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Morning Reads: Ryan Folding to Trump; GOP and Dems Rethinking How to Choose a Candidate

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Morning Reads: Ryan Folding to Trump

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) listens during a media availability at the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Back to the drawing board –> “Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over what would be fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year is seriously flawed and helped exacerbate tensions within the party,” Jeremy W. Peters reports at The New York Times. “… Democrats will face a similar reckoning before their convention in Philadelphia over how to address the perceived inequities in their nominating process, which Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has denounced as unfair and corrupt. Given the dissatisfaction with the rules in both parties, officials say, some combination of changes for 2020 is almost certain.”

Ryan folding? –> Bloomberg Politics is reporting, “House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun telling confidants that he wants to end his standoff with Donald Trump in part because he’s worried the split has sharpened divisions in the Republican Party, according to two people close to the lawmaker. Ryan aides say nothing has been decided about a possible Trump endorsement. But Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told a small group of Republican lawmakers Thursday that he expects Ryan to endorse the party’s nominee as early as this week, according to two people in the meeting.”

There’s a new Occupy in town –> … And it’s called “Take on Wall Street,” an alliance of some twenty progressive organizations, including labor and other advocacy groups. Isaiah Poole at the Campaign for America’s Future writes that Take on Wall Street “is pressing five changes that the coalition says would lead to a fair financial system that works for Main Street and working families, not just Wall Street billionaires. Most are embodied in legislation that is currently pending in Congress.” Those changes are: closing the carried interest loophole, ending the CEO bonus loophole, the end of “too big to fail,” enacting a Wall Street speculation tax and an end to predatory lending and other alternatives for the “unbanked.” Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at Tuesday’s official roll-out in Washington. Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress has more on what she had to say.

Resignation in Ferguson –> “The city attorney for Ferguson, Missouri, who was criticized in a U.S. Justice Department report on policing in the town, said on Tuesday she is stepping down,” Fiona Ortiz reports for Reuters. “Stephanie Karr, who had also served as city prosecutor until recently, said the decision to resign was hers alone…” After the death of black teenager Michael Brown in 2014 and the protests that followed, “… the Justice Department investigated policing and court practices in Ferguson and found a widespread pattern of abuse and racism… Among other findings, the report said that the city prosecutor, which it did not name, would retaliate against lawyers who tried to challenge charges against their clients.”

Remember her? –> We mean Mary Lou Bruner, the right-wing retired teacher who claimed, in the words of the Associated Press, that “President Barack Obama was a gay prostitute and suggested that Democrats assassinated John F. Kennedy.” In March, she came this close to winning a seat on the Texas State Board of Education, but yesterday lost in a runoff. AP reports that Keven Ellis, the victorious candidate and a local school borard president, “wouldn’t criticize Bruner and instead thanked her for her career as a schoolteacher.”

Worse  — and faster — than we thought –> Chris Mooney at The Washington Post writes that, “In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the six different major regions of the globe. And it finds that, overall, damage to the planet is happening more rapidly than before, through slights ranging from air pollution, to the proliferation of human and toxic waste, to water scarcity and climate change.

‘The kinds of problems are recognizable. They’re just happening much more frequently,’ said Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP’s chief scientist. The agency is calling it ‘the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment.'”

And ICYMI, from Ben Schreckinger at Politico: “Donald Trump says he is ‘not a big believer in global warming.’ He has called it ‘a total hoax…’ and ‘pseudoscience.’ But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from “global warming and its effects.’

“The New York billionaire is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare. A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by POLITICO, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences — increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century — as a chief justification for building the structure.”

And speaking of squid –> Despite — or maybe because of — global warming, populations of cuttlefish, octopus and squid are on the rise. “In the same waters where fish have faced serious declines, the tentacled trio is thriving, according to a study published Monday,” Nicholas St. Fleur reports at The New York Times. He says that Australian marine ecologist Zoe Doubleday believes, “Warming oceans, while detrimental to some fish, may be creating beneficial growing conditions for some cephalopods, and overfishing could potentially reduce the numbers of fish that prey on the squishy snacks.”

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

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