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Trade Issue Roils Both Parties

Trump message on trade threatens Clinton, reports W. Post: “… the risk is not necessarily losing support directly to Trump but rather not inspiring enough enthusiasm among rank-and-file union workers, whose turnout and ground-level organizing have traditionally been crucial for Democrats … At least two unions that endorsed Sanders … said they are unlikely to make an endorsement for the general election. ‘The problem is that Clinton has been a free-trader her whole life, so we’re not going to endorse her,’ said Peter Knowlton, president of the electrical-workers union. ‘We will be running an anybody-but-Trump campaign… .'”

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman squeezed on trade as well. Roll Call: “[Democrat Ted] Strickland’s campaign recently released a video clip of Portman giving a floor speech in 2011 in which he spoke positively about the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership … Portman’s position on the TPP has since shifted.”

“Potential Clinton VP Perez still supports trade deal” reports Politico: “‘Absolutely,” [Tom] Perez said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday when asked whether he supports the trade deal. ‘Absolutely what we have done in the negotiations with Mexico and with Vietnam are I think some of the most far-reaching protections that we’ve seen in a labor agreement. And that’s the work that I have done and I’m proud of that work we’ve done.’ He also said Clinton would do more to crack down on bad actors in trade agreements than presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.”

Pro-TPP Dem frets about ratification, but hopes for lame duck vote. The Hill: “[Rep. Gerald] Connolly, who supports of the deal, conceded that Clinton’s shift on the trade deal — combined with Trump’s opposition — would make it nearly impossible to ratify the agreement she is elected. ‘Given her position and given how Democrats are going to get elected … that portends ominously for the future of free trade agreements any time soon’ he said. ‘If the TPP is not brought up and addressed the lame duck, I think its prospects in the next Congress are very dim.'”

Clinton aims to win over college-educated whites. Bloomberg: “For decades, white voters with at least a bachelor’s degree have favored the Republican nominee over the Democrat in U.S. presidential elections … [But] while presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is the clear choice among white voters without a college education, whites who’ve completed college prefer Clinton … ”

Trump lacks Ohio campaign infrastructure. NYT: “‘…Trump could get two-thirds of the white working class,” said John C. Green, a political scientist at the University of Akron. That would improve on Mitt Romney’s share … ‘The flip side is Trump’s appeal to white working-class men very well may cost him other kinds of Republican voters,’ Mr. Green said … Mrs. Clinton and her supporters are already spending heavily in the state on ads … [Trump] has not bought any general election ads in the state … Trump recently called [the state party chair] after reading that Mrs. Clinton was far ahead in hiring field staff members in Ohio…”

Clinton Eyes Bipartisan Deals

Clinton hopes to break gridlock on immigration and infrastructure. NYT: “Should she win the presidency, Hillary Clinton would quickly try to find common ground with Republicans on an immigration overhaul and infrastructure spending … Picture a steady stream of senators, congressmen and other leaders raising a glass and talking policy in the Oval Office with her and her likely chief of staff, John D. Podesta … She faces skepticism on the right about her willingness to compromise and her potential use of executive actions, and there is outright suspicion on the left that she might sell out progressive goals for the sake of bipartisan action with Republicans.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham plans immigration reform push in 2017. Politico quotes: “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do in 2017. I’m going to take the Gang of Eight bill out, dust it off and ask anybody and everybody who wants to work with me to make it better to do so.”

Trump Zeroes In On VP

Trump teases VP picks. NYT: “Donald J. Trump met in New Jersey on Monday with Senator Joni Ernst … Earlier in the weekend, Mr. Trump met with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana … In a post on Twitter on Monday, Mr. Trump praised Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas … Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee and another potential vice presidential nominee, is set to appear with Mr. Trump at an event in North Carolina on Tuesday…”

Trump couldn’t do a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest. WSJ: “‘A blind trust would never work in Trump’s case, because his assets are known, not blind, and children aren’t independent trustees,’ [said Richard Painter, University of Minnesota law professor.] No federal law would require Mr. Trump … to remove himself from running his empire, ethics experts say. But Mr. Trump … would be closely scrutinized for any policy stance that would affect banking, real estate or the foreign countries where his properties sit.”

Clinton slams Trump campaign for anti-Semitic tweet. NYT: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign said on Monday that an image posted byDonald J. Trump on Twitter over the weekend that showed a photo of Mrs. Clinton against a backdrop of $100 bills and a Star of David was ‘blatantly anti-Semitic.’ The post accused Mrs. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, of being the ‘most corrupt candidate ever.'”

Breakfast Sides

Gun debate returns to House. Politico: “The chamber will vote this week on an ‘anti-terrorism’ package that includes a gun-control proposal similar to that offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and already rejected by the Senate … The Cornyn proposal is backed by the NRA and most Senate Republicans. House Democrats adamantly oppose the Republican plan, which they see an empty political ploy … [Speaker Paul] Ryan, however, will meet privately on Tuesday night with Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and John Larson of Connecticut…”

San Francisco considers technology corporation tax to combat housing crisis. NYT: “Eric Mar, a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors, announced the proposal last week for a 1.5 percent payroll tax that would serve as a form of indemnification for what he described as the downside of the technology boom … Money from the tech tax would go toward paying for programs for the homeless and the housing ‘affordability crisis,’ Mr. Mar said … The proposal, which would need the support of six of the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors to be placed on the ballot in November, has the public support of just three…”

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