The Daily 202 – In a surprise move, Cruz dropped out of the race, the day that he and Trump set a new low for trash talking each other

The Daily 202 –  In a surprise move, Cruz dropped out of the race, the day that he and Trump set a new low for trash talking each other

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After Trump’s Indiana romp, anti-Trump Republicans consider their options, including voting for Hillary Clinton

THE BIG IDEA by Rachel Van Dongen and Breanne Deppisch:

James Hohmann is on vacation — we’ll have a series of guest writers from the Post political team sharing their analysis with you this week.

Last night, the unimaginable happened for many establishment Republicans, pundits and conservatives: Donald Trump effectively became their standard-bearer for president. RNC Chair Reince Priebus said as much in a post-Indiana primary tweet, after The Donald beat Ted Cruz with over 50 percent of the vote and stands a good chance of collecting all 57 delegates available in the state.

 

–In a surprise move, Cruz dropped out of the race, the day that he and Trump set a new low for trash talking each other. The Donald invoked a National Enquirer piece depicting a photo he charged was Cruz’s dad, Rafael, spotted with Lee Harvey Oswald around the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Cruz responded by dubbing Trump a “pathological liar,” “utterly amoral,” “proud of being a serial adulterer,” and “afraid of strong women.” The list went on and can be seen in this video clip here.

Trump, for his part, chose to take the high road when it came to “Lyin’ Ted,” but only after the Texas senator had officially exited stage right: “Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me or doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor,” Trump said in his victory speech. “He is a tough, smart guy and he has got an amazing future..I want to congratulate Ted,” Trump said. 

The real-estate mogul also praised Priebus, saying: “It’s not an easy job when he had 17 egos [former GOP presidential candidates] and now I guess he’s down to one,” he said joking, “I don’t know, is there a second? I don’t know.”

–Trump talked veepstakes on “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning, saying, as he has previously, his running mate will “most likely” be an elected official and perhaps more significantly, that his VP nominee  will “definitely” be a Republican.He also refused to apologize fo citing the unsubstantiated report about Cruz’s dad and Oswald. “I don’t think anybody denied it,” he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

–Trump’s biggest problem at this key juncture is not his defeated rivals — some of whom are now supporting him (see Chris Christie, Ben Carson and now Bobby Jindal). It is the Republicans who refuse to close ranks and unite behind his candidacy. Polls show that among Republican voters, Trump’s favorable ratings improved in April. Gallup showed the businessman’s net favorables at 24 percent, with 59 percent of Republicans viewing him favorably (Cruz, meanwhile, had a net negative favorability of 6 percent, “the worst in Gallup’s history of tracking the Texas senator.”)

As of March, however, there were some troubling signs ahead for The Donald, withRepublican women accounting for Trump’s net negative favorability ratings of 70 percent among all women, according to Gallup (46 percent of GOP women view him unfavorably compared to 36 percent of GOP men). Men overall give Trump a 58 percent unfavorable rating.

The problem became crystal clear after Trump won Indiana last night, when a slew of conservative bloggers and thought leaders took to social media to show photos of themselves destroying their Republican voter registration cards and in some cases, saying #I’mWithHer, using the hashtag for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

–The idea that leading conservatives would rather vote for a Clinton than pull the lever for their own party’s presidential nominee, however distasteful, is astounding. It remains to be seen whether these conservatives will follow through on their public threats, but they’re laying down a pretty clear gauntlet before Trump has even formally clinched the GOP nod. We also don’t know if some of them — and Republican voters who dislike Trump — will simply stay home in November or actually vote for Hillary. But even the prospect of such a mutiny should send shivers down the spine of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, who are seeking to protect their congressional majorities this year.

A National Review writer posted this after the Indiana results came in:

Here’s Lachlan Markey, the Free Beacon writer, burning his voter registration card:

From the editor of the Washington Examiner:

A Red State contributor:

One of John McCain’s closest former strategists:

–Republican strategists came to grips with the likely fact that they’ll have to choose Trump or Clinton come November, or stay home. National Review’s Dennis Pragercalled it a “political version of Sophie’s Choice”:

“For the first time since turning 18, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for President,” The Federalist’s Dan McLaughlin said. And Rick Wilson dedicated his column to stopping Trump: “…We need to make clear that resisting Trump isn’t because we love Clinton,” he said, “[but] when the frontrunner of the GOP is worse than Her Majesty, it’s time for Never Trump.”

Erick Erickson said the Republican Party is “voting for suicide” and handing the general election to Clinton: “The Republican Party is on the verge of nominating the least popular politician in American presidential history. Ironically, the party’s voters are doing it to spite its own leaders, but its leaders prefer Trump to the other guy … The result will be Clinton winning in November. Trump cannot build a meaningful coalition outside of blue collar white voters, white supremacists, and internet conspiracy theorists. The rest of the voting public no more wants Trump than herpes.”

Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor now with the DailyWire.com, writes that Trump “just burned down conservatism:” “Trump’s ‘something new’ is something quite old, and quite un-American. If conservatives want a future, they must stand against him and his corrupt, bankrupt philosophy. 2016 could have been a time to reap the harvest of conservatism. Instead, Trump burned down the field … It’s time to plant anew. We should do so with alacrity rather than embracing the man holding the match.”

 

Sean Sullivan and Katie Zezima report on the Big Question for anti-Trump Republicans in the coming months, as they start to concede that they can’t stop Trump in the primaries: “Anti-Donald Trump Republicans are starting to consider whether their opposition to a Trump presidency is so strong that they would be prepared to fight him in the general election — even if that means helping put an avowed enemy, Hillary Clinton, in the Oval Office … One strategy under discussion is to focus on helping down-ballot GOP candidates while sitting out the presidential race under the belief that Trump will lose to Clinton no matter what. A more drastic and difficult option: rallying support for a third-party candidate who could uphold traditional Republican positions but would almost certainly steal votes from Trump. ‘You have to bet on sanity,’ said GOP strategist Stuart Stevens, who helped lead the campaign of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. ‘If this is one of those moments in history where for various reasons the party has to play out nominating someone who is completely unelectable . . . so be it.’

  • ‘Indiana further confirmed the ‘stop Trump’ efforts didn’t work and spending even more resources in an effort keep him from the nomination will just be expensive political therapy or theatre at this point,’ said former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.
  • Conservative blogger Erick Erickson, a staunch Trump critic, said he and other activists plan to hold a conference call Wednesday to discuss strategy moving forward.

–Writes the New York Times’s Michael Barbaro: “Now that Donald J. Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee, a parade of prominent Republican leaders is breaking with the traditions and rituals of party unity and offering him a blunt message: Nope. Never. I can’t. I won’t. In a flurry of social media posts and interviews over the last 24 hours, these Republicans raced to distance themselves from Mr. Trump, delivering a remarkable rebuke to him at precisely the moment when parties usually coalesce around a candidacy.”

Anti-Trump super PAC founder Liz Mair said it’s “obviously significantly harder to see how Trump does not become the nominee” in a statement Tuesday night. “…It appears much more likely that despite a lot of better political talent, smarter individuals, and people better equipped to serve as Commander-in-Chief on both sides of the aisle, Americans are going to have to choose between two genuinely terrible candidates … And I’m sure there will be plenty more to say about that as the days and weeks proceed.”

 

 

 

Some conservatives held the line on #NeverTrump but didn’t say what they’ll do next:

And the headlines for Republicans were brutal this morning:

Or in a literal hot take from the Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson:

–In case you were wondering, John Kasich vowed to stay in the race.

Meanwhile, Indiana proved a “surprising aberration” for Democrats, with Bernie Sanders edging out Clinton in an upset victory.

–The win gives Sanders a needed psychological boost and fresh rationale to soldier on against increasingly difficult odds, Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan write. “But Sanders’s success did not change the overall trajectory of the Democratic race, which remains strongly in the former secretary of state’s favor. Clinton holds what her campaign and many analysts argue is an irreversible lead in total delegates. Although she has not clinched the nomination, she has shifted her focus to a likely general election campaign against Trump. In a statement acknowledging Trump’s status as presumptive nominee, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Trump “lacks the temperament” to lead the nation: “With so much at stake,” he wrote, “Trump is simply too big of a risk.”

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CRUZ EXITS THE RACE:

Ted Cruz walks away after announcing the suspension of his campaign during his election night watch party in Indianapolis.&nbsp;(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)</p>

Ted Cruz walks away after announcing the suspension of his campaign during his election night watch party in Indianapolis. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

–Cruz suspended his presidential bid last night after failing to expand his appeal outside of his party’s most conservative, and most evangelical sections. “I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory,” the Texas senator said in his concession speech. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”

  • Despite strong grassroots support, Cruz’s campaign devolved into an “unpredictable roller coaster,” Sean Sullivan and Katie Zezima report. The Texas senator suffered crushing losses in states where he expected to do well – including South Carolina and Georgia – followed by “resounding wins” in Texas and Wisconsin. “Cruz’s campaign used its grasp of the delegate process to beat Trump at state conventions where delegates were chosen, but it was not enough to overcome the businessman’s tally and strength with the electorate.”

–After suffering a string of April defeats, Cruz counted on Indiana as an “essential lifeline” to buoy his floundering campaign. The Texas senator barnstormed the state – uniting briefly with John Kasich, naming a vice presidential running-mate, and spending millions through allied super PACS to try and turn his fortunes. But each of his efforts seemed to backfire – and early exit polls show he failed among almost every voter demographic in the state.

