--HAPPENING TODAY: Hillary Clinton will give her first major speech since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee in Washington, DC today and it's to Planned Parenthood, giving a nod not only to a group that has been supportive of her, but an issue important to Bernie Sanders' supporters too, ABC's SHUSHANNAH WALSHE notes. After the president's big endorsement yesterday, this morning Clinton will reportedly meet with Elizabeth Warren after her endorsement last night.
--TRUMP IS ALSO IN DC: And he too is addressing a critical constituency for his campaign: evangelical voters. This afternoon, just 45 minutes after Clinton is due to speak, Trump will speak at the annual Faith and Freedom Conference headed up by conservative Christian leader Ralph Reed. He will have to do some courting to make sure the important voting bloc turns out in November, according to WALSHE.
--SWING STATE SHUFFLE: Trump is in the important voting state of Virginia tonight, holding a rally in Richmond. He heads to Florida and Pennsylvania tomorrow, signaling he is absolutely in general election mode.
--WARREN ENDORSES CLINTON: Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in an interview on "The Rachel Maddow Show” last night. "I am ready to get into this fight," Warren said. "Hillary Clinton won, and she won because she's a fighter," Warren added. "She's out there, she's tough. And I think this is what we need." While Warren's name has been floated as a potential running mate for Clinton, the Massachusetts senator said "no" she has not heard from Clinton or her campaign about whether she is under consideration for the position and added that she loves her current job, according to ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS and ANJA CROWDER. http://abcn.ws/1TYdpSI
--ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: This started as the year of the deepest Republican bench in history. But the Democratic lineup that’s just starting to warm up could be the story of summer and fall. Consider the advocates Hillary Clinton will have at her disposal: President Obama, former President Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren – all before Sen. Bernie Sanders even gets to the point where he can work to defeat Donald Trump. And Trump will have… Chris Christie? Jeff Sessions? Trump is busy warring with Warren on Twitter, and seems to relish the “Pocahontas” jokes. But Warren is already demonstrating how strong she can be in terms of advocacy when her heart is in the fight. Her role is only getting larger: Her answer, when Rachel Maddow asked her if she thinks she could step into the presidency at a moment’s notice, was one for the veepstakes ages: “Yes, I do.”
POWERHOUSE POLITICS PODCAST -- BILL KRISTOL: IT MAY BE TIME FOR A NEW PARTY IF TRUMP ALTERNATIVE DOESN’T MATERIALIZE. While conservative columnist Bill Kristol continues his efforts to recruit an alternative candidate willing to mount a long-shot challenge to Donald Trump, he now says it may be necessary for Republicans to create an entirely new party. “I now wonder really whether the Republican Party itself doesn’t get so tainted by Trump that you have to think of the possibility of a new party or a really radically somehow revised or reformed party,” Kristol told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on this week’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast. More from ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS: http://abcn.ws/1UHdah8 LISTEN: http://abcn.ws/1Pj6mlD
THIS WEEK ON ‘THIS WEEK’: George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sunday on “This Week.” Then, Trump campaign chair and chief strategist Paul Manafort weighs in on the general election battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, only on “This Week.” And following President Obama’s endorsement of Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders comes to “This Week” Sunday. Plus, the Powerhouse Roundtable debates the week in politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel, and ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.”
