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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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If you have spent the past decade wondering what has happened to Kenneth Starr, wonder no more. The famous Whitewater independent counsel who spearheaded the investigation of Bill Clinton in the 1990s is back in the limelight, seventeen years after Clinton’s impeachment. Read more

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On Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Kate McKinnon and Larry David – the actors impersonating Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – waltzed into the sunset to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s the Nutcracker in a gauzy, dry ice-filled dream sequence that sees the rivals cheerily reminisce over the primary’s high and lows, laugh, embrace and even pirouette.

Would that were the case. Read more

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At 6.27am on Thursday, while most of America was still asleep, Donald Trump took to Twitter with a snap conclusion about EgyptAir flight 804. “Looks like yet another terrorist attack,” he wrote. “When will we get tough, smart and vigilant. Great hate and sickness.”

The rapid-reaction tweet was another example of the style that delights supporters, exasperates party leaders and tantalises the media. It also provided a template for how a terrorist incident might play out in the autumn if one were to take place on US territory.

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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

Every presidential nominee over the past four decades has released his tax returns for all to devour, but Donald Trump says his effective tax rate is “none of your business”. That snippy response to an ABC interviewer’s question dominated the presidential news.

He did say “you’ll see it when I release it’, then added something that has got less attention: “I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible.” That’s hardly unusual coming from a canny billionaire, but it carries a certain irony as Trump doesn’t seem to think it’s OK for other businesses to do the same thing. Read more

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After a fractious Republican primary, Donald Trump and his erstwhile Republican critics appear to be attempting a different approach ahead of the general election: party unity.

On Thursday, Trump travelled to Washington to meet Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and a handful of other Republican officials – an experiment that went basically as well as it possibly could have. Read more

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Thirteen months into his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has finally gotten the recognition that a candidate with 19 primary and caucus wins, millions of supporters and over $180m in campaign contribution deserves: a disparaging moniker from Donald Trump. Read 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

By Gideon Rachman

The news that Donald Trump has in effect secured the Republican party’s nomination for the US presidency took me back to Europe in 2002. Back then it was a huge shock when Jean-Marie Le Pen, a far-right candidate, made it through to the last two in the French presidential election. I remember going to the EU press room in Brussels the morning after Mr Le Pen’s initial success, and witnessing the horror and shame of my French colleagues.

Donald, show us your sums.

At the end of a week when Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, he’s getting a taste of the ever-increasing scrutiny – if it wasn’t high enough already – that he’s going to face in the run-up to the November election. 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

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“If I get elected president, head out tomorrow and buy a seatbelt because there is going to be so much happening in the first 100 days it’s going to make your head spin,” John Kasich famously told voters in February.

For now, those Kasich, anti-head-spinning seatbelts will have to be put away. On Wednesday at 5pm EST, the Ohio governor announced he was withdrawing from the Republican race, less than 24 hours after Ted Cruz announced he too was ending his campaign – a surprise for his supporters, opponents and the media. 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

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John Boehner has been out of the spotlight since he was ousted as the Republican Speaker of the House last year. One of his most memorable appearances since then came via a photo he tweeted of mo​wing his new lawn in Florida. But the former Ohio congressman is back – with a vengeance. In an interview at Stanford University, he told people what he thinks about Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who is backed by the same Tea party members who dethroned him. Read more