Weekly Roundup: Preparing for the Republican National Convention

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An extremely busy week for the presidential candidates delivered a key endorsement for Hillary Clinton, a vice presidential pick for Donald Trump and a last-minute scramble to prepare for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

PBS NewsHour Sanders’ long and winding road to backing Clinton Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton came after a bruising campaign. Even as the political world was anxiously awaiting next week's events, there was an important development for Democrats on Tuesday. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Hillary Clinton at a joint campaign event in New Hampshire.

Sanders made clear that he viewed the 2016 campaign as being more about supporting the American people than bolstering political personas, saying, "there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.”

Marketplace looked at what the endorsement could do for Clinton's campaign, while the announcement further stoked speculation about Clinton's impending choice of a running mate.

​But as the week drew on, the looming convention dominated the news cycle, particularly as the lineup of speakers was announced. However, security details for the event still remained an issue of concern for some officials, particularly as Ohio is a state with open-carry gun laws. Another point of concern for the GOP was sponsorship - as several major corporations declined to be involved in the event.

​But Trump still had a tumultuous week. He had a public spat with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GInsburg, NPR looked at the possibility of Mormon dissatification with his campaign while PBS NewsHour examined a demographic group that could prove difficult to court.

Meanwhile, the so-called "Never-Trump" movement, a group of lawmakers and delegates hoping to deny Trump the nomination, suffered a major blow to their chances during a Republican panel to discuss convention rules.

PBS NewsHour Countdown to Cleveland — and Trump’s vice presidential pick Cleveland prepares to kick off the Republican National Convention. But this wasn't the only big moment for Trump's campaign, as the presumptive nominee announced that he would reveal his running mate on Friday. Shortly after, a horrifying attack in Nice, France, prompted Trump to postpone the event.

But on Friday morning, amid widespread speculation, Trump confirmed on Twitter that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would be joining his ticket.

However, both the recently released GOP party platform and Pence himself appear to have clash with Trump on several key issues - including LGBT rights, women's health and Medicaid.