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Top Senate Republican tells Supreme Court nominee: Senate will not act

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by phone on Wednesday that Republicans will not act on his nomination or meet with him, a McConnell spokesman said."Rather than put Judge Garland through more unnecessary political routines orchestrated by the White House, the leader decided it would be more considerate of the nominee’s time to speak with him today by phone," McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in

Trump eyes Republican breakthrough via wins in Florida, Ohio

Donald Trump could take a giant step on Tuesday toward securing the Republican presidential nomination if he wins the Florida and Ohio primaries, which would intensify pressure for rivals from the party establishment to pull out of the race.

Trump's appeal divides Tea Party loyalties in crucial states

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has effectively split the conservative Tea Party movement, as his fiery campaign draws in followers of the group who had been expected to line up behind Ted Cruz, a more consistent champion of small government.

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