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Ben Carson: Trump will overhaul ‘corrupt’ nomination process if he’s GOP candidate

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Appearing as a surrogate for Trump at an RNC meeting, Carson condemned the current system of nominating a Republican nominee as ‘corrupt’

Donald Trump will change Republican party rules to make the nomination process more uniform if he becomes the GOP presidential candidate, Ben Carson said on Thursday.

In response to a question from the Guardian, Carson – once a rival to Trump in the Republican race and now one of the billionaire’s most high-profile backers – said that he thought Trump was committed to changing the rules of the Republican Party so that they would be “consistent across the country and not this way here and that way there”.

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He added: “The only reason [for the current system] is if you wanted to manipulate the system.”

A source inside the briefing confirmed to the Guardian that Carson made similar remarks inside the room.

Carson, who was appearing as a surrogate for Trump at the RNC’s spring meeting in Hollywood, Florida, condemned the current system of nominating a Republican nominee as “corrupt”.

Trump has repeatedly bashed the delegate nominating processes in a number of states such as Colorado and Wyoming as rigged and complained about a delegate selection process that has meant that there have been relatively few delegates loyal to him selected in several states that he has won.

The resulting issues with delegate selection prompted a shakeup in the Republican frontrunner’s campaign in recent weeks, with veteran operative Paul Manafort taking a much larger role and sidelining Trump’s longtime campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in the midst of conflict within the campaign.

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By standardizing the rules of the Republican presidential primary, it would make the party’s system far more like that of the Democrats, where delegates are awarded proportionately by congressional district in every state. Currently, Republicans have an array of rules in each state ranging from winner-take-all to absolutely proportional.


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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

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Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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