Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Condemn Trump

“Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate, who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers,” the AP reports.

“Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks, and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the surging influence of minority voters. Yet several Republican candidates have avoided the issue altogether, while those who have weighed in have declined to criticize Trump as strongly as many Hispanic leaders would like.”

How the South Skews America

Politico: “A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South… Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.”

Trump Must Disclose Profits from His ‘University’

Vice News reports that as Donald Trump’s empire “hemorrhages money, we’re getting closer than ever to learning the details of his business practices. In the past, Trump’s net worth has been notoriously hard to pin down, and experts have said it’s likely a much lower number than he suggests. But earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that Trump will have to clarify some of his murky finances, as part of an ongoing lawsuit over a ‘university’ Trump named after himself.”

Courthouse News Service has more on the case.

Romney Hosts Holiday Sleepover

Mitt Romney hosted two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover, the AP reports.

Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio “will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire… the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie and Rubio families after hearing they would be in town for the holiday weekend. Both candidates are scheduled to march in Wolfeboro’s Fourth of July parade.”

Obama Launches Attack on Scott Walker

President Obama launched a frontal assault on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in a visit to his state, the New York Times reports.

Obama likened Walker and the “bus full” of Republican candidates to an “Uncle Harry” at Thanksgiving dinner who says something that makes no sense.

Said Obama: “You still love him. He’s still a member of your family. Right? But you’ve got to correct him. You don’t want to put him in charge of stuff.”

Trump Blames Jeb Bush for Roberts Appointment

Donald Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt that Jeb Bush is responsible for influencing his brother’s appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court and with it, last week’s decision justifying Obamacare.

Said Trump: “If you think about it, Jeb Bush gave us Justice Roberts. He’s the one who pushed Justice Roberts.”

Sanders Draws 10K to Rally

Sen. Bernie Sanders drew “10,000 screaming fans” to a speech in Madison, WI “and promised to fulfill all of their progressive dreams: paid vacation for all, generous maternity leave, tuition-free public colleges, a minimum wage of $15, no more big banks, less youth unemployment, dramatic prison reform and an end to economic inequality,” the Washington Post reports.

Said Sanders: “Please, think big, not small. Our vision should be that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.”

The AP reports Sanders has raised $15 million since entering the presidential race in late April.

Fact Checking Paul LePage

Back in April, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) stood up at a breakfast forum and told the crowd that seniors were sending him emails demanding that he stop the minimum wage from going up, the Bangor Daily News reports.

The report piqued the interest of reporter Amy Browne, who filed a Freedom of Access Act request with the governor’s office asking for “any emails received by Governor LePage from people identifying themselves as elderly and in opposition to minimum wage increases.”

“Two months later, on June 26, his office sent her the results: two emails. Neither email author gave their age, nor did they cite the specific and personal sort of concerns that LePage raised in his talk.”