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Bloomberg to Endorse Clinton in Primetime Address

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who considered a run for president as an independent in 2016, will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention.

The endorsement was first reported by the New York Times. A Clinton aide confirmed the report to NBC News.

Bloomberg, a former Democrat, has been sharply critical of Donald Trump.

The billionaire media mogul announced in March that he would not mount a third-party bid for president, saying "it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win."

Pence: No Place in GOP for Duke's 'Hateful Rhetoric'

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is weighing in to rebuke former KKK leader David Duke, who says he was inspired to run for office because of Donald Trump's success.

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Trump noted that he came under criticism earlier this year for failing to disavow Duke more quickly, saying "Rebuked. Is that okay? Rebuked, done."

Pence praised Trump's remarks in a Twitter message.

Trump VP Shortlister Apologizes for Tweet Containing Anti-Semitic Remark

A retired general who was on Donald Trump's shortlist as a vice presidential pick apologized Sunday for recirculating a Twitter message with anti-Semitic sentiments.

Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, the former leader of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said he mistakenly retweeted a commenter's suggestion that "Jews" were responsible for claims that the Russian government instigated hacks of the DNC in order to divide the Democratic Party.

Flynn tweeted himself that "the corrupt Democratic machine will do and say anything to get #NeverHillary into office." But as part of that tweet, he retweeted another Twitter user who wrote: "Not anymore, Jews. Not anymore."

Flynn later tweeted out an apology: "The earlier retweet was a mistake. My sincerest apologies."

Carrie Dann

Clinton, Trump Camps Clash Over Source of DNC Leak

The Trump and Clinton campaigns sparred Sunday over the source of the leak of thousands of internal DNC emails.

Clinton's camp alleges that the breach was instigated by hackers working with the Russian government who aim to boost Donald Trump's campaign by sowing discord among Democrats.

"What's disturbing to us is that experts are telling us Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, and other experts are now saying that the Russians are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually of helping Donald Trump," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on CNN.

Trump's campaign shot back that Mook's claim was merely an attempt to "change the subject."

"You know the Clinton campaign is desperate to change the subject from the disunity at their convention when they're the ones bringing up compromised email servers," said Trump spokesman Jason Miller. "Their time would be better spent apologizing to Bernie Sanders for the mistreatment he received at the hands of the Democratic National Committee."

The Hillary-Kaine Ticket Makes its Debut

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton held her first joint appearance with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine who she tapped to be her running mate on Friday. Clinton and Kaine appeared at a Miami rally -- a crucial battleground state for the general election.

"I Just can't think of anybody better to have by my side, on the campaign trail, in the White House, together we are going to take on the challenges," Clinton said in introducing Kaine. Read the full story here and watch below:

Trump Responds to Clinton's VP Pick

There It Is: Official Signage for Clinton/Kaine

Word Cloud of Trump's Speech Screams 'Country' and 'Violence'

The most prominent words from the Republican nominee's 76-minute address Thursday night:

Word Cloud of Trump's Speech Screams 'Country' and 'Violence'
NBC News

Who Will Hillary Clinton Choose as Her Running Mate?

The answer should come Friday.

Trump's Record Breaking Speech

Donald Trump's convention speech clock in at one hour and 16 minutes, by NBC News' count. That makes it the longest of the modern era, by a significant margin.

Trump: "I Will Protect Our LGBTQ Citizens'

Despite an RNC platform that is overwhelmingly anti-gay, Donald Trump in his speech on Thursday mentioned the Orlando massacre and said that he "will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of the hateful, foreign ideology, believe me," in reference to fundamentalist Islamic.

The line was met with loud applause from the presumably conservative crowd and Trump noted, "I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said, thank you."

Code Pink Disrupts Trump Coronation

A protester with the activist group "Code Pink" interrupted the highlight of the Republican National Convention Thursday night, holding high a pink banner with the words "Build Bridges, Not Walls" on it.

Donald Trump paused his speech, turned away from the mic and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!" as she was quickly surrounded by attendees and security guards and escorted out.

The activist was later identified as group founder Medea Benjamin, who 11 hours earlier had tweeted: "Needed: tickets to RNC tonight!!! help!!!"

As she was being taken away by police she said she did it because "Donald Trump is dangerous for this country."

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Gov. Fallin Tries To Ease Concerns Over Trump

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin gave skeptical conservatives the green light to support Donald Trump.

"As Ronald Reagan once said, the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally," she said.

