An Endorsement for You, An Endorsement for You. Florida Governor Rick Scott threw his weight behind Donald Trump a day after Trump won the state’s Republican primary.” It is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters,” Scott said in a Facebook post. And South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley chose to back Ted Cruz after Marco Rubio, her initial candidate of choice, dropped out of the race on Tuesday. (Sun Sentinel; Nick Gass, Politico)
Interest Rates Stay the Same. The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged this month. The Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that while the country’s labor market is strengthening, global economic conditions are still fragile. (Bouree Lam, The Atlantic)
‘Unduly Harsh.’ State Department spokesman Mark Toner denounced North Korea’s decision to sentence a University of Virginia student to 15 years of hard labor, telling reporters the country should pardon him “on humanitarian grounds.” Otto Warmbier, 21, was arrested in January for attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang during a trip. (Tiffany Ap, CNN)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Hillary Clinton will be campaigning in Tennessee and Georgia. The EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
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“Rubio’s eloquence, intelligence, boyish magnetism, and made-for-TV biography are the elements of a prototype presidential candidate. On paper, he is the Republicans’ dream and the Democrats’ nightmare. But talent in and of itself is neither transcendent nor transformational. And while the comparisons to a basketball legend began with Rubio’s once-in-a-generation skill set, that’s also where they ended.” The National Review’s Tim Alberta on Marco Rubio’s failed presidential campaign.
A Victory for Black Lives Matter. Midwestern prosecutors Anita Alvarez and Tim McGinty, both accused by BLM leaders of poorly handling cases involving the killing of unarmed black men, were voted out of office on Tuesday. (Leon Neyfakh, Slate)
What Americans Don’t Get About Nordic Countries. One thing Bernie Sanders knows that most Americans don’t seem to understand, The Atlantic’s Anu Partanen writes, is that capitalism works better when accompanied by universal social policies that benefit everyone’s interests.
A Fresh Perspective. President Obama touted his Supreme Court nominee’s experience and bipartisan appeal—here’s how Merrick Garland stacks up against other justices on the Court. (Sarah Almukhtar, The New York Times)
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