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Morning Reads: Dems Spar on Immigration; What to Make of Tuesday’s Sanders Victory?

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Morning Reads: What To Make of Tuesday's Sanders Victory?

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders shake hands before their debate at Miami Dade College on March 9, 2016. (GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Debate –> The Democratic campaign shifted yet again following Bernie Sanders’ surprise Tuesday night victory in Michigan, reminding commentators once more that conventional knowledge (and polls) no longer count for much. In a Univision/Washington Post-hosted debate last night, Sanders and Hillary Clinton traded attacks on immigration. Alex Seitz-Wald and Amanda Sakuma at MSNBC: “Both pledged they would not deport children nor undocumented adults without criminal records… The debate went into the weeds on Senate procedure and while campaign staff flooded reporters’ inboxes with fact checks and research, both candidates — who have spent decades in public life as feelings on immigration have evolved — emerged with muddied and imperfect records on the issue.”

Mother Jones has five “must-see moments,” and The Washington Post has some fact checks. Republicans will debate in Miami tonight, CNN at 8:30. Mature audiences only.

About that Tuesday night upset –> FiveThirtyEight calls it the biggest primary polling upset ever. Politico’s Glenn Thrush dissects the win, offering five takeaways. In an interview with NPR yesterday, Sanders emphasized that, bolstered by Tuesday, he’s in the race for the long haul.

AND: At Salon, Daniel Denvir argues that, in this unusual election year, its time for the press to stop banking on historical lessons and conventional wisdom. Current media coverage “might be helpful for people with money riding on the outcome. But not so much for voters trying to make an informed choice.”

“Joint climate strategy” –> Meagan Fitzpatrick reports for CBC News that during the new Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit today, he and President Obama are announcing a joint collaboration on climate issues, especially on protecting the Arctic and reining in methane emissions. (This story is still developing.)

AND: Another study is sounding the alarm: Humans must cut emissions far faster than previously thought to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of global warming. Beyond that, many scientists warn, climate change will be very destructive and irreversible. This latest report, from Australia’s University of Queensland, finds we’ll be at that point by 2030. Joshua Robertson reports for The Guardian.

What Trump means for Muslims –> At The Intercept, Murtaza Hussain has an interesting look at how Muslims in America are grappling with the rise of Donald Trump and the mainstreaming of Islamophobia. He writes, “For Muslims living in the United States today, particularly young people born and raised here, the wins reveal disturbing truths about the views of millions of their fellow citizens.”

AND: A reporter for the right-wing news source Breitbart is the latest person to be manhandled at a Trump event — this time at the hands of Trump’s campaign manager. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley has a list of all the violent encounters so far at Trump rallies.

How elites could steal back the election –> There’s been some chatter among pundits about blocking Trump in a contested convention, and according to Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at The Washington Post, some donors and party insiders are counting on one. The New York Times has an interesting flowchart of just how that would work.

Missile test –> NPR’s Merrit Kennedy: “Iran’s military tested two ballistic missiles Wednesday, and an Iranian officer says the missiles are designed to reach Israel, according to an Iranian news agency. Iran has conducted a number of other ballistic missile tests this week.” The move comes as Joe Biden is visiting Israel in what is billed as an attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The weapons tests do not violate the US nuclear deal with Iran, but likely violate a UN security council resolution.

Word of the day –> Something new in this year’s race: Both Democratic candidates have policy initiatives based on the idea of “intersectionality.” Clare Foran at The Atlantic describes it as “the concept that different forms of inequality and discrimination overlap and compound one another.” The word was “coined in the late 1980s to explain how different markers of identity coalesce to yield unique forms of discrimination. A black woman, for example, might experience not only racism and sexism in her daily life, but could also confront additional barriers that white women and black men do not. It became a way of making visible the experience of individuals that had previously been caught between the feminist and civil-rights movements.”

Morning Reads was written by John Light and edited by Michael Winship. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!


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