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Jun 6, 2016

NYT First Draft on Politics - June 6, 2016: California Here it Comes, by Maggie Haberman

Monday, June 6, 2016

The New York Times

The New York Times

Monday, June 6, 2016

Secret Service agents before Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Olympic Plaza on Saturday.
Secret Service agents before Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Olympic Plaza on Saturday. Monica Almeida/The New York Times
California, Here It Comes
Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton will be hoping that Tuesday, when the California primaries take place, will be the moment she can start looking forward to facing Donald J. Trump with a united front.
Republican supporters of Mr. Trump hope it will be the moment he stops looking backward and focuses on the November fight.
The Democratic primary in California is an opportunity for Bernie Sanders to argue to the party’s officials that he deserves their backing at the convention in July. If he loses to Mrs. Clinton, that argument will be more difficult to make. The Republican primary is effectively over, but Mr. Trump has marched on regardless.
Of the candidates, Mr. Trump is the one who should be having an easier time. After he vanquished his primary rivals and diminished “Stop Trump” movements, top Republicans in Congress backed him. Even some of his critics muted their commentary. But Mr. Trump has continued to pick at the scabs of the primary, while making criticisms of a prominent Hispanic Republican governor and of a federal judge overseeing a case against the defunct Trump University.
Mrs. Clinton said on Sunday that the moment would come, after Tuesday, for her to reach out to Mr. Sanders’s supporters. But Mr. Sanders is showing little sign of making such overtures. On Sunday, he directly criticized the Clinton Foundation and scoffed at suggestions the race would be over this week. On Sunday evening, Mrs. Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary, however, a victory that brings her closer to the number of delegates she needs to clinch the nomination.

  Donald J. Trump speaking at a campaign rally Friday at the Redding Municipal Airport in Redding, Calif.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
The presumptive Republican candidate’s remarks came amid growing disapproval from others in the party over Mr. Trump’s attacks on a federal judge of Mexican heritage overseeing a suit against the defunct Trump University.
Senator Bernie Sanders campaigning in Los Angeles on Saturday. Hillary Clinton has made clear that she plans to declare the Democratic race effectively over after the California primary on Tuesday.
Monica Almeida/The New York Times
Mr. Sanders said foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Allison Shelley for The New York Times
The real-estate mogul’s media operation, which has dominated the political conversation so far, faces a bigger challenge in the general election.
A crowd cheered for Senator Bernie Sanders last week at an event in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Thousands are still crowding in for a chance to see Mr. Sanders, some as a sort of farewell, but others believing him when he says that he can still snag the nomination.

Mr. Trump has described himself in his presidential campaign as an ardent detractor of both, but he has been criticized for making those claims despite contrary evidence.

Mr. Trump made robocalls for Representative Renee Ellmers, who is running in a redrawn congressional district, and who is opposed by a group backed by the Koch brothers.

Congress Returns From Break to Face a Backlog
In a year shortened by elections and national political conventions, lawmakers must tackle a pileup of legislation over Zika, drugs and the Pentagon.