Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill this morning, where he met for the first time with the House Republican conference. It was a closed-door gathering, though “at least 200” GOP lawmakers were reportedly in attendance.
* At a campaign event late yesterday, Trump campaigned alongside Newt Gingrich, and the presumptive Republican nominee told supporters, “I can tell you, in one form or another, Newt Gingrich is going to be involved with our government.”
* Bernie Sanders talked to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday, and when the host said, in reference to Hillary Clinton, “She won fair and square, right?” the senator replied, “Yep.” Sanders added, however, “The nomination is not the only aspect of what politics is about.”
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a longtime Trump critic, endorsed his former foe on Twitter yesterday, but he did so in the weakest way possible. “Last August, I said I’d support the GOP nominee,” the governor wrote. “It’s now clear who the RNC delegates will vote to nominate. And he is better than she is.” Note, Walker couldn’t even bring himself to mention Trump’s name.
* Symone Sanders, Bernie Sanders’ former national press secretary, is taking on a new role with the Democratic National Convention Committee.
* Marco Rubio had said he planned to attend the Republican National Convention, but much like his promise not to run for re-election, the senator has apparently changed his mind.
* In Nevada’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) launched a new television ad this week, touting praise she’s received from Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval.
* For those waiting for the official end of California’s Democratic presidential primary, the vote counting finally appears to be over. Clinton defeated Sanders by about seven percentage points – which is higher than polls predicted, but lower than the initial results indicated.
* And Carl Paladino, a failed Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York and a Trump ally, published an unfortunate tweet this week that appeared to call for the lynching of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Paladino, who has an ugly history of endorsing racist content, later said the message was a mistake.