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As White House Countdown goes to press, the delegates on the convention floor are conducting the vote to formally anoint Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee who will face Hillary Clinton in the November election.

Earlier, Melania Trump was the main topic of conversation at the convention following accusations that she plagiarised part of her Monday speech from an address that Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic convention in 2008. The Trump campaign struggled to explain what had happened, and the knives came out. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that Paul Manafort, the man who ousted him, should be fired if he signed off on the speech. Here is our profile of Mrs Trump and our piece on how the Trump show has been full of the wrong dramaRead more

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Republican delegates and party members from across America have poured into Cleveland for the Grand Old Party convention which – unless something unexpected happens – will crown Donald Trump as the party nominee, formally starting what will undoubtedly be an incredibly ugly White House race. Read more

Donald Trump has postponed the highly anticipated unveiling of his vice-presidential running mate, which was expected on Friday in New York, following the horrific attack in Nice that has claimed the lives of more than 70 people. Read more

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Donald Trump, his children and his campaign entourage huddled in Indiana on Wednesday as the tycoon played host of The Apprentice for one more crucial hiring decision before the Republican convention opens on Monday in Cleveland.

Over the past week, Trump has been road-testing possible VPs: Indiana governor Mike Pence, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. I attended a rally in Westfield, Indiana last night where Trump teased the crowd about Pence after the socially conservative governor introduced the candidate with a speech attacking Hillary Clinton and lauding Trump that was clearly an on-the-job interview.

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Donald Trump should be having a better week. The media has been focused on the public rebuke that James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation head, handed Hillary Clinton for being “careless” and “negligent” for sending secret national security information over her personal email account and private server, although he declined to recommend that she face prosecution. And the tycoon put to bed concerns that he was unable to raise money after he announced that he raised more than $50m since he released his official May fundraising total of $3m two weeks ago. Read more

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As most Americans were getting ready to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the July 4th holiday, Hillary Clinton was on Saturday being grilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over her installation of a private email server in her New York home and use of a personal account when she was secretary of state. The interview signalled that the FBI was nearing the end of a year-long investigation that hung over Clinton’s second bid for the White house. Read more

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Donald Trump has taken another step to convince Republican donors to back his White House ambitions by extinguishing the $50m in personal loans he has given his campaign over the past year. Wealthy Republicans have stayed on the sidelines for many reasons – but one was concern that the tycoon might use contributions to pay back the debt rather than hiring more staff and building up election campaign operations in key states across the country. Read more

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Donald Trump must be looking forward to his trip to Scotland later this week, where most people will be more focussed on the outcome of the Brexit referendum than the terrible headlines that have plagued the tycoon in recent weeks. After firing his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday, it emerged later that evening that Hillary Clinton ended May with $41m more in the bank than Mr Trump whose campaign raised a paltry $3.1m in the month. Read more

Donald Trump has disappointed millions of people in America – and probably the head of every television network who hoped to make a killing – by deciding not to debate with Bernie Sanders. On Thursday he revealed that the campaigns were in discussions about a debate, which would have been a huge television hit. But on Friday he reversed course, saying it would be “inappropriate” because Sanders has no way to beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Read more

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Donald Trump held a press conference to celebrate crossing the 1,237 delegate line, which ensures victory when the Republican Party holds a formal nomination vote at its July convention in Cleveland. He took the occasion to hit out at Barack Obama for doing a “horrible job” after the US president said in Japan that world leaders were “rattled” by the property mogul’s rise and the isolationist “America First” message of his campaign for the White House. “When you rattle someone, that is good,” said Trump, who has spent the past 10 months rattling everyone from Mexican immigrants to the Republican establishment. Read more

Hillary Clinton had a rough day after the state department, which she ran as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, rapped her on the knuckles for using a personal email account and private server when she was the top US diplomat. In a report sent to Congress, the inspector-general declared that Clinton did not ask for legal approval to set up what critics refer to as her “home brew” server and would not have been given permission by officials had she asked. Here is our story on emailgate, which threatens to dog Clinton as she fights to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. Read more

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After earning a reputation for some of the toughest questioning of Donald Trump during the Republican race, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly threw in the towel on Tuesday night with a very soft interview with the tycoon. The man who once said she had “blood coming out of her wherever” and retweeted comments that described her as a “bimbo” said in the interview that, “I like our relationship right now”. Read more

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Donald Trump faces yet another barrage over his stance on women. Priorities USA, an outside group supporting Hillary Clinton, released the first in a series of political attack ads that will air on television in the swing states of Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Nevada. The video shows numerous women speaking but with their voices dubbed over by Trump delivering some of his controversial comments on women. Some of the lines include, “Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely” and “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter perhaps I would be dating her.” Read more

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Donald Trump spent much of the past day on Twitter attacking a New York Times story that depicted his treatment of women as “degrading”. The paper quoted a former model who described how he urged her to change into a swimming costume when they met at a pool party that he was hosting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. She later accused the paper of mispresenting her, saying Trump had been a gentlemanRead more

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There are few things as American as Budweiser, even though there are many craft breweries across the US that produce beer that this Irishman finds more palatable. But the legendary brand is undergoing a temporary makeover by renaming itself as “America” for the summer months. The push to tap into the patriotic mood as the US election approaches is a novel way to jump on the Trump bandwagonRead more

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When Donald Rumsfeld was asked in 2006 how the search for Osama bin Laden was going, his response was: “If you’re chasing the chicken around the chicken yard and you don’t have him yet and the question is ‘how close are you?’ the answer is ‘it’s tough to characterise because there’s lots of zigs and zags’.”

What does this have to do with the 2016 election? Well Hillary Clinton, who tussled with Rumsfeld as a member of the Senate armed services committee, might be forgiven for feeling that chasing those chickens was easier than pinning down Donald Trump over his zigzags on economic policy from tackling the US debt to tax policy. Read more

The Trumpistan rollercoaster is running at full tilt. Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, declared that he was “not ready” to endorse Trump. Given that Ryan is the most powerful and most popular Republican in the country, that is a blow to Trump who claims that he wants to unify the party. Trump hit back by saying that he was “not ready” to support Ryan’s agenda.

Trump also reversed policy on accepting big donations and revealed that a former Goldman Sachs partner would help him raise money. That is a stunning development as, over the past three months, most of the people I have talked to at Trump rallies have listed the tycoon mostly funding his own campaign as one of the reasons that they were supporting him. Trump needs a lot of money to compete against Hillary Clinton, but he also risks losing some of his core support unless he can convince people, once again, that he is Houdini. Read more

Polls in Indiana close at 6pm and 7pm depending on where you live in the state. Ted Cruz will be hoping that the protester with a “Cruzin for a Luzin” sign outside his rally in La Porte on Sunday had it all wrong. But the omens are bad for the Texan who once looked like he might cross the finish line in first place in the relatively conservative state. Read more

Ted Cruz is a world-class debater. But he met his match in Marion, Indiana when he engaged a Donald Trump fan who said the senator would find out when the Hoosier State votes on Tuesday that “Indiana don’t want you”. Cruz has been campaigning furiously, in what could be his last chance to derail Trump from getting the delegates needed to win the GOP nomination without a contested convention.

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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are poised for one of their final duels in Indiana on Tuesday when the Hoosier State will help decide if the Texas senator can block the New York businessman from clinching the Republican nomination. John Kasich has basically pulled all of his resources out of the state as he makes his long-shot pitch in Oregon and California. Read more