A Hesitant Rubio-Trump Alliance? The onetime Republican presidential contender told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he’d be “honored” to speak on behalf of Trump at the Republican convention, a halfway endorsement which he has been defending on Twitter. “If you can live with a Clinton presidency for four years, that’s your right,” Rubio said Friday. “But I can’t and will do what I can to prevent it.” Meanwhile, Trump encouraged Rubio to run to keep his seat in the Senate race in the November election, tweeting, “Run, Marco!” (The Washington Post, USA Today)
Verizon Strikes a Deal. The telecommunications company signed a four-year contract with its striking employees, who are expected to return to work next week, union officials say. Almost 40,000 Verizon employees started the protest more than six weeks ago over pension and pay cuts. The president of Communications Workers of America, Chris Shelton, called the solution a “huge win, not just for striking workers but for our communities and country as a whole.” (Mike Snider, USA Today)
The Weekend in One Paragraph. Bernie Sanders will campaign in California. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.
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It’s a long way to November, and Trump could always self-destruct. But he probably won’t, and 2016 is shaping up as a contest that a careful Clinton campaign can easily lose, state by state, even as she piles up the popular vote in California and other sure-win places. Demographics are not destiny. In fact, they can be a disaster waiting to happen. David S. Berstein for Politico on how the Democratic front-runner could lose the election.
The ‘Trumpian Divide.’ At a rally in Anaheim, California, police officers arrest angry protestors while Trump supporters—both elites and blue-collar workers—attempt to find common ground. (Molly Ball, The Atlantic)
Racism in Justice. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a black death-row inmate should be given a new trial after African American jurors were prevented from serving on his jury. The ruling highlights the deep, institutional racism inherent in the American criminal-justice system. (Emily L. Hauser, The Week)
Dialogue With a Young Trump Supporter. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf corresponded with a 22-year-old man who believes that, while electing Trump has its risks, the presumptive GOP nominee will put an end to “PC culture.”
The Navy and ‘Fat Leonard.’ A Malaysian defense contractor has admitted to bribing certain Navy officials with gifts, cash, and prostitutes, but these charts and photos reveal just how deep the corruption actually goes. (Craig Whitlock and Kevin Uhrmacher, The Washington Post)
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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)