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Feds charge British man with a bid to shoot Trump

Donald Trump with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on

Donald Trump with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, following the victory in the Florida primary. Trump fired Lewandowski Monday, June 20, 2016. Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Rhona Wise

Shooting attempt on Trump charged  

Officials say a 19-year-old British man tried stealing a police officer's gun at a Las Vegas Trump rally over the weekend -- and later told them he wanted to use it to kill the candidate.

Michael Steven Sandford traveled there with assassination in mind, had intended to do it for a year, and went to the Battlefield Vegas gun range to learn how to shoot, according to federal authorities.

Candidate spins gun remarks

Before word of the Las Vegas rally incident spread, Trump said his remarks last week expressing the wish that the Orlando clubgoers had come with firearms so they could fight off the terrorist gunman were misinterpreted — that he “was obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”

But actually, it’s clear he meant the clubgoers — a bad idea, said National Rifle Association officials. And Trump’s remarks were consistent with what he’s said after mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, California. See William Goldschlag’s analysis.

Trumpty-dumptied: Corey’s great fall

While running Donald Trump’s campaign, Corey Lewandowski had a simple strategy, which doubled as a rejoinder to critics and doubters: “Let Trump be Trump.”

Lewandowski was fired Monday. His detractors — including campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. — hope his departure will bring an end to the infighting, dysfunction and general-election inertia.

While praising Lewandowski, Trump said Monday night on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”: “It’s time now for a different kind of campaign.”

But what kind of candidate? Trump has signaled time and again since the primaries that while he’ll accept an occasional tweak in stagecraft, there is no new version of himself about to burst from a cocoon. Classic Trump was on display again during the O’Reilly interview when he said “facts” suggest President Barack Obama sympathizes with Muslim terrorists.

Republicans fearing a November disaster aren’t resetting their expectations just yet.

The take-away: Deck chairs rearranged

Until Monday, Trump had made a big point during past controversies of reciprocating Lewandowski’s loyalty.

The firing is the latest in a series of over-the-top sideshows in a campaign that delivers more than its share of over-the-top sideshows, and starts the post-Lewandowski era with problems aplenty, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison.

Instant karma gets him

As news of Lewandowski’s departure went out, Michael Caputo, the head of Trump’s New York campaign and a senior adviser, celebrated too hard.

“Ding dong the witch is dead!” Caputo tweeted, along with images and a YouTube link with the song of that name from “The Wizard of Oz.”

In Caputo’s resignation letter Monday afternoon, he said, “In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move.”

Clinton’s plan for Sanders

He still hasn’t officially conceded, but Clinton’s campaign is in talks with Bernie Sanders’ aides to deploy him this fall as an emissary to millennials, Politico reports.

“They’re discussing all these things now, and once they figure it out, that’s what he’ll be doing,” said Sanders’ senior adviser Tad Devine.

What else is happening:

  • Appealing for funds, Trump sent out a solicitation for donations that he titled "The First One" of the campaign -- and said he'll personally match "every dollar that comes within the next 48 hours, up to $2 million"... 
  • Lewandowski still plans to be supporting Trump at the Republican convention — he’s the head of the New Hampshire delegation.
  • Clinton now leads Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters and 7 points among registered voters, according to a new Monmouth University Poll.
  • An insurgency to stop Trump from becoming the Republican nominee has the support of nearly 400 convention delegates, organizers tell The Washington Post.
  • Sanders' call to reform the convention superdelegate system has gained interest among influential Senators, Politico reports.
  • Clinton’s campaign ended May with $42.5 million in cash on hand, according to its latest disclosure filing.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has withdrawn the company’s support for the Republican convention will host a House GOP fundraiser with Speaker Paul Ryan next week, Politico reports.
  • Clinton reacted to the Senate defeat of gun control measures with a one-word statement— “Enough.” — followed by the names of the 49 dead in Orlando.
  • The seeds of Trump's Muslim ban proposal are explored in a Washington Post story that gives prominent mention to his campaign adviser Michael Glassner, a recent AIPAC official...
  • Ex-lover of the late Roy Cohn Peter Fraser tells the NYT of Trump: "I hear Roy in the things he says quite clearly."

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