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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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Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks before the Tennessee Republican Party's 2016 Statesmen's Dinner in Nashville on May 13, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Bob Corker downplays VP talk amid Trump visit

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday he has no reason to believe that Donald Trump is considering him as a possible running mate following a meeting with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in New York City. Published May 23, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Donald Trump fires back at Robert Gates: 'Not a big fan of his'

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump brushed aside concerns raised this week about his candidacy by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he's "not a big fan" of Mr. Gates and that he "knows nothing about me." Published May 20, 2016

Despite building a border wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico being a major part of his campaign, some top Republican officials say it's doubtful that the campaign cornerstone will make the party's platform, to be crafted this summer. (Associated Press)

GOP: Trump's border wall unlikely to be part of party platform

Building a border wall has become the signature of Donald Trump's campaign, but some top GOP officials say it's doubtful his pledge will make it into the party's platform this summer, raising questions about just how much influence the Republican nominee will have over the agenda. Published May 18, 2016

A Kentucky state flag is visible as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a get out the vote event at James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Republican ad says Hillary Clinton will burden down-ticket Democrats

Republicans rolled out a television ad Wednesday that makes the case that Hillary Clinton will be a major drag on down-ticket Democrats in the November elections, describing the former first lady as the "living embodiment of everything people hate about politics." Published May 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Democratic governors look to cash in on Trump

The Democratic governors' campaign arm is hoping that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's positions on women's issues become a cash cow for their candidates running in the fall election. Published May 13, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose goals conflict with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, meets Thursday with the businessman. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump set for symbolic meeting

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will meet Thursday for the first time since 2012. The political world will dissect every smoke signal sent from Thursday's meeting, but the mere fact that they are meeting is symbolically important. Published May 11, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses his notes as he speaks during a Suffolk County Republican Committee fundraising reception April 14 in Patchogue, N.Y. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump campaign 'complete opposite' of RNC's 2016 blueprint

Donald Trump is not who GOP leaders imagined when they conducted their autopsy of what went wrong in the 2012 presidential election and laid out their path to retake the White House in 2016, beginning with a gentler approach to women and illegal immigrants. Published May 11, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a rally on April 28 in Costa Mesa, California. (Associated Press)

Trump pulls even with Clinton in swing states as GOP coalesces around him

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in polling in the key swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, as Republicans begin to coalesce around their presumptive nominee, beginning a six-month sprint to Election Day. Published May 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters before speaking at a rally, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Donald Trump wins West Virginia, Nebraska primaries

Donald Trump scored wins Tuesday in the West Virginia and Nebraska primaries, padding his lead in the Republican presidential race hours after a new poll showed him locked in a tight general election battle with Hillary Clinton. Published May 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump puts on a miners hard hat during a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Donald Trump knocks Hillary Clinton on coal in West Virginia, vows to revive industry

Donald Trump cast Hillary Clinton as anti-coal during a campaign stop in West Virginia and vowed to raise money for other Republicans running down ticket, signaling that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is shifting his attention to the general election and a likely showdown with the former secretary of state. Published May 5, 2016

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an event in Washington on Sept. 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry backs Donald Trump: report

Rick Perry threw his support behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the presidential race, marking a stark turnaround for the former Texas governor who last year called the New York billionaire "a cancer on conservatism." Published May 5, 2016