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RNC opens in chaos as #NeverTrump delegates demand nomination be put to roll-call vote

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The conservative #NeverTrump faction made itself heard despite the wishes of Republican officials as the party’s national convention began on Monday.

According to Kendal Unruh, one of the movement’s leaders, delegates from 10 states submitted the paperwork necessary to implement a roll-call vote on the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate. Footage posted from the event captured loud calls for the vote, as seen below:

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However, the Washington Post reported that they were not recognized, effectively stifling any hopes that Donald Trump could be removed from consideration as the party’s presidential nominee on a procedural basis.

Some pro-Trump delegates countered the “roll call vote” chant by either chanting the candidate’s last name in response, or “U-S-A,” more commonly used to drown out protesters at Republican events. At one point, as seen below, supporters of the real estate mogul raised a banner in his honor:

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According to Commentary magazine’s Noah Rothman, delegates from Iowa and Colorado left the floor at one point during the uproar.

Watch more footage of the protests, as posted online, below.

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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