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  • The Republican Party voted Friday on a rule that could bar a presidential candidate from participating in any party-approved debate for the rest of the primary campaign season, if he or she participates in any unsanctioned debates, as determined by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and a 13-member panel. (Associated Press)

    RNC strengthens control over nomination process

    In an unusual display of centralized power, the Republican Party's national governing body approved a rule that likely would end abruptly the 2016 GOP presidential nomination quest of any candidate who dares to step out of line.

  • Ebony magazine was forced to apologize after one of its senior editors called Raffi Williams,  the deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, (above) a "white dude," and dismissed his call for diversity of thought at the magazine. (Image: Twitter)

    Ebony apologizes for calling RNC's Raffi Williams 'white,' dismissing black conservatives

    A top editor at Ebony magazine was forced to apologize after insulting RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams and the conservatism of the black men behind The Washington Times' new digital magazine, American CurrentSee.

  • FILE-In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson speaks during a briefing in Cleveland. Having fallen short twice recently, Ohio is making a big push to land the 2016 Republican National Convention with three cities bidding as finalists, eager to reassert its Midwestern political clout to a party that may be slowly moving away from it. The three cities, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, are among eight initial finalists for the GOP convention, the most from Ohio in a single year in recent memory. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Now or never? Ohio pins hopes on GOP convention

    Ohio is looking to reassert its political clout by pressing forward with three bids to host the Republican National Convention, competing against fast-growing states that have newer infrastructure and the more diverse electorate that the party is trying to attract.

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    Republicans huddle on their ground game

    GOP leaders had hoped this week's summer meeting in Boston would focus on preparations for 2016 and efforts to improve the party's ground game — but leaders are finding they can't avoid the thorny policy issues, including immigration, that have deeply divided Republicans in Washington and nationwide.

  • Celeb presence will be smaller this year for Dems

    Four years ago, Ben Affleck was a familiar presence around the Democratic convention, packing produce for charity and even winning a poker tournament. Singer Fergie performed with her Black Eyed Peas. Sheryl Crow sang, too, with Susan Sarandon joining in from the audience.

  • **FILE** In this photo from Sept. 15, 2010, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears as the featured speaker at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' annual Liberty Gala at the Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla. (Associated Press)

    GOP fundraising worsens as elections near

    Despite help from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican National Committee's severe money problems have only worsened as the GOP's chief campaign fundraising organization enters the last few weeks of the midterm elections, The Washington Times has learned.

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