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OFF THE RACES: How the GOP field is reacting to the controversy in Kentucky

NBC's Alex Jaffe looks at how the GOP field is reacting to the Kentucky gay marriage license controversy.

BIDEN: He told donors in Miami "I'm not a populist like Bernie” but said that Sanders is doing “a great job” exciting crowds.

BUSH: On "Good Morning America," he said Trump is "trying to insult his way to the presidency" with comments like suggesting that Bush should speak English.

The Washington Post on his fall strategy: "The campaign is calculating that voters eventually will come around to Bush as a consensus candidate who is palatable to both establishment figures and conservative activists and, importantly, can win the general election."

New York Times headline: "A Once-Sunny Jeb Bush, Bristling in the Long Shadow of Donald Trump"

CLINTON: "A former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state's private email server has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him, MSNBC confirmed late Wednesday. Bryan Pagliano, who worked for Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and at the State Department, has been identified in digital records as the person who set up her email server in 2009."

KASICH: He's said that he could support a "reasonable" federal minimum wage increase, although he said in New Hampshire yesterday, "I would prefer for the states to deal with it, at this point."

The Wall Street Journal writes that his commitment to New Hampshire is paying off.

O'MALLEY: A pro-O'Malley super PAC in Iowa has laid off much of its Iowa staff.

PERRY: NBC's Kailani Koenig reports on Rick Perry's staff woes in New Hampshire.

How bad are things for Perry? At least he's (barely) paying enough staff to qualify for the CNN "happy hour" debate.

TRUMP: He is slated to meet with the RNC's Reince Priebus in New York City amid reports that the RNC will ask candidates to pledge not to run third-party campaigns.

He responded to a critical essay by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in typical Trump fashion.

Nikki Haley suggested that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president.

Bloomberg's deep dive: "How Trump Invented Trump"

WALKER: Here’s his op-ed on police violence. “In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric. Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat.”

OBAMA AGENDA: How the White House won the Iran deal

The New York Times reports on the coordinated strategy - and the input from diplomats - that solidified Obama's victory on the Iran deal.

Obama has taken his climate change message to a part of the country where it is changing daily life at an alarming pace.

The embattled president of Guatemala has offered to resign as he faces arrest in a bribery scandal.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will have an exclusive live interview with Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, she’ll also interview Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Javier Palomarez, the Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez, Pete Williams, Claudio Lavanga and Kevin Tibbles.

*** Thursday's News Nation with Tamron Hall line-up: Today on News Nation, Tamron Hall speaks with MSNBC Contributor, Host of “The Docket” on Shift/MSNBC, Former Prosecutor, and Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney Seema Iyer on the Kentucky clerk who is appearing at a federal hearing; both The Daily Beast Columnist and Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas Michael Tomasky and Republican Strategist Rich Galen about the latest political headlines; and Former Intern Coach for the Arizona Cardinals Jen Welter on her experience as the first female coach in the NFL.

*** Thursday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Thomas interviews MSNBC host Steve Kornacki about Donald Trump’s 2pm meeting with RNC, Kentucky County Clerk Casey Davis who is biking across the state in support of clerk Kim Davis who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson about Hillary Clinton’s aide set to take the 5th regarding her private email server, South Carolina State Senator Gerald Malloy about joining the Draft Biden camp, Boston Globe sports reporter about the impending Deflategate decision, and Eugene Craig who started the Kanye for President PAC.