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North Korean Editorial Endorses Trump

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Mr Trump's proposal to withdraw US aid from South Korea has been welcomed north of the border (Reuters)

VICE:

Earlier this year, the Kremlin sang Donald Trump’s praises all the way from Moscow, and now North Korea is on board with the Donald too, the Guardian reports.

HAARETZ:

North Korea has backed presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attacks by the North.

A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive and dynastic state’s mouthpieces, described Trump as a “wise politician” and the right choice for U.S. voters in the November 8 U.S. presidential election.

INDEPENDENT:

The editorial in DPRK Today said Mr Trump could unify the Korean Peninsula and favoured his proposal to hold direct talks with their leader Kim Jong-un.

“In my personal opinion, there are many positive aspects to the Trump’s ‘inflammatory policies’,” wrote Han Yong Mook, who said he was a Chinese North Korean scholar.

The Guardian:

Analysts said that although the editorial was not officially from Pyongyang, it was sure to reflect thinking inside the regime.

“This is very striking,” said Aidan Foster-Carter of the University of Leeds.“Admittedly it is not exactly Pyongyang speaking, or at least not the DPRK government in an official capacity. But it is certainly Pyongyang flying a kite, or testing the waters.

“For the rest of us, this is a timely reminder – if it were needed – of just how completely Trump plans to tear up established US policy in the region.”

Daily News:

“The president that U.S. citizens must vote for is not that dull Hillary … but Trump, who spoke of holding direct conversation with North Korea,” the editorial urged.

Last week, Trump told Reuters that he wanted to stop North Korea’s nuclear program by talking directly to its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un. The proposed talk would break President Obama’s policy of only speaking to the tyrant — who has frequently hinted about nuclear doom — through U.S. diplomats.

Mother Jones:

The editorial also called on American voters to reject “dull” Hillary Clinton. The article criticized the likely Democratic nominee for pushing sanctions against North Korea in order to limit its nuclear capabilities, similar to the strategy adopted in Iran.

In previous remarks, Trump has proposed withdrawing American troops to abandon its stations in South Korea, and he has slammed the country for being a national security freeloader by not paying to protect itself and forcing the US to foot its national security bill. The real estate magnate has also suggested replacing troops with nuclear options—comments that alarmed both South Korea and neighboring Japan.

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Mr Trump’s proposal to withdraw US aid from South Korea has been welcomed north of the border (Reuters)

The plan, however, has apparently found support in North Korea.

The Washington Times:

“Yes do it, now,” Mr. Han wrote. “Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this? The day when the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan becomes real would be the day of Korean Unification.”

International Business Times:

The editorial also urged South Korea to maintain its current levels of military spending, which Trump has said would prompt him to remove troops from the peninsula. He wants the country to foot more of the bill for military presence there. The authors also urged Americans not to vote for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

NK News:

A researcher said the odd editorial indicates Pyongyang’s wish to break through Washington’s strategic patience policy.

“He’s the Dennis Rodman of American politics — quirky, flamboyant, risk-taking. At the moment he’s also an outsider. But Pyongyang is hoping that either he’ll be elected (and follows through on his pledges) or that his pronouncements will change the political game in the United States and influence how the Democratic party and mainstream Republicans view Korean issues,” John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus told NK News.

 

The People Affecting Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Fight

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BBC News:

Starr, a former independent counsel, was the author of what’s probably the most expensive piece of pornography ever published, the Starr Report which chronicled, in graphic sexual detail, Bill Clinton’s affair with a 21-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

The one-time character assassin has become a character witness.

Salon:

This is because, in many ways, the Democratic primary has been a referendum on Bill Clinton’s tenure—and many of his signature achievements, championed by Hillary Clinton at the time, don’t look so great in retrospect. From NAFTA, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, Wall Street deregulation, welfare reform, DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—and of course, the infamous crime bills—despite Bill Clinton’s success at restoring the Democratic Party to national prominence, primary voters have taken an increasingly critical view of his legacy. This effect will be even more pronounced among Independent and Republican voters.

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Trump recognizes the opportunity here, and has already demonstrated an intention to hammer Hillary Clinton not only on her support of NAFTA—but to even undermine her feminist narratives by highlighting the genuinely disturbing sexual assault accusations against Bill Clinton, and the role that Hillary Clinton played in attempting to discredit and silence alleged victims. Again, in the current cultural and historical moment, voters seem unlikely to provide the same benefit of doubt that was afforded the Clintons in the ’90s.

