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Bill Clinton’s impromptu meeting with the Attorney General at an airport continues to Drive The Day: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said Friday she would accept the recommendations from career prosecutors and FBI agents leading the probe into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of […]

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Cultural conservatives have so many things to freak out over these days, we don’t want them to miss this: Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter repealed the Pentagon’s long-held ban on transgender people serving in the military Thursday, ending a year-long process that was bogged down by internal conflict and concerns among senior service officials […]

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Jonathan Martin has the story of a heretofore little-known Trump scam called the Trump Institute, where people would pay $2,000 to learn his wealth-making secrets: As with Trump University, the Trump Institute promised falsely that its teachers would be handpicked by Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump did little, interviews show, besides appear in an infomercial […]

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The Republican nominee for president stood before a gigantic pile of garbage today to deliver his wise thoughts on the economy: Donald J. Trump vowed on Tuesday to rip up international trade deals and start an unrelenting offensive against Chinese economic practices, framing his contest with Hillary Clinton as a choice between hard-edge nationalism […]

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Hallie Jackson and Andrew Rafferty report that Donald Trump is keeping it classy: Donald Trump told NBC News that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is “racist” and “a total fraud” after attacking him during a Hillary Clinton rally in Ohio on Monday. “She made up her heritage, which I think is racist. I think she’s a […]

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Bernie Sanders is still playing coy, offering up his own version of that “support but not endorse” thing Republicans are doing with Donald Trump: Bernie Sanders said Friday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president, stopping short of a full endorsement of his Democratic presidential rival more than a week after the final […]

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Matea Gold reports on why this was a pretty bad day for Donald Trump: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign announced Thursday that he has forgiven more than $50 million in loans he made to finance his presidential bid, converting them into contributions in an effort to reassure GOP donors that he is […]

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Jenna Johnson tells the story of Donald Trump’s troubled Scottish golf course, which he still somehow touts as evidence of his business acumen and international success: But to many people in Scotland, his course here has been a failure. Over the past decade, Trump has battled with homeowners, elbowed his way through the planning […]

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Are you ready for some dishonest demagoguery? Of course you are: In a smaller gathering earlier Tuesday with a few dozen people who arranged the event, Mr. Trump said, “We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” according to video posted on Twitter by one of the organizers, Christian minister E.W. Jackson, […]

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Matea Gold checks in with the field operations of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ primary vehicle for influencing elections, and finds that even though the Kochs don’t like The Donald, they may be helping him: Last week, AFP launched ground operations on behalf of GOP incumbents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin — the […]

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Maggie Haberman gets a melancholy, ruminative Donald Trump on the phone: Donald J. Trump rarely, if ever, acknowledges he might be losing at anything. He expressed bewilderment at a poll during the primary race that showed him behind in the Iowa caucuses. He often invokes unscientific polls as examples of his strength, and mentions […]

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Katy Tur and Hallie Jackson have the latest on the relationship of mutual respect and common purpose between the Trump campaign and the RNC: Tensions are growing between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee as the presumptive GOP nominee’s operation proves sluggish to adopt suggestions from party leaders, NBC News has learned. […]

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Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim report on some Democrats in the Senate seizing the moment to make a stand on guns: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor — which was quickly joined by fellow Democrats — in an effort to pressure Republicans to accept legislation that would […]

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Mike DeBonis reports that the whole Republican unity thing keeps hitting bumps: Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are standing apart from their presumptive presidential nominee yet again — but this time in the aftermath of a major terror attack on the American homeland, an event that historically has brought parties together, not driven them […]

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Hillary Clinton stirred some anxiety on lefty twitter today when she seemed to say that she is willing to use the phrase “radical Islamism.” A Clinton aide emails over clarification: She was calling him out. She insisted today that she won’t declare war against an entire religion the way that Trump has, but she […]

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Bernie’s revolution is winding down, for now, anyway: With his presidential campaign probably nearing its end, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to get together Sunday night in his hometown of Burlington, Vt., with a couple of dozen of his closest supporters, an aide said Friday. “He’s bringing in some of his key supporters from around the […]

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Steve Reilly dives into Donald Trump’s legal record, and finds a guy who doesn’t pay his bills: At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. […]

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Michael Bender and Jennifer Jacobs sit down with Donald Trump, who apparently continues to think that everything’s going great: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump distanced himself from his own fundraising estimate of $1 billion, refusing to commit to collecting even half that amount, and saying his campaign didn’t need much money to win […]

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Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim report that Democrats in the Senate are about to start putting the screws to Bernie: Democratic senators want to hear a concession speech from Bernie Sanders — soon. Hillary Clinton’s coronation as the presumptive Democratic nominee has ratcheted up frustration with Sanders’ defiant fight for the Democratic nomination, […]

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Benjy Sarlin, Katy Tur and Ali Vitali go inside the empty shell that is the Donald Trump for President campaign: Donald Trump is a candidate without a campaign – and it’s becoming a serious problem. Republicans working to elect Trump describe a bare-bones effort debilitated by infighting, a lack of staff to carry out […]

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