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At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

Secret meetings to stop TrumpBillionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering.

The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he "cannot support Donald Trump."

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Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump

Foreign  leaders warn about TrumpForeign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials about what they say are inflammatory and insulting public statements by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to senior U.S. officials.

Officials from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia have complained in recent private conversations, mostly about the xenophobic nature of Trump's statements, said three U.S. officials, who all declined to be identified.

"As the (Trump) rhetoric has continued, and in some cases amped up, so, too, have concerns by certain leaders around the world," said one of the officials.

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Idaho pastor shot day after delivering Ted Cruz rally prayer

pastor shot day fter praying at Cruz rallyA pastor in Idaho was shot and critically injured in his church's parking lot one day after delivering a prayer at a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Tim Remington, 55, is the senior pastor of the nondenominational Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Police were called after the shooting and Remington was found shortly after at about 2 p.m. local time on Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the Kootenai Health and Medical Center in critical condition.

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Donald Trump: Can I have a pledge? Raise your hand

Trump asks for pledge of allegianceRepublican frontrunner Donald Trump has invoked comparisons to German dictator Adolf Hitler after asking supporters to raise their right hands and pledge allegiance to him.

As he campaigned in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, the billionaire businessman asked those gathered to show their support for him and repeat a pledge.

"Let's do a pledge. Who likes me in this room?" Trump asked those in attendance, according to footage broadcast of the event.

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Republican Ex-IRS Commissioner: Trump Should Release Taxes

Trump and tax returnsA former head of the IRS is calling on Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying that there is no legitimate reason to withhold them.

"When Americans file their tax returns each year, they declare under penalty of perjury that to best of their knowledge they are true, correct and complete," says Mark Everson, who served as IRS Commissioner during the Bush Administration.

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WH vetting Iowa judge for SCOTUS; most Americans want nomination

WH vetting judge for SCOTUS nominationThe White House is vetting an Iowa federal appellate judge for a vacancy in the Supreme Court, a spot most Americans now say they want President Barack Obama to make a nomination to fill.

An anonymous source with knowledge on the process told The New York Times the Obama administration is vetting Iowa's Jane L. Kelly, 51. The process could pose a dilemma for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, also from Iowa.

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Romney calls Trump 'a phony, a fraud;' Trump lashes back

Romney smashes TtumpRepublican nomination front-runner Donald Trump blasted Mitt Romney in advance of a speech in which the former Massachusetts governor is expected to call Trump a "phony" and urge Republican leaders to shun him.

"Mitt Romney was a failed candidate; should have beaten [President] Barack Obama easily," Trump said on Good Morning America. "I brought millions and millions people into the Republican Party over the last very short period of time. It's the biggest story in politics, how many people are flocking into the Republican Party."

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