OFF TO THE RACES: Previewing Trump’s speech
NBC's Alexandra Jaffe and Katy Tur preview Trump's Monday speech on terrorism and Hillary Clinton's record. "Donald Trump faces high stakes Monday — and possible political peril — with a much-touted speech criticizing Hillary Clinton's candidacy that will now also serve as his first public address since Sunday's deadly terror attack in Orlando. "Mr. Trump's message isn't entirely about being tough, it's about being smart, vigilant and talking about the difficult subjects in order to produce common sense solutions for all Americans," Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News in a preview of what to expect from the speech which the candidate will deliver at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire."
Here's what both the nominees had to say about the attacks at an Orlando gay club that claimed at least 50 lives.
Omar Mateen, the shooter, purchased the weapons he used in the attack legally.
“Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, canceled a joint campaign appearance with President Barack Obama scheduled for Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She will instead discuss her plan to combat Islamic State and keep the country safe at events this week, a top campaign aide said.”
From the Wall Street Journal: "Americans rattled by deadly terrorist attacks, Trump advisers say, will see in his policies a course-correction that Mrs. Clinton is unwilling to take. “People are concerned about the fact that this will happen everywhere. The question is not theoretical—it’s blood-covered,” said Walid Phares, a Trump foreign-policy adviser."
Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times: "Aged 29, Mateen is the Gavrilo Princip of the early 21st century, the young man who ripped up an old, decaying political order. Like the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb nationalist whose bullets ignited World War I, Mateen has set a spark to a time of inflammable anger."
The Washington Post: "It has always been true that the toughest issues are those that pit our values against our fears. And in this tragedy, as with so many before it, both parties are certain to seek political leverage."
"The two functioning stop-Trump groups remain small and have no funding behind them. One is composed of a handful of Washington-based operatives, attorneys and media personalities. The other is a coalition of about 15 convention delegates from Colorado who are trying to gather support for a rule that would unbind delegates who are now mandated by various state-party rules to back Mr. Trump for the nomination," the Wall Street Journal writes. "Yet time, distance and disorganization are likely to render them ineffective, as the rest of the Republican Party, some with equal trepidation about Mr. Trump, steadily move toward the nomination of the New York businessman."
CLINTON: She launched her first general election ad against Donald Trump on Sunday, saying "it's wrong to pit people against each other."
SANDERS: "Senator Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that he would “take our campaign for transforming the Democratic Party into the convention,” refusing to concede the presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton though not explicitly saying he would challenge her for it."
Sanders and Clinton are expected to meet on Tuesday.
TRUMP: He tweeted on Sunday: "Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!"
Democrats are planning to be as boring as possible to try to win the Senate amid Trump's erratic behavior, POLITICO notes.
"Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he's going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party's top donors and strategists Saturday," writes the AP. "Trump is setting a dangerous example for Americans by promoting "trickle-down racism," and the party must look beyond this presidential election to find its future, the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney told the same group later that morning."
POLITICO, with a reminder of how the two candidates compare in the polls on national security issues. "Only 12 percent of respondents to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll earlier this month said Trump had the “temperament” to be president – but he’s consistently led her by double-digits among voters asked who would be better on the issue of terrorism. Few voters trust her, but Clinton defeats Trump decisively when people are asked who would improve the country’s standing in the world, and on issues of temperament and experience."