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MUTINY! GOP senators disavow Trump and float contested convention after tirades against judge

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Political junkies’ dreams of a contested Republican convention this year seemingly died when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race after being defeated by Donald Trump in the Indiana primary. However, The Associated Press reports that GOP Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday raised the prospect that Republicans might still overturn the wills of their own voters by launching a challenge to Trump at this year’s RNC.

“Where there’s no talk of a convention challenge or anything else, this might spur it,” Flake said in talking about Trump’s racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Flake also dismissed any notion that Trump might really be planning to moderate himself now that GOP voters have rewarded his poor behavior by nominating him to be the most powerful man on the planet.

“Let’s face it: meet the old Trump, just like the new Trump,” Flake said. “We’ve got what we’ve got. That’s not somebody who can win the White House.”

Flake, for the record, is still saying that he can’t support Trump right now, although he’d be open to it if Trump shows the ability to drastically change everything about his personality and temperament at the age of 69.

But that’s not all: Embattled Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said on Tuesday that he would flat-out not vote for Trump because he did not trust him with the nation’s nuclear launch codes:

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Given this, it will be interesting to see how Trump responds: Will he back off… or will he octuple down on his plans to bash Curiel for his Mexican heritage?

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BUSTED: Trump’s DOJ intervened to keep Paul Manafort from being imprisoned at Rikers Island

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President Donald Trump's Department of Justice intervened to keep his former campaign chairman out of jail, The New York Times reported Monday.

Manafort had been expected to be moved to the Rikers Island jail complex.

"But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York," the newspaper reported.

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Republican gun activist arrested for felony after flashing gun at cop while driving 90 mph through construction zone

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One of Colorado's leading gun activists is free on bail after being charged for flashing a gun at a federal agent, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday.

"Kanda Calef, a former Republican candidate, political activist and a hard-line gun rights supporter, faces a felony menacing charge after allegedly brandishing a pistol at a U.S. marshal in Interstate 25's Gap construction zone," the newspaper reported. "Calef, now free on $2,500 bail, is due in Douglas County’s 18th Judicial District on Wednesday, where she is expected to enter a plea to the charge."

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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