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Morning Reads: Clinton, Trump Win Big in Northeast

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton react to early projections at a primary night campaign event April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The I-95 primaries (who can afford Acela?) –> Donald Trump cleaned up last night, beating the competition in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Hillary Clinton won all of those states excerpt Rhode Island, which went for Bernie Sanders. The Guardian’s election team is looking toward a nasty general election this fall. If last night’s victory speech is any indication, Trump will be ratcheting up the rhetoric against Clinton, attacking her gender and dividing the country further. The Internet took this video to mean Chris Christie’s wife is no longer on board with the frontrunner’s big mouth.

Down-ballot winners –> Democrats Chris Van Hollen, congressman from Maryland, and Katie McGinty of Pennsylvania  — each backed by party regulars — beat primary challengers to their left in closely watched US Senate primaries last night. Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports for The New York Times.

And, in the Democratic primary to fill Van Hollen’s House seat, progressive State Senator Jamie Raskin, a constitutional scholar and Moyers & Company guest, beat former anchorwoman Kathleen Matthews (wife of Chris) and wine retailer David Trone, who outspent Raskin six-to-one, pouring more than $12 million of his own money nto the campaign.

#NeverTrump fumbles again –> John Nichols at The Nation: “The Republican Party is melting down, not because of Trump or because of the Stop Trump challenge but because the whole mess is so dispiriting. Pennsylvania primary exit pollsters asked voters if the contests for the party nominations had energized or divided their party. Seventy-one percent of Democrats said they were energized, while just 24 percent saw divisions.

“For the Grand Old Party, it was pretty much the opposite. Only 39 percent of Republicans said Trump-versus-Stop-Trump wrangling had energized their party; 58 percent of Republicans said their party was divided. The 58 percent were right. The party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower is in crisis. Trump is dangerous, a threat to his party and his country.”

And, Brian Beutler at New Republic: Cruz and Kasich’s floundering anti-Trump pact “isn’t aimed at Trump’s claim to legitimacy at all. It is instead a narrow, and possibly ill-fated, one meant to shave down his delegate lead. And it completely fails to lay the groundwork for what happens if they succeed.”

“There is no doubt” –> In a document dating from 1980 and unearthed by DeSmogBlog, Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil’s Canadian subsidiary at the time, stated, “There is no doubt that increases in fossil fuel usage and decreases in forest cover are aggravating the potential problems of increased CO2 in the atmosphere.” The sentence appears in part of the report looking at “climactic change.” According to the distribution list, it was circulated widely within the company.

Faster than we thought –> Dahr Jamail reports for Truthout that even though the Paris agreement signed at the UN last week aims “to limit global temperature increases to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial baseline levels,” thanks to record-high temperatures this year we already are nearing that threshold.

Will SCOTUS let convicted governor off the hook? –> The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case against convicted, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. NPR’s Nina Totenberg has the background. Good-government  groups are saying that McDonnell may prevail, essentially wrapping himself in the Citizens United decision to avoid corruption charges. The Campaign Legal Center’s Brendan Fisher writes, “It is a common refrain that cases like Citizens United allow for ‘legalized bribery.’ But few argue that the U.S. Supreme Court has literally legalized pay-to-play politics; such descriptions are usually shorthand for the systemic ways that big money in elections has tilted the political system toward the donor class. Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, however, is hoping that Citizens United did, in fact, legalize bribery.”

Millennials just say no to capitalism –> “In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the US economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it. It isn’t clear that the young people in the poll would prefer some alternative system, though.” Max Ehrenfreund reports for The Washington Post.

We’ve made America great before… –> The New York Times reports on a survey by the polling group Morning Consult that asked Americans when they last can remember our country being great. A bunch chose the 1960s, but even more chose the late 90s. That would be the Bill Clinton years…

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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