–His failure to gain traction among core conservative constituencies underscores a seismic shift in the Republican Party. From NYT’s Ross Douthat: “Trump proved that many evangelical voters, supposedly the heart of a True Conservative coalition, are actually not really values voters or religious conservatives after all — and that the less frequently evangelicals go to church, the more likely they are to vote for a philandering sybarite instead of a pastor’s son. Cruz would probably be on his way to the Republican nomination if he had simply carried the Deep South … But unless voters were in church every Sunday, Trump’s identity politics had more appeal than Cruz’s theological-political correctness.”

–“Cruz stressed his appeal as a constitutional conservative, which was where much of the Republican base was in prior years – just not anymore,” said The Federalist’sBen Domenech. “The ideological battle he waged … was up against a group of people who cared less for ideology than they do for the appeal of identity politics.”

Watch Cruz suspend his camnpaign and hear Trump’s reaction:

Cruz drops out as Trump celebrates ‘amazing’ night in Indiana

Watch Cruz accidentally elbow his wife, Heidi, in the head, at his concession speech:

After dropping out of presidential race, Ted Cruz just hit his wife w a elbow headshot

Observers noted that Cruz failed one-on-one with Trump, a strategy he’s yearned for, and the Fiorina pick was a flop:

–One bit of good news for Washington Republicans: Rep. Todd Young, the establishment’s pick to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) beat Rep. Marlin Stuzman in the Indiana GOP Senate primary. “Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) poured millions of dollars into backing Young to prove that mainstream Republicans can retain control of Congress in the year of Donald Trump,” writes Kelsey Snell.

— TRUMP’S VICTORY ACROSS DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS IN INDIANA WAS WIDE AND DEEP. Early ABC exit polls showed 6 in 10 Republicans want a president from “outside the political establishment” – up from 52 percent earlier this year. And the trends continues on the Democratic side, with 6 in 10 saying they find Sanders “more inspiring” than Clinton.

  • Trump won nearly every voter demographic in the state, besting Cruz among evangelicals, college graduates, women, all income levels and conservative voter blocs that typically favor the Texas senator, per CNN exit polls. Cruz triumphed only among those who described themselves as “very conservative” and those who frequently attend religious services.
  • Self-identified liberals continued to drive Democratic turnout, per CNN: 67 percent of Hoosier Democrats described themselves as liberals. And “very liberal” voters backed Sanders 64 to 36 percent, up from his 50-50 average in earlier contests.
  • Age played a big factor: Sanders won voters under 30 voters by 48 points, per CNN. And the Vermont senator led Clinton among voters ages 30-44 by roughly 30 points – also up from previous contests.
  • Race also mattered: Sanders won white voters by a 16-point margin. Meanwhile, nonwhites age 45 and older – Clinton’s strongest demographic – accounted for only11 percent of votes.

In this Nov. 6, 2002, photo, Charlie Keating IV, 16, poses for a photo in Phoenix for an upcoming series on the Discovery channel that he took part in. The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on&nbsp;May 3. (Sherrie Buzby/The Arizona Republic via AP)</p>

In this Nov. 6, 2002, photo, Charlie Keating IV, 16, poses for a photo in Phoenix for an upcoming series on the Discovery channel that he took part in. The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq on May 3. (Sherrie Buzby/The Arizona Republic via AP)

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:

— A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in northern Iraq after Islamic State troops punched through a front line of soldiers. The attack highlights the evolving nature of the Pentagon’s mission in Iraq and how U.S. troops are serving closer than ever to the front lines. From Loveday Morris, Dan Lamothe and Mustafa Salim: Officials identified the slain SEAL as Charlie Keating IV … Keating was struck by enemy fire Tuesday evening after ISIS used multiple vehicles and explosives to breach through Kurdish front lines near the peshmerga base, where SEALS were temporarily visiting. The militants reportedly launched a multi-prong attack from several directions, using hundreds of fighters and forcing the peshmerga to make a “tactical retreat” to reorganize forces. “We tried to fight them, but we couldn’t due [to] our limited capabilities,” said one local militia fighter “We have only some old rifles we bought from our own money.”Keating is the third U.S. service member killed in combat since the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State began in June 2014.

— “U.S. and Russian officials will sit side by side to monitor Syria cease-fire,” fromKaren DeYoung and Erin Cunningham: “U.S. and Russian military officials will sit in the same room 24 hours a day and jointly pore over maps and intelligence to monitor cease-fire violations in Syria under a new system they hope will save a fast-collapsing truce, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said … Under the new arrangement, which Kerry said could be finalized by Wednesday, lines will be drawn in and around Aleppo, scene of the heaviest recent fighting, to prevent new incursions or attacks from any party in the Syrian civil war.” The new system comes as the U.N. passed a unanimous resolution condemning attacks on health workers and facilities in warring zones.

— Overall crime rates have fallen over the past decade on U.S. college campuses, but the number of reported forcible sex crimes on campus has “substantially increased.”Emma Brown reports: Colleges reported a 34 percent