Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton; Black Lives Matter Refuses RNC Protest Rules Our favorite 2016 news and stories curated from NPR and 'round the Web. Today, Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton, and the Republican Party's platform committee has its first openly gay member.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., where Sanders endorsed her for president. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., where Sanders endorsed her for president.

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Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 5 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 12 days in Philadelphia.

Did you know? CBS and Twitter have teamed up in an attempt to live-stream both conventions. Twitter won't be the only ones trying to live-stream in Cleveland: Google and the GOP itself have announced plans for live-streaming with 360-degree views.

July 12, 2016

Today we talked about Hillary Clinton's potential vice presidential picks in 100 words, why third-party candidates aren't doing better in a race with the two most unpopular presumptive candidates in history, Clinton's problem with Bernie Sanders' key group: young voters, Sanders' endorsement of Clinton, the GOP continuing key debates on same-sex marriage and transgender rights for its party's platform, and Bill Clinton as a powerful first gentleman.

Our Top Five

Our favorite 2016 stories this morning from NPR and around the Web.

  • 1. Gay GOP Delegate Pleads For 'Thoughtful Conversation'

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    A same-sex marriage supporter waves a flag reading "Born This Way: along West Main Street in Morehead, Ky.
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    The New York Times reports: For the first time in history, there is an openly gay member of the Republican Party's platform committee. Her name is Rachel Hoff, and she faced overwhelming opposition last night as she fought for an amendment to the party's platform draft encouraging a "thoughtful conversation" on same-sex marriage. She was politely received, but was little applauded, and her amendment failed, garnering only 30 votes from the 112-member committee. "All I ask today is that you include me and those like me," she had pleaded with the group.

  • 2. Black Lives Matter Refuses To Follow RNC Protest Regulations

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    7-year-old Zoie Butler holds up a Black Lives Matter sign during a peaceful protest in downtown Denver.
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    USA Today reports: In protest of Cleveland authorities' protest rules, Black Lives Matter has declined to participate in the formal process to obtain permits for demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. "Applying for the right to protest takes away from the spirit of the protest movement," explained Kareem Henton, an organizer for the Cleveland grouping of Black Lives Matter. Cleveland police are bracing for what they call "unsanctioned actions" and will be handling them on a case-by-case basis.

  • 3. Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, speaks about open markets and monopolies during the New America's Open Market Program last month.
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    Politico reports: Elizabeth Warren — known for her aggressive work on reforming Wall Street and big money in politics — scored a win in her battle to keep bankers out of Congress. The Democrats' draft platform now includes only appointing officials "who are not beholden to the industries they regulate." Warren and other liberal Democrats have pushed back on President Obama's appointment of financial industry associates to top jobs in Washington. And Bernie Sanders made Hillary Clinton's acceptance of large sums of cash from corporations a talking point in his campaign. However, the pledge is not abiding, as the platform is just a draft.

  • 4. Better Late Than Never

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    Windows at the team shop for the Cleveland Cavaliers are decorated for the Republican National Convention on July 11, 2016.
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    The Associated Press reports: The Republican Party is far behind the Democrats in its ground operations, with less than 50 percent of the staff it had planned to have in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Four years ago, the RNC was criticized for organizing late in these states for the Romney campaign. This all comes as Donald Trump plans to rely more heavily on the party infrastructure than ever before. The GOP's ground operations will need to expand their staff quickly, and soon, in order to win November in key states where they will be facing, what Reince Priebus calls "that machine" of Clinton fundraising.

  • 5. Hill Drops Out, Bayh Expected To Run

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    Former Sen. Evan Bayh, speaks onstage in New York City in 2014.
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    Member Station WFIU reports: Democratic nominee for Senate Baron Hill dropped out of the race on Monday. Hill said his campaign made great progress, but not enough to fight back against the out-of-state, special interests and dark money "that is certain to come our way between now and November," Hill said in a statement. In both polling and fundraising, Hill has trailed Republican Rep. Todd Young for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat. Former Sen. Evan Bayh is set to run in Hill's place, but there's concern Bayh's absence on the ballot for 12 years will make it a difficult win.

  • BONUS: "It's My Party, I Can Cry If I Want To"

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    An unidentified man walks past the Quicken Loans Arena on July 11, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    The Hill reports: Republicans this year are moping over a plummet in event invitations for Cleveland, compared with conventions past. This damper on the party scene is in part due to a lack of sponsors — Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and others have declined to sponsor the RNC despite having done so in the past. There will still be some festivities to console the disappointed partygoers. For example, the Distilled Spirits Council and The Wall Street Journal will be hosting a party to "celebrate the spirits of Cleveland" on the first day of the convention.