The Hill:

McAuliffe has launched a media blitz insisting the FBI will not find any wrongdoing in its investigation of contributions to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign.

The governor said in a TV interview he is“baffled” by the inquiry, which reportedly began last year. In a separate radio interview, he lashed out at Department of Justice and FBI after news of the investigation leaked to the press.

The investigation is not helpful to Clinton, whose presidential campaign is already dogged by a federal probe into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Republicans were quick to note the longstanding ties between Clinton and McAuliffe, blasting out a list of news clips to reporters detailing their personal and professional dealings.

“Please see a refresher on how closely linked the Virginia governor is to the Clintons and the controversial fundraising practices he stewarded in the 1990s that practically placed a ‘for sale’ sign on the White House and set a new low for ethics in government,” Republican National Committee spokesman Raj Shah wrote in an email.

The Wall Street Journal:

Bernie Sanders is fighting to oust two Hillary Clinton supporters heading key Democratic National Convention committees, despite the party’s refusal to remove them, in the latest sign of disunity amid a bitter fight for the presidential nomination.

An attorney for Mr. Sanders’s campaign sent a letter to Democratic National Committee officials on Friday asking them to disqualify former congressman Barney Frank and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who are co-chairmen of the convention’s rules and platform committees, respectively.

Politico:

It’s a terrifying moment for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead in national polls has evaporated and panic is beginning to set in. Polls now show Donald Trump ahead of Clinton, or at worst only a few points behind. During the insanity of the Republican primary, it was easy for them to believe that Trump could never be president—that in a general election, mainstream voters would regard him as an absurdity. But Clinton remains a shaky candidate with historically high negatives, an email scandal that keeps getting worse and a stubborn primary opponent whose supporters may yet become a midsummer nightmare in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Republicans, seemingly in all-out civil war just weeks ago, have quickly fallen in line. Democrats are resigning themselves to a tough, ugly, painful and expensive street fight.

Trump Locks Up Enough Delegates to Clinch US Republican Presidential Nomination

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NZ Herald:

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for US president.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who said they would support him at the convention. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.

US Weekly:

According to the AP, Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard is one of the delegates to support the former Celebrity Apprenticehost in his run for the White House.

“I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard said in a statement. “I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump.”

Fox 32:

The New York billionaire reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination hours earlier, according to the Associated Press count, just before a North Dakota campaign stop. It completed his unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

“Here I am watching Hillary fight, and she can’t close the deal,” he told reporters. “We’ve had tremendous support from almost everybody.”

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South China Morning Post:

Steve House, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and an unbound delegate who confirmed his support of Trump to the AP, said he likes the billionaire’s background as a businessman.

“Leadership is leadership,” House said. “If he can surround himself with the political talent, I think he will be fine.”

CNN:

While Trump has had the nomination locked down for weeks, he has now reached the threshold of 1,237 delegates with the help of previously uncommitted delegates who now support his candidacy. A handful of states, including the large prizes of California and New Jersey, will hold the final primaries on June 7.

The Hollywood Reporter:

Republican leaders declared themselves appalled by Trump’s rise. Conservatives called the onetime Democrat a fraud. But many slowly, warily, began meeting with Trump and his staff. And he began winning endorsements from a few members of Congress.

Trump entered a new phase of his campaign Tuesday night by holding his first major campaign fundraiser: a $25,000-per-ticket dinner in Los Angeles.

CNS News:

At the same time, Clinton faced fresh questions about her use of a private email server while secretary of state, even as she fought to pivot toward Trump, who she warned would take the country “backward on every issue and value we care about.”

The State Department’s inspector general released a report a day earlier concluding that Clinton did not seek legal approval for her private email server, guaranteeing the issue will continue nagging her campaign for a second summer. She insisted Thursday that she had done nothing wrong.

Complicating her election challenge, Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders embraced the possibility of a one-on-one debate with Trump. The Republican said he’d “love to debate Bernie,” but would want the debate to raise at least $10 million for charity.

Rick Santorum Gives Support to Donald Trump

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The Hill:

Former Sen. Rick Santorum is throwing his support behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I’m 100 percent,” Santorum said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News’s “On The Record,” when asked if he was supporting or endorsing Trump. “That’s endorse.”

