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First Read's Morning Clips

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

OBAMA AGENDA: Let’s make a deal – today?

From NBC's Andrea Mitchell: "Negotiators from six world powers are making encouraging progress with Iran on a deal over curtailing its nuclear program, but it remains unclear whether they will hit Monday's self-imposed deadline, officials told NBC News.Several sticking points remain, including Iran's demand — supported by Russia — that a U.N. embargo on conventional arms, including ballistic missiles, be dropped as part of an agreement."

Developing this morning: European leaders have reached a deal to resolve the Greek debt crisis.

More, from the AP: "The deal calls for Greeks, already reeling from harsh measures and economic decline, to cut back even further in exchange for more loans without which its financial system would surely collapse. The deal, which still needs approval from Greece's parliament, will be the country's third bailout in five years."

OFF TO THE RACES: Hillary to talk about boosting middle-class wages

The New York Times looks at how the "gig economy" is making voters anxious.

BIDEN: From the New York Times: "He has not ruled out running for president again, and some friends are nudging him to, even if the political math does not seem to favor it. But he has good days and bad days, his mind never far from his late son, Beau Biden, and his staff is not planning further than two weeks ahead."

CLINTON: Via Bloomberg: "Hillary Clinton will embrace the Democratic Party's focus on shared prosperity for all Americans in a major speech on Monday laying out policies at the core of her second White House bid, arguing that the top economic priority for the next president must be to boost middle class wages. Also on the to-do list are tighter rules on Wall Street, tax reform, more support for women and families, and a higher minimum wage, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination will say during the first economic policy speech of her campaign."

More from the Washington Post: "In her speech, aides said, Clinton will argue that tectonic forces in the global economy are conspiring against middle-class families. Among them: automation and technology, which are eliminating middle-skill jobs that once provided solid incomes; and the new “sharing economy,” epitomized by Uber, which has created efficiency but also jobs lacking benefits and protections. But she will say that the government should enact policies to shape how these forces affect Americans."

RUBIO: NBC News confirms that Marco Rubio raised $12 million in the second fundraising quarter.

SANDERS: His Senate Democratic colleagues are surprised by his ascent, POLITICO reports. MORE: "Yet many are also implicitly — and some explicitly — warning voters not to jump on the Sanders bandwagon. He’s too far out there to win a general election, a number of Democrats who’ve worked alongside him — most, or all, of them Hillary Clinton supporters — say. And they fear the stronger he gets, the more he’ll pull Clinton to the left, hurting her chances in the general election."

He said over the weekend: "I will be able to win the election, and I'll tell you why. Because we are going to bring more people into the process."

TRUMP: He drew thousands to his rally in Phoenix Saturday, where he kept up his criticism of the Mexican government.

The Hill writes that Republican strategists say that Jeb Bush has to avoid going toe-to-toe with Trump.

WALKER: He's in, making it official with a tweet this morning.

Benjy Sarlin lays out what we know so far about Scott Walker's run.

The AP explores how Walker is hoping to remind voters of his fights with labor unions.

The Journal Sentinel this morning: "Many politicos — including some conservatives — believe Walker's announcement of his presidential bid on Monday effectively marks the end of his tenure as state CEO. Even if he fails to win the Republican nomination or even the presidency, some say, the second-term governor is unlikely to return to the east wing of the state Capitol."

Over the weekend, his sons spoke out about their differences with their father over same-sex marriage.

And around the country...

SOUTH CAROLINA: In an interview on Meet the Press, Nikki Haley called the extra political attention she's received over the Confederate flag debate "painful."


*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Ayman Mohyeldin sits in for Tamron Hall. He speaks with The Author of “The Last Narco” journalist Malcolm Beith about the escape of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Washington Post reporter Neely Tucker about the new Harper Lee book: Got Set A Watchman, and NBC reporter Keir Simmons on the Greece bailout deal.

*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Andrea Mitchell, covering the Iran nuke talks in Vienna, interviews Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, The Atlantic’s Molly Ball, NBC’s Mark Potter on El Chapo Guzman’s escape and NBC’s Harry Smith on Harper Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman”

*** Monday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Thomas interviews Mike Vigil, former Head of DEA International Operations and Ioan Grillo, Global Post Sr. Correspondent and author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” of about “El Chapo’s” elaborate escape from a Mexican prison, Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate Gene Sperling about Clinton’s economic speech today, The Advancement Project’s Jasmyn Richardson about a Voter ID trial and Moral Mondays march today in Winston-Salem, NC and attorney Raul Reyes about 2016 candidates speaking at La Raza convention today.