his retirement plans under pressure from GOP leaders determined to hang onto his seat and Senate control. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Marco Rubio draws endorsements, accolades for new Senate re-election campaign

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is not destined to be a forgotten presidential also-ran. He has emerged intact from a campaign arena that included 16 other combatants and much saber-rattling. The tenacious Republican made his decision to run for re-election on Father's Day, surrounded by his wife and four children. Published June 23, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton will host a fundraiser for his wife in Chicago, with a price per ticket for a "host" costing $50,000. A "champion" can get through the front door for $33,400. (Associated Press)

The $247 million candidate: Hillary Clinton talks populist but acts pricey

There are lots of feel-good promises coming from Hillary Clinton about wages, jobs, opportunity and so forth and so on -- skewed to portray the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as a true woman of the people who understands household financial challenges and kitchen table economics Published June 22, 2016

A CNN poll released Tuesday finds that 29 percent of registered voters said they would be "excited" if Hillary Clinton won the presidency. (Associated Press)

Early fatigue: Just 29 percent of voters 'excited' about Hillary Clinton, poll finds

Gone are the dramatic days of President Obama's campaigns for the White House, when "hope and change" was the rallying cry, zeal was plentiful and emotions ran high. An early case of voter fatigue appears to have set in among many Americans this time around. Just 29 percent of registered voters said they would be "excited" if Hillary Clinton won the presidency according to a CNN poll released Tuesday. Published June 21, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is strongly favored by evangelicals over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump, evangelical voters find common ground

In the middle of campaign turmoil and negative press attacks, Donald Trump has some allies. Evangelical voters favor the presumptive Republican nominee, this according to a Fox News poll, which finds that 58 percent of evangelicals would vote for Mr. Trump if the election were held today, compared with 21 percent who favored Hillary Clinton. But there is work to do. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump meets with 900 evangelical leaders in a New York City hotel to make his case before this sizable voting bloc. Accompanied by former GOP rival Ben Carson, the nominee plans a "conversation about America's future" and a call to arms for people of faith in tumultuous times. Published June 20, 2016

Jody Hice and Grover Norquist push for Nancy Reagan Memorial Park at Reagan Airport

In the typical whirlwind of legislation comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was introduced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Georgia Republican simply proposes that Gravelly Point Park -- located on the Potomac River at the foot of the main runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport -- be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. Published June 16, 2016