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Trump supporters abandon plan to force New Hampshire Republicans to back the president

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Two prominent Trump supporters in New Hampshire have decided not to push for a new rule for the state’s Republican Party, which would have forced GOP officers to endorse an incumbent president in a primary.

State Rep. Fred Doucette of Salem and pro-Trump activist Bruce Breton told local news outlet WMUR that they had dropped their proposal to change the state party’s bylaws for now.

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The two Trump supporters complained there was a “lack of public support for the incumbent President of the United States.”

“Wholesale changes in the NHGOP leadership must and will be made in the coming weeks. With this in mind, we will not pursue any bylaw changes at this annual convention,” they said in a statement.

“That being said, it is common sense to tens of thousands of Trump supporters in New Hampshire that the neutrality clause in the NHGOP bylaws be addressed to reaffirm the GOP support of the leader of the Republican Party. “

The New Hampshire Republican Party’s current bylaws forbid party officers from taking sides in any party primary.

Speculation has swirled that Trump will face a Republican primary challenger in 2020.

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New Hampshire has one of the most-watched presidential primaries, which “traditionally [has] been not just an important indicator of how candidates are faring, but a way of winnowing the field and generating or killing funding,” explained politics professor Gillian Peele. “Candidates who perform poorly generally find their access to money suddenly dries up.”


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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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