Today in One Paragraph
President Obama called on Republican senators to give Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing during a visit to the University of Chicago. A new PRRI/The Atlantic poll found Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton—who have been sparring over who is more qualified to be president—are tied among registered voters. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he’ll be voting for Donald Trump in the state’s primary. U.S. Senators reached a bipartisan deal to boost airport security. And Vladimir Putin denied any wrongdoing in relation to the leak of the Panama Papers.
Obama Returns to the Windy City. The president visited the University of Chicago Law School, where he was once a professor of constitutional law, to make the case for Senate Republicans to hold a hearing for his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Obama also warned against the dangers of politicizing the nomination process, and discussed the long-term effects of having an eight-justice court. (Michael Shear, The New York Times)
Clinton vs. Sanders. The Democratic race is heating up ahead of the April 19 primary in New York. Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders on Wednesday for his remarks on policy in an interview with the New York Daily News. Sanders fired back back with a list of Clinton’s policy positions that he says make her unfit to be president. A new PRRI/The Atlantic poll shows Sanders is supported by 47 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters compared to Clinton’s 46 percent. (Meghan Keneally, ABC News; Russell Berman, The Atlantic)