If you only read one thing: Hillary Clinton is taking the fight to Republican territory. Chelsea Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Michelle Obama will be in Arizona this week to drive early vote in the red state, as the Clinton campaign works to get further under Donald Trump’s skin. Additionally, the Clinton campaign is diverting resources to down-ballot Democrats in an effort to shore up the Senate and place the House further in play. The moves are a clear sign of confidence, as Clinton takes significant leads in national and key swing state polls.
Donald Trump is continuing his war with his party’s leadership, suggesting to ABC News that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is trying to sabotage his candidacy because he wants to run for president in 2020. Meanwhile, he is not backing off his claims that the election is being rigged at the ballot box, despite a long list of Republicans coming forward to reject his rhetoric—including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his own running-mate.
A clash over classification of Clinton emails. How Obama is trying to shape his legacy. And Ivanka won’t join her father’s administration.
Here are your must reads:
Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton Email Scandal ‘Worse Than Watergate’
Latest escalation in rhetoric [TIME]
Mosul and Aleppo: A Tale of Two Cities
The world acts in Iraq, but remains sidelined in Syria, TIME’s Mark Thompson writes
Agencies Clashed on Classification of Clinton Email, Inquiry Shows
Officials deny allegations of quid pro quo [New York Times]
Obama Adopts a Grand Design to Shape His Legacy
With time in office running out, Obama looks to shape how he’s viewed by history [Washington Post]
Donald Trump Proposes New Lobbying Restrictions
GOP candidate would ban executive branch officials and members of Congress from lobbying the government for five years after they leave office [Wall Street Journal]
Melania Trump: Donald Trump Was ‘Egged on’ into ‘Boy Talk’
Would-be first spouse defends her husband [CNN]
“I’m proud of everything I’ve said and that’s all I can control. The rest of it I can’t control.” — Chris Christie on the Trump campaign to NBC
“African-Americans are not showing up to vote for Hillary Clinton. They like me better than they like her.” — Donald Trump to Michael Savage
Bits and Bites
Michigan GOP official ousted over Trump opposition [The Detroit News]
Donald Trump Says He Might Meet With Putin Before Inauguration [New York Times]