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How Donald Trump is Doing Chris Christie a Favor

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Donald Trump is set to pay back New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—one of his earliest high-profile endorsers—with a fundraiser Thursday to pay down his former rival-turned-transition chairman’s campaign debt. The event will be Trump’s public first campaign stop in nearly two weeks, as the presumptive nominee has made the rounds of media interviews over the stump. Trump used one of those interviews to release the names of potential nominees to the Supreme Court in an effort to sooth the concerns of conservatives who have been slow to his embrace.

The nationwide fight over transgender rights and bathrooms makes the cover of this week’s magazine, as the latest front in the culture war is reinvigorating both sides of the debate. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who is at the center of the firestorm in his state, talks to TIME about pledging to keep up the fight, while calling on Congress to take action. On the other side of the issue, activists argue bathroom fears are unfounded and represent little more than an effort to shame and discriminate. See the cover here.

Donald Trump drops the ‘R’ word against Bill Clinton. Lessons from the operatives who lost to Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And meet the judge on Donald Trump’s Supreme Court list who is great at Twitter.

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Must Reads

Battle of the Bathroom
On this week’s cover of TIME, why the fight for transgender rights has moved into the most intimate of public spaces

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory: Congress Should Step In on Bathrooms
In an interview with TIME’s Phillip Elliott, the governor at the center of the firestorm calls for congressional action

Military Sexual Assault Victims Discharged After Filing Complaints
Many are booted out with ‘bad paper’ and can’t get upgrades, TIME’s Mark Thompson reports

Trump’s Appeal Stretches to Suburbs That Had Been Trending Blue
A troubling trend for Clinton [Washington Post]

Donald Trump Releases List of Possible Supreme Court Picks
Seeking to allay fears of conservatives [New York Times]

Sound Off

“And rape.” — Donald Trump accusing former Bill Clinton of covering up complaint from women in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday

“As a country, Congress needs to step up and clarify the Civil Rights Act, which hasn’t been updated for decades.” — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to TIME

Bits and Bites

Conservative Lawyer Ted Olson Joins Fight Against North Carolina’s Bathroom Law [TIME]

Joe Klein: Donald Trump, the Astute Salesman, Has Captured and Targeted America’s Mood: Nostalgic [TIME]

Meet the Judge on Donald Trump’s Supreme Court List Who Is Great at Twitter [TIME]

White House Finalizes Rule on Overtime Pay [TIME]

These People Lost to Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here’s Their Advice on Donald Trump [TIME]

Eric and Don Have the Trump Name, the Money, the Genes. Here’s What Makes Them Different [Washington Post]

GOP Near Agreement With Treasury on Puerto Rico Bill [Wall Street Journal]

Bernie Sanders, Eyeing Convention, Willing to Harm Hillary Clinton in the Homestretch [New York Times]

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