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Who Will Grab the Bernie-or-Bust and the Never-Trump Vote?

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton raced to the center—or “pivoted” in the proper political vernacular—during their speeches on Tuesday night at the close of the primary season. But both made overt appeals to the disaffected supporters of their rivals’ vanquished opponents.

“To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms,” Trump said during his unusually-scripted remarks from his golf club in Westchester, New York. Clinton was more subtle, but only a bit. Acknowledging the “hard-fought, deeply-felt” primary campaign, she sought support not only from those who voted for Sanders but also from people who backed “one of the Republicans.” 

 “The election is not,” she said later in the speech, “about the same old fights between Democrats and Republicans. This election is different. It really is about who we are as a nation. It’s about millions of Americans coming together to say:  We are better than this. We won’t let this happen in America.

“And if you agree,” Clinton continued, “whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or independent, I hope you’ll join us.”

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Elizabeth Warren Plans to Endorse Hillary Clinton

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will soon endorse Hillary Clinton.

Reuters reported the news on Wednesday evening, citing sources close to the senator. The report noted that Warren has not ruled out the possibility of joining the Democratic ticket as Clinton’s vice presidential candidate, though she is “not currently interested in serving as her running mate.”  It added that Warren could make her endorsement “within a week or two.” 

The planned endorsement is the latest indicator that Democrats are closing ranks around Clinton, who made history this week as the first woman to claim a major-party presidential nomination in U.S. history. The Associated Press announced on Monday that Clinton had amassed the delegates needed to become the presumptive nominee. On Tuesday, Clinton herself declared victory, the same night that networks projected she would win a majority of the pledged delegates in the primary. 

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Warren has long held off on endorsing any candidate in the Democratic race. That decision put her in an ideal position to act as a broker between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. The fact that she now seems ready to come...

Would Elizabeth Warren Even Want to Be Vice President?

It’s easy to see why, say, Wall Street bankers might not want Elizabeth Warren in the White House. The Massachusetts Democratic senator has earned a reputation as an outspoken opponent of corporate America and the influence of money in politics. Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate’s top Democrat, is reportedly promoting Warren as a vice-presidential contender in the 2016 election—an indication that party leaders believe her populist message would resonate on the campaign trail. But would she even want the job?

While Warren is widely considered a progressive icon, Democrats could end up in a precarious situation if she becomes Hillary Clinton’s running mate. To defeat Donald Trump, Clinton will need to unite her party after a fractious primary battle with Bernie Sanders. For now, Sanders remains in the race, but on Monday the Associated Press reported that Clinton had amassed enough delegates to secure the nomination. If Clinton believes she has placated Sanders supporters by selecting Warren as her vice president, she may run a more moderate campaign in a bid to appeal to Republicans and Independents. 

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Trump Sticks With Tweets and Insults

Re­pub­lic­ans who have been eager for a new, less volat­ile, more pres­id­en­tial Don­ald Trump should prob­ably settle in for a longer wait.

A full month after nail­ing down the GOP pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion, the real-es­tate mogul’s cam­paign is still strug­gling to raise money, hire staff in key states, or even es­tab­lish a ser­i­ous com­mu­nic­a­tions shop to counter Demo­crat­ic at­tacks.

“Every day that goes by is a day lost. That’s true,” con­ceded one Trump aide privately.

The can­did­ate him­self, mean­while, con­tin­ues to let per­son­al griev­ances shape his cam­paign mes­sage. Dur­ing a re­cent trip to New Mex­ico, Trump in­sul­ted the pop­u­lar Re­pub­lic­an gov­ernor, who hap­pens to be fe­male, His­pan­ic, and chair of the Re­pub­lic­an Gov­ernor’s As­so­ci­ation. Her ma­jor of­fense: At an April fun­drais­ing din­ner in New York City for the state...

Hillary Clinton Warns the World About Donald Trump

Donald Trump poses a threat to America’s national security, and to the safety and stability of the rest of the world, Hillary Clinton argued on Thursday. Contrasting her track record as secretary of state with Trump’s lack of foreign-policy experience, Clinton made the case that the presumptive Republican nominee is, above all, unqualified to be president.

“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different,” Clinton said solemnly. “They are dangerously incoherent. They are not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies.” Her speech, delivered in San Diego, portrayed Trump, by turns, as menacing, reckless, comical, even pathological. She reminded Americans of the stakes of the election, and sketched out a dystopian vision of what might befall America if Trump were elected president: “Letting ISIS run wild, launching a nuclear attack, starting a ground war, these are all distinct possibilities with Donald Trump in change.”   

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The speech marks a dramatic escalation of Clinton’s attacks against Trump, a sign that the Democratic frontrunner is increasingly turning attention toward the general election even as her primary fight against...

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