Trump Speech Excerpts Released

Donald Trump's campaign has released excerpts of his speech to the National Republican Convention tonight, below is what they have released:

"Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.

Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.

I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored."

"America is far less safe - and the world is far less stable - than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America's foreign policy.

I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment - something pointed out by Bernie Sanders - are what caused many of the disasters unfolding today."

"But Hillary Clinton's legacy does not have to be America's legacy. The problems we face now - poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad - will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them."

"As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. This will all change when I take office."

"My message is that things have to change - and they have to change right now.

Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that have been neglected, ignored, and abandoned."

"Middle-income Americans and businesses will experience profound relief, and taxes will be greatly simplified for everyone. America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.

Reducing taxes will cause new companies and new jobs to come roaring back into our country.

Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all.

Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as 2 trillion dollars a year, and we will end it."

"With these new economic policies, trillions of dollars will start flowing into our country.

This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans. We will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and the railways of tomorrow.

This, in turn, will create millions more jobs.

We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice."

"So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight:I'm with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you."

Ari Melber

Trump Fulfills His Pledge to Self-Fund Primary

Trump finalized his self-funding, which he has touted since he began running for president, in a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Trump previously said he would forgive the loans, but his campaign continued to structure his spending as loans, leaving open a legal door for him to be personally reimbursed for his spending with new donations. (Other candidates have used campaign loans for that purpose.)

Trump Campaign Chief: Cruz Showed 'Bad Judgment'

Trump Hints at New Relationship With NATO Allies: Report

Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that as president he might take a different approach toward NATO than previous administrations, including possibly setting conditions for defending members under attack.

In an interview with The New York Times, Trump said that the U.S. has shouldered too much of the cost burden for the longstanding security alliance.

Trump told the newspaper he would force some of the 28 NATO members to contribute more and would make American defense contingent upon those nations having "fulfilled their obligations to us."

Such conditions for the defense of a fellow NATO member would appear to violate the organization's charter, signed in 1949 and updated as recently as March. The agreement establishes that "an armed attack against one or more [members] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all." It goes on to say that parties to NATO shall immediately respond with "action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force."

Trump told the Times the position was part of his broader approach to put "America first."

Eric Trump: 'Time for a President Who Knows the Art of a Deal'

Eric Trump was the fourth member of Donald Trump's family to speak at the GOP convention, urging a vote for his father because it is "time for a president who knows the art of a deal."

Andrew Rafferty

Ted Cruz Jeered For Not Endorsing Trump

Ted Cruz was jeered for not endorsing Donald Trump during his convention speech on Wednesday, putting on full display the GOP divide that stems from the bitter primary battle.

Cruz began his speech by congratulating Trump for securing the GOP nomination and initially well received by the conservatives gathered in Quicken Loans Arena.

But the boos and jeers began when Cruz told the crowd to "vote your conscience."

"Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution," the Texas senator said.

The New York delegation, seated directly in front of the speaker's podium, was the loudest hecklers.

Cruz finished second to Trump in the hard-fought Republican primary. The battle between the two got particularly nasty at times, with the candidates trading personal shots at each other in the waning days of the primary.

Trump Campaign Trying to Silence 'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter?

Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," told MSNBC Wednesday that the Trump campaign sent him a cease and desist letter in response to his comments about the Republican candidate.

Schwartz, a former journalist, was employed by Trump to ghostwrite his memoir in 1987. In an interview with MSNBC, Schwartz described the Republican candidate for president as "having no heart and no soul."

The writer told the New Yorker this month that he genuinely believes "if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."

Schwartz said in the interview Wednesday evening with Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams that the Trump organization sent him a "cease and desist" letter for his comments about the candidate and demanded that he stop collecting, and repay, his royalties on the sale of "The Art of the Deal."

See the full MSNBC interview here.

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NBC News Battleground Map







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LikelyDemocratLeanDemocratTossupLeanRepublicanLikelyRepublicanStripes indicate splits in ME and NE's votes, whichare awarded by district and statewide popular vote.
State State Votes
FL Florida 29
PA Pennsylvania 20
OH Ohio 18
MI Michigan 16
GA Georgia 16
NC North Carolina 15
VA Virginia 13
AZ Arizona 11
WI Wisconsin 10
MO Missouri 10
CO Colorado 9
NV Nevada 6
IA Iowa 6
UT Utah 6
NH New Hampshire 4
NE Nebraska (CD2) 1
ME Maine (CD2) 1

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