RAWSTORY:

Santorum, who dropped out of the presidential race in February and threw his support to Senator Marco Rubio, told Fox News: “The most important issue is preserving the Constitution of this country and a liberal Supreme Court will destroy it.”

Washington Examiner:

Santorum said he was moved to back the Manhattan businessman after talking with him last week.

“Donald Trump still has an opportunity to cast the right lot and win this election,” Santorum added. “He’s been very real, laying it all out on the line talking about things most politicians have not talked about.”

The Daily Wire:

“I think Americans maybe just want a little unvarnished [candidate]. I can’t say that I’m crazy about it,” he concluded. “I think the American public has made up their mind about Hillary Clinton. I think Donald Trump still has an opportunity to cast the right lot and win this election.”

Santorum first entered the national spotlight after making a name for himself as a social conservative crusader. He has since supported Christian causes that promote traditional family values.

Breitbart:

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“Over the past several weeks, I’ve had numerous conversations with senior members of the Trump Campaign, including a long heart-to-heart with Donald Trump,” Santorum explained of his decision to endorse. “I am committed to working with Donald and his Administration to ensure that conservative priorities are advanced — not simply judicial nominees, but nominees to key administration positions.”

Trump tweeted about the endorsement saying it’s “really nice!”

LifeNews:

Santorum’s comments come days after Trump announced a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees — a list pro-life and conservative groups praised for having potential judges who would be Constitutionalists.

The list of potential nominees for the seat of pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antnoin Saclia that Trump would conifer include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.

Trump and Clinton has Closed Gap in New Poll

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Mail Online:

Now that the Republicans have their nominee, but the Democratic race presses on, polls are showing a very tight race in November between Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Sydney Morning Herald:

On Sunday, the gap closed to a mere 0.2 points in Clinton’s favour. Factor in even a tiny margin of error and the gap is zero.

Precisely the same number of Clinton supporters, 48 per cent, say that their vote is a vote for her, or is a vote against Trump. On the Republican side, Trump trades positively on Clinton’s unpopularity – 53 per cent say they are voting for him to oppose Clinton.

ABC News:

In a new Quinnipiac University poll released today, the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clintonand the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump are neck and neck in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

In Florida and in Pennsylvania, Clinton is at 43 percent while Trump is 42 percent, according to the poll. Among Ohio voters, Trump gets 41 percent and Clinton gets 39 percent.

Also, voters in all three states believe Trump would do a better job than Clinton in handling the economy. Florida and Ohio voters think he’d handle terrorism better than Clinton, while voters in Pennsylvania are split.

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Daily News:

Trump led Clinton 46%-44% in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll — the latest sign that the bombastic billionaire, despite his offensive rhetoric, could give the former secretary of state a run for her money in a general election.

Trump led with whites, senior citizens and men in both polls, while Clinton held the edge with millennials, Latinos, women and African-Americans.

The INDY Channel:

The poll also showed Donald Trump is leading Hillary Clinton by nine points in the expected general election match-up. Congressman Todd Young also leads Democrat Baron Hill by 14 points in the race for U.S. Senate.

CBC News:

Republican strategist Dave Carney said the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed the vulnerability of Clinton, who is still battling U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

“She has been in the public eye for decades, served in high office, and now she’s in a dead heat with Trump, in a race that everyone thought she would win easily,” said Carney, who has been critical of Trump. “Everyone thought it would be a romp.”

Salon:

In the present election, Hillary Clinton represents precisely the same disembodiedness as Romney, for example because of her association with the Clinton Foundation. Where did the business of the state, while she was secretary of state, stop, and where did the business of global philanthropy (just another name for global business), begin, and who can possibly tell the difference? The maneuverings of the Clinton Foundation, in the popular imagination, are as arcane as the colossal daily transactions on the world’s financial exchanges.

Trump Willing to Meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

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BBC News:

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he is willing to meet North Korea’s leader to discuss its nuclear programme.

“I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him,” the businessman said of Kim Jong-un.

Such a meeting would mark a significant change of US policy towards the politically isolated regime.

Reuters:

In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in eastern Ukraine, and said he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S. Dodd-Frank financial regulations if he is elected president.

The presumptive Republican nominee declined to share details of his plans to deal with North Korea, but said he was open to talking to its leader.

Sky News:

Asked whether he would try to talk some sense into the North Korean leader, Mr Trump replied: “Absolutely.”

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North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Mr Trump’s remarks.

