Weekly Roundup: The end of the beginning

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This week started with tense questions about party unity on both sides of the aisle, saw controversy flare up for Donald Trump and ended with a slew of high profile endorsements for Hillary Clinton. 

It also marked the de facto end of a continually surprising primary season.

 

PBS NewsHour What political experts and historians think of Clinton’s win Hillary Clinton’s groundbreaking ascension to the Democratic presidential nomination. The big takeaway this week was Hillary Clinton's historic victory, as she became the first woman to be the (presumptive) nominee of a major political party.

Clinton's win was surprising in at least one way: The AP announced on Monday that the former secretary of state had clinched the Democratic nomination a day earlier than anyone had expected. By earning the support of enough delegates to surpass a majority, Clinton scored a victory before the final six states had a chance to go to the polls. PBS NewsHour took a look at how it happened:

PBS partners also delved into Clinton's long political career, the path she took to the unprecedented win and the role that women had played in American politics over the years.

 

PBS NewsHour GOP time spent on Trump is time away from attacking Clinton Donald Trump's widely condemned and racially charged standoff with a federal judge. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans started the week by presenting their agenda for the year ahead, as House Speaker Paul Ryan lead the charge for a campaign that would be built around an anti-poverty push.

Comments that Donald Trump made about the judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case resurfaced, making headlines and earning him stern rebukes from Republican lawmakers. But Trump's victory speech, delivered after the final Republican primaries, marked an effort to soothe fears that the controversy had stoked.

When primary day arrived on Tuesday for the Democrats, much of the attention was focused on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' chances of an upset win over Clinton in the most delegate rich states: California and New Jersey. 

After Clinton won both of those states, she officially declared victory, leaving the question of Sanders' plans looming large. NPR took a look at the successes of his progressive messaging, as well as the role that his supporters might play over the coming months.

 

FRONTLINE Why the Middle Class Matters Are you in the middle class? The numbers might say otherwise. The economic health and future prospects of the middle class were themes which consistently drove the primary campaigns. And this week Frontline, PBS NewsHour and Marketplace released the second wave of content in their 'How the Deck is Stacked' series, tackling those issues.

Even though Washington, D.C. has still yet to hold its Democratic primary (voters will go to the polls on June 14), Clinton and Trump turned their attention to the general election -- and to savage critiques of one another. PBS NewsHour took a peek into the general election ahead, which promises to keep pace with the turbulent primary season.