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Police Union: 'Irresponsible' to Carry Weapons During Convention
Calls for temporary suspension of Ohio's open carry laws in Cleveland

Steve Thacker, center, a member of a group supporting open-carry laws, speaks to reporters in Cleveland. (William Edwards/AFP/Getty Images)

Cleveland's police union, citing the recent shooting of officers in Texas and Louisiana, has called for a temporary restriction of Ohio's open carry gun laws during the Republican convention.  

"I couldn't care less if it's legal or not," Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said in an interview Monday on CNN . "We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can't go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that's exactly what they're doing by bringing those guns down there."  

GOP Lobbyist Backs ‘Free the Delegates’ After Butting Heads with Trump
Convention coup remains last best hope

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is a "total control freak," according to GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lobbyist Jack Burkman Friday is scheduled to open up his Northern Virginia home to what he says is a mounting number of Republican loyalists eager to bankroll a last-minute challenge to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

“You have no idea how many people want to write checks against him,” Burkman said.  

Lebron James Not Just a Spoiler in Basketball
NBA Finals cause headache for GOP convention planners

A pedestrian walks by a LeBron James sign in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 NBA Finals haven’t just kept Cleveland Cavaliers’ and Golden State Warriors’ fans on the edge of their respective seats.  

The championship series also has turned into a nail-biter for Republican convention planners.  

Kasich Still Not Ready to Endorse Trump
Ohio governor also emphatically denies interest in VP slot

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he still have issues with Donald Trump's temperament and policies. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, host of this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said he could “absolutely” wind up not endorsing Donald Trump for president before the convention begins on July 18.

Kasich told Fox News in an interview that aired Thursday that Trump’s recent comments about the ethnic background of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who ruled against him in the Trump University case, are “just terrible” and it is a part of the reason he is withholding his support of his onetime presidential rival.

Hall of Fame Chronicles Rock’s Role in Politics
Exhibit coincides with GOP convention before moving to DC for inauguration

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is getting political this campaign year, orchestrating a multimedia presentation designed to connect the dots between music and the most pressing social issues of the past few decades.  

The nascent “Louder Than Words” exhibit — which is scheduled to debut Friday in Cleveland and will run concurrent to the Republican National Convention in July  — provides a unique perspective on American history  since the Eisenhower administration, organizers say.   

Cleveland Better Brace for Its Close-Up
Spencer Tunick preps for nude shoot ahead of GOP Convention

Spencer Tunick's 2004 photo, Ohio 2, hangs in the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. (Courtesy of Spencer Tunick)

Artist Spencer Tunick wants to brighten everyone’s day during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland. His contribution: recruiting 100 nude women to illuminate the cityscape with their natural beauty.  

“It’s a time for me to do something besides vote, besides just posting tweets ,” the world-renowned photographer said of the installation he’s scheduled for July 17 — just 24 hours before the GOP rolls into town to anoint its nominee for the 2016 presidential contest.  

This Quiz Shows Just how Complicated the GOP's Convention Could Get
And it could all come down to a little-known rules committee

Downtown Cleveland -- pictured here is the Tower City Center -- is the site for July's GOP convention. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

If no candidate earns a majority of delegates in the Republican nominating race, things could get tricky at the party's convention in Cleveland. Take this quiz to see how well you understand the rules.  

What Do GOP Delegates Really Do at the Convention?
From the ballot boxes to the convention floor

When Republican voters head to the polls, they’re telling delegates to the Republican National Convention for whom to vote. But how are those delegates chosen, and what kind of power do they have?