The Guardian:

Trump also said he would press China, Pyongyang’s only major diplomatic and economic supporter, to help find a solution.

“I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China,” he said in the interview at his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Voice of America:

North Korea is under multiple rounds of U.N. sanctions targeting its nuclear weapons program and repeated banned missile tests.

China and the U.S. partnered with South Korea, Russia and Japan for negotiations with North Korea aimed at curbing its nuclear activity, but that effort broke down in 2008.

The Telegraph:

In January Mr Trump praised Kim Jong-un’s leadership style, calling it “incredible”.

During a rally in Iowa he said: “You’ve got to give him credit. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games.”

Mr Trump also appeared to change tack on Tuesday about his future ties with David Cameron, saying he expects them to have “a good relationship” if he becomes the US president

He had predicted the opposite in an interview aired just the day before in response to criticism from the Prime Minister.

Democratic Race Primary Results: Clinton Wins Kentucky While Sanders in Oregon

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The Atlantic:

The Democratic race isn’t over yet. Hillary Clinton claimed victory in Kentucky on Tuesday while Bernie Sanders comfortably won the Oregon primary. Donald Trump, the last man standing in the Republican 2016 race, unsurprisingly secured a victory in Oregon.

The results won’t fundamentally change the trajectory of the competition, but the outcome in the Democratic primary is nevertheless significant. Clinton continues to edge closer to formally securing the Democratic nomination and managed to slow some of Sanders’s recent momentum with her win in Kentucky. For Sanders, victory in Oregon creates an opportunity to claim moral high ground and helps him continue to justify his presence in the race, even though winning the nomination remains effectively out of reach.

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The Oregonian:

Sanders locked up the Oregon victory by establishing insurmountable leads in Democratic strongholds including Multnomah and Lane counties. With about 85 percent of the vote counted, Sanders had garnered about 55 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 44 percent — a far bigger edge than most had predicted.

Even so, they’ll share Oregon’s 74 delegates proportionally, meaning Sanders’ victory will do little to cut into Clinton’s overall lead in delegates.

“It’s time for Hillary supporters to stop fighting with Bernie Sanders supporters,” said state Rep. Shemia Fagan, speaking at Clinton’s party. “I think we need to lay down our arms.”

Patch:

As of midnight, the Kentucky Democratic primary’s official designation is “too close to call,” but frontrunner Hillary Clinton declared victory there Tuesday as Bernie Sanders took both Clinton and the Democratic Party to task.

CNN:

It took a last-minute campaign blitz and a significant financial investment for Clinton to win the Kentucky Democratic primary by half a percentage point over her stubborn primary foe Bernie Sanders — in a state she won by 35 percentage points over Barack Obama in their 2008 primary clash and where her family has deep political roots going back decades.

In the end, Tuesday’s political drama didn’t measurably alter the state of the Democratic primary. Sanders is poised to walk away with more delegates than Clinton from the night. But Clinton maintains an overall lead of roughly 280 pledged delegates with only one significant night remaining in the contest — June 7, when, win or lose the states in play that night, she is expected to formally clinch the nomination after voters in delegate-rich California and New Jersey weigh in.

WLWT:

Democrats have controlled the House for nearly a century, and the chamber is the party’s last line of defense against Republicans looking to consolidate political power in Kentucky. Republicans are in solid control of the Kentucky Senate.

Hindu Sena Conduct Rituals for Trump to Win

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Z News:

As Donald Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee and marches forward in the US presidential race, the right-wing Hindu Sena has lit a ritual fire and chanted mantras asking the Hindu gods to help him win.

About a dozen members of Hindu Sena gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday with posters suggesting “he can save humanity against Islamic terror.”

The Wall Street Journal:

Portraits of Mr. Trump – with red dots daubed on his forehead – flanked an image of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. Above hung posters declaring: “We Support Trump” and “He is hope for humanity against Islamic terror.”

Deccan Chronicle:

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The group chanted Sanskrit prayers asking the gods to favour Trump in the election, and threw offerings such as seeds, grass and ghee into a small ritual fire.

International Business Times:

The term ‘Hindu Sena’ began trending on Twitter in India as the news broke about the prayer ritual. Many took to social media to mock the right-wing Hindus, however, Hindu Sena members appeared to remain undeterred from their belief that an elected Trump would be good for India.

