OFF TO THE RACES: Clinton opens up 10-point lead in latest poll
Our new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll now shows Clinton with a 10 point lead.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post that she can't back Trump. "With the passage of time, I have become increasingly dismayed by his constant stream of cruel comments and his inability to admit error or apologize. But it was his attacks directed at people who could not respond on an equal footing — either because they do not share his power or stature or because professional responsibility precluded them from engaging at such a level — that revealed Mr. Trump as unworthy of being our president... Some will say that as a Republican I have an obligation to support my party’s nominee. I have thought long and hard about that, for being a Republican is part of what defines me as a person. I revere the history of my party, most particularly the value it has always placed on the worth and dignity of the individual, and I will continue to work across the country for Republican candidates. It is because of Mr. Trump’s inability and unwillingness to honor that legacy that I am unable to support his candidacy."
From NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald, on Clinton's efforts to make sure supporters know she could still lose: "Campaign officials now see complacency as one of their top concerns. That spans from voters, whom officials fear might not feel compelled to cast a ballot, up to super wealthy donors, who might think the campaign doesn't really need their hard-earned, non-tax-deductible contributions. So the campaign has assumed the role of nervous party-pooper, working hard to demonstrate that they do need that donation, because Trump could still win."
CNBC's look at Trump's economic speech: "GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled Monday the latest version of his plan to overhaul the American tax code, offering relief for everyone from parents paying for child care to the world's largest corporations. But it remains to be seen where the money will come from to pay for those cuts."
From the New York Times: "Mr. Trump chose Detroit as his backdrop, and his speech — though interrupted frequently by protesters — was clearly chosen to appeal to the working-class Americans who are at the center of his political strategy. It offered a broad view of what the economic agenda of a President Trump would look like: Tax policies that track closely with what Republicans in Congress have long advocated, including deep tax cuts for the wealthy and a light touch in regulation, but much more willingness to disrupt longstanding trade agreements and international economic relationships in hopes of reducing the trade deficit."
NBC News fact-checked the speech here.
And from the Washington Post: "Seeking to put the most difficult stretch of his campaign behind him, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a major economic speech Monday to reach out to two voting blocs that remain critical to his faltering chances of winning in November: traditional fiscal conservatives and disaffected blue-collar workers. But Trump faced a new round of resistance from within his party that threatened to stall his effort to move beyond the uproar he caused last week."
Meanwhile, in Miami, Clinton will push today for emergency funding for the Zika response.
The New York Times looks into the numbers. "Donors for Bush, Kasich and Christie Are Turning to Clinton More Than to Trump"
Worth keeping an eye on: The Commission on Presidential Debates is warning venues that a third-party candidate might end up being part of the mix, POLITICO writes.
In case you missed it: 50 GOP national security experts said Trump "lacks the character, values and experience" to be president and would "put at risk our country's national security and well-being."
Leigh Ann Caldwell previews Paul Ryan's primary contest tonight.
Here's a good clip-n-save: POLITICO put together a list of 25 battleground counties to watch.