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Race To Shape Clinton’s Cabinet

Who will be Clinton’s Treasury Secretary? Politico: “The sense among people in the know is that Clinton would want someone with some private sector though not Wall Street experience, to have the competing perspective on regulation. There’s considerable speculation here that Clinton would try to land Sheryl Sandberg … Gary Gensler … is seen as wanting the job, as is Lael Brainard, another Treasury veteran who’s now on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.”

“Will the Left Have a Voice” in Clinton’s cabinet, asks TNR’s David Dayen: “… progressives are anxious to know they’ll have a prominent seat at the transition table … the bigger problem is the lack of clarity into everyone’s role in the transition—or who ‘everyone’ will be, even. That makes it hard for progressives to have an impact on the process, or to check any undue corporate influence … There are no formal prohibitions on corporate lobbyists involving themselves with the transition …”

Big Congressional Primary Wins

Bernie-endorsed Pramila Jayapal wins Washington State 7th district congressional primary. Seattle Times: “Jayapal had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November general election. [Democrats] Joe McDermott and Brady Walkinshaw were neck and neck behind Jayapal, McDermott with 21.5 percent and Walkinshaw with 20.9 percent. The top two vote-getters will move on to the fall election after all of the votes are counted and final results are certified in about two weeks.”

Tea Party congressman loses Kansas primary. The Atlantic: “Last year … The Chamber [of Commerce] announced it would take the unprecedented step of targeting sitting Republicans in primaries [and] make an example of some of the renegade conservatives … On Tuesday, Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp became the first victim…”

Republican Crackup Continues

Trump withholds endorsements of Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain. NYT: “Mr. Trump had signaled support for Mr. Ryan’s little-known primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, in a Twitter message on Monday night, thanking him for his ‘kind words.’ The nominee’s ‘not quite there yet’ wording echoed language that Mr. Ryan used in May when he was still wavering on whether to get behind Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump also singled out Mr. McCain, telling The [Washington] Post: ‘I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets.'”

Major GOP donor backs Clinton. NYT: “Meg Whitman, a Hewlett Packard executive and Republican fund-raiser, said Tuesday that she would support Hillary Clinton for president and give a ‘substantial’ contribution … She revealed that Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, had reached out to her in a phone call about a month ago, one of the first indications that Mrs. Clinton is aggressively courting Republican leaders.”

Trump Tacks Left

Trump goes big on infrastructure. NYT: “Donald J. Trump took a step to Hillary Clinton’s left on Tuesday, saying that he would like to spend at least twice as much as his Democratic opponent has proposed to invest in new infrastructure … Asked how he would pay for $800 billion to $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, Mr. Trump described a strategy that has been favored by liberal economists over the years. He said he would create an infrastructure fund that would be supported by government bonds that investors and citizens could purchase.”

Trump echoes Clinton on fracking. The Hill: “Trump supports fracking, but says towns and states should be allowed to ban the drilling practice. That position is at odds with industry groups and congressional Republicans … Oil industry representatives remain behind Trump, arguing he would be better for energy development than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but his remarks about fracking have raised eyebrows.”

Breakfast Sides

Federal regulators “impatient” with Wall Street. Politico: “…JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon and State Street have failed to provide satisfactory ‘living wills,’ or credible plans … if they ever needed to be reorganized in bankruptcy. Regulators handed down failing grades to the banks in April … the second time in two years that major banks have fallen short … The banks must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice by an Oct. 1 deadline … If they fail again, the government would have the authority to ratchet up regulation of the firms … if that doesn’t work, the banks could simply be broken up.”

Private colleges push back on Clinton’s free college plan. Politico: “…private, nonprofit colleges, who warn that the tuition help for public schools would reverse decades of federal policy, undercut private institutions and spur an exodus of middle-class students that would turn private schools into bastions of the rich … Private colleges compete directly with public colleges for students and that competition would get a lot harder if public schools are suddenly free.”

Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch launch immigration reform initiative. Politico: “… ‘Reason for Reform’ … will flood all 50 states Wednesday with pro-reform events and detailed economic reports tailored to each state. The group is also pushing a new digital crowdsourcing effort to collect stories of how immigration has affected residents in all 435 congressional districts … Pro-reform forces are determined to start early trying to persuade Republicans…”

Three top DNC officials resign. The Hill: “The CEO of the DNC, Amy Dacey, is departing, as are communications director Luis Miranda and chief financial officer Brad Marshall.”

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