• Trump shores up Republican unity as he takes on Clinton in White House battle

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    WASHINGTON: Billionaire Donald Trump set about unifying a fractured Republican Party Thursday, fortified by the support of a key party leader as he launches into battle for the White House against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Late Wednesday the top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, publicly endorsed Trump’s candidacy “to prevent what would be a third term of Barack Obama.” McConnell said in a statement: “As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.” Trump’s commanding victory in Indiana’s primary Tuesday pushed remaining challengers Ted Cruz and then Ohio Governor John Kasich out of the race, leaving the real estate tycoon an uncontested path to the nomination.

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