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First Read's Morning Clips: Enter The Donald

OFF TO THE RACES: Enter The Donald

BUSH: The former Florida governor made his 2016 bid official on Monday at a rally where he presented himself as “a problem solver who can broaden the Republican party's appeal,” one of us wrote.

CLINTON: The Clintons have charged big speaking fees to small charities, taking in almost $11.7 million from nonprofit groups, Politico reports.

On the trail in New Hampshire yesterday she gave her first organized new conference but continued to avoid taking a position on trade, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell writes.

GRAHAM: A new memoir set to be released Tuesday will detail the South Carolina senator’s childhood living in poverty and the failed relationships of the bachelor candidate, Politico reports.

And Illinois GOP Sen. Mark Kirk apologized for last week’s “bro with no ho” quip, the Chicago Tribune reports.

KASICH: A source close to Kasich told the New York Times that the Ohio governor’s strategy is “compete aggressively in a broad spectrum of all the early primaries” and show he has staying power.

SANDERS: Politico explores just how worried Clinton should be about the big crowds and enthusiasm Sanders is getting on the campaign trail.

TRUMP: “The real estate mogul and reality television star, whose numerous feints at running for office haven’t resulted in an actual candidacy, is expected to formally declare his campaign for president on Tuesday,” the New York Times writes.

He will declare $9 billion in assets in a two-page document to be released after this morning’s press conference at Trump Towers, the Washington Post reports.

WALKER: His team is eyeing a July 13 presidential announcement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.

OBAMA AGENDA: Al Qaeda leader killed

Per the AP: “A U.S. airstrike has killed Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, who commanded its powerful Yemeni affiliate, dealing the global network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden and eliminating a charismatic leader at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad.”

“A year after the Islamic State seized Mosul, and 10 months after the United States and its allies launched a campaign of airstrikes against it, the jihadist group continues to dig in, stitching itself deeper into the fabric of the communities it controls,” the New York Times writes.

And White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced a barrage of questions about a star-studded private party held at the White House over the weekend that was not on the president’s public schedule.

CONGRESS: Sidney Blumenthal heads to the Hill

From the National Journal: “On Tuesday, the GOP-led Select Committee on Benghazi will hold a closed-door, hours-long deposition of Sidney Blumenthal that will focus on the longtime Clinton family ally's email exchanges with Clinton about Libya while she was secretary of State.”

House Republicans and the White House spent Monday trying to repair the stalled trade bill rejected by House Democrats last week, the New York Times writes.

Congress is spending summer floating down a lazy river that ends in a government shutdown in late September, The Hill reports.


*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks discusses Rachel Dolezal's decision to resign as President of the Spokane Washington NAACP, Contributor to The Daily Beast Robert Silverman about his take that Lebron James should be the NBA Finals MVP whether The Cavaliers win or lose, former member of the Black Panther Party who spent 32 years, 29 of them in solitary confinement in Angola Prison Louisiana Robert King about Albert Brooks, one of the so-called Angola Three, possibly being released from prison, and NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin about the death of Al-Qaeda number Nasir al-Wahishi.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports on the trail from Derry, New Hampshire. She’ll interview Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Former Governor Ed Rendell, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Janet Shamlian, Jacob Rascon, Miguel Almaguer and Gabe Gutierrez.

*** Tuesday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Melissa Harris Perry joins to discuss her interview w/fmr. Spokane NAACP Pres. Rachel Dolezal, Frances Rivera interviews Rachel’s brother Ezra Dolezal, and fmr. Spokane NAACP President James Wilburn will also discuss the trans-racial controversy, we’ll also talk to Gary Cornelius/Author "The Art of Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation" about the latest on the prison love triangle and escaped convicts, along with Larry Lawton Author of “Gangster Redemption,” and Marine Biologist Bryan Frazier will discuss the latest shark sightings and attacks.