YESTERDAY ON THE TRAIL with ABC’s PAOLA CHAVEZ and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
RYAN SPOKE PRIVATELY TO TRUMP ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL JUDGE REMARKS. House Speaker Paul Ryan personally called Donald Trump Wednesday night to express his disapproval of Trump’s comments about a federal judge's ethnicity, one day after Ryan publicly called the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s remarks the “textbook” definition of racism. “I explained exactly what I thought about that comment. I said it publicly and I said it privately,” Ryan said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired today on ”Good Morning America”, adding that Trump’s attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel were “beyond the pale.” Ryan's office confirmed to ABC News that the two spoke by phone Wednesday night, ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL reports. http://abcn.ws/1YegtPx
SANDERS TO CAMPAIGN THROUGH DC PRIMARY BUT VOWS TO WORK WITH HILLARY CLINTON. After a private Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he expects to “work together” with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump while vowing to continue campaigning up to the Washington, D.C., primary on Tuesday. Sanders arrived at the White House Thursday for the meeting, two days after Obama effectively declared Clinton the winner of the Democratic primary contest. "I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said after the meeting. ABC’s ALEXANDER MALLIN reports while he vowed to compete in next week's primary, he promised to carry only his platform to his party's convention this summer. http://abcn.ws/1U90Bv1
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: INSIDE SANDERS’ WHIRLWIND DAY IN WASHINGTON. Bernie Sanders' motorcade raced up 17th Street Thursday past the White House and stopped. His traveling press corps was in a van slightly ahead of him and kept driving. "Did he get out?" some passers-by shouted. Sanders was early to his high-profile meeting with President Barack Obama, and, as his staff said later, he did not want to "twiddle his thumbs" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, ABC’s MARYALICE PARKS writes. So, the Vermont Senator decided to pull over for a coffee and scone -- a reminder that he could and would call some of his own shots. Though Sanders did not formally bow out of the presidential race Thursday, the day in many ways felt like the end -- or perhaps the beginning of the next step for him. http://abcn.ws/1RZ9vGZ
BIDEN, WARREN TEAR INTO TRUMP. Sen. Elizabeth Warren launched into her latest attack on Donald Trump Thursday night -- specifically over his comments about the judge overseeing two fraud cases against Trump University -- calling the presumptive GOP presidential nominee a "loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud," in remarks at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington, D.C., Thursday night. "Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself," Warren said at the event, where Vice President Joe Biden also spoke. Biden echoed Warren's remarks at the event, calling Trump's conduct "reprehensible," "racist" and that the situation "smacks of authoritarianism,” ABC’s JORDYN PHELPS notes. http://abcn.ws/1YfMmaB
CLINTON RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S TWITTER ATTACK: ‘DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT’. About an hour after President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump fired back on social media. Trump attacked the president and his Democratic rival on Twitter: “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama -- but nobody else does!” Clinton’s team then responded with a sarcastic attack often used on the micro-blogging site: “Delete your account.” ABC’s PAOLA CHAVEZ and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI have more. http://abcn.ws/1YcMxTY
SIX KEY PEOPLE HELPING DONALD TRUMP RAISE CAMPAIGN CASH. During the primary season, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump boasted of self-funding his campaign. But, he accepted some individual contributions too. Now, heading into what is expected to be a tough general election with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump appears to be getting serious about raising campaign cash. Since securing the nomination, Trump has begun encouraging donations, attending several organized fundraisers, and on Thursday, he held a meeting with donors in New York. ABC’s PAOLA CHAVEZ and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI take a look at some of the key members of Trump’s campaign finance apparatus. http://abcn.ws/1WH7kzQ
TRUMP HUDDLES WITH DONORS, GOP OFFICIALS IN NEW YORK. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with campaign donors in New York City Thursday. Attendees included Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who waved to the press upon arrival at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an early endorser of Trump. ABC’s JOHN SANTUCCI, CANDACE SMITH and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI report the first-of-its-kind meeting with big campaign donors is another step forward for Trump as he builds out his operation for the general election. http://abcn.ws/1PM8XKk
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
7 THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM BATTLE. Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are beginning negotiations over the official positions of the Democratic Party -- and the debate is on. A panel of 15 members -- six people chosen by Clinton, five from Sanders and four from party leadership -- met this week in Washington to kick off discussions, spearheaded by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. Clinton and Sanders have been at odds during the course of the campaign, but many are now calling on the candidates and their backers to unite around a common agenda. ABC’s RYAN STRUYK and NOAH FITZGEREL have more on the seven potential clashes to watch. http://abcn.ws/1VP4Fmw