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Morning Reads: Obama, Biden, Warren Get Behind Clinton

Democrats line up behind Clinton –> Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and the president himself gave ringing endorsements to Hillary Clinton yesterday following her Tuesday victories in California and New Jersey, the last two large states to hold primaries. “I’m with her, I am fired up, and I cannot wait to get out there to campaign for Hillary,” Obama declared.

But: DC has yet to hold its primary, and Bernie Sanders has promised to stay in until it is over, next Tuesday. However, a speech he gave after meeting with Obama yesterday was widely interpreted as Sanders winding down his campaign, and committing to work with Clinton and the Democrats to defeat Trump. “I will work as hard as I can,” Sanders said, “to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.”

Warren for VP? –> It’s that time: The presidential candidates are more-or-less chosen, and the political press is stepping up speculation on who the vice-presidential candidates will be. Many people are excited about the potential of a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren ticket because Warren has championed many of the same issues as Sanders and could help draw support from some of his fans who are more skeptical of Clinton. Not to mention the buzz that would be generated by a two-woman slate. Warren has been saying that she hasn’t had any conversations with Clinton or her staff about joining the ticket, but CBS News reports she will meet with Secretary Clinton this morning.

Here’s an NBC News cheat sheet on some of the many Democratic veep possibilities.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party is in an interesting place –> The conservative Weekly Standard checked in with Marco Rubio to verify that while he still doesn’t trust Donald Trump to handle the nuclear codes, he does back him for president. We’re not making this up.

The Atlantic has a cheat sheet, too, listing where prominent Republicans stand on their presumptive nominee.

Donald takes a page from Bernie? –> Jonah Shepp at New York magazine: “Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is turning to an unlikely source of inspiration for its fundraising strategy: erstwhile Democratic contender Bernie ‘Crazy Bernie’ Sanders. Two major donors who were present at the first meeting of the presumptive Republican nominee’s national finance team at the Four Seasons told Reuters that the campaign would likely seek to emulate Sanders’ grass-roots strategy of soliciting small donations from a large number of donors.” (“Crazy Bernie” is the pejorative Trump bestowed on Sanders via Twitter last month.)

Trump doesn’t pay his bills –> And that harms not just the large corporations he deals with, but many ordinary Americans — of the sort that might vote for Trump. That’s the upshot of a new USA Today investigation by Steve Reilly: “Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will ‘protect your job.’ But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans… who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.”

Major victory for gun control advocates –> Adam Nagourney and Erik Eckholm for The New York Times: “A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not guarantee the right of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public places, upholding a California law that imposes stringent conditions on who may be granted a concealed-carry permit… the Ninth Circuit joins several other federal appeals courts in allowing state or local governments to put restrictions on the granting of concealed-carry licenses.”

“Your bravery is breathtaking” –> BuzzFeed News received an open letter from Vice President Joe Biden addressed to the Stanford sexual-assault survivor. “I do not know your name,” Biden wrote, “but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed. It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.”

Engineered inequality –> Boston Globe reporter Evan Horowitz provides a great, cogent explainer on a big topic — poverty in the US. He writes, “Poverty is such a long-standing, deeply rooted problem that it’s hard to believe there could be a relatively straightforward way to address it. But here’s one: Give poor people money.”

“That’s a highly controversial idea here in the United States, where so many social programs are focused on helping people find work, rather than offering them services or sending them checks. But elsewhere around the world, things work differently. Virtually every developed nation has a lower poverty rate than the US. That’s not because all their citizens have jobs and earn a decent living. It’s because they provide direct assistance to those at risk, in the form of cash, housing subsidies, pensions and child benefits.”

Morning Reads was written by John Light and edited by Michael Winship. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!


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