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Paul supporters boo Boehner, decry establishment-favoring rules changes

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Irked by changes to the presidential nominating process that will make future contests more favorable to establishment candidates like Mitt Romney, Ron Paul backers at the Republican convention loudly booed House Speaker John Boehner as he presided over the final adoption of those rules on the convention floor.

Though not as fractious as some had anticipated—Paul supporters had talked of staging a little rebellion and trying to nominate Paul  from the floor at the convention—the spat highlighted the divided nature of the party just as the presidential race hits the home stretch.

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The divide centered around several changes to the nominating process pushed through Friday at a meeting of the powerful Rules Committee by Romney’s top legal advisor, Ben Ginsberg, that were designed to make it more difficult for an insurgent campaign to secure delegates en route to the convention. The changes dictated that delegates be bound to vote in accordance with the results of state primaries and caucuses, thus limiting the ability of candidates to boost their support later on at state conventions.

Paul lagged significantly at the polls, but his supporters quietly worked behind the scenes to propel their chosen delegates into the mix, meaning that he could have more support on the convention floor than he enjoyed at the ballot box. The new changes effectively nixed that strategy for future campaigns, drawing the ire of Paul supporters, activists and other conservatives who said the change would limit grassroots campaigns.

On top of that, the Republican National Committee also barred twenty Paul supporters from Maine from serving as delegates, saying that their election violated party rules.

Fast forward to Tuesday, where Boehner stood before the convention and put the new rules up for a voice vote to all the assembled delegates. Though both the ayes and nays boomed as loud as each other, Boehner quickly said the rules were adopted and moved right along, prompting a chorus of boos and chants of, “Shame on you.”

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Paul himself has been hesitant to embrace his party during what is otherwise a tightly choreographed, unanimous show of party loyalty and fervency. He declined to speak at the convention, claiming organizers offered him a speaking gig on the condition that he let them vet his speech and that he offer a full endorsement of Romney. In an interview with the New York Times, he said he doesn’t “fully endorse” Romney’s candidacy, and later told Fox News that he was unsure if he would even vote for him.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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