Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… The German Foreign Office tweeted on Friday that they were heading to a bar to get "decently drunk" but promised to get back to work tomorrow. After the week we've all had, we think that's excellent diplomatic advice for us all to follow. Prost, y'all.
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It's summer of an election year, which means you are going to hear a lot of the word "veepstakes." Putting aside the idle speculation and political self-aggrandizement that swirls around the parlour game of who will get the bid, here's one very important thing on the Democratic side to keep in mind: With control of the Senate tantalizingly in reach, Democrats are loathe to surrender a Democratically-held seat to even a short-term appointment by a Republican governor. That's a big minus for potential candidates like Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, who all represent states with a GOPer at the helm who would tap their replacement.. And even if those appointments are temporary, the key is having a majority in place during the first 100 days of the next presidency, when big policy pushes are the most likely to get done. It's one reason you've been hearing so much lately about Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia. Kaine - who was the runner up in Barack Obama's VP search in 2008 - has a lot of things going for him; he's well-liked, comes from a swing state, and is a team player who knows the ropes of foreign policy (from his time in the Senate) and party fundraising (from his time at the DNC). But that "D" next to his home state governor's name might be the difference between "runner up" and "running mate."
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Here's what you need to know about Brexit.
- An RNC delegate filed a class action lawsuit challenging a Virginia law requiring delegates be bound to the state's primary winner at the national convention, Alex Jaffe reports.
- Team Clinton argued that Trump's Brexit remarks are disqualifying.
- Tom Winter clears up the question about how many bankruptcies Trump has had in his business career.
- The group "Delegates Unbound" intends to launch a nationwide television commercial this Sunday on potentially multiple cable news outlets, Vaughn Hillyard reports.
- Here is Donald Trump's campaign in tweets.
- Bernie Sanders said on Morning Joe that he will vote Hillary Clinton in November.
- Philly has received 23 applications for parades/protests/marches during the DNC, Jacob Rascon reports.
- And from First Read: Trump takes a surreal victory lap in Scotland.
FOR THE RECORD…
-- Actual tweet from the German Foreign Office.
Donald Trump travels to Aberdeen, U.K. to visit another one of his golf courses before returning to the U.S. on Saturday.
On Sunday, Virginia senator and possible VP pick Tim Kaine Meets The Press. Also no Sunday Hillary Clinton addresses the U.S. Conference of mayors in Indianapolis.