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The Lid: The GOP Got Donald Trump’s Pledge. So What?

Image: Donald Trump Holds Media Availability In New York City

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump holds up a pledge at a news conference in Manhattan after he signed the pledge Thursday to support the Republican nominee in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run on September 3, 2015 in New York City. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos.... Tom Brady, Donald Trump and Kanye West are all having pretty good weeks, which is a great reminder to our children and our children's children to believe in themselves, follow their dreams and screw the haters, we guess.

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Reince Priebus finally got his loyalty pledge, with Donald Trump displaying his Sharpie-penned signature for hordes of reporters to see at Trump Tower today. We’ve got two questions: 1) Does he take at least a short-term hit for it? Much of Trump’s appeal has been his willingness to flagrantly disregard anything that smells of party orthodoxy, which is pretty much personified in Priebus and the RNC. Some Trump supporters on conservative talk radio today were NOT happy with his decision to pull the trigger. And 2) What are the odds that he breaks it? He said today that he doesn’t foresee ripping the document up, but there’s absolutely nothing binding about it that would keep him from forging ahead if he decided that was in his best interest. If anything limits him from breaking his promise, it’s the emphasis he’s put himself on his skillful contracts and his negotiating ability.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

CLINTON: The former Clinton aide who helped her maintain her private server did not talk to the FBI or State Department either, Yahoo reports.

And longtime Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills was on the Hill today for a closed-door testimony about Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

BUSH: He went after Donald Trump hard in New Hampshire today, the Washington Post writes.

CARSON: More good news for Ben Carson: He beats Trump in a head-to-head matchup.

FOR THE RECORD…

“Trump is my all-time hero.”

-- Donald Trump quoting something he said Kanye West said.

TOMORROW’S SKED

Andrea Mitchell interviews Hillary Clinton. Clinton then heads to Puerto Rico to campaign.

Marco Rubio also travels to Puerto Rico to campaign.

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Iowa.