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Day 4, the final day of the Republican National Convention features speeches by Ivanka Trump, one of Donald Trump’s most polished and effective advocates, and Reince Priebus, the longest-serving RNC chairman in modern history.

Less than 12 hours after he was booed for not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump during his late-night speech before the Republican National Convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn't backing down.

At an emotional event with the Texas RNC delegation Thursday morning, Cruz defended his decision to withhold his endorsement at a time when Republicans are trying to rally around their nominee ahead of the general election.

Members of the delegation from Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz's home state, looked shellshocked in the concourse of the Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.

Cruz had just delivered a nighttime speech in which he did not endorse Donald Trump. Instead, he told the Republican National Convention to "vote your conscience." As he walked off the stage, the crowd booed.

It was supposed to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's political coming-out party, but drama with Ted Cruz largely overshadowed his moment at the Republican National Convention.

The crowd quickly turned on Cruz on Wednesday night after he refused to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The Texas senator and Republican primary runner-up was initially met with a warm reception, holding the crowd in the palm of his hand as he told emotional stories about the recent police shootings in Dallas and how America had to defend the Constitution and the freedoms of speech and religion.

Day 3 of the Republican National Convention features speeches by the party's choice for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and the runner-up during presidential primary season, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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A day after Texas delegates helped give Donald Trump the presidential nomination, Senator Ted Cruz takes the stage at the Republican National Convention. Texas was Cruz territory before he dropped out of the presidential race, and getting all the delegates behind Donald Trump last night took some effort behind the scenes. 

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Donald Trump officially wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination today at day 2 of the party's national convention in Cleveland. You can watch the live stream from PBS NewsHour here:

Cornyn: Melania Trump Plagiarism Charges a 'Trivial Matter'

Jul 19, 2016
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CLEVELAND — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday morning that the plagiarism charges against Melania Trump are a "trivial matter" and predicted they would not harm her husband's standing with voters. 

Rick Perry Says He's Open To Serving in Trump Administration

Jul 18, 2016
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CLEVELAND — Former Gov. Rick Perry says he is open to serving in the administration of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, his former rival in the race for the White House.

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The largest red state of them all is effectively sitting on the sidelines as Republicans begin their national convention in Cleveland.

Five Things to Watch At the GOP National Convention

Jul 18, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Two months ago, Texas Republicans gathered in Dallas for a state convention at which many still felt conflicted about their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump. As they pack their bags for the national convention, an ambivalence still lingers over the Texas GOP.

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The lingering chasm between presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her chief primary rival was bridged Tuesday, with Sen. Bernie Sanders teaming up with Clinton at a campaign event, where he formally endorsed Clinton's bid for the White House.

Is Julián Castro Experienced Enough To Be VP?

Jun 24, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Julián Castro is potentially on the verge of the biggest moment of his life: being tapped to serve as the running mate for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Bernie Sanders said he'll vote for Hillary Clinton in November — but more than two weeks after she became the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sanders remains in the race.

Sanders was on MSNBC when Nicolle Wallace, a former Republican aide and now network political analyst, asked Sanders, "Are you going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November?"

His answer: "Yes."

He added, "The issue right here is, I think I am going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump."

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House Democrats have ended their almost 26-hour-long sit-in to push for gun control legislation, pledging on Thursday afternoon to continue their fight once Congress returns from the July Fourth recess.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., ended the daylong protest surrounded by his Democratic colleagues. The civil rights leader proclaimed that this "is a struggle, but we're going to win this struggle."

Donald Trump laid out a series of campaign promises and leveled a slew of accusations at rival Hillary Clinton Wednesday. Read more about the speech here.

NPR's politics team (with some help from our colleagues on the international desk) has annotated Trump's speech, below. Portions we commented on are bolded, followed by analysis and fact check in italics. We will update further.

Report: Partisan Bad Blood Highest In Decades

Jun 22, 2016

This election has been ugly.

