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Morning Reads: Trump In, Cruz Out; Obama Visits Flint

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Morning Reads: Trump In, Cruz Out; Obama Visits Flint

Donald Trump speaks to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in Manhattan following his victory in the Indiana primary on May 03, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Underdog surprises –> Both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders threw curveballs in Indiana’s primary. Trounced by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz immediately suspended his campaign, making Trump the presumptive Republican nominee (though Kasich’s still out there somewhere). And Sanders surprised Dems with a win over Hillary Clinton by a healthy margin. Ron Elving reports for NPR.

At TPM, Lauren Fox foresees a possible Goundhog Day scenario for the GOP: “After a Trump drubbing, the party could very well be in the exact same position it found itself in in 2008 and 2012, re-litigating a core question: Is the GOP losing because its candidates aren’t conservative enough — or because it’s banking on a narrow, white constituency that is being eclipsed by a growing minority population?”

And Brian Beutler writes at New Republic that “a time for choosing” is at hand for Cruz: “If anyone has the blind ambition required to oppose his own party’s presidential nominee, hoping it will pay professional dividends in the future, it is Cruz. Conservative intellectuals have been by-and-large suspicious of Cruz’s tactics and motives all along, precisely because of that overwhelming ambition. But… if Cruz eventually makes his peace with Trump, then movement conservatism will be well and truly dead.”

Meanwhile, Clare Foran at The Atlantic contextualizes the Bernie Sanders win: “The victory does not not fundamentally change the trajectory of the Democratic race, in which Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead in the all-important delegate count. But it offers some much-needed enthusiasm to the Sanders campaign at a crucial moment.”

Nobody’s happy –> Janet Hook at The Wall Street Journal: “Both parties’ presidential front-runners are growing increasingly unpopular, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, with Hillary Clinton showing an especially steep decline over the past month.” John Kasich and Bernie Sanders are the only candidates with higher favorables than unfavorables.

Obama in Flint –> President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan, today at the request of eight-year-old Amariyanna Copeny, who wrote a letter asking the president show up in person to better understand the disaster. (Copeny has  been dubbed “Little Miss Flint.”) At our site, Curt Guyette, the investigative reporter who broke the story while working for the ACLU, writes, “President Obama will see that, in Flint, trust in government hasn’t just been shattered. Its shards have been ground to dust… When considering the costs of the Flint water crisis, first and foremost comes the inescapable moral and legal obligation to provide every educational, medical, psychological and other wrap-around service needed to mitigate as much as possible the multiple harms done to Flint’s children by lead-contaminated water.”

Cops against guns –> Campbell Robertson and Timothy Williams at The New York Times: “In more than a dozen states with traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures. They say the new laws expose officers to greater danger and prevent them from doing their jobs effectively.”

And, in Georgia, Governor Nathan Deal vetoed that bill we reported on yesterday, which would have allowed college students in the state to carry concealed weapons on public school campuses.

Unhealthy –> Lee Fang at The Intercept: “Influential Democratic consultants, some of whom work for the Super PACs backing Hillary Clinton, have signed up to fight a bold initiative to create a state-based single-payer system in Colorado, according to a state filing posted Monday. Coloradans for Coloradans, an ad-hoc group opposing single payer in Colorado, revealed that it raised $1 million over the first five months of this year.”

Curse you, climate deniers! –> Jimmy Kimmel gets some scientists to debunk the latest effort by fossil fuel-industry funded think tanks — and Sarah Palin — to deny climate change. Warning: This involves swearing — but it’s very funny. Via: The Washington Post.

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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