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At a time when political parties are expected to come together, Donald Trump has divided Republicans as never before. We hear about a lack of endorsements, advocacy of a Third Party, and fear of losing not just the White House but control of the House and the Senate.

Later on the program, a few black women cadets at West Point are being investigated for political activity banned by the military — after making a gesture with a long and storied history.

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christine Detz
Paul von Zielbauer

NC Governor Sues Federal Government over "Bathroom Law" 6 MIN, 5 SEC

Governor Pat McCrory today said North Carolina's new law regulating the use of public bathrooms by transgender people has become a national issue. The State has already sued the federal government for over-reach. "The Obama Administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set basic restroom policies, locker room and shower policies for public and private employers across the country and not just in North Carolina." Mark Joseph Stern, who covers legal affairs and LGBT issues for Slate, has an update.

Guests:
Mark Joseph Stern, Slate (@mjs_DC)

More:
Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, SCOTUS on (1989)

Does the GOP Really Matter? 34 MIN, 34 SEC

After one of the nastiest primary campaigns in America's political history, Donald Trump claims he can unite Republicans – but he's also said it's not all that important. Trump has questioned the tradition of giving the senior leader, House Speaker Paul Ryan, leadership of the nominating convention. As he looks for a running mate with insider credentials, some GOP veterans are openly dreaming about a Third Party. The billionaire now says he'll need to raise money, but many senior contributors are spending on the House and the Senate. Can new voters bring life to the GOP?

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)
Ben Howe, Red State (blog) (@BenHowe)
Vin Weber, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@NormOrnstein)

More:
CNN on Paul Ryan saying he'll skip convention if Trump asks
John McCain on Trump
Bill Kristol on Trump
Ball on presumptive nominee Trump and the damage to the GOP

West Point Investigates Its Black Female Cadets 8 MIN, 45 SEC

The few black women cadets at West Point are being investigated for political activity banned by the military — after making a gesture with a long and storied history.

There are just 17 black women in this year's graduating class at West Point — a tiny percentage. All but one posed for a picture at the Academy's oldest barracks in traditional gray dress uniforms complete with crossed sabers. But that's not all. All 16 raised their clenched fists. For that, they're being investigated for possibly violating the military rule against political activity while in uniform. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, questions the need for the investigation.

Guests:
Gene Fidell, Yale Law School (@YaleLawSch)

More:
Military Times on support for Donald Trump

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