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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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A minority element of the Republican Party has vowed to fight Donald Trump's nomination at the convention. (Associated Press)

Republican platform mixes in Donald Trump ideas on immigration, trade

Donald Trump put his fingerprints on the new Republican Party platform, which embraces his border wall and disavows bad trade deals — but Trump skeptics won their own fights by protecting conservative language on religious liberty and gay rights. Published July 12, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to leave Social Security untouched and likened the TPP to economic "rape," contradicting language from the 2012 platform. Republicans will hash out the national party's message this week. (Associated Press)

Republicans look to wedge Donald Trump's goals into platform

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach wants to add a little Trump to the Republican Party platform this week by pushing a plank reflecting the presumptive presidential nominee's immigration message -- including his famed vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Published July 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump departs a meeting with Republican House members at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Donald Trump meets friends in House, foes in Senate

Donald Trump built bridges to House Republicans on Thursday in a closed-door meeting that Speaker Paul D. Ryan described as "great" -- but the billionaire businessman ran into trouble with Senate Republicans by exchanging pointed words with some of his critics who have refused to endorse him. Published July 7, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, heads to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2016, as a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico survived a critical procedural test vote, just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Tea party group endorses Rubio re-election bid

A national tea party group on Wednesday endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio's re-election bid, saying the Florida Republican is the strongest conservative in the GOP field despite missteps on the issue of immigration. Published July 6, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Donald Trump raises $51 million with RNC in June

Donald Trump raised $26 million for his presidential campaign in June, as well as $25 million more in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, according to the New York billionaire's campaign. Published July 6, 2016

This May 11, 2014, file photo shows an "All Gender Restroom" sign outside a bathroom in a bar in Washington. Confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Carlos Beruff: Obama's 'got the toilets taken care of,' but not ISIS

Florida GOP Senate candidate Carlos Beruff says the Obama administration has done more to advance transgender bathrooms than it has done to get a better handle on ISIS in a new television ad in which he calls on voters to "clean house" in Washington. Published July 6, 2016

The pro-free trade stances of Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, may make his re-election this year all the more difficult. (Associated Press Photographs)

Pro-free trade GOP senators facing tough re-election bids

Republican Sens. Rob Portman and Pat Toomey have been forceful advocates for free trade agreements during their careers in Washington — making their re-election bids all the tougher this year, when they'll need to count on the very anti-free trade voters being courted by their party's new leader, Donald Trump. Published June 28, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Paul Ryan calls for new trade deal with U.K. following Brexit vote

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the United States to carve out a new trade agreement with the U.K. following last week's Brexit vote, saying the "special relationship" between the two nations must endure Britain's decision to pull out of the European Union. Published June 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Dave Brat waiting on Donald Trump to flesh out entitlement plans

Virginia Rep. David Brat said presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump could have a tough time delivering on his pledge to protect entitlements without increasing the national deficit if he is serious about not making any cuts to the programs. Published June 28, 2016

In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Hillary Clinton campaign calls Benghazi probe 'partisan sham'

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is panning the Benghazi probe that has culminated in a 800-page report that is set to be released Tuesday and that makes the case that the former secretary of state underestimated the risk extremist groups posed to American personnel in Libya. Published June 28, 2016