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DEMOCRATIC BACKLASH AFTER SANDERS’ SUPPORTERS VIOLENCE IN NEVADA: Democratic leaders are speaking out and calling for action from Sen. Bernie Sanders after a group of his supporters became violent at a Nevada political event this weekend. Sanders has condemned the violence and the leaders chose their words carefully to make it clear that they don't hold Sanders responsible, but their outspokenness suggests that there could be a backlash. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said that he spoke to Sanders Wednesday and is "confident" that Sanders condemns the violence. But he was clear to give him a nudge. "This is a test of leadership as we all know and I'm hopeful and very confident that Sen. Sanders will do the right thing," said Reid, who is a Nevada Democrat himself. ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY has more.

ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: For a few days, at least, the Democrats have become the Republicans, and the Republicans have become the Democrats. Donald Trump is trying to be, for him, traditional – meeting with Henry Kissinger, almost apologizing to Megyn Kelly, listing potential Supreme Court picks that conservative groups can applaud (even if his campaign didn’t Google them). Democrats, meanwhile, are trashing and even threatening each other, with Bernie Sanders’ campaign now declaring war on the Democratic National Committee, and keeping up its vow to battle Hillary Clinton through the convention. All is not peaceful in GOP ranks, though “never Trump” forces appear increasingly likely to come up empty in finding a major third-party contender to take on Trump and Clinton. These dynamics can and almost certainly will shift again before long. But what’s clear as primary season winds down is that some of the advantages Clinton expected to enjoy surrounding party unity cannot be taken for granted.

JOE BIDEN: ‘I’M CONFIDENT’ BERNIE SANDERS WOULD BE ‘SUPPORTIVE’ OF A HILLARY CLINTON WIN: Vice President Joe Biden has all but written off the Democratic presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders, but he insists that the decision to drop out of the race is the Vermont senator's to make. "Bernie Sanders is a good guy," Biden said, speaking with the traveling press pool with him in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday. "Let Bernie run the race. There's nothing wrong with that." Biden added, "Here we are in May, as was pointed out, Hillary was still in this in May, in June [in 2008.] I'm confident that Bernie will be supportive if Hillary wins, which the numbers indicate will happen. So I'm not worried. There's no fundamental split in the Democratic Party." Biden also refused to blame Sanders for an outbreak of violence from his supporters at Saturday's Nevada Democrat state convention, ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON reports.



DONALD TRUMP GETS MEASURED ENDORSEMENT FROM TOP FEMALE HOUSE REPUBLICAN. The highest-ranking woman in the House Republican conference endorsed Donald Trump late Wednesday night, carefully backing the controversial New York businessman in what could serve as a template for Republicans who still have reservations about their party's presumptive presidential nominee, ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL reports. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the House GOP conference chairwoman, said in a statement and Facebook post that she mailed in her primary ballot for Trump earlier this week, saying it is "essential" to respect the will of GOP primary voters. But the Washington Republican, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, has also been concerned by Trump's comments about women, the disabled and various ethnic groups on the campaign trail, and said he still has work to do to completely win over Republicans.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM DONALD TRUMP’S PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM. Donald Trump has filed a new personal financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission, a federally mandated document that shows a candidate’s personal assets, business positions and annual income. In the 104-page financial report, Trump again claims that his national golf club in Westchester is worth “over $50,000,000,” despite the fact that his lawyers initially argued it was actually only worth $1.35 million in a recent tax dispute. Attorneys for Trump later revised their estimated value of the golf course to $9 million following questions from ABC News and others. ABC’s RYAN STRUYK and CHRIS GOOD have more on what the report shows.

TRUMP RELEASES NAMES OF POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT PICKS. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Wednesday unveiled a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices — most of them male — to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia should Trump be elected president. ABC’s JOHN KRUZEL reports, the announcement comes after Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on Trump to reveal the Supreme Court justices he would think about nominating should he win the November election.

