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First Read's Morning Clips: A Party Divided

OFF TO THE RACES: A party divided

The New York Times: "Republican elected officials, donors and strategists grappled uncomfortably on Wednesday with the inevitability of Donald J. Trump as their presidential nominee, an unexpectedly sudden denouement that left many in a state of political paralysis and others vowing to oppose the party's new standard-bearer. While some called for unity, many Republican leaders refrained from falling in line behind Mr. Trump, with dozens avoiding inquiries about where they stood or saying they wanted Mr. Trump to detail his policies or tone down his language first. Others tied themselves in knots as they praised and criticized Mr. Trump in a single breath, or suggested that they could abide Mr. Trump but loathed his agenda."

The Washington Post: "Donald Trump assumed control of the Republican Party on Wednesday as its presumptive presidential nominee after Ohio Gov. John Kasich exited the race, moving swiftly to consider vice-presidential prospects and plan for what is expected to be a costly and vicious six-month battle for the White House against Democrat Hillary Clinton."

Watch Lester Holt's full interview with presumptive nominee Donald Trump here.

The Wall Street Journal looks back at how Trump won -- and how the GOP let him.

And Trump is -- quietly -- reaching out to the GOP establishment.

Ari Melber writes that the GOP convention could still erupt even if the party's nominee isn't contested.

The New York Times does a deep dive into Trump's electoral map.

CLINTON: Kristen Welker reports on some staff additions and changes in Brooklyn as Clinton eyes the general election.

"The Romanian hacker who first exposed Hillary Clinton's private email address is making a bombshell new claim — that he also gained access to the former Secretary of State's 'completely unsecured' server," NBC News scoops.

From NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald: "The sudden departures of Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich from the Republican race - which came sooner than Clinton aides expected - coupled with Sen. Bernie Sanders' decision to stay in the race, creates a new challenge for Clinton, who now has to defend herself on two flanks."

POLITICO writes that she faces a dilemma over how to engage with Donald Trump after watching more than a dozen of his GOP rivals fail.

SANDERS: Top Sanders adviser Tad Devine conceded to the Washington Post that it would be "practically impossible" to convince super delegates to move to their side without a big gain in pledged delegates.

The LA Times notes that his fundraising is slowing down right as he needs it most - in California.

TRUMP: He told the Wall Street Journal that he does not plan to self-fund in the general election, instead promising a "world-class finance organization."

John McCain was caught on tape saying that Trump is hurting his chances for re-election.

Neither George W. Bush nor George H.W. Bush plan to endorse Trump.

Msnbc.com takes a look at the role white supremacists could play in the general election.

The Rolling Stones are not happy with Donald Trump using their music at his rallies.