OFF TO THE RACES: On the Border
Donald Trump will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of his big immigration speech on Wednesday.
From Benjy Sarlin and Hallie Jackson: “Immigration experts across the political and ideological spectrum are eagerly awaiting any clarity they can get after parsing through a blizzard of inscrutable quotes from Trump and his campaign.”
More, from the Washington Post: "Peña Nieto last Friday invited both Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico, his office said in a statement provided to The Washington Post on Tuesday night. Trump, sensing an opportunity, decided over the weekend to accept the invitation and push for a visit this week, according to the people in the United States and Mexico familiar with the discussions."
Leigh Ann Caldwell notes that Americans have already spent billions on border security.
Florida prosecutors are investigating the voter registration of Donald Trump's campaign chief, NBC News has learned.
From POLITICO: "Conflicting advice from Trump’s remade inner circle of advisers—including former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, newly installed campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and campaign CEO Steve Bannon—and the outside counsel of conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson have led to a series of muddled statements that have left Trump sounding at times like President Obama and his former GOP rivals on immigration, not a hardliner ready to deport illegal immigrants. But over the last week, this coterie of aides, together with speechwriter Stephen Miller, has convinced Trump that some moderation in his rhetoric is undeniably necessary if he aims to compete in swing states on Election Day.
Trump's wavering on immigration could mean that he risks alienating must-win voting blocs in November.
While Democrats and Republicans running for Congress have blamed the opposing party for the gridlock in Washington, a majority of voters (55 percent) said both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are equally to blame for the stalemate, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.
From POLITICO: "After weeks of Brooklyn telegraphing a competitive race in traditionally red states and making public moves that look like initial investments — boosting staff, holding fundraisers, and promising more investments — Trump is now campaigning in Arizona, which has voted Republican in 15 of the last 16 elections, while his running mate goes to Georgia, a state that’s gone red in seven of the last eight cycles. That’s a deployment of precious resources away from swing states that Trump must win to make the Electoral College math work in his favor."
Hillary Clinton will make her pitch for U.S. "exceptionalism" to the American Legion today.
From the AP: "The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta on Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released."
Some Democrats are pushing the Clintons to end their ties to the Foundation.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: McCain, Rubio, Wasserman Schultz all win
Three high-profile incumbents held on to their seats after primary contests Tuesday night, writes one of us(!)
Here's the Miami Herald's story on the Senate race that's shaping up there: "U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy easily won their primaries Tuesday, setting up a battle over the next 70 days that promises to play a critical role in determining which political party controls the U.S. Senate for the next two years. Rubio, who insisted four months ago that he didn’t want his Senate job anymore, won 72 percent of the vote in the Republican primary against the brash, self-funding millionaire Carlos Beruff and two lesser known candidates. Murphy won 59 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary that included liberal firebrand U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, political novice Pam Keith, a Miami labor attorney and Navy veteran, and two lesser established opponents."
Alex Seitz-Wald's take on the Florida races: "Democrats are generally much more aggressive than Republicans in influencing primaries. Republican leaders lost the luxury of picking their candidates during the rise of the Tea Party movement, and then again when Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary. Florida was the latest Senate primary in which party leaders saw the favored candidates win — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid once told Grayson, "I want you to lose" — following other contests in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere."
And the Arizona Republic on John McCain's primary win: "McCain, R-Ariz., who is seeking a sixth, six-year Senate term, had been targeted for defeat by conservatives who deem him too liberal on issues such as immigration reform and gun control. But as he did in his 2010 GOP primary, McCain on Tuesday appeared to be outpacing his opponents on the right, leading Ward by a wide margin among early votes in the most-populous Maricopa County."
Speaking of downballot contests, NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that the Koch-based group Freedom Partners is so confident that Rob Portman will win in Ohio that they're cancelling a future ad buy for the state.