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Morning Reads: Clinton, Trump Hit November Reset Button

A cameraman watches as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a rally in Oakland, California, on May 6, 2016. (GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Clinton shifts back toward center –> Amy Chozick at The New York Times: “Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is repositioning itself, after a year of emphasizing liberal positions and focusing largely on minority voters, to also appeal to independent and Republican-leaning white voters turned off by Mr. Trump… The effort is a striking turn after she spent the past year trying to to mobilize the liberal wing and labor leaders in the Democratic Party.”

And: Clinton’s shift assumes that Sanders voters, faced with a choice between voting Democratic and voting for Trump, eventually will come around to supporting her. But exit polling highlighted by Margaret Talev and Arit John at Bloomberg Politics indicates that regardless of their race or ideology, Clinton remains a tough sell among young Sanders voters.

And: Wall Street has made its choice, Brody Mullins and Rebecca Ballhaus report for The Wall Street Journal: “Hillary Clinton is consolidating her support among Wall Street donors and other businesses ahead of a general-election battle with Donald Trump, winning more campaign contributions from financial-services executives in the most recent fundraising period than all other candidates combined.”

Trump shifts on wages, taxes –> Sean Sullivan for The Washington Post: “Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in television interviews broadcast Sunday that he would like an increase in the minimum wage and that it is best that such a change happen at the state level. In the past, Trump has opposed upping the minimum wage. But in recent days, he has increasingly warmed to the idea.” But, Alan Yuhas writes for The Guardian, implicit in Trump’s call for a state-level change is the elimination of the federal minimum wage.

And: On those same Sunday shows, Trump claimed his tax plan, in the end, wouldn’t be as conservative as it looks by the time he finished negotiating with Congress. “I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more,” he told ABC’s This Week (via Reuters).

Meanwhile, Trump threatened to demand that someone other than House Speaker Paul Ryan serve as the party’s convention chairman. “Mr. Trump’s warning was his latest affront to Republicans who have urged him to adopt a more cooperative and unifying tone,” Jeremy W. Peters writes at The New York Times. “And it amounted to an extraordinary escalation in tensions between the party’s presumptive nominee and its highest-ranking officeholder.” Ryan said last week that Trump was going to have to sound more like a conservative before the candidate won his support.

The perils of escalation –> Liz Sly reports for The Washington Post that an escalation of American forces in the Middle East is coming just as the war against the Islamic State is hitting further hurdles. The fight “is entering what Pentagon officials have called a new and potentially harder phase, one that will entail a deeper level of U.S. involvement but also tougher targets… The deepening U.S. military engagement won’t, however, untangle the web of political complexities that appears to be tightening around a strategy critics long have charged is too focused on short-term military gains.”

Today’s the day –> Julia Harte at Reuters: “North Carolina officials say they will respond by Monday to the U.S. government’s challenge to a controversial law on public restroom access for transgender people, but it was unclear if the state would defy Washington and risk a legal battle… If the state does not pull back from implementing the first-of-its-kind statute, it could face a federal lawsuit, according to three letters that the U.S. Justice Department sent last week to North Carolina officials.”

And: A new CNN poll finds that the majority of Americans oppose legislation like the North Carolina bathroom bill. Republicans, whose lawmakers are pushing these laws, are divided evenly for and against.

Time for Roy to go –> Claire Landsbaum at New York magazine: “Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore has been sort of, kind of deliberately ignoring last June’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, but an Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission is finally taking him to task for refusing to uphold the law. According to Reuters, Moore has been charged with violating Alabama’s judicial-ethics laws, which means he could be removed from the bench altogether.”

Months of fires ahead –> Carli Velocci for Gizmodo: “The wildfires that began in the Fort McMurray area in Alberta last week are expected to double in size, with officials saying that it could take months to get the situation under control. According to an update provided late Saturday, a total of 43 wildfires are burning, seven of them out of control, while 12 new wildfires ignited on Friday.”

Mercury in transit –> The tiny planet is crossing in front of the sun, one of only thirteen times during the century. As you’re reading this, it may be crossing right now. NPR has details on how you can watch.

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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