If you only read one thing: Good morning from Cleveland, where Republicans are gathering to draft the party’s platform in the age of Donald Trump. The GOP’s wary tortured relationship with its presumptive nominee is expected to continue, as several tentpoles of Trump’s agenda—from building a wall to demanding rape and incest exceptions to abortion—are expected to fail. The draft platform prepared by the RNC that is set to serve as the basis for discussion makes some concessions to Trump on trade, but stays away from his protectionist language on free trade agreements and tariffs. Meanwhile, the platform rejects the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, while calling for a constitutional amendment or subsequent court decision to reverse it. In his introductory message to committee members, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus signaled to the committee his expectation that they reject a Trump-ward shift. “It is important for us to maintain who we are as a party,” he said Monday night. “We are the party of the open door … we are the party of Lincoln, we are the party of the civil rights act.” The convention rules committee will meet later this week, where efforts to dump Trump will make their last stand, but they likely lack the votes to even force a convention floor vote on unbinding the delegates.
Donald Trump‘s vice presidential reality show rumbles on to Virginia Beach Monday where he is set to appear with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. On Tuesday, he is holding a rally in Indiana, where Gov. Mike Pence is set to attend. Meanwhile, team Trump is floating Gen. Mike Flynn, a pro-choice registered Democrat, in a trial balloon that landed with a thud over the weekend.
Bernie Sanders will finally endorse Hillary Clinton at a joint appearance in New Hampshire Tuesday after securing significant concessions in the Democratic platform over the weekend. The document is the most progressive in history, including calls for tough Wall Street reforms, abolishing the death penalty, and expanding Social Security. Sanders failed in his bid for the platform to call for an explicit rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade bill advanced by President Obama.
Here are your must-reads:
Can Female Leaders Like Hillary Clinton Dream Big?
TIME’s Jay Newton-Small on Clinton’s new pie-in-the-sky approach
Why President Obama’s Police Reform Is a Work in Progress
High-minded approach has few practical results, TIME’s Maya Rhodan writes
Big Business Joins Justice Department Opposing North Carolina’s Bathrooms Law
TIME’s Philip Elliott on the unlikely new coalition
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, No Fan of Donald Trump, Critiques Latest Term
She says she can’t imagine what the country would be like if he’s elected [New York Times]
Voters Add to Election Turmoil by Threatening to Jump Party Lines
Longtime Republicans and Democrats are further unsettling the presidential race by embracing opposition candidates [Wall Street Journal]
Killings and Racial Tensions Commingle With Divided and Divisive Politics
A tumultuous period in U.S. history [Washington Post]
“I think it’s a — I think for women — and these are difficult issues, but I think women have to be able to choose what they — you know, sort of the right of choice, but I think that that’s a difficult legal decision that — and I think that women are so important in that decision-making process.” — Gen. Mike Flynn on abortion on ABC’s ‘This Week’
“I think it’s inappropriate for me to second guess or comment.” — President Obama declining to comment on the concluded FBI and DOJ probes of Hillary Clinton’s email
Bits and Bites
Amid healing words in Dallas, Abbott was suffering from severe burns [Austin American Statesman]
Donald Trump Keeps Distance in G.O.P. Platform Fight on Gay Rights [New York Times]
Gingrich says Trump is a ‘necessary candidate’ [Associated Press]