Today in One Paragraph
John Kasich ended his presidential campaign. The U.S. Justice Department said North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” violates the Civil Rights Act. President Obama said the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, “was avoidable” during a visit to the city. And Takata, the Japanese auto supplier, will recall up to 40 million air-bags due to a dangerous defect.
Kasich Drops Out. The Ohio governor announced he would exit the 2016 race in a press conference, just hours after rival Ted Cruz suspended his campaign and after canceling a news conference earlier in the day. “And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life,” Kasich said. Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee. (CNN)
DOJ: NC Law Violates Civil Rights Act. U.S. Justice Department officials warned North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in a letter that HB2, the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” violates the Civil Rights Act. State officials have until Monday to confirm that it “will not comply with or implement HB2.” (Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer)
Obama Visits Flint. The president drank filtered water in Flint, Michigan, after being briefed by Governor Rick Snyder and other federal officials on the city’s water crisis. “If you’re using a filter, then Flint water at this point is drinkable,” Obama said during remarks. He also encouraged residents to have their children checked for lead poisoning and warned that infrastructure repair could take several years. (Chad Livengood, The Detroit News)