In a flyer circulated on social media, the Hindu Sena confirmed their support for Trump, saying: “We ‘Hindu Sena’ are endorsing our support to Mr. Trump and had organised this fire ritual to pray from god to ensure his victory. We are all victims of Islamic terror… To fight against such evil we need a brave leader globally. Donald Trump is that man with brave heart.”

Live Mint:

“The whole world is screaming against Islamic terrorism, and even India is not safe from it,” said Vishnu Gupta, founder of the Hindu Sena nationalist group. “Only Donald Trump can save humanity.”

Members of the group gathered on a blanket spread out in a New Delhi protest park along with a collection of statues depicting gods including Shiva and Hanuman—as well as photos of a shouting Trump.

Huffington Post:

“We are victims of Islamic terrorism — they killed, beheaded, burnt alive millions of innocent beings. To fight against such evils we need a brave leader globally,” read the press release that was sent to journalists, asking them to be a part of the programme.

“Donald Trump is a man with a brave heart. He will destroy Islamic terrorism if he’s elected the President of United States,” a confident Gupta said, while making arrangements for the ‘big event’.

The ‘big event’ is expected to see over 200 people. The leaders will conduct havan and other religious ceremonies to pray for Trump.

“We want Trump to win, we will do anything to make that possible,” Gupta said.

“I am sure God will listen to us,” he added. When Gupta was reminded that Trump has no special love for India, he responded saying, “Main nahin manta (I don’t believe).”

New India Express:

“The entire world is suffering due to Islamic terrorism. All these bomb blasts across the world are linked to Islamic terrorism. There is only one saviour of mankind and that is Donald Trump. We have done Yagya today and prayed to god that people of the US elect Trump as their President,” Gupta told ANI.

Trump has won both supporters and detractors for his blunt talk and hardline proposals, including a proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Ryan and Trump “Totally Committed” towards Party Unity

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The New York Times:

On Thursday Paul Ryan, speaker of the House and Donald Trump’s highest-ranking Republican skeptic, sat down with Mr. Trump, the party’s presumed presidential nominee, to find “common ground.”

It took 45 minutes. “We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall,” a joint statement said. Afterward, Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said the meeting was a “very positive step toward party unity,” and noted their “very good chemistry.” Though he did not endorse Mr. Trump, Mr. Ryan called him “a very warm and genuine person.” Mr. Trump spent part of their private meeting declaring his openness to Republican policies he’d disagreed with a day before.

USA Today:

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump pledged Thursday to work together to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the fall general election — though the Republican House speaker again stopped short of formally endorsing his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

“The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents,” Ryan and Trump said in a joint statement issued after their private meeting. “That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.”

Reuters:

Trump was on his best behavior on a day of meetings with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He listened patiently as they raised concerns about his tone and the need to try to appeal to Hispanic voters.

He avoided strident language, like the frequent criticism he has lobbed from the campaign trail that many lawmakers are awestruck by the corridors of power and forget why they were sent to Washington.

“The whole discussion was very solid, reasonable and a warm and winning discussion,” said Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. “I think you’re going to find he’s going to be better and better all the time.

ABC News:

Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves “totally committed” to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. Ryan praised Trump as “very warm and genuine,” and suggested that after initial hesitance he may well end up endorsing the GOP candidate for president.

“We will have policy disputes. There is no two ways about that. The question is, can we unify on the common core principles that make our party?” Ryan said. “And I’m very encouraged that the answer to that question is yes.”

The News Commenter:

Speaker Paul Ryan gushes over Trump: His personality, I thought he had a very good personality. He’s a very warm and genuine person. I met him like 30 seconds in 2012. So we really don’t know each other. And we started to get to know each other. So, I actually had a very pleasant exchange with him.

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The Wall Street Journal:

“Look, it’s no secret that Donald Trump and I have had our differences. We talked about those differences today,” Mr. Ryan told reporters after the meetings.

“We are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified,” Mr. Ryan said. “I was very encouraged with this meeting, but this is a process. It takes a little time.”

Mr. Trump put out a joint statement Thursday with Mr. Ryan expressing confidence that they can “unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”

CNBC:

Topics of the meeting included Article One of the Constitution, separation of powers in the executive branch, the Supreme Court and the pro-life perspective, Ryan said.

“It was important that we discuss our differences that we have, but it was also important that we discussed the core principles that tie us all together,” Ryan said.

“I want to make sure we really truly understand each other,” Ryan said.

