Clinton keeps focus on race and 'hard truths' for GOP

Welcome to your Tuesday trail guide. As Republicans continue to lineup behind the push to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton is expected to continue her push to broaden the conversation beyond flag politics. Clinton s headed to a historically black church near Ferguson, Mo. for a community meeting. She'll likely dive into what she's called the "hard truths" about gun control, disparities in the justice system and voting rights. Clinton knows those are particularly hard subjects for her GOP opponents, who are trying to court the largely white, conservative voters of their base. And for her, the opposite is true. Her focus on race relations only helps build her credibility with her base, particularly African American voters.

Here's what else we're watching:

_ Another item for the base politics file: Sen. Rand Paul is continuing his push to bolster his stature with religious conservatives who may otherwise be suspicious of his liberatarian leanings. The campaign is circulating this Des Moines Regiser op-ed by an evangelical minister backing Paul.

_ Republican candidates will continue to tweak their positions on the Confederate flag now that South Carolina's leaders have spoken.

_ Trade politics is on the agenda in Washington, where the Senate holds a key test vote on President Obama trade deal.



Hillary Clinton on Charleston, S.C., shootings

Word of the killings struck like a blow to the soul. How do we make sense of such an evil act, an act of racist terrorism perpetrated in a house of God? How do we turn grief, anger, and despair into purpose and action?
Clinton in Missouri where she spoke at a church in the St. Louis suburbs

N.H. poll has Bush leading, Trump No. 2

Olivier Douliery / TNS

A Suffolk University poll released Tuesday shows 14% of New Hampshire GOP primary voters support Jeb Bush, while 11% support Donald Trump.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received 8% and 7% respectively.

The poll surveyed 500 New Hampshire voters from June 18-22.

-- Kurtis Lee

Lawmakers prepare to go to Charleston

Paul: Flag a symbol of slavery

While his GOP opponents bobbed and weaved on the Confederate flag fight, Rand Paul managed not to comment until today. The Kentucky senator tells The Kuhner Report, a conservative talk radio show based in Boston, that the flag is a "a symbol of human bondage and slavery" and should come down. Buzzfeed caught the comment first.

There have been people who have used it for southern pride and heritage and all of that but really to I think to every African-American in the country it's a symbolism of slavery to them and now it's a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it's time to put it in a museum.
Rand Paul on the Confederate flag

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Will he run?

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker inches toward a formal presidential announcement, he had a fundraising pitch for supporters Tuesday: Should I?

Walker, a Republican, who has challenged his state's unions and survived a recall effort, is expected to make a formal announcement next month.

It's a fateful decision that will draw on my experience as Wisconsin's reform-minded conservative governor and on my ability to bring those same results to the entire country.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on 2016 decision
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