GOP Promises To Stop Authoritarian President Trump, Clinton Captures Nomination, And An Algorithm For Hamilton

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June 7, 2016

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GOP To Voters: Don’t Worry! We’ll Stop An Authoritarian President Trump

The Gist: Republicans promise that the courts and Congress will safeguard the United States from Trump’s authoritarian whims.

Hillary Clinton Nabs Enough Delegates To Be Presumptive Dem Nominee

The Gist: Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become presumptive Democratic nominee with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates.

Damning Report Details Trump Camp’s Dysfunction That Could Spell ‘Defeat’

The Gist: Donald Trump’s shoestring campaign has been plagued with reports of infighting and internal dysfunction from the start.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump reportedly told surrogates in a conference call on Monday to “go at” reporters who ask them about Trump University, TPM’s Sara Jerde reported. In the same call, Trump was reportedly interrupted by former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and made no mention of apologizing for his comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “Bernie Sanders may win California today, but whether or not he does, he won’t have enough delegates to deny the nomination to Hillary Clinton. But Sanders says he is going to carry the fight to the convention, and his campaign talks of prying loose super-delegates and waging platform battles. I voted for Sanders in the primary, so perhaps I can offer advice that rises above the partisan clamor: drop out of the race, give Clinton your full support, and train your sights on Donald Trump, who thinks a judge whose parents were from Mexico, and who was born in Indiana, is not an American.”

Say What?!

“I got in one night more money than I would have gotten all year for this piece of land up in Westchester. And then didn’t let him use it? That’s called being intelligent.”

– Trump boasted of having “screwed” Moammar Gadhafi on a 2009 property rental deal.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Gender is not off-topic this election. It is central. Not only because of the historic nature of HRC’s potential to win — but because Trump is such a misogynist and the antithesis of the direction we want to be going. Like the backlash against Obama because of race, we are seeing the backlash because HRC is a woman. It is much more than her policies — and I know you might not agree with me win this — but I doubt Sanders would have gotten so much traction if he had run against another man — Biden for instance (who has much of the same establishment baggage as Clinton.) Just like we did with Obama, we showed the naysayers that we can move forward as a society. HRC is an opportunity in herself, but with Warren on the ticket too, it would really be amazing.”

Related: Obama’s endorsement of Clinton could come as early as this week.

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What We’re Reading

A geneticist suggests that early humans domesticated dogs not once but twice. (The Atlantic)

An algorithm to describe the lyrics of “Hamilton.” (WSJ)