OFF TO THE RACES: Lynch will accept FBI recommendations on Clinton email probe
The Wall Street Journal does a deep dive into how a third party could affect the election.
CLINTON: Breaking, from the New York Times: "Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton's personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case. The Justice Department had been moving toward such an arrangement for months — officials said in April that it was being considered — but a private meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week set off a political furor and made the decision all but inevitable."
"Citing the agency's own errors in the handling of a request for emails of four former aides to Hillary Clinton, the State Department is asking a federal judge to extend the deadline to complete processing of the records by more than two years," POLITICO writes.
SANDERS: Joe Biden says that Sanders "is going to endorse" Hillary Clinton.
But then on MSNBC Thursday night, Sanders didn't confirm or deny that an endorsement is coming.
POLITICO reports that he is itching for a convention fight.
TRUMP:The Washington Post reports that Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich are at the top of the VP shortlist.
Mike Pence is "in play" for the job as well, NBC News reports.
NBC's Benjy Sarlin reports on the infighting within Trump's Reddit fans.
And Trump faced wild questions at his New Hampshire town hall, including one from a woman upset with "heebeejabees" working at the TSA.
Trump is headed for some potentially rocky terrain in Colorado.
One thing we know for sure about the GOP convention? It'll be unpredictable.
Trump has already parted ways with his newly hired digital strategist, writes POLITICO.
"For Trump, feuding with powerful business interests makes him an attractive candidate for many disaffected working-class voters, including some who have supported Democrats in the past," the Washington Post writes. "But the loud dispute also risks alienating many of the Republican Party's wealthy benefactors at a time when he is struggling to kick his long-dormant fundraising operation into gear. A stridently protectionist message could also push some moderate Main Street Republicans to support Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, in much the same way that many Republicans in the foreign policy world have done."
And from the Washington Post: "Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet"