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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

OFF TO THE RACES: Jeb accomplished Rule 1 of going abroad: doing no harm

BUSH: He appears to have avoided a major mistake on his European trip, something his predecessors have struggled to do.

In a post on Medium, the DNC hammers Bush for wanting to “shame” single mothers.

CHRISTIE: He's arguing that his brash style is needed to counter foes like Vladimir Putin.

CLINTON:'s Alex Seitz-Wald: "Those who make onto Roosevelt Island or watch on TV from home will see a very different Clinton than the one who lost the 2008 Democratic primary. Whereas Clinton was seen as impersonal and bloodless then, she now says the chief motivation of her public life is her mother. Whereas Clinton was seen as moderate and cautious then, she will now embrace a president who remade the country in a more progressive image."

The New York Times also previews Clinton's launch speech: "It took a long time for Hillary Rodham Clinton to fully understand the story of her mother’s devastating childhood. But now, four years after her death, Dorothy’s story is forming the emotional foundation of her daughter’s campaign for president, and will be a central theme in her big kickoff speech on Saturday."

POLITICO: "Policy is what Hillary Clinton lives for, and her team is committed to portray her as a wonk warrior, which has the added virtue of being true. In 2008, the candidate emphasized her inevitability and her toughness (she was obsessed with the idea that male voters would view a woman as a weak potential commander-in-chief), but for 2016, she’s building her strategy around a series of domestic policy rollouts."

KASICH: Don't miss this from yesterday: Perry Bacon Jr. asks "Is John Kasich too cranky to be president?"

JINDAL: From the Times-Picayune: "After holding out for weeks, the Louisiana House agreed Thursday to go along with Gov. Bobby Jindal's national "no tax" pledge and avoid the governor's veto pen. Legislators said they didn't feel like they had any choice but to approve the anti-tax measure, with Jindal threatening to reject funding bills largely dedicated to higher education"

O'MALLEY: "A Wall Street Journal survey of many of the top Obama fundraisers found that some are backing other candidates or weighing their options. Interviews with donors also found that Mr. O’Malley, a former Maryland governor, is making an aggressive push to win their allegiance."

TRUMP: visited Trump's 2016 headquarters in Manchester.

WALKER: Time magazine outlines Walker's woes when it comes to attempts to save Bucks stadium.

The Washington Post notes Walker's sudden move to push abortion restrictions, now likely to be passed by the GOP-dominated Assembly.

CONGRESS: Today’s trade showdown

Here's NBC's explainer on the trade showdown in Congress.

From the New York Times: "The House on Friday will take up two critical bills already passed by the Senate. The first would offer so-called trade adjustment assistance — including job training, relocation allowances and assistance with health care costs — to workers who lose their jobs because of free trade deals. The second would grant this president and the next “trade promotion authority” — the power to negotiate international trade accords that could not be amended or filibustered by Congress."

The Washington Post notes that even Chicago's Democrats aren't on board with Obama when it comes to trade.

OBAMA AGENDA: That cyber theft looks worse than it originally appeared

Furious lobbying continues as the June 30 deadline for completing the Iran deal approaches.

Via the AP: "A major federal union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee."


*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with Author: Women Who Love Men Who Kill Sheila Isenberg about her thoughts on the prison break at the Clinton Correction facility in NY and the report that Joyce Mitchell planned to be a getaway driver for the escapees, Attorney John Burris about the latest on the Tamir Rice case, and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing & Analysis at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge Angela Allen-Bell about the latest on Albert Woodfox, one of the original Angola Three possibly being released from prison.

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Retired U.S. Marshall Service Commander Lenny Depaul, Retired Clinton Correctional Facility Officer Mark Drown, Hillary Clinton Campaign Senior Advisor Joel Benenson, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus and NBC’s Chuck Todd and John Yang.

*** Friday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Thomas interviews Walter Madison, the attorney for Tamir Rice’s family; former Asst. Special Agent in Charge of FBI-NYPD Joint Terror Task Force Don Borelli, former FBI Profiler Candice Delong and Security Expert Matthew Horace joins to discuss latest on Prison break manhunt; Hillary Clinton Campaign’s Natl. Press Secretary Brian Fallon and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki on 2016 Politics, and Comedian Colin Quinn joins to discuss his new book “The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America”