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Republican gubernatorial candidate, Corey Stewart (center) gestures during opening statements as State Sen. Frank Wagner, left, and Ed Gillespie listen during a debate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Thursday. Mr. Gillespie is the current leader among the three GOP candidates-- he's polling at 28 percent. (Associated Press)

Race for Virginia GOP gubernatorial nomination heats up

- The Washington Times

Ed Gillespie on Thursday worked to sidestep charges from his Virginia GOP gubernatorial rivals that he’s a flip-flopping career party insider, pledging to run a campaign in 2017 that will make Republicans proud and saying he’ll be a governor for “all Virginians.”

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President Donald Trump, leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 22, 2017, for a trip to Norfolk, Va., to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump tweets 'the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon'

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President Trump claimed Saturday he has "the complete power to pardon," publicly responding for the first time to recent news reports suggesting he's seeking pardons for individuals being investigated by prosecutors probing Russia's role in last year's White House race, including relatives, staffers and himself.

Ed Gillespie is the Republican front-runner in the race for Virginia's governor. His opponents are attacking his record. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Stewart, Wagner attempt to derail Gillespie campaign

- The Washington Times

Aiming to slow Ed Gillespie's momentum in the final days of the GOP gubernatorial primary in Virginia, Corey Stewart is warning that a vote for the former adviser to President George W. Bush would be a devastating blow against the grass-roots movement that gave rise to President Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has floated Mitt Romney's name as secretary of state, and the two men met privately over the weekend in New Jersey. (Associated Press)

Mitt Romney offers to assist Donald Trump in Cabinet

- The Washington Times

Mitt Romney went hat in hand to meet President-elect Donald Trump this weekend and offer his services to someone he denounced as unfit to be commander in chief, signaling the GOP establishment's near-complete capitulation to an outsider who defied the party and captured the White House.