Today in One Paragraph
California, New Jersey, and four other states are holding their presidential nominating contests. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Donald Trump’s questioning a federal judge’s competency was “racist.” The White House threatened to veto the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. approved a new measure to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And 11 people were killed in a bombing in Istanbul.
The Home Stretch. Voters in California, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota head to the polls. On Thursday night, the Associated Press confirmed that Hillary Clinton has reached the magic number to clinch the Democratic nomination—effectively crowning her the winner. Bernie Sanders is neck and neck with Clinton in California, but even if he wins, it won’t be enough to overcome her lead. We’re following it live here. (The Atlantic)
It Was Wrong, But Still… House Speaker Paul Ryan called Donald Trump’s comments about federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage “the textbook definition of a racist comment” but added that he would still support the presumptive Republican nominee in November. “It’s absolutely unacceptable. But do I believe that Hillary Clinton is the answer? No, I do not.” Ryan said. Other Republicans weren’t so forgiving: Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, who previously endorsed Trump, said he “cannot and will not” support Trump any longer. (The New York Times; Chicago Sun Times)