If you only read one thing: Sorry, Bernie—it’s over. Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination late Monday as the Associated Press, which tracks delegates, found sufficient support among superdelegates to give her the requisite 2,383 delegates to the convention. Sanders supporters have argued that since those superdelegate votes won’t actually be cast until Philadelphia that they shouldn’t be counted. That’s hogwash. Democrats, unlike Republicans, do not have strong “faithless-delegate” rules, so to discount superdelegates, one would also have to discount pledged delegates until they vote (since they could theoretically support anyone at the convention). That’s not how the system works. Clinton is the presumptive nominee and Sanders and his supporters will have to come to terms with that in the coming weeks as days, while watching the entire Democratic Establishment rush to embrace her.
Hillary Clinton made history late Monday becoming the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination almost eight years to the day after conceding the 2008 primary to Barack Obama. The announcement came a bit sooner than she’d have liked, coming a day before the actual anniversary and before millions of voters cast ballots in California, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. Facing a tight race in the Golden State in particular, the outcome of these races won’t affect her nomination, but will determine Sanders’ capacity to fight for his agenda at the convention. It remains to be seen what the “call” will do to turnout in those states—and whether it will affect the vote.
Donald Trump‘s assault against an American judge continued Monday as he ordered campaign surrogates to keep up the fight against the jurist presiding over a lawsuit against him over Trump University. Trump’s comments on a conference call overruled those off campaign aides in a late-Sunday memo to his supporters, and came as top Republicans are weighing how long they can stand by Trump given is remarks. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested this controversy could be the breaking point for many in the GOP, while Maine Sen. Susan Collins won’t rule out voting for Clinton as a result.
Obama prepares to endorse Clinton. Marco Rubio, who endorsed Trump, says he warned against his tendencies. And why it’s easy to forget Clinton is making history.
Here are your must-reads:
Why It’s Easy To Forget Hillary Clinton Is Making History
The first female major party nominee may not be getting the attention it deserves, TIME’s Sam Frizell and Philip Elliott write
Susan Collins Says She’s Not Yet Ready to Back Donald Trump
GOP lawmaker tells TIME’s Jay Newton-Small she’s concerned by Trump’s comments
Trump Orders Surrogates to Intensify Criticism of Judge
Countermands staff instructions [Bloomberg]
Democrats Jump on Allies of Donald Trump in Judge Dispute
See opening for down-ballot races [New York Times]
AP: Hillary Clinton Clinches the Democratic Nomination
Like everything about her campaign, it was harder than expected [TIME]
Paul Ryan Starts Unveiling Plan for ‘Better GOP’
Still lacks buy-in from presumptive party nominee [USA Today]
“This is the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy. If anybody was looking for an off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.” — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Trump to the New York Times
“After the Democratic voters in New Jersey and California weigh in tomorrow, you know, we may have a better sense of where the race is headed.” — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday on the prospect of an Obama endorsement of Clinton this week
Bits and Bites
Could California Primary Turnout Dip Due to Hillary Clinton Call? [Sacramento Bee]
That Judge Attacked by Donald Trump? He’s Faced a Lot Worse [New York Times]