Trump vs. Cruz and Kasich. The Republican front-runner slammed Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s recent alliance aimed at denying Trump the 1,237 delegates he needs to avoid a contested convention. The two arranged to refrain from campaigning in states where the other has a strong chance at an upset victory, a tactic Trump called “pathetic.” “Did you see the news today, where they band together? Where they collude? It's collusion,” Trump said at a campaign event. The real-estate mogul also mocked Kasich’s “disgusting” eating habits. (CNN; The Hill)
No Showdown in Kansas. Republican Representative Mike Pompeo announced he will not be launching a challenge against sitting Senator Jerry Moran. Pompeo publicly considered challenging Moran after the senator appeared willing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. But in a statement, Pompeo said he wouldn’t be running due to time constraints. (Jake Sherman and Burgess Everett, Politico)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Voters will participate in presidential primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Join us as we follow it live here. Hillary Clinton will fundraise in Philadelphia. Bernie Sanders will campaign in West Virginia, and Donald Trump will be in New York. The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the J-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
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“Many Baltimore residents seem torn between optimism and apathy: They hope that things will get better—that their city will get safer, that their quality of life will improve—but they also seem resigned to the idea that empty promises will be all they get.” The Atlantic’s Clare Foran on Baltimore’s mayoral race.
Biden’s Secret Mission. The vice president isn’t running for the White House, but he has taken on a different kind of campaign: working quietly to help Democrats win back the Senate. (Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico)
‘Defining Corruption.’ The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case a case on the corruption conviction of the former governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell. The justices’ ruling is expected to set a new precedent to better define what constitutes “quid pro quo political bribery” under the law. (Robert Barnes, Washington Post)
Can Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights Co-Exist? The Atlantic’s Emma Green explains the provisions involved in the new wave of so-called religious-liberty bills in North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.
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