The pair will be having additional meetings, but called Thursday’s talk at Republican Party headquarters in Washington a “very positive step” toward unification.

The Washington Post:

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that during their meeting with Trump, House leaders ran through a long list of policy issues, including the national debt, foreign affairs and issues of particular concern to the lawmakers in the room. McCarthy, for example, brought up California’s water crisis.

Both McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said they thought there was plenty of room for agreement with Trump.

McCarthy noted House Republicans are working on a series of policy proposals they can take to voters this fall and said they specifically discussed their work on tax reform — an issue Trump has highlighted.

“I think when you talk about ideas, you talk about vision, that’s a perfect place for people to unite,” he said.

McCarthy said other topics raised, included veterans’ issues and “the overreach of agencies.”

Republican National Convention Preparations and Updates

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Cleveland City Hall will remain open during the Republican National Convention, officials said Monday.(Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer)

Time:

The hottest TV show for binge-viewing this summer won’t be Game of Thrones; it will be the Republican National Convention.

World Socialist Web Site:

The city of Cleveland, Ohio has been awarded a $50 million federal security grant for its hosting of the Republican National Convention July 18-21. According to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, $30 million of the federal grant will be spent on personnel and $20 million on equipment.

National conventions of the two major parties are considered “national special security events,” and Congress has appropriated funding for every convention since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. An equal amount of $50 million has been approved by Congress to provide security for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia.

Bloomberg Politics:

Some of Donald Trump’s most trusted aides will travel to Cleveland this week to ensure the plan for the Republican National Convention—an extravaganza where the presumptive nominee will command the nation’s attention for four days—is to their liking.

Trump, a real-estate developer and TV personality who cemented his reputation in the 2016 campaign as a consummate showman, is set to be named the party’s nominee during the nationally televised event in July.

Later this week, aides with the Republican National Committee will give tours and planning updates to several members of Trump’s top staff, including deputy campaign manager Michael Glassner, strategist Paul Manafort, political director Rick Wiley, and Rick Gates, a longtime Manafort associate hired last month, said people familiar with the plans.

Newsnet5 Cleveland:

Among the 75 staff members in the city working to produce the Republican National Convention, one of them is twice the age of many of his colleagues, with a background unlike any other.

Senior Advisor Mike Miller never thought he would witness a convention quite as interesting as the 1976 contested one in Kansas City. Now, he is second-guessing himself.

“I think it will be the most covered convention in history,” Miller said.

At 79 years old, the Tennessee native is helping to plan the 2016 RNC in Cleveland.

Crain’s Cleveland Business:

The design for the stage is done, the people said. Other details are already in place, such as what the perimeter outside Quicken Loans Arena will look like and which hotels each state delegation has been assigned.

Trump has said it’s important to put some “show biz” into the convention. “It should be a monumentally magnificent convention, and it should be brilliantly staged,” he told The Washington Post last month.

On Monday, May 9, Trump’s chief aides gathered in Washington for another meeting with the Republican National Committee staff, this one to discuss campaign mechanics and to explain what the party can do to help the soon-to-be nominee.

Politico:

Donald Trump said he would “love” for House Speaker Paul Ryan to remain as chairman of the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland.

“I’d love frankly for him to stay and be chairman,” Trump said during an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night.

Trump and Ryan are scheduled to meet Thursday to try and squash tensions that broke into public view last week when the House speaker said he was not ready to endorse the presumptive GOP nominee. In response, Trump then said he was “not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.”

The Cauldron:

Though it will cost the city more than $65 million to host the convention, news of the event has already bought positive press to the city. In a little over two short months from press time, the rest of the country will have their eyes on Cleveland, eager to see what happens.

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Cleveland City Hall will remain open during the Republican National Convention, officials said Monday.(Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer)

I’m glad the city has made an effort to emphasize that having this convention means a lot more than just a temporary political affiliation, but more of an immense economic opportunity for the city and the various businesses that will benefit from it.

Cleveland:

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s office on Monday announced the city will continue to offer services during July’s Republican National Convention.

“City Hall, including all offices and departments, will remain open and city services such as waste collection, recreation and street repair will continue as usual,” said a city news release issued Monday afternoon.

The GOP convention is scheduled for July 18-21, and is expected to attract upwards of 50,000 people to downtown Cleveland. It is expected to result in temporary road closures and other changes as heightened security measures go into effect.