Clinton and Sanders will meet tonight after Washington, D.C., primary

Bernie Sanders fans at a rally in Washington, D.C.
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The Democratic presidential primary formally wraps up Tuesday with a final contest in Washington, D.C., and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and top rival Sen. Bernie Sanders are capping off the primary with a private meeting Tuesday night. On Monday night, the Clinton campaign said the meeting had been set up when Clinton called Sanders last Tuesday, and that Clinton "looks forward to the opportunity to discuss how they can advance their shared commitment to a progressive agenda, and work together to stop Donald Trump in the general election."

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Sanders was a little more specific. "I simply want to get a sense of what kind of platform she will be supporting, whether she will be vigorous in standing up for working families and the middle class, moving aggressively in climate change, health care for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free," he said, naming some policies that Clinton has dismissed as unworkable. After that, he will "be able to make other decisions," Sanders added, suggesting he has no plans to endorse Clinton right away. The meeting could help set the parameters for trying to unite the party ahead of and during the Democratic National Convention, but since it is private, we can only speculate what they will discuss. In lieu of facts, let's imagine they share a beer and remember old times, as in this instantly classic Saturday Night Live skit. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.