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Clinton Applauds SCOTUS Abortion Decision

Trump Hits Clinton-Warren Appearance

Ahead of Hillary Clinton's campaign appearance with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren this morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter for a preemptive critique:

What to Expect From Clinton & Warren Today

Clinton's Campaign Teams Up With 'Hamilton' for Fundraiser

Hillary Clinton is looking for a mind at work — and donations.

The presumptive Democratic nominee will be the special guest at a performance of "Hamilton," the Tony Award-winning, impossible-to-get-tickets-to smash hit Broadway musical about America's scrappiest Founding Father.

President Obama and Clinton's campaign sent out emails touting the afternoon performance on July 12. General admission seats will set donors back $2,700 each.

Hamilfans will note that the date of the fundraiser performance is after several members of the original cast have departed, but creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has left the lead role to Javier Muñoz, his understudy and right-hand man.

As for Miranda, the Democratic National Committee reportedly hopes to see him on a different stage, in Philly.

Could New Lawsuit Derail Trump's Nomination?

A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention filed a class action lawsuit in federal court Friday challenging a state law that binds delegates to support the primary winner at the nominating convention. The outcome of the lawsuit could have significant implications for Donald Trump's nomination. Read more.

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Kochs Gamble Big in Nevada Senate Race

The Nevada Senate race is about to receive a major infusion of cash.

Conservative activists Charles and David Koch's super PAC, Freedom Partners Action Fund, announced a $1.2 million television ad buy in the Senate race to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid..

The new ad attacks Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running against Republican Rep. Joe Heck, for blocking Uber from coming to the state, alleging that she led the fight against Uber after accepting campaign contributions from the state's taxi companies, which were fighting Uber's ability to operate.

"Many Nevadans relied on Uber for work, but after accepting $70,000 from taxi companies, Catherine Cortez Mastro went after Uber … until she drove them out of town, along with all their jobs," the narrator in the ad says.

Cortez Masto's campaign called the ad "a blatant attempt by Congressman Heck's allies to change the subject from his accepting $300,000 from Wall Street after he sponsored a tax cut for Big Banks."

"The truth is: ride-sharing companies were operating without a license and the Transportation Authority requested that the Attorney General's office enforce the law to protect passenger safety. Ride-sharing companies then sought licensing through the legislative process and now operate legally in Nevada," Zach Hudson, spokesperson for Cortez Masto said in a statement.

This ad will bring the Koch's spending to $16.6 million in Senate races this year, more than a third of the $42 million they have budgeted so far.

Clinton Mocks Trump Over Trip

Hillary Clinton's campaign had some Twitter fun with Donald Trump's trip to Turnberry, Scotland for the reopening of his resort there and his press conference amid the Brexit fallout:

Andrew Rafferty

Clinton Reacts to Brexit Vote

Hillary Clinton said she "respects" U.K. voters' decision to leave the European Union and that it is now up to the U.S. to make sure economic uncertainty does not hurt working class families here.

"We also have to make clear America's steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe," Clinton said in a statement. "This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House to protect Americans' pocketbooks and livelihoods."

Clinton, like President Barack Obama, opposed the so-called "Brexit." Rival Donald Trump praised Thursday's result.

Protester Interrupts Trump Press Conference

Donald Trump's press conference in Turnberry, Scotland was pre-empted Friday morning by a protester who brought red golf balls marked with swaztikas to the famous course:

Jacob Rascon

Protesters Prepping for DNC

The city of Philadelphia has received 23 applications to parade/protest/march during the Democratic National Convention. (So far: Seven have been approved, with 10 pending, three not approved, one application returned, and one group that withdrew.)

If the "pending" applications are approved, and organizers bring the crowds they promised, that could mean 100,000 to 130,000 protesters. Of course, if protests at Trump events are any indication, far fewer protesters will probably show up in Philadelphia than organizers say they expect.

Shaquille Brewster contributed to this report.

Andrew Rafferty

Clinton and Trump Finally Agree on Something

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton finally agree on something.

The presumptive GOP nominee said Thursday's split Supreme Court decision on President Obama's immigration actions "makes clear what is at stake in November."

Hours early, Clinton released a statement saying the four-four tie shows "just how high the stakes are in this election."

The GOP-controlled Senate's efforts to block Obama's Supreme Court nominee means the next president will likely have the chance to name the next Supreme Court nominee. The pick will determine the ideological majority of the court.

Trump has already named a number of conservative judges he would consider to fill the seat vacated after Antonin Scalia's death.