HILLARY AND HENRY: CLINTON’S RELATIONSHIP WITH KISSINGER. Donald Trump may be the one meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, but he isn't the presidential candidate with the closest relationship to the controversial Republican politician, ABC’s MEGHAN KENEALLY notes. Hillary Clinton has come under fire from Sen. Bernie Sanders over her ties to Kissinger, whose political legacy includes much of the Vietnam War. Unlike Republican presidential candidates such as Trump, who is scheduled to meet with Kissinger yesterday, and Mitt Romney in 2012, Clinton has done more than just pay him a visit before an election.

ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE: CAMPAIGNS MAP OUT ‘TRANSITION OF POWER’ STRATEGIES. If there really is a 'road to the White House,' Max Stier and David Eagles are faced with the tough task of making sure it’s well-paved, ensuring candidates and the outgoing president successfully manage the critical transition of power. Stier and Eagles head up the Center for Presidential Transition, and have kept in touch since an April meeting in New York with senior staff to the Trump, Clinton and Sanders campaigns who they say are at different stages in building their transition teams, each with “different levels of maturity” in their operations. The Center for Presidential Transition was launched by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service in January of this year to ensure the smooth, safe and efficient transfer of power between one administration to the next, ABC’s KATHERINE FAULDERS and ALEXANDER MALLIN note.

VP JOE BIDEN RIPS DONALD TRUMP FOR SUGGESTING AMERICAN WAGES ARE TOO HIGH. Vice President Joe Biden went into attack mode yesterday, slamming Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump for previously suggesting that American wages are too high. “All this stuff coming from Trump, you know, ‘American workers are getting paid too much?’ Where the hell does he live?” Biden exclaimed. “Well, I know where he lives, but I'm serious, think about it.” The attack seemed to reference comments from Trump during a Fox News debate on Nov. 11, 2015, according to ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON. Trump has since walked back the comment, even suggesting now that the minimum wage should be increased.


RNC LAUNCHES NEW RESEARCH AGAINST CLINTON: ‘THESE ARE WHAT HER ENDORSERS SAY…’ The Republican National Committee is out with new research against Hillary Clinton arguing that one year into her candidacy, the Democratic frontrunner has “racked up backhanded newspaper endorsements.” “While Clinton touts the editorial boards across the country that have "endorsed" her in the Democrat primary, they have only done so reluctantly, feeling they have no strong alternative and must settle for a dishonest, ethically challenged candidate whose lapses in judgment have led to endless scandal,” the research page read. The research includes about 50 editorials from newspapers including the Miami Herald, The Des Moines Register, The Boston Globe and the LA Times.


NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS OPPOSE CHRIS CHRISTIE AS POTENTIAL TRUMP VP PICK. While likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is rumored to have New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on his short list of potential vice presidential picks, New Jersey voters don’t share Trump’s enthusiasm for their governor and oppose the idea of him as Trump’s running mate by a 4-to-1 margin. According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 72 percent of New Jersey voters oppose the idea of Christie as Trump’s vice president pick, while 18 percent are in favor. Among Republicans, 64 percent said they disapprove compared to 27 percent who are in favor of a Trump/Christie ticket, ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS reports.


@alex_mallin: .@POTUS briefed on #EgyptAir and has "directed Admin officials to reach out to their intl counterparts to offer support and assistance."

@TheBradMielke: New Q poll from NJ: Clinton 54 Sanders 40 Clinton 45 Trump 38 Sanders 49 Trump 37

@JenniferJJacobs: Team Trump gets help on veep selection from DC lawyer who choose Sarah Palin in 2008. Scoop with @kevcirilli.

@benyc: McMorris Rogers says Trump still has to "earn" presidency by demonstrating temperament, plans to "empower" Americans

@ryanstruyk: Trump income on new disclosures Mar-A-Lago 2014: $16m 2015: $30m Trump Carousel 2014: $588k 2015: $702k Trump Ice 2014: $280k 2015: $413k