Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Donald Trump unveiled his new logo Friday after selecting Mike Pence as his running mate. The image, which depicts part of a "T" passing through the aperture of a "P," prompted social media ridicule that we would tell you about if The Lid was not a family-friendly news publication.
THE LID: JULY 15, 2016
'16 from 30,000: After 24 hours of uncertainty, Donald Trump confirmed Friday morning that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will, in fact, be his running mate. That whooshing sound you heard out of Washington D.C. was many sighs of relief from mainstream Republicans, who rushed to praise Pence as an exemplary pick. But while the pick itself will help unify Republicans ahead of possible shenanigans at the convention next week, the way this decision was rolled out probably isn't exactly inspiring confidence in some elected GOPers. Consider the 24 hours of ambiguity about whether or not Pence was really the selection; mixed messages from the campaign about whether Trump would or would not formalize the decision today out of respect for the victims of the Nice attack; and new reports that Trump may have been waffling late last night about the decision. The messy narrative isn't exactly a good starting place for a relationship of trust between the two men atop the ticket, and we've had an unusual window into the power struggles within Trump's team that are likely to linger for the remainder of the campaign.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
It's official: Mike Pence is Donald Trump's running mate.
The pick gives some of Trump's GOP skeptics something to cheer about, one of us reports.
But putting Pence on the ticket cuts both ways for a candidate vowing to shake up Washington, NBC's Benjy Sarlin writes.
NBC's Vaughn Hillyard notes the big areas where the two disagree.
Chris Christie probably felt a little powerless this week because, well, he literally was, one of us writes.
Clinton leads Donald Trump in four of the most diverse presidential battleground states, according to brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.
And from First Read: Terror Shellshock.
FOR THE RECORD...
"What is the T doing to that P?"
-- Former Rep. John Dingell's tweet on a new Trump/Pence logo intertwining the first letter of both Republicans' last names.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence will hold their first joint event in New York tomorrow at 11 a.m.