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Morning Reads: Trump’s SCOTUS Nominees Straight Out of Heritage; And as Primaries Start to End, Democrats Still Divided

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Morning Reads: Trump's SCOTUS Nominees Straight Out of Heritage?

Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the National Republican Congressional Committee office, May 12, 2016. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s justices –> Donald Trump released a list of eleven possible candidates for the Supreme Court. Scott Lemieux at The Guardian writes that it contains few surprises: “In March, Trump said that he would effectively delegate his potential Supreme Court nominations to the conservative Heritage Foundation. Whether or not the list he presented today was literally compiled by the think tank, it certainly could have been. Trump’s list does not just seek to appeal to the Republican establishment ideologically. One of those mentioned, Thomas Lee, is the brother of influential Utah Senator Mike Lee.”

Down, not out –> According to The New York Times, Bernie Sanders’ campaign is moving forward with renewed energy, emboldened by polls indicating he would perform better in a general election against Donald Trump. If he can win California on June 7, the campaign reasons, it will wield significant leverage at the convention. On Wednesday, Sanders told CNN the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had been “throwing shade on the Sanders campaign from the very beginning.”

Many Democrats fear that by actively courting Jeb Bush-style Republicans who are repelled by Donald Trump, Clinton is moving to the right, while on her left, Sanders refuses to throw in the towel. This all came to a head over the weekend, with a fight over delegates between Sanders supporters and the head of the Nevada Democratic Party. At Vox, Dara Lind offers a rundown of both sides’ frustrations.

At Mother Jones, Kevin Drum questions Sanders’ approach: “I wonder if all this was worth it for him? By all objective measures he did way better than anyone expected and had far more influence than anyone thought he would, and he should feel good about that. Instead, he seems more angry and resentful with every passing day.”

And at The Washington Post, columnist EJ Dionne writes, “Sanders has already pushed Democrats (and the entire national dialogue) in a more progressive direction. He wants to lead an enduring movement that will continue the battle against privilege and inequality. His hopes for turning his troops into a formidable long-term electoral force will face their first test in the battle against Trump. And Clinton needs what Sanders has to offer. He has made his campaign about something larger than himself. She hasn’t done this yet. She can start by turning the Democratic platform into a fighting document, which is what Sanders has always hoped it would be.”

Spending on the states –> The Koch brothers aren’t fans of Trump, and aren’t putting much money into electing the president this year. But that doesn’t mean they’re sitting out the election. The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch, which tracks the influence of conservative groups, offers this rundown of the state races where the billionaire brothers are spending their donor network cash.

Trump’s suburban appeal –> Dave Weigel for The Washington Post: “Across the country, Trump has performed best in the sorts of places Democrats could afford to lose: landslides in Appalachia or in white counties of the Deep South. To win the White House in November, he must extend his appeal to unlikely states and unlikely parts of those states. In one of those places — the suburbs of Pennsylvania — Trump is not as toxic as Democrats expected.”

Red Facebook, Blue Facebook –> A cool interactive at WSJ: “To demonstrate how reality may differ for different Facebook users, The Wall Street Journal created two feeds, one ‘blue’ and the other ‘red…’ We built this presentation because it’s hard to see these opposing views side by side. Facebook users who are curious about opposing viewpoints may be apprehensive about recording a like for a particular news source — an action which may be seen by other friends. (You can make likes private in Facebook user settings.) This tool gives people anywhere on the political spectrum the ability to see current discussions about newsworthy topics from both very conservative and very liberal viewpoints.”

“Final mission” –> Tim Mak has the story at The Daily Beast of former Republican Senator Bob Bennett of Utah, who died on May 4. He became fed up with Trump’s Islamophobia and had a message for America’s Muslims: “‘I’d love to go up to every single one of them to thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump,’ Bennett told his wife and son, both of whom relayed this story to The Daily Beast.”

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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