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Thirty-six days after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders finally said the E-word, telling a crowd in New Hampshire that "I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president." And as NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald puts it, it wasn't a "lesser-of-two-evils" kind of announcement, either. "[I]nstead of framing it as a capitulation to his erstwhile rival, Sanders positioned his endorsement as the logical continuation of his movement," Seitz-Wald writes. While some fraction of Sanders supporters are no doubt disappointed, today's partnership is beneficial for both former rivals. Clinton gets Sanders' seal of approval to get the progressive wing of her party more energized, while Sanders gets to edge back into more mainstream Democrats' good graces to maintain his influence even after irking some top Dems for dragging his feet on the nod. Here's our question though: How much MORE pop would this endorsement have had three weeks ago, when Sanders' valiant fight was still fresh in voters' minds?
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Trump will showcase his new vice presidential pick at an event Friday, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports.
- VP shortlister Chris Christie has been navigating the process with a sense of humility unseen four years ago, one of us(!) writes.
- Presidents Obama and W. Bush attempted to soothe the nation after another mass shooting during a service for the Dallas police officers ambushed last week.
- Clinton and her allies continue to outspend Donald Trump and his backers over the airwaves by a 15-to-1 margin, according to ad-spending data from SMG Delta.
- Bernie Sanders (finally) endorsed Hillary Clinton.
- NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald explores whether the Sanders revolution can live on after his candidacy.
- The GOP platform moved further right on Tuesday, NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reports.
FOR THE RECORD…
"Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions."
Former President George W. Bush at Tuesday's memorial service for five fallen Dallas police officers
Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at the old State House in Springfield, Ill.