WEATHER: Philadelphia, scattered thunderstorms, high of 80; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 81; Pittsburgh, showers, high of 85.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* A scandal is brewing after revelations from Buzzfeed News that Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty’s frequent claim to be the first in her family to graduate college was false.
* A Guardian report shows Philadelphia’s lead water testing methods are among the worst in the United States, requiring, amongst other dubious practices, that testers pre-flush water lines.
* Meanwhile, a Philadelphia woman filed a class action lawsuit against the city, claiming it exposed her (and many others) to lead and covered it up, writes Philly.com.
* Gov. Tom Wolf wants tougher laws for PA lobbyists, including bans on gifts and the practice of lobbyists running political campaigns, according to the Tribune-Review.
* Philadelphia’s City Council is considering expanding a controversial proposal to tax sugary beverages to diet soda as well, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.
* A bipartisan coalition is pushing for reforms in the way Pennsylvania redraws political districts, according to Newsworks.
* Pennsylvania formally adopted a new educational funding formula that will takes district poverty and density rates into account in the divvying up of funds, the Trib-Review reports.
* As the Fattah corruption trial winds down, federal prosecutors took a detailed look at the Congressman’s finances and spending habits, writes the Inquirer.
THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* After some dithering, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump for president, stressing the need for party unity, the Associated Press reports.
* The Democratic party is exploring ways to encourage Bernie Sanders to end his campaign ahead of what will already be a fraught convention, CNN reports.
* Pollsters are split on how much support Trump has among the Hispanic community – ranging from “not much” to “record-setting lows,” writes Politico.
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* PennLive’s John L. Micek has the simplest, yet most pertinent question of the day: What is Paul Ryan thinking by endorsing Donald Trump for president?
* The PennLive editorial board calls upon PennDOT to exert more effort and creativity when it comes to planning and executing road projects that burden too many drivers with delays.
* The Public Interest Law Center’s Michael Churchill, in a Phillymag online op-ed, elucidates just how the newly passed state school funding bill is inequitable and unconstitutional.
* After a one-day hiatus, Newsworks’ Dick Polman is back to skewering Donald Trump, this time with the ever-growing list of prominent Republicans who are finding other things to do rather than attend the Republican National Convention.
* After the Washington Post shamed him into giving veterans the millions he raised for them, the Trib-Review’s Katie Pavlich explores the adversarial relationship between Trump and the press.
* Writing for the Republican City Committee, Matt Wolfe has an Inquirer op-ed calling for an end to Philadelphia politicians’ love of taxes that cause jobs and people to flee the city.
* The Daily News applauds Mayor Kenney’s addition of two Muslim holy days to the list of official school holidays, and hopes that the move catalyzes more understanding and tolerance.
* Washington Post columnist Stephen Stromberg has a Post-Gazette op-ed pillorying Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their misplaced sense of entitlement.
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11:30 a.m. – Gov. Wolf will join members of the General Assembly and education advocates to mark the enactment of a permanent fair funding formula for Pennsylvania schools. Governor’s Reception Room, Harrisburg.
12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Deputy Managing Director David G. Wilson and Deputy Managing Director Jazelle M. Jones will provide information regarding this year’s International Cycling Classic. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak about the importance of medical responders at the Philadelphia Fire Department Paramedic & EMT of the Year Awards Ceremony. FSP Thomas Nyszczota and FSE Thomas Hansen will be this year’s honorees. Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia.
1:30 p.m. – Gov. Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. Courthouse Square, 100 W. Beau St., Room 103/104, Washington.
3:15 p.m. – Gov. Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Room 2AB, Latrobe.
7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will officially proclaim the start of Philly Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of America’s Best Beer Drinking City. The Fillmore, 20 E. Allen Street, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “Even though I was number nine, I was the very first one to go to college in my family.” — US Senate candidate Katie McGinty speaking during happier times, now that it has been revealed she was the very second child out of 10 to attend college. From Buzzfeed News.