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The Lid: Endless Summer of VP Speculation

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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‘16 from 30,000

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

FOR THE RECORD…

“We are off now to an Irish pub to get decently drunk. And from tomorrow on we will again work for a better #Europe! Promised! #EURef

-- Actual tweet from the German Foreign Office.

WEEKEND SKED

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.