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U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry told college graduates on Friday that their diversity is "Donald Trump's worst nightmare" and that it's their job to stop the spread of violent extremism.
Speaking to an estimated audience of 25,000 at Northeastern University's commencement, Kerry drew heavy applause when he noted the many races and religions among the graduates, and then directed a jibe at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
The Democratic secretary of state assured graduates that the United States and its allies are winning the battle against terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
During his speech at Boston's TD Garden, Kerry praised the work of President Barack Obama's administration on climate change and public health, but called on graduates to go further.
 he added that the graduates have the education and character to confront those challenges, and urged them to play a role in the global community.
Democrats are hoping to use state conventions to unite supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ahead of the presidential election.
The scenario is playing out Friday in Maine, where Democrats are divided between supporters of the Vermont senator and of the former secretary of state.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte casts herself as independent, focused on New Hampshire over party politics in her re-election bid.
Ayotte's rival, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, pounced even before the dust had settled this past week in Trump's newly clear path to the Republican presidential nomination.
Ayotte repeatedly has said she'll support the eventual GOP nominee, but on Trump's first official day as the presumptive nominee her campaign offered a tortured response.
New Hampshire tilts Democratic in presidential years, and polling shows Trump is deeply unpopular among New Hampshire voters, including the independents Ayotte desperately needs to support her.
Among voters, Paula Tate-Moreau of Lee, New Hampshire, called Trump a "loose cannon," but said she'll likely split her ticket in November with votes for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Ayotte.
Filmed in Hassan's home, she speaks about Ben's first day of school and the people who have helped him integrate into society — a message in stark contrast to the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.
A recent University of New Hampshire poll that shows 60 percent of people favor a vote on Judge Merrick Garland also shows a drop in Ayotte's overall favorability.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders threatened a floor fight over rules and platform planks at the party's summer convention on Friday, warning the Democratic National Committee not to stack the convention's standing committees with supporters of Hillary Clinton.
Sanders wrote in a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz that the makeup of the standing committees that consider the party's platform and rules should reflect the level of support that he and Clinton have received during the 2016 primaries and caucuses.
The Vermont senator has vowed to campaign through the end of the primary season in mid-June and advocate at the convention for his policy goals, which include fighting wealth inequality and overhauling the campaign finance system.
The candidates in the race for the White House are making the case to voters across the country in a fight to win the Republican and Democratic nominations. Here's a look, as seen in images made by Associated Press photographers on the campaign trail.
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