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First Read’s Morning Clips: Democrats Advance Most Liberal Platform Ever

OFF TO THE RACES: Democrats advance most liberal platform ever

CLINTON: Alex Seitz-Wald wraps up the latest work on the Democratic Party's draft platform: "Democrats this weekend advanced what is easily their most liberal platform ever as representatives of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton strove toward unity during a sometimes contentious party meeting. The draft platform, which still needs to be ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this month, showed Sanders' clear influence, even though he lost a battle on his top priority: opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

It's official: Bernie Sanders will join Clinton on the campaign trail on Tuesday.

Just in case you were wondering: Nope, the email controversy is not going away.

USA Today writes: "As the Democratic National Convention prepares to make history by nominating a woman for president, women in national polls are giving Clinton the highest level of female support of any candidate in more than four decades and the widest gender gap ever recorded. Clinton's lead of a yawning 24 percentage points in the latest Pew Research Center Poll — not only among Democratic partisans but also from women who typically vote Republican — is an electoral challenge for the GOP that imperils Trump's ability to win the White House."

TRUMP: Anti-Trump forces have unleashed a plan to pick their own vice president in Cleveland.

Republicans are starting to gather in Cleveland. Here's the Washington Post, on what to expect.

Team Trump floated the name of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn over the weekend. Here's our reporting on who he is and how his comments Sunday on social issues could hurt his chances.

Trump is largely keeping his distance as the GOP fights over gay rights.

From the Wall Street Journal: "Donald Trump’s refusal to denounce a tweet that critics call anti-Semitic is intensifying concerns among Republican donors—particularly those who are Jewish—about giving to his campaign."

The New York Times on Trump's awkward attempts to call for unity after Dallas. "The episode was a kind of experiment in how Mr. Trump, under certain circumstances, can be sculpted into something resembling a conventional presidential candidate. Yet it also highlighted just how limited Mr. Trump has proved in the general election — a figure so volatile and hard-line that simply speaking in public can be a risk."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Donald Trump, over the weekend: "I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president."

The Washington Post reports on how John Kasich plans to capitalize on the strange moment he's having in the sun as the party questions its choice of GOP nominee.

OBAMA AGENDA: Heading to Dallas

From the AP: "For President Barack Obama, the decision to return early from an overseas trip after a series of shocking shootings will prove to be easy compared to his next challenge: Comforting an America that has witnessed a rash of shootings... To some degree, the trip is a familiar ritual for a president who has embarked in recent years on similar consolation missions with relentless frequency. But it's clear that Obama views the moment as distinct. In choosing to the deliver a speech, rather than a private visit with families, Obama has tasked himself with ministering to Americans as they make sense of a frustrating cloud of issues swirling around the shootings."

Rudy Giuliani called the Black Lives Matter movement “inherently racist.”

"A rare pause in political volleying prompted by a week of shocking killings gave way to familiar finger-pointing Sunday over who is to blame for the state of aggravated tensions between African Americans and law enforcement in the United States," writes the Washington Post.

And from USA Today: "The Black Lives Matter movement that's arisen in response to police shootings of black men is part of a long line of protest movements that have transformed America for the better, President Obama said Sunday, defending the protests amid renewed tensions over race and policing across the country. But he also acknowledged that those debates are often "messy and controversial," and urged protesters to "maintain a respectful, thoughtful tone" after a week of deadly shootings — both of African-American men by police and of police officers by a Dallas gunman."