Outside a Donald Trump rally a few weeks ago in New Mexico, anti-Trump protesters threw plastic bottles and burning t-shirts at police.

Some TX Lawmakers Have More Cash On Hand Than Trump

Jun 21, 2016
Allison V. Smith / The Texas Tribune

When Donald Trump released campaign finance numbers on Monday revealing he had just $1.3 million in the bank at the end of May, collective jaws dropped. His presumptive opponent in the general presidential election, Hillary Clinton, reported having $42 million cash on hand.

Platforms Reveal Common Ground Between Texas GOP, Democrats

Jun 21, 2016
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Though they disagree on nearly every major policy issue, from education funding to abortion to immigration, Texas Republicans and Democrats apparently have common ground on a few things, according to the platforms approved at recent state conventions.

Cornyn Gun Measure Fails In U.S. Senate

Jun 21, 2016
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

A week after the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history, the U.S. Senate on Monday voted down four competing gun control measures largely along party lines, including one put forward by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn that sought to block the sales of weapons to people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list.

 

Seeking Unity, Texas Democrats Set Sights On Trump As Common Enemy

Jun 18, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "Frankenstein’s monster," a "racist," "the Joker" — and an opportunity to turn Texas blue, according to optimistic Texas Democrats gathered at their party’s convention in San Antonio this weekend.

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Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman has deep roots here in North Texas. Her name is Katrina Pierson, and she grew up in Garland. A stint on Ted Cruz’s 2012 campaign and a failed run for Congress two years later raised her profile nationally.

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Donald Trump came to Dallas Thursday night to rile up a crowd of thousands inside Gilley's on South Lamar, and after the rally, supporters and protesters began heading home but not without some contentious encounters.

Against Backdrop Of Trump Rallies, Texas Democrats To Gather

Jun 16, 2016
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As Donald Trump hosts rallies Thursday and Friday in Dallas and Houston, as many as 10,000 staunch anti-Trump Democrats are expected to gather in San Antonio for the state party's three-day convention.

 

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Democrats are flocking to San Antonio to kick off the state party convention today. In Dallas, Donald Trump supporters – and protestors – will rally at 7 o’clock tonight at Gilley’s in the Cedars area just south of Downtown. Before that, Trump will hit up GOP donors for campaign cash.

Need A Reason To Vote? Here Are A Few

Jun 15, 2016
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This story is part of A Nation Engaged, a collaborative project between NPR and its member stations. This week's question: "Does my vote matter? More than 4.2 million Texans cast a ballot in March’s primaries. That’s only about 20 percent of eligible voters in the state. Today on "Think," Lauren Silverman spoke with North Texas political organizers about convincing people that their votes count.

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This story is part of A Nation Engaged, a collaborative project between NPR and its member stations. This week's question: "Does my vote matter?

As politicians, pundits and reporters talk about how voters are making their decisions, the issues that motivate them, which candidates excite them. But what about those people who might be staying home in November?

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The electric car company Tesla is novel in many ways. It’s a new company trying to sell a new vision of the automobile, and it sells its cars in a different way: directly to consumers, not through a dealership. But in Texas, state law prohibits car companies from selling cars directly. Customers have to go through an independent dealership instead. For three years, Tesla has been trying without success to change that by lobbying Austin. Now it's lobbying party activists.

Now that each party has a presumptive presidential nominee, fundraising for the November election has kicked into high gear. That’s why it’s not surprising Republican Donald Trump will be in Texas this week for three fundraising events in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The Lone Star State has always been a reliable ATM for the GOP, but strategists say Trump has a lot to make up for with Republicans here – and that includes donors.


In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Hillary Clinton told NPR that in order to counter "self-radicalization," she wanted to create a team "exclusively dedicated to detecting and preventing lone wolf attacks" and possibly even expand terrorist watch lists.

She also called for creating more "integrated intelligence use" among local, state and national law enforcement; "strengthening communication" with other countries; and working with Silicon Valley to "prevent online radicalization."

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