Donald Rumsfeld Backs Trump

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is backing Donald Trump for president. In an interview with the Daily Mail Wednesday, Rumsfeld said, "I'm a Republican, and there's not any doubt in my mind how I'll vote," adding, "I don't believe Hillary Clinton is qualified to be President of the United States." Donald Trump responded to the endorsement on Twitter:

Mark Murray

GOP Senator Criticizes Trump in TV ad

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), who already has un-endorsed Donald Trump, is airing a new ad criticizing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"Mark Kirk bucked his party to say Donald Trump is not fit to be commander-in-chief," the ad's narrator says. The ad also touts Kirk's pro-choice record and his desire to vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. (Predictably, the ad doesn't mention that Kirk is a Republican in this blue state.)

Kirk is perhaps the most vulnerable GOP senator this cycle, and his path to survival in his race against Democrat Tammy Duckworth is to stress his independence and bipartisan record.

Andrew Rafferty

Clinton Uses Court's Split Decision as Campaign Rallying Cry

Hillary Clinton used Thursday's split Supreme Court decision over President Obama's immigration actions as a rallying cry for her campaign, saying in a statement that the tie shows "just how high the stakes are in this election."

"This decision is also a stark reminder of the harm Donald Trump would do to our families, our communities, and our country," Clinton said in a statement. "Trump has pledged to repeal President Obama's executive actions on his first day in office."

Antonin Scalia's death left the court with just eight members, and the Republican-controlled Senate has refused to hold hearings for Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

The four-four decision means a lower court ruling that blocked the executive action that would have protected about four million people from deportation stands.

Clinton also released a statement calling the court's ruling to uphold the affirmative action program at the University of Texas "a win for all Americans."

Timing on Trump's Cabinet?

Trump on Hugh Hewitt's radio show Thursday morning said he would be "inclined" to name cabinet members throughout the election, rather than prior to the Republican National Convention.

Asked when to expect names from Trump on who will make up his cabinet, either before the convention or after, or throughout the entire election, the GOP presumptive nominee said "I think I might be inclined to do that. I don't think that's unusual though."

"You don't have to do all of it early," Trump said, later adding, "I like that idea very much."

Hallie Jackson

Scotland , Secret Service and Trump

Questions have been raised about the cost of Donald Trump's USSS detail while overseas, particularly given the non-political nature of his trip.

A spokesman for the USSS confirms Trump's detail is indeed traveling with him to Scotland -- no surprise, since protection of a presidential candidate happens 24/7 once authorized.

The agency won't discuss costs associated with protective responsibilities, but former USSS director Mark Sullivan testified in 2008 that costs can reach up about $37-38,000 per day for presidential protection.

Obama on Trump's View of Being America's Most Successful Businessman: Not So Much

"Well, I—there's no successful businessman in America who actually thinks the most successful businessman in the country is Donald Trump. I know those guys, and so do you, and I guarantee you, that's not their view," President Obama said in an interview with Bloomberg.

Rubio Explains Decision to Run

Florida Senator Marco Rubio tells NBC News he changed his mind and decided to run for re-election because the next four years will require a Senate that can "check and balance" the next president -- whoever that may be. Watch the interview:

Bush 41 Security Advisor Endorses Clinton

Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in November's election. In a letter released Wednesday, Scowcroft writes:

"Our next president will face extremely challenging national security issues. America's military strength, its economic and technological leadership, and the resilience of our people encourage my belief that we can meet those challenges. But that will not happen without strong and able leadership in the Oval Office. I believe Hillary Clinton has the wisdom and experience to lead our country at this critical time."

What Are the House's Rules for a Sit-In?

Democrats, led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, are currently engaged in a sit-in on the House floor in an effort to force a vote on gun control measures. What are the rules for this? Has something like this happened before? NBC News' Ari Melber explains:

What are the rules for this situation?

The House is currently in recess, and under the rules, the speaker is generally empowered "to preserve order and decorum." He has the ability to clear the lobby and galleries in the event of "disorderly conduct" and can direct the House's sergeant-at-arms to do so.

Access to the House floor can be limited to "all persons except those privileged to remain," which usually means House members and authorized staff and selected authorized guests.

Bottom line: If members do not leave the floor and no compromise is reached, it is largely up to Speaker Paul Ryan to decide whether to use the authority of the House to seek to clear the floor and/or sanction members, or to keep the House in recess and wait out the issue.

Is there any precedent for this?

There was a potentially physical stand-off in 2003, at a House Ways and Means hearing on retirement rules, where members broke decorum with insults, made apparent threats and walked out of the hearing.

The chairman, Rep. Bill Thomas, said he called the sergeant-at-arms for order in the committee and asked Capitol police to remove the Democrats if needed. That controversial move was discussed on the floor, where Lewis likened the tactics to civil rights-era abuses of a "police state." Thomas later apologized — the issue was essentially resolved without police getting physically involved.

More here on rules limiting what lawmakers are allowed to do on the House floor.

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