Morning Must Reads: July 24

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Two inspectors general have requested that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation into the handling of classified information surrounding Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server while at the State Department. There are no indications yet that Clinton herself is the subject of the potential probe, but it is the latest embarrassment for Clinton on a sensitive subject that goes to her trustworthiness. The State Department has previously redacted some documents contained on her server as classified, but only marked them such after the fact.

President Obama has embarked on a four-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia — a trip of many firsts — that will take him back to his father’s homeland. Obama is expected to deliver a speech on Sunday that references his complex personal relationship with Kenya. In an interview with the BBC, Obama lamented that he has yet to make significant progress on gun control reforms in the U.S., just hours before another mass shooting in Louisiana.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized former Maryland New Jersey Gov. Martin O’Malley for apologizing for saying “all lives matter” during a “Black Lives Matter” protest. Chris Christie is out with a new television ad criticizing the Iran nuclear agreement. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal comes under fire for having his state pick up some of his campaign travel tab.

Here are your must-reads:

Must Reads

President Obama Heads to Kenya and Ethiopia for Trip Filled with Firsts
TIME’s Maya Rhodan previews the Obama visit

Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account
Classified information on server draws legal scrutiny [New York Times]

Hillary Clinton, Republicans Play Different 2016 Gender Cards
The Clinton campaign sees an opportunity, TIME’s Jay Newton Small writes

#BlackLivesMatter Is Winning the 2016 Democratic Primary
TIME’s Sam Frizell reports on how the movement is changing Democrats’ rhetoric

How Donald Trump Cashes in Even When His Name-Brand Properties Fail
It’s all about celebrity [Washington Post]

Sound Off

“Certainly not to Vader. I was always a Han Solo guy. And when it comes to comics, I was more of a Spider-Man guy.” — Sen. Ted Cruz asked by the New York Times Magazine whether he’s been attracted to anti-heroes

“If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient commonsense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings.” — President Obama in an interview with the BBC

Bits and Bites

Hillary Clinton to Call For the Raising of Some Capital Gains Taxes [TIME]

Donald Trump Unapologetic on Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border [TIME]

Chris Christie Sidesteps Questions on N.J. Transit Train Delays [New York Times]

Mike Huckabee Trolls Hillary and Bill Clinton to Tap Republican Id [TIME]

Bush Says O’Malley Should Not Have Apologized for Saying ‘White Lives Matter’ [Yahoo]

U.S. to Step Up Battle Against Corporate Espionage [Wall Street Journal]

Lawmakers to Introduce Historic LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills [TIME]

Hillary Clinton to Return to the Hamptons for Vacation [New York Times]

Lieutenant Governor to Jindal: End State Spending on Campaign Travel [Associated Press]

New Chris Christie Ad Attacks Obama on Iran Deal

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