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Your politics briefing: Clinton casts Trump as business loser

Hillary Clinton has been questioning Donald Trump's abilities

Hillary Clinton has been questioning Donald Trump's abilities as a businessman. She is seen at the Service Employees International Union International Convention in Detroit on Monday, May 23, 2016. Credit: Bloomberg / Sean Proctor

Giving him the business

Probably nothing gets under Donald Trump’s skin more than the suggestion that he’s not the most of brilliant of businessmen. So Hillary Clinton went there.

“He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies,” the Democrat told a union audience in Detroit. “I mean, ask yourself, how can anybody lose money running a casino? Really.”

During the primary campaign, GOP opponents also pointed to the billionaire’s four bankruptcies, which Trump shrugged off as smart moves.

“I used the law four times and made a tremendous thing,” he said then, as he persuaded many Republican voters that his business know-how prepares him well for the challenges of leading the nation.

Clinton aimed at the credibility of that claim.

“What little we know of his economic policies would be running up our debt, starting trade wars, letting Wall Street run wild, all of that could cause another crash and devastate working families and our country,” she said.

Sanders’ pitch to Latinos

Bernie Sanders is looking to boost support from Latinos for the June 7 California primary — the biggest contest left on the Democratic calendar.

“Poverty in America is a death sentence,” Sanders told a rally in East Los Angeles, noting the gap between rich and poor in life expectancy.

Ahead of Puerto Rico’s June 5 primary, Sanders also renewed criticism of a bipartisan compromise in Congress on restructuring the island’s debt. “We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony,” he wrote to Democratic colleagues.

The take-away: What’s to like?

In one way, the latest polls show a broad consensus — most Americans don’t like their choices for president. But there is division over what else to be negative about. See the column by Newsday’s Dan Janison.

Trumping to conclusions

Trump decided almost immediately that terrorists were responsible for last week’s EgyptAir crash — a strong possibility to be sure, but not the only one as investigators continue their work.

Getting ahead of the evidence and the experts is familiar terrain for Trump, and a classic example was the mogul’s panicky Twitter rant during the 2014 Ebola scare. See the story by Newsday’s William Goldschlag.

Washington state primary

Trump is all but guaranteed to win Washington’s 44 delegates in Tuesday’s primary, though he continues to face resistance from the state’s party leaders, Newsday’s Laura Figueroa reports.

At the state GOP’s annual convention this past weekend, Ted Cruz supporters won 40 of the 41 elected delegate slots to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, But those delegates will be obligated to vote for Trump.

Platform panel forms

Democratic Party officials have given Clinton six slots and Sanders five on the platform committee.

Sanders’ choices included James Zogby, a pro-Palestinian activist who is president of the Arab-American Institute in Washington, signaling a potential debate over the degree of support for Israel, The Washington Post reported ...

What else is happening:

  • New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who had been finance chairman for Jeb Bush, has agreed to raise money for Trump, Bloomberg News reports ...
  • Veterans denounced Trump for his false claim of having raised $6 million for their cause -- at a Manhattan rally Monday with Clinton camp fingerprints on it....
  • Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid doesn’t want Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Sherrod Brown of Ohio as Clinton running mates because Republican governors would get to name their replacements ...
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary rival, Tim Canova, has raised $250,000 since Sanders endorsed him for the Florida seat held by the Democratic National Committee chairwoman ...
  • Do voters care about Trump’s refusal so far to release his tax returns? Yes, and especially independents, according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll ...
  • Remember Kenneth Starr, the impeachment-probe figure? Nowadays he talks about what a genuinely caring person Bill Clinton is...
  • Trump calls global warming a hoax, but is seeking permission to build a sea wall to protect his golf course in Ireland from “global warming and its effects,” Politico reports ...
  • Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) met with Trump, fueling speculation that the D.C. insider might be the VP pick...
  • Clinton has turned down a Fox News debate before the California primary. Sanders had agreed to participate ...
  • Trump posted a 15-second video on Instagram and in a Twitter link featuring the voices of two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton ...
  • That exhumation prompts attention to a 1993 allegation from Trump's ex-wife Ivana that he raped her while angry over a hair-restoration remedy.

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