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HUFFPOST HILL - Sanders Arrives In Washington To Collect Participation Trophy

President Obama issued a video endorsement of Hillary Clinton; Joe Biden's video will presumably be up as soon as the vice president works out the kinks in his fog and laser machines. Bernie Sanders effectively ended his campaign as he began it: looking disheveled in Washington with no one really caring about his agenda. And a New York Times study finds there are more white voters than previously expected, which is a little superfluous for Donald Trump, as he already has his African-American. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, June 9th, 2016:

@RyanLizza: NEWS: GOP Senator Susan Collins tells me she is leaving open the possibility of supporting Hillary Clinton over Trump.

OBAMA ENDORSES HILLARY - [extremely bernie bro voice] yeah but hillary does well with african-americans [/extremely bernie bro voice]. Marina Fang and Paige Lavender: "President Barack Obama has endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, signaling he will fight to ensure that she succeeds him in the White House. Obama made his endorsement via a video released Thursday…'I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” he said, adding, 'I want those of you who’ve been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I’m with her.' Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met with Obama at the White House earlier in the day, and said afterward during a press conference that he would work to ensure presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump does not make it to the White House. Sanders did not endorse Clinton or say that he would withdraw from the race." [HuffPost]

@frankthorp: MSNBC CONFIRMS: @SenWarren will endorse @HillaryClinton on @maddow TONIGHT in an exclusive interview. #NBC2016

SANDERS APPEAR TO ACCEPT INEVITABLE - During a meeting on the Hill with Harry Reid, Sanders was asked about President Obama's endorsement of Clinton, to which Sanders replied by hanging his head and saying nothing. It was … a little upsetting. Daniel Marans: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday that he is committed to preventing Donald Trump from winning the presidency and plans to meet with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to discuss his role in the general election effort. Delivering brief remarks to the press after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, Sanders suggested he is ready to cooperate with the Democratic Party in a general election in which he is not the party’s nominee, even as he declined to formally concede the race to Clinton. Sanders said he had called Clinton on Tuesday night to congratulate her on her election wins...Sanders declined to take questions after giving his short remarks. He then visited Capitol Hill, where he met with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)." [HuffPost]

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THERE ARE MORE WHITE PEOPLE THAN YOU THINK - Nate Cohn: "[A] growing body of evidence suggests that there is still a path, albeit a narrow one, for Mr. Trump to win without gains among nonwhite voters. New analysis by The Upshot shows that millions more white, older working-class voters went to the polls in 2012 than was found by exit polls on Election Day. This raises the prospect that Mr. Trump has a larger pool of potential voters than generally believed. The wider path may help explain why Mr. Trump is competitive in early general election surveys against Hillary Clinton. And it calls into question the prevailing demographic explanation of recent elections, which held that Barack Obama did very poorly among whites and won only because young and minority voters turned out in record numbers. This story line led Republicans to conclude that they had maximized their support from white voters and needed to reach out to Hispanics to win in 2016." [NYT]

DONALD TRUMP HAS WOMEN SUPPORTERS . . . REALLY - Daniel Lippman and Ben Schreckinger: "And at the far end of the spectrum of Trump support, there are the campaign volunteers and organizers who have been avid fans for decades and care little about the tycoon’s public statements about women. 'He’s a sharp-dressed man; he’s successful; he’s handsome,' said 41-year-old Tania Vojvodic, founder of Team Trump 2016, a grass-roots volunteer network that has coordinated with the campaign on phone-banking and door-knocking efforts around the country. In her teenage years in southeast Texas, Vojvodic hung a poster of the builder and pageant owner on a bedroom wall. 'He was the prime idea in front of us, in the limelight that young girls saw and said, ‘That’s the kind of man I want to marry.’' She came to view the businessman as 'a distant father figure' and role model, and decided that she should become 'Trump, in a woman’s body.' 'I love Mr. Trump,' she said. 'I love him deeply.'" [Politico]

HOW PAUL RYAN STOPPED BELIEVING IN THINGS - Matt Fuller: "Supporter-of-the-guy-who-says-racist-things is not a fantastic look for Ryan, who’s presented himself as the serious, policy-driven adult in the GOP. But in conversations with members, aides and people close to Ryan, the speaker’s confidants insist he’s played the Trump endorsement as best he could — future of our republic be damned. It’s important to understand that Trump was clearly not Ryan’s first choice, according to these sources. That point was probably clear enough when, after months of saying he’d support the GOP nominee, Ryan went on CNN and said he wasn’t ready to endorse Trump 'at this point.' … According to those sources close to Ryan, a big part of the endorsement was the effect that the speaker not endorsing would have on Republicans down-the-ballot." [HuffPost]

SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO PUERTO RICO - Cristian Farias: "In a case that is widely seen as critical for the political fate of 3.5 million Puerto Ricans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday avoided grand pronouncements about Puerto Rico’s constitutional status, but made it clear that the commonwealth ultimately answers to the U.S. Congress. The case, Puerto Rico v. Sanchez-Valle, has at once nothing and everything to do with politics. But Puerto Ricans both on the island and in the U.S. were watching it closely for clues as to what it might spell for the commonwealth’s status — which is in flux more than ever, as a result of local instability and crippling debt. With a resounding voice, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that 'the oldest roots of Puerto Rico’s power... lie in federal soil.' Which is an elegant way of saying that Puerto Rico is not a fully autonomous, self-governing body, but rather an amorphous no-man’s-land largely dependent on the United States." [HuffPost]

DAVID VITTER NOT GOING OUT WITHOUT BEING A TOTAL PAIN - Jim Bunning would be proud. Katie Bo Williams: "A group of Democratic senators is pressing leadership to move forward with a confirmation vote on Acting Director Beth Cobert of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), despite a hold placed on her nomination to the permanent position by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). 'It is unfortunate that one member of the Senate has continued to hold Ms. Cobert’s nomination for ideological reasons completely unrelated to her qualifications and performance,' four Senate Democrats wrote in a Thursday letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)... Vitter, who put a hold on her nomination in February, has said he will continue to block Cobert’s confirmation until he receives a response to a request for information sent that month. The Louisiana Republican is frustrated with an agency rule that allows members of Congress and Capitol Hill employees to purchase health coverage as a small business through an Affordable Care Act exchange — the so-called Obamacare exemption." [The Hill]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a tiptoeing pitbull.

TRUMP NEEDS SOMEBODY (ELSE) TO LOVE - Gil Kaufman: "After sweeping Tuesday's Republican primaries, Donald Trump was feeling pretty triumphant, so he blasted Queen's 1977 anthem 'We Are the Champions' when he walked onstage for a victory speech. The legendary English band's guitarist Brian May wasn't having it, though, issuing a strongly worded letter saying permission to use the song was 'neither sought nor given.' In a note posted on his personal website, May wrote, 'I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – about Donald Trump using our 'We Are The Champions' track as his 'theme' song on USA TV," May wrote on Wednesday." [Billboard]

COMFORT FOOD

- Scrutinizing a scene from "Gone Girl" from the perspective of a speechwriter.

TWITTERAMA

@DavidCornDC: Ran into Karl Rove.
Me: "Got any white knights?"
Rove: "In northern Europe."

@aedwardslevy: I have no set-up for this joke, but the phrase "Bern's Chili Bowl" just sprang into my mind and now I want it to happen

@mivser: “Can I stay for lunch?"

“Bernie, c’mon man. I got other stuff to do today”

“Ok, ok. I like the feel of the office. Just one more coffee?"

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