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First Read's Morning Clips: 2018 may have most diverse candidates ever

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiles before speaking to supporters during an election-night watch party on May 22, 2018, in Atlanta.John Bazemore / AP

MIDTERM MADNESS: 2018 campaign features lots of diverse candidates

The 2018 election may bring the most diverse set of candidates in U.S. history, Dante Chinni and Sally Bronston write.

NBC’s Benjy Sarlin looks at how Democrats are divided over deficits.

The Washington Post notes that GOP candidates will have to court Latino voters — which Trump has made particularly hard.

Republicans are unleashing opposition research on the cycle’s new Democratic candidates, POLITICO writes.

Kevin McCarthy is quietly shoring up support for his campaign for the speakership.

2020: Steve Bullock now says that he “would” support an assault weapons ban.

AZ-SEN: What’s up with a Democratic group that’s up on the air trying to hurt McSally’s chances in the primary?

FL: A Democratic wave still faces plenty of hurdles in Florida, writes the Tampa Bay Times.

FL-SEN: Maybe Bill Nelson was right about Russian operatives having “penetrated” Florida voting databases?

GA-GOV: The New York Times notes that Stacey Abrams defies some partisan labels.

KS-GOV: The Wichita Eagle has a good look at the state of the race.

PA: Democrats are working to figure out how to win back Trump voters in the Keystone state.

WI-GOV: More former Walker aides are coming out in support for Tony Evers.

WI-SEN: Courting cash from big donors is continuing to be a major issue for Leah Vukmir.

WY-SEN: John Barrasso is contending with a primary challenge.

TRUMP AGENDA: “Truth isn’t truth”

Ben Kamisar sums up Rudy Giuliani’s “truth isn’t truth” interview with one of us(!)

John Brennan says he’ll go to court over Trump’s revocation of his security clearance.

The New York Times, after the weekend’s bombshell that Don McGahn has sat for 30 hours of interviews with special counsel investigators. “President Trump’s lawyers do not know just how much the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, told the special counsel’s investigators during months of interviews, a lapse that has contributed to a growing recognition that an early strategy of full cooperation with the inquiry was a potentially damaging mistake.”

The New York Times reports that Michael Cohen is being investigated for bank fraud to the tune of $20 million.

A White House speechwriter has been terminated after revelations that he spoke at an event attended by white nationalists.

Democrats are being badly outspent in the ad war over Brett Kavanaugh, POLITICO reports.

NBC’s Suzy Khimm writes that the Trump administration is taking a light touch with corporate bad actors.

Prison reform may actually have a shot in Congress.