First Read's Morning Clips: How Trump Backers Helped Sanders in WV

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Rich Pedroncelli / AP

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OFF TO THE RACES: How Trump supporters helped Sanders in West Virginia

NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald notes that Donald Trump supporters helped push Bernie Sanders to victory in West Virginia.

Here's the basics of last night's results, from one of us(!)

The New York Times' take: "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, forcing Hillary Clinton to continue a costly and distracting two-front battle: to lock down the Democratic nomination and to take on Donald J. Trump in the general election."

The NBC Exit Poll desk looks at what we've learned about Democrats in 2016.

And they also took a look at evangelical support for Donald Trump.

CLINTON: The New York Times writes that the use of unclassified systems for sensitive information has been routine in government. "A review of the 30,322 emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private server that the State Department has made public under the Freedom of Information Act provides an extensive record of how such sensitive information often looped throughout President Obama’s foreign policy apparatus on unclassified systems, from embassies to the United Nations to the White House. The senders included Denis R. McDonough, currently the White House chief of staff and previously the deputy national security adviser, and Susan E. Rice, the former American representative at the United Nations who is now Mr. Obama’s national security adviser. Many of the emails were sent over the State Department’s unclassified system,, which is considered secure but not at the level of the State Department’s system for emailing classified information."

From the Washington Post: "Near the beginning of a recent interview, an FBI investigator broached a topic with longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills that her lawyer and the Justice Department had agreed would be off limits, according to several people familiar with the matter. Mills and her lawyer left the room — though both returned a short time later — and prosecutors were somewhat taken aback that their FBI colleague had ventured beyond what was anticipated, the people said."

She took an important step to the left on health care on Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden said that he's "confident" that Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

From the New York Times: "Mrs. Clinton has vowed that barring any threats to national security, she would open up government files on the subject, a shift from President Obama, who typically dismisses the topic as a joke. Her position has elated U.F.O. enthusiasts, who have declared Mrs. Clinton the first “E.T. candidate.”

CRUZ: What is Ted Cruz going to do now that he's back in the town he loves to hate? The Washington Post reports.

TRUMP: From the New York Times: "Donald J. Trump’s behavior in recent days — the political threats to the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan; the name-calling on Twitter; the attacks on Hillary Clinton’s marriage — has deeply puzzled Republicans who expected him to move to unite the party, start acting presidential and begin courting the female voters he will need in the general election. But Mr. Trump’s choices reflect an unusual conviction: He said he had a “mandate” from his supporters to run as a fiery populist outsider and to rely on his raucous rallies to build support through “word of mouth,” rather than to embrace a traditional, mellower and more inclusive approach that congressional Republicans will advocate in meetings with him on Thursday."

Here’s what we know about the white nationalist chosen to be one of Trump’s California delegate.

Trump told the AP that he has narrowed his VP shortlist to "five or six people."

From POLITICO: "Donald Trump’s campaign has enlisted influential conservative economists to revise his tax package and make it more politically palatable by slashing the $10 trillion sticker price. Their main targets: Lifting the top tax rate from Trump’s original plan and expanding the number of people who would have to pay taxes under it."

The Wall Street Journal notes that Trump's choice of Steven Mnuchin as his chief fundraiser is unorthodox.

POLITICO writes that Paul Ryan is stuck making a difficult calculation when it comes to embracing or rejecting Trump.

Trump said that he would "love" for Paul Ryan to serve as the convention chairman, even after Ryan hinted that he would step down if asked.

Marco Rubio said he stands by his differences with Trump but won't "take shots" at the presumptive nominee.