OFF TO THE RACES: Gold Star families demand an apology from Trump
From the New York Times: “Donald J. Trump reeled on Sunday amid a sustained campaign of criticism by the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq and a rising outcry within his own party over his rough and ethnically charged dismissal of the couple.”
ICYMI, Ghazala Khan in the Washington Post: “Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.”
NBCNews.com: “The families of 11 service members who died fighting for the U.S. demanded an apology from Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of "cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost." They said the Republican presidential nominee's suggestion that the Muslim mother of a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq had not "been allowed" to speak at the Democratic National Convention was akin to "attacking us."
The AP: “Donald Trump's presidential bid has thrived on controversy of his own making. Now, the Republican nominee kicks off the first full week of the general election campaign having put his strategy of saying the politically unimaginable to its greatest test yet.”
John Allen is predicting a “civil military crisis” if Trump is elected.
Vaughn Hillyard reports on Mike Pence’s response to the Khan controversy.
The New York Times takes an in-depth look at Paul Manafort’s work in Ukraine and his dealings with Ukrainian and Russian tycoons.
NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell files from the Charles and David Koch retreat in Colorado Springs.
Charles Koch said that implications that he would support Hillary Clinton amount to “blood libel.”
Can Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren work together? POLITICO reports.
Trump is warring with the Commission on Presidential Debates over the debate schedule, which was set last September.
A new CBS News poll shows a post-convention bump for Clinton.