Today in One Paragraph
Oregon and Kentucky held their primaries. The U.S. Senate approved $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus and separately voted to allow victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government. The head of the Nevada Democratic Party received death threats in the wake of Saturday’s chaotic Democratic convention. And explosions in Iraq have killed 46 people, while world leaders attempt to revive the ceasefire in Syria.
Two More Primaries. Oregonians and Democrats in Kentucky will have their say in the U.S. presidential race. Polls on the Democratic side show Clinton in the lead in the Bluegrass and Beaver States, but no matter what happens, tonight’s results likely won’t change much in the election. Polls close in Kentucky at 7 p.m. Eastern, and in Oregon, ballots must be returned by 11 p.m. EDT. We’re following it live here. (The Atlantic)
Funding to Fight Zika. The U.S. Senate approved $1.1 billion in emergency funds to combat the virus for this year and next, three months after President Obama requested $1.9 billion. “We see the people of this country facing a public-health threat,” said Senator Marco Rubio, who supports the legislation. “Our response should be, ‘Let's deal with it the way that medical experts are saying we need to deal with it.’” The House is scheduled to debate a $622 million anti-Zika measure, which the White House has called “woefully insufficient.” (Andrew Taylor, Associated Press)
Senate-Approved. The Senate unanimously passed legislation allowing families of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks to sue the Saudi Arabian government for any role it might have had in the plot. The bill comes as victims’ families urge the White House to release U.S. intelligence allegedly detailing possible Saudi involvement in the attacks.The Obama administration has threatened to veto the bill, citing legal risks. (Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times)
Post-Convention Chaos in Nevada. Roberta Lange, the chairwoman of the state’s Democratic Party, said she received death threats after Saturday’s Democratic Convention in the state, which the journalist Jon Ralston confirmed, posting audio from the voicemails on his website. The threats came after Bernie Sanders supporters reportedly threw chairs and booed Senator Barbara Boxer as she tried to speak. The Sanders campaign said it had no role in the activity. (The Hill; The New York Times)
Attacks and Peace Talks. Explosions killed at least 46 people in three Baghdad neighborhoods, and ISIS claimed responsibility for at least one of the attacks. The terrorist group has killed more than 100 people in the past week alone. Meanwhile, 21 countries in the International Syria Support Group met in Vienna to rekindle peace talks and establish a total ceasefire in the region. The 11-week truce has begun to fall apart, and diplomats warn that the region could again return to war if a political settlement isn’t reached between the government and opposition forces. (CNN; BBC News)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Donald Trump will campaign in New York, and Bernie Sanders will be in California.
I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why. Dan P. McAdams for The Atlantic on how Donald Trump’s personality might shape his potential presidency.
The Keystone State. While not traditionally considered a “swing state,” Pennsylvania could determine which presidential contender ends up in the White House. Why? Because of the state’s economy, demographics, and voting laws. (David Wasserman, FiveThirtyEight)
Trump-nosis. Leading with a winning combination of humor, bullying, and confidence, the presumptive GOP nominee uses strategies akin to hypnosis to communicate his ideas. (James Harbeck, The Week)
Hillary Won’t Blow It. Some Democrats are worried that their front-runner will drop the ball in the general election against Trump, but Slate’s Jamelle Bouie argues that nonwhite voters—and political partisanship—will ensure she emerges victorious.
Can Facebook Rig the Election? In this short video, The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer explains all the ways the social network could skew the 2016 presidential election.
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