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The cost of day care is rising so fast that many new parents are quitting their jobs — only to find they can't meet basic expenses. It's a growing crisis with signs of becoming a partisan issue in this year's political campaigns. 

Later on the program, Bernie Sanders: the math and the media. 

Producers:
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Ryan and Trump Make Nice 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump has been meeting behind closed doors with Republican leaders — so far without saying a word in public. Today, he met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus.  Asked if Ryan's ready to make an endorsement, the Republican National Committee Chairman told CNN, "You know, like I said, it was a great first step toward unifying the party. I you read both of the statements that came out of Speaker's office and Donald Trump's campaign, they echo the same feeling." McKay Coppins is author of, The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House.  He's senior political writer for BuzzFeed News.

Guests:
McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed News (@mckaycoppins)

More:
Joint statement from Trump, Ryan

The Wilderness

McKay Coppins

Working Parents Can't Have It All: Can Government Help? 32 MIN, 1 SEC

For new parents all over the country, rising costs are making day care unaffordable even when both mothers and fathers are working. In 33 states, it's costlier than a four-year college education and -- even in some affluent areas -- it's more expensive than rent. Economic realities are making for painful decisions when it comes to starting a family. Democrats think it's a winning issue in the presidential campaign. We hear the kind of horror stories producing demand for childcare to become a national priority — even at a cost of $90 billion. 

Guests:
Danielle Paquette, Washington Post (@DPAQreport)
Rochean Cofield, single mother
Helen Blank, National Women's Law Center (@nwlc)
Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth (@HBoushey)

More:
Paquette on the enormous ambition of Clinton's child-care plan
Economic Policy Institute on high quality child care being out out of reach for working families
National Women's Law Center report, 'The Little Engine that Hasn't'
NWLC on how Louisiana is improving child care
Boushey on need for a better way for working while handling childcare, eldercare

Finding Time

Heather Boushey

Bernie Sanders' Math and Media Problems 11 MIN, 20 SEC

Counts of delegates chosen so far for the Democratic convention tell the story of this year's campaign: Hillary Clinton has won the nomination. Yet Bernie Sanders insists there's another story. "Now if you turn on the media, and you turn on the TV. They kind of tell you that the campaign is over, that Secretary Clinton has won. Well, apparently the people of Indiana and West Virginia didn't get the message." And, despite the math, some media watchdogs think Sanders has a case to make. 


Photo: Gage Skidmore

Guests:
Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight (@ForecasterEnten)
Adam Johnson, Fair & Accuracy in Reporting (@adamjohnsonNYC)

More:
Johnson on Washington Post squeezing four Anti-Sanders Stories out of one tax study
FiveThirtyEight forecast on California Primary

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