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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump avoided the controversy over a bereaved Muslim family during a town hall event Monday in Columbus, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Trump refuses to apologize to Muslim family

Donald Trump refused to apologize Monday to a Muslim family whose son, a U.S. Army captain, was killed in Iraq, drawing a further rebuke from the family, a reprimand from other Gold Star families and calls for more discipline from fellow Republicans, who said that even their presidential nominee cannot defame American heroes. Published August 1, 2016

Officers with Broward County Mosquito Control make daily inspections and respond to residents' complaints. Florida health officials said they are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be directly related to travel, bringing the total to four. (Associated Press)

Zika fears in Florida stir partisan blame for congressional inaction

Evidence that mosquitoes have begun to spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland is setting off alarm bells among Florida's leaders and reviving partisan bickering over who is to blame for a lack of congressional action to confront the disease. Published July 31, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump National Doral, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump: I hope hackers got Hillary Clinton's deleted emails

Injecting himself into Hillary Clinton's coronation party, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a news conference Wednesday to demand that Mrs. Clinton be more transparent, but he but created his own mess when he said he hopes Russian hackers unearth her deleted emails. Published July 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump tells veterans Hillary Clinton can't be trusted to overhaul VA

Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to fire those responsible for the problems that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs and to give military veterans access to private health care providers, warning that "crooked Hillary Clinton" seems bent on sweeping the entire controversy "under the rug." Published July 26, 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

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

"After allowing a spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over," Sen. Marco Rubio said. "It is time to come together and fight for a new direction for America." (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio urges GOP to 'come together,' rally behind Trump

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called for unity Thursday in a video message at the Republican National Convention, urging party activists to rally behind Donald Trump and assuring them that the New York billionaire is poised to put the nation on a more conservative path. Published July 20, 2016

Republicans hoped that the campaign would operate in a more traditional manner with Paul Manafort at the helm given his experience with conventional campaigns. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump campaign remains clumsy despite experience of Manafort

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was hired to bring a steady hand, professionalism and competence Donald Trump's presidential operation, but the first two days of the GOP convention signaled the campaign remains clumsy. Published July 20, 2016