LBN – Special Report – Thursday

*Paul Ryan ‘Not Ready’ to Endorse Trump

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper in an interview Thursday that he cannot endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump right now. “I’m not ready to do that yet,” he said. “I am not there right now. I hope to and want to.”

Ryan himself had previously been floated as a presidential candidate that could rival the more extreme elements of Trump, but he ultimately declined to seek the candidacy. While Ryan said that he hopes to have a united Republican party, he added the “bulk of the burden for uniting the party” needs to be on Trump.

“At this point, I think that he needs to do more to unify the party and do more and bring the party together,” he told CNN. “Then to go forward and appeal to all Americans and every walk of life and background and a majority of independents and so, you know, I think conservatives want to know does he share the values and our principles and the government and the role of the executive.”

*NC Refuses to Meet DOJ’s Demands on Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina will not meet the Obama administration’s deadline to “remedy” its controversial HB2 law by Monday, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice informed the state on Wednesday that the anti-LGBT law is in violation of the Civil Rights Act and it must either repeal or cease enforcing the bill by next week or face penalties. House Speaker Tim Moore, a Republican, told reporters, “That deadline will come and go. We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.” The top lawmaker indicated the state intends to address the law, but that the DOJ’s five-day deadline was not enough time.

*Anti-Trump RNC Staffers Told to Quit

Following Donald Trump’s ascendance to being the GOP’s presumptive nominee after Tuesday’s Indiana primary victory, some staffers at the Republican National Committee were reportedly told to quit by the end of the week if they could not get behind the nominee. In addition, The New York Times reported, various GOP lawmakers face a reckoning over whether they will back the unpalatable candidate or face possible re-election troubles at home.


LBN E-Lert Edited By Marcelle Luna

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