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Ways Bernie Sanders Will Be A Force At The Democratic Convention

In Reuters,’s Robert Borosage explains why the Democratic convention matters: “…Sanders can assert that pressing her to embrace more of his ideas will strengthen rather than weaken the former secretary of state in the general election … On party rules, Sanders is ready to question the role and number of super delegates, those on campaign debates and their consistency in open and closed primaries … she can demonstrate confidence in her leadership by celebrating the energy of Sanders’ youthful supporters and supporting some of his signature reforms…”

Dems Seek To Bridge Divide

Sen. Warren in position to bridge divide. The Hill: “Democratic senators expect Sen. Elizabeth Warren will soon make moves to mollify restive liberals and unify the Democratic Party behind Hillary Clinton … But there’s some doubt about whether Clinton’s inner circle will welcome Warren, who was once seen as a rival for the nomination, into the role of party unifier.”

DNC offers Sanders more slots on platform committee. W. Post: “One of Sanders’s demands was the composition of the 15-person drafting committee, whose members are appointed at Wasserman Schultz’s discretion and write the party’s platform … According to two people familiar with the conversations, the DNC and the campaigns will reach a final agreement — probably less than Sanders wanted but more than the DNC originally offered — by the end of the week.”

“Fury against Bernie Sanders is growing in ClintonWorld” reports The Hill: “In public, Clinton aides and allies have kept their anger checked … Behind the scenes, however, they are seething that statements by the Vermont senator are just making matters works by further alienating his supporters from Clinton.”

But Rep. Nancy Pelosi defends Sanders. The Hill quotes: “Bernie Sanders is a positive force in the Democratic Party. He has awakened in some people an interest in the political process that wasn’t there.”

Clinton asserts victory, calls for unity, in CNN interview: “I will be the nominee for my party … That is already done, in effect … There is no way that I won’t be … the lesson of 2008 — which was a hard-fought primary, if you remember — is so pertinent here. Because I did my part, but so did (then-)Sen. Obama … We went to Unity, New Hampshire, together, appeared together, spoke together…”

Sanders campaign manager doesn’t concede. The Hill quotes: “…there are a bunch of superdelegates at the convention who have to vote, so the election is not over when the primary-caucus voting is over.”

Party unity may be stronger now than in 2008. W. Post’s Greg Sargent: “A new New York Times/CBS poll finds: ‘Twenty-eight percent of Mr. Sanders’s primary voters say they will not support her if she is the nominee….’ [But] the percentage of Clinton’s supporters in 2008 who seemed prepared to bolt was marginally larger than the percentage of Sanders supporters who now say the same.”

Trump Pointed On Trade

Trump dismisses concerns of a “trade war.” Time: “We’re losing $500 billion to China … Who the hell cares about a trade war? … We’re like a big, big sloppy bully who gets punched in the face and gets knocked down … My trade deal is very simple, I am going to make great deals for our country … It might be free, it might not be free.”

All presidential candidates agree on infrastructure. The Hill: “All three of the remaining candidates for president … have called for major investments in the transportation system, spurring optimism among advocates who warn that the nation’s infrastructure is deteriorating at a rapid rate … Trump has generally called for large federal investments in infrastructure and even acknowledged it would likely cost taxpayer dollars, but he has offered few clues about exactly how much … Clinton, meanwhile, gave a detailed picture … in a five-year, $275 billion proposal unveiled last year … Clinton’s proposal appears modest next to the plan backed by her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders, who calls for $1 trillion in spending over the next five years…”

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