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Trump has taken absolute control of the GOP state-by-state — here’s why

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President Donald Trump has taken control of the Republican Party in every state he needs to win next year, after enduring 2016 power struggles in important battlegrounds like Ohio and New Hampshire.

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution in January declaring “undivided support” for the president after merging the party and Trump’s re-election campaign, and Florida’s GOP chairman said the state party there was essentially a regional arm of the campaign, reported the New York Times.

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“I’ve had probably 10 conversations with the Trump team about the delegate selection process in Florida,” said Joe Gruters, who was co-chair of Trump’s 2016 campaign in Florida and now leads the state GOP. “The base of the party loves our president, and if anybody runs against him, they are going to get absolutely smashed.”

At least three Republicans — Maryland governor Larry Hogan, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and former Ohio governor John Kasich — are considering primary challenges to the president, but the campaign has already tasked aides with making sure all delegates at next year’s convention are committed to Trump.

“There is no challenge to the president,” said John Watson, a former Kasich supporter who now leads the Georgia Republican Party. “The party is in near-unanimous lock step in support of him, certainly at the activist and delegate level.”

Trump’s top campaign aides Bill Stepien and Justin Clark have methodically boosted the president’s allies even in deep-blue states like Massachusetts, and have tried to broker peace between competing pro-Trump factions in other states.

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“The key is that we make sure that the voters of Colorado understand the great job the president has done,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who claimed victory in a power struggle to run Colorado’s state GOP. “That is what my job is.”

The Trump campaign has targeted GOP governors critical of the president, and RNC officials say potential challengers would face a steep climb if they launched a primary campaign.

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“No other candidate, no matter if it’s Gov. Hogan, Bill Weld or anybody else, will get one single delegate out of Maryland,” said David Bossie, the state’s RNC committeeman and a close advisor to the president.

Some traditional GOP donors have not yet committed to backing the president in 2020, but RNC officials warned that Trump critics weren’t welcome in the party.

“If you know any Never Trumpers,” said Vera Ortegon, Colorado’s RNC committeewoman, “send them to me.”

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Before Trump eyed Greenland: Here’s what happened last time the US bought a large chunk of the Arctic

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Editor’s note: Reports that President Donald Trump has urged aides to look into buying Greenland make us think of the last time the United States bought a major territory in the Arctic: the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. Two years ago, we asked William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, a visiting professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, to write about that historic sale.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Trump adviser Navarro with long list of experts calling him a disaster

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In a highly contentious interview on CNN's "State of the Union", host Jake Tapper confronted Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, with a seemingly endless list of economists, analysts and business publications who believe he and his economic advice have both been a disaster and that he is not being straight with the public.

After refusing multiple times to concede that President Donald Trump's trade war -- and accompanying tariffs -- are having any effect on an economy that many financial prognosticators believe is headed towards a recession, Tapper confronted the White House adviser with the list of his critics -- including the Wall Street Journal.

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Internet goes wild over ‘obviously drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s lying while slurring his words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

"There is no economic recession in sight," Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

Twitter, however, was buzzing about Kudlow's speech patterns instead of his questionable economic optimism.

"Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now... And he is lying while slurring his words," one Twitter user noted.

"Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk," another user observed.

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