New Orleans Officers Plead Guilty. Five former police officers made a deal with the government and pleaded guilty to shooting unarmed civilians on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina—and then covering it up. Four of the officers were found guilty five years ago, but a judge later threw out their convictions and granted them a new trial due to “grotesque prosecutorial misconduct.” (Ken Daly, The Times-Picayune)
SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Terror Victims. In a 6-2 ruling on Bank Markazi v. Peterson, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Iranian government must use $2 billion in frozen assets to compensate more than 1,000 American victims of terrorist attacks linked to Iran. Congress passed a law in 2012 making the funds available for seizure in the Bank Markazi, which Iran challenged as congressional encroachment on judicial powers. In today’s decision, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that there was “no violation of separation-of-powers principles.” (Matt Ford, The Atlantic)
Obama in Saudi Arabia. The president met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh to discuss security threats from Iran and ISIS. Tensions are running high between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The meeting came a day after Obama publicly expressed support for releasing documents that reportedly reveal Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 2001 terrorist attacks. (Michael D. Shear, The New York Times)
500 Migrants Believed Dead. The United Nations refugee agency said that as many as 500 migrants might have drowned last week when a ship sank between Libya and Italy during a smuggling transfer. It could be one of the worst tragedies involving refugees and migrants in the past year. (Don Melvin, CNN)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be in New York. Bernie Sanders and John Kasich are campaigning in Pennsylvania. And Ted Cruz is in Indiana. Obama will meet with the leaders of several Persian Gulf nations at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia.
Follow stories throughout the day with our new Politics & Policy page. And keep on top of the campaign with our 2016 Distilled election dashboard.
“Donald Trump still has a chance to capture the Republican presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party’s national convention this summer, thanks in part to his commanding victory in New York on Tuesday. Unlike past GOP nominees, however, he might not have carte blanche to pick his running mate.” The Atlantic’s Russell Berman on the vice presidential free-for-all that could unfold at the convention in Cleveland.
What’s the Future of Marijuana Policy? For the answer, Rolling Stone spoke with Earl Blumenauer, Congress’ top legal pot advocate. (Tessa Stuart)
Cruz Coming for Indiana. The Texas senator is shaking off his loss to Donald Trump in the New York primary and turning his attention to the Hoosier State, which has its primary on May 3 and could award enough delegates to effectively dash Trump’s hopes of reaching the necessary 1,237. (Tim Alberta, The National Review)