A well-connected pro-Donald Trump super PAC has failed to raise big money to support the Republican’s presidential bid, leaving him without outside resources to fight the well-stocked super PAC backing Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Rebuilding America Now, a group assembled by allies of top Trump advisor Paul Manafort, has just $571,000 in cash on hand, according to federal elections reports for the second quarter of 2016. It raised $2.1 million in start-up money and spent more than $1.5 million.
Patricia Smith, the mother of a State Department officer killed in Benghazi, Libya, delivered a searing, emotional speech about the death of her son on the opening night of the Republican National Convention.
"If Hillary Clinton can't give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?" says family member of American killed in Benghazi
The prime-time inclusion of Jamiel Shaw, whose son shared his name, indicates that Trump is not backing down from the hard-line stance he took on immigration during the primaries. He kicked off his campaign by declaring that many of those in the country illegally from Mexico were criminals and rapists, and he repeatedly called for mass deportation and the construction of a large border wall.
The Republican convention will be able to proceed safely without changing Ohio's open-carry law, which allows citizens to display rifles and other guns on public streets, including those near the convention arena, the convention's chief executive said Sunday.
“Security is important, and I think that they have been planning around the security issues here for over nine months. The open-carry laws in Ohio haven’t changed recently. It’s been in effect for quite some time," Jeff Larson, chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, told reporters at a news conference in Cleveland.
"They’ve had a number of big events that have taken place with open carry without any issues. They’ve been planning their security around that issue," Larson added.
The head of Cleveland's police union said Sunday he would ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich to suspend open-carry gun rights for a week after several police officers were gunned down in Baton Rouge, La.
"It's a heartbreaking day," said union president Steven Loomis. The union's attorneys are also asking Kasich to declare a state of emergency in the city during the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday.
But a spokesperson for Kasich said he lacks legal authority to do what the union asked.