Today in One Paragraph
Washington, D.C., holds its Democratic primary. President Obama denounced Donald Trump’s rhetoric in light of the Orlando nightclub attack, and House Speaker Paul Ryan stood by his criticism of Trump’s proposed Muslim ban. Hackers connected to the Russian government stole opposition research on Trump from the Democratic National Committee, according to security experts. The U.S. Senate passed the annual defense bill, which includes a provision requiring women to register for the draft. And in a win for net neutrality, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled to define broadband internet as a utility.
Primary Season Draws to a Close. Democrats in Washington, D.C., head to the polls for the final nominating contest of the primary season. While Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee, voters will also cast their ballots for local races. We’re following it live here. (The Atlantic)
Obama Rebukes Trump. During remarks at the U.S. Treasury Department, an angry President Obama slammed Donald Trump—without naming him—for repeating his “dangerous” proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, suggesting such proposals ultimately threaten national security, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said a ban was not “reflective of our principles.” The president also fired back at critics pushing him to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” dubbing it a “political distraction.” Donald Trump responded in a statement to the AP, saying Obama “continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies.” The president is scheduled to visit Orlando, Florida, on Thursday. (CNN; ABC News; AP; USA Today)
Hacked. Russian government hackers accessed the Democratic National Committee’s database of opposition research on presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, according to committee officials, and were also able to read all emails and chat records of DNC employees. The intrusion is fairly traditional espionage, rather than a criminal attack, experts say. No personal or donor information appears to have been taken. (Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post)
Defense Bill Passed. The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a 85-13 vote, eliminating the risk of a possible veto from the White House. Among the contentious provisions in the $602 billion bill is language that would require America’s young women to sign up for the draft for the first time ever. (Politico; The Washington Post)
‘A Complete Win’ for Net Neutrality. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges to the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, which prohibits broadband companies from selectively slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler called the ruling a “victory for consumers and innovators.” Critics of net neutrality say the ruling gives the FCC “unmitigated power” over the internet. (Andrew M. Harris and Todd Shields, Bloomberg)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Georgia, and Hillary Clinton will host a conversation on national security in Virginia.
“Well-compensated, highly intelligent, and very publicly defeated, each one of them is still angry, both at Trump and at the media. Each one of them has theories about how we got to this very disconcerting place in American political history. And not one of them is prepared to vote for Trump.” The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein on how Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio’s campaign managers feel about the presumptive GOP nominee.
Step One. It is important to distinguish between Islam and Islamism, Maajid Nawaz writes for The Daily Beast, but insisting that Muslim terrorists are not Muslim just scores points for Islamophobes.
#SorryNotSorry. Hillary Clinton has never apologized for the now unpopular welfare reform she pushed in the 1990s because she sees no reason to about-face on the issue that helped her evolve from an “idealistic advocate to a pragmatic politician.” (Bryce Covert, The Atlantic)
Meet Michele Fiore. The two-term Nevada assemblywoman has the reputation of being the most radical, pro-gun candidate running for Congress in 2016. (Nick R. Martin, BuzzFeed)
The Party Lexicon. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the words Democrats and Republicans used to describe and discuss the attack in Orlando. (Wilson Andrews and Larry Buchanan, The New York Times)
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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)
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