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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

DNC chief to step down amid anti-Sanders controversy

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Democratic Party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday she will step down as party chair at the end of this week's convention, saying she'd become a distraction. Published July 24, 2016

"As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology," Donald Trump said, drawing a strong ovation from the crowd. (Associated Press)

GOP moves toward embrace of gays in convention's final night

The Republican Party under Donald Trump took strides toward greater acceptance of gay Americans on Thursday, welcoming a gay businessman to the stage and recognizing the community's suffering at the hands of an Islamic State-inspired shooter in Florida weeks ago. Published July 21, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, gives a thumbs up as he talks with production crew during a walk through in preparation for his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland. At right is is daughter Ivanka. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Early Trump backers bask in glory at convention

Amid all the holdouts and lukewarm backers at the convention here, there are a handful of prominent Republicans who bought early tickets on the Trump Train, and they are now collecting their due. Published July 21, 2016

Within hours of his speech, Sen. Ted Cruz was fundraising off it, vowing that his own political movement will continue. He still has two years left before he needs to seek re-election to the Senate. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz banking on Donald Trump loss, 2020 front-runner status, strategists say

Ted Cruz rolled the dice on his political future Wednesday night by refusing to endorse Donald Trump, firmly planting himself in a camp with other establishment GOP holdouts and setting himself up for a 2020 run at the White House — but the early betting is that his risk won't pay off. Published July 21, 2016

Donald Trump hijacks Obama's 'change' slogan for acceptance speech

Americans are less safe today than when they elected President Obama and he chose Hillary Clinton as his top diplomat, Donald Trump will say Thursday, and he will promise to bring a steadier hand to the White House in dealing with unrest at home and the threat of terrorism across the globe, according to excerpts of his convention speech. Published July 21, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump greets Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Top GOP donor: Trump 'has not as of yet reached out to us'

One of the GOP's top financial backers said Thursday that Donald Trump has not yet made overtures to woo the party's big donors, but she said there's plenty of interest in helping down-ticket Republicans win their races. Published July 21, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., flashes a thumbs up as he leaves the stage during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ted Cruz fundraises off his GOP convention speech

Despite being booed from the stage Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz is fundraising off his speech at the GOP convention, asking for donations to continue his political fight. Published July 21, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage as boos rained down on him from the rafters of the Quicken Loans Arena, amid demands that he endorse Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Cruz booed as he withholds Trump endorsement in convention speech

Conservatives continued to battle for the soul of the Republican Party at its national convention Wednesday, with Sen. Ted Cruz refusing to endorse nominee Donald Trump and instead delivering a speech that many in the crowd saw as the kickoff of the 2020 presidential campaign. Published July 20, 2016

Sajid Tarar, Founder of American Muslims for Trump, delivers the benediction at the conclusion of the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Imam's closing prayer marred by Trump supporter's 'No Islam' chant

The closing prayer at Republicans' convention session Tuesday, delivered by a Muslim, was marred by a Trump supporter repeatedly chanting "No Islam," exposing a still raw nerve within the GOP over how big the party's tent should be. Published July 19, 2016

Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump seek to humanize GOP nominee

After putting their father over the threshold to become Republicans' presidential nominee, two of Donald Trump's children took the stage at Republicans' convention Tuesday and sought to humanize a man known to many voters from his reality TV persona and the hard-edged GOP campaign. Published July 19, 2016

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland smiles during his meeting with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Dems: Judge Garland becomes longest Supreme Court fight in history

Senate Democrats said Tuesday that Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick to fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court, has now set a record for the longest confirmation battle in history, and urged Republicans to speed him through. Published July 19, 2016