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OFF TO THE RACES: The United States of Trump
A year after Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, and against all expectations, the business mogul is the presumptive GOP nominee. Who supported him? How did he take over a Republican Party whose leaders almost uniformly opposed him? And will the GOP ever be the same? NBC News crunched polling and election data and conducted dozens of interviews with supporters, critics and party leaders of all stripes for a series of stories explaining the phenomenon that defined 2016. In chapter one, we look at Trump’s voters: Where they live, what they want, and how their deep unease with a changing America fueled a political revolution.
CLINTON: Hillary Clinton is looking for a running mate with whom she has ‘chemistry,’ the New York Times writes. "Mrs. Clinton needs a No. 2 who can ease into the insular and often distrusting Clinton orbit. And a running mate whose company Mrs. Clinton genuinely enjoys could help present a joyful picture to voters, after a primary season that was sometimes dreary." MORE: "Mrs. Clinton’s aides began collecting information last week on as many as 10 candidates. James Hamilton, a Washington lawyer who is overseeing the vetting, will begin meeting with candidates as early as this week... The contenders most frequently mentioned by her advisers and senior Democrats close to the campaign include Senator Michael Bennet, from the key state of Colorado; Thomas E. Perez, President Obama’s secretary of labor and a Hispanic civil rights lawyer; Representative Xavier Becerra of California; and Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both former governors from Virginia. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is a favorite of liberal Democrats, though an all-female ticket is unlikely. All of these candidates have relationships with Mrs. Clinton, and several have appeared with her at campaign events."
From POLITICO: "In a dozen interviews, major Democratic donors in the financial services industry said they saw little chance that Clinton would pick the liberal firebrand as her vice presidential nominee. These donors despise Warren’s attacks on the financial industry. But they also think her selection would be damaging to the economy. And they warned that if Clinton surprises them and taps Warren, big donations from the industry could vanish."
The Wall Street Journal has a comprehensive look at how Trump and Clinton differ on their views of Wall Street.
And she's preparing to target Donald Trump's business record, the Wall Street Journal writes.
Chelsea Clinton’s second child, a son named Aidan, was born over the weekend.
SANDERS: Worth a reminder: Bernie Sanders still has a Secret Service detail. From the Washington Post: "Such round-the-clock protection can cost taxpayers more than $38,000 a day. And with the potential for the Secret Service to be watching over Sanders through the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in five weeks, taxpayers may get stuck with a big security bill long after his campaign receded from the daily cable-news cycle."
The Bernie or Bust crowd is still going strong, writes the New York Times.
TRUMP: In an interview with one of us(!), House Speaker Paul Ryan again said he has an obligation to back Donald Trump because the voters chose him as their nominee.
Politifact gave Trump a "mostly false" rating for saying that RNC delegates can't "legally" change the rules to prevent his nomination.
The New York Times looks at his relationship with Roy Cohn, Joe McCarthy's right-hand man. "Supporters of a growing anti-Donald Trump movement announced plans Sunday to raise money for staff and a possible legal defense fund as they asked new recruits to help spread the word with less than a month until the Republican National Convention," writes the Washington Post. "Having started with just a few dozen delegates, organizers also said Sunday that they now count several hundred delegates and alternates as part of their campaign."
He weighed in on Brexit again, saying "I would personally be more inclined to leave." From NBC's Alex Jaffe and Vaughn HIllyard. "Republicans in multiple states complained Sunday night of “intimidation” tactics from party leaders they said seemed aimed at preventing a revolt against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump at the party’s convention this month."
Trump said Sunday on CBS: "I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country."
CONGRESS: Today’s Senate gun votes unlikely to pass
From Luke Russert and Alex Moe: Here's what you need to know about the gun policy votes coming on Monday night.
More, from the AP: "The four votes on Monday night are the result of a deal after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., filibustered for almost 15 hours seeking action in response to the Orlando shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53. Democrats are expected to block two Republican amendments, arguing that they fall short in controlling the sales of guns. Republicans are expected to block two Democratic amendments, contending that they threaten the constitutional rights of gun owners."
And from POLITICO: "Behind the scenes, several Republicans are working with centrist Democrats on a compromise that could pass the Senate. Collins backs a bill that would create a narrow list of suspected terrorists who would be barred outright from buying firearms. Her measure would also set up a broader list of suspected terrorists that would be used to notify federal authorities if someone on the bigger list tried to purchase a gun."