Quick Takes

* It seems that the Sanders campaign has reached an agreement with the DNC about representation on the platform committee. Greg Sargent has a rundown, including this statement from the Clinton campaign.

We’re pleased that the upcoming Democratic Convention will ensure supporters of Senator Sanders are well represented in the drafting of the party’s platform. The Democratic Party has been a big tent, representing a diverse coalition, and Hillary Clinton is committed to continue welcoming different perspectives and ideas.

Here is the statement from the Sanders campaign:

We believe that we will have the representation on the platform drafting committee to create a Democratic platform that reflects the views of millions of our supporters who want the party to address the needs of working families in this country and not just Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry and other powerful special interests.

* Charles Badger demonstrates how Donald Trump is a divider, not a uniter.

In this election, Donald Trump has used a grieving black father’s loss to try to pit black voters against Mexican immigrants. He employs black spokespeople to tell black voters that immigrants are taking their jobs. He tweets false crime statistics as a ploy to get black people to talk about “black-on-black” crime and distract from the hate crimes at his rallies.

He deploys female supporters to undermine other women on TV by criticizing—of all things—their breast size. When a reporter grilled him on his treatment of women, he rallied women to viciously attack that woman…

This is how Trump—a man who wants to ban Muslims from the country—got the leader of the Nation of Islam to say about him, “I like what I’m looking at,” on the strength of Trump’s giving the most anti-Semitic speech of any presidential candidate since David Duke (who, not coincidentally, has endorsed Trump).

* My home state of Minnesota is the first to make this move after all the controversy of this primary season.

Minnesota will move from a presidential caucus to a presidential primary for the 2020 election. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the switch into law on Sunday.

Under the new system, voters would make their February partisan presidential picks in an election run by the state, rather than in caucuses run by parties.

* The Supreme Court issued an important ruling today.

“Nonsense.” That’s how Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. described the contention that Georgia prosecutors had not been motivated by race when they weeded out every potential black juror from a 1987 death penalty trial. Roberts penned the majority opinion in Foster v. Chatman, which reversed a decision by the Georgia Supreme Court that overlooked new evidence of racial discrimination in the trial of Timothy Foster, an African American man, which was a factor leading to his death sentence by an all-white jury.

Contrary to what Justice Roberts wrote in the majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder (which gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act), it appears that he is acknowledging that racism is still a factor to be dealt with in this country.

* I found these poll results to be encouraging.

* Finally, over the weekend I watched the documentary The Armor of Light. It follows the journey of evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who asks the question, “Can Christians who are pro-life also be pro-gun?” One of the reasons I found it so compelling is that Schenck represents one of the few conservatives who engages in System 2 thinking (what I wrote about earlier today) on an issue that has been embraced on the right. The film will only be available for streaming on PBS through Wednesday, so if you have some time, I encourage you to take a look.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.