New York primary –> Empire State voters head to the polls today. Donald Trump is likely to carry the Republican vote by a large margin, with John Kasich coming in second. Ted Cruz seems to have thrown in the towel on a state that sneered right back at him after his snarky “New York values” comments — he’s been busy campaigning elsewhere.
And, while Hillary Clinton leads among Democrats, high turnout would be a good sign for Bernie Sanders, although he is likely to be hurt by New York’s dismal voter registration laws.
Also, at The New York Times, Maggie Haberman notes, “Mr. Sanders’s message is very close to that of Zephyr Teachout, who ran an insurgent campaign against the sitting governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, in the Democratic primary in 2014. Ms. Teachout did not come close to winning. But she exceeded expectations, performing particularly well in the Hudson Valley region north of New York City. Mr. Sanders, in theory, should be able to do similarly well.”
Words that would have been unthinkable two years ago –> “The US and China are leading a push to bring the Paris climate accord into force much faster than even the most optimistic projections – aided by a typographical glitch in the text of the agreement,” reports Suzanne Goldenberg for The Guardian. Getting the agreement in place early has both positive implications for the planet and the agreement’s own survival — the longer it’s in place, the more difficult it will be for any future Republican president to pull out.
Split on immigration –> After yesterday’s oral arguments, the Supreme Court seems evenly divided along ideological lines as to whether Obama overstepped his authority by blocking the deportation of 4 million undocumented immigrants with family in the United States. “Yet there were hints that the administration might eke out a win on technical grounds, through a finding that Texas used the wrong procedure to raise its objections,” write Jess Bravin and Brent Kendall for The Wall Street Journal. “Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative on most issues, suggested that rather than a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the deferred-action program itself, Texas should instead have raised an administrative challenge to related regulations that allow certain aliens to work.”
Suicide bombing in Kabul –> Masoud Popalzai and Zahra Ullah for CNN: “At least 28 people were killed and more than 300 people were injured after an explosion rocked Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, authorities said. A suicide car bomber caused the explosion, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The attack targeted the office of a security team that works to protect the government’s VIPs, an Afghan police official said. That office falls under the president’s office of administrative affairs.”
War on Terror, year 15 –> Lolita C. Baldor for AP: “The US has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces in nearly a year, US defense officials said Monday. The uptick in American fighting forces — and the decision to put them closer to the front lines — is designed to help Iraqi forces as they move to retake the key northern city of Mosul.”
Mogul meets his match –> In the late 1980s, Donald Trump tried to evict a handful of residents from cheaply priced, rent-controlled park-side apartments that he was hoping to demolish and replace with high-rise condominiums. It didn’t work, writes Jonathan Miller for The New York Times: “What he got instead was a New York brawl with a group of tenants fighting to save their homes and clinging with white knuckles to some of the city’s legendary rent deals. The battle played out for years in courtrooms and the New York news media, becoming a kind of parable of the limits of 1980s capitalist ambition in the social democratic city.”
Congratulations! –> The hip-hop musical Hamilton received the Pulitzer Prize for drama yesterday. And our friends at Pro Publica and The Marshall Project received the award for explanatory reporting for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” A list of all the Pulitzer recipients is here.
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