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Jules Witcover

A tale of two parties

A tale of two parties

With their presumptive presidential nominees now in place, the two major political parties face starkly different, and critical, challenges. The Democrats have already taken impressive steps toward internal unity approaching the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Republicans, meanwhile, are deep in disunity over the fallout of Donald Trump's selection and his divisive behavior.

The rapid response in Democratic ranks to Ms. Clinton's victories over Sen. Bernie Sanders in four of last Tuesday's six state primaries, including California, was breath-taking. Mr. Sanders quickly congratulated her, and while he pledged to his faithful followers that he would remain a candidate through the...

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