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GOP lawmaker: Republicans aren’t even pretending to care about appealing to voters as the party faces total ruin

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A retiring Republican lawmaker warned her party to make an effort to attract voters beyond white men — or face electoral ruin.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has served Florida’s 27th Congressional District since 1989, but she sees signs that her district is turning away from the Republican Party, and maybe for good, reported NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

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“The young people rejected the Republican Party,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “There’s really no other way to say it. Suburban women left our party, and minorities did not see us as a welcoming voice. You just have to show people that you care, and we’re not even willing to do that. We don’t go to those neighborhoods, we don’t go to suburbia, we don’t talk to women — we’re not doing anything to appeal to those groups.”

Her Miami-based district, which is 43 percent Cuban-American, backed Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump by nearly 20 points in 2016, and Democrat Donna Shalala last month won the seat Ros-Lehtinen is giving up.

“I’m not saying that I’m leaving because Donald Trump got elected,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “I’m a Republican, but I did not vote for Donald Trump. I’m a Jeb Bush Republican, I’m a George W. Bush Republican. We had a lovely Mass for Bush 41, and I’m thinking, ‘Boy those speeches. Can they really be made this day in age?’ Things have changed. My party has changed.”

She said Republicans have a problem, and it can’t be fixed until they broaden their appeal beyond white men.

“We need to pay attention to the changing demographics of our country,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “We have not been attuned to that. We have been appealing to one certain section of America. I don’t know what you want to call it. The white, male conservative is definitely getting a lot of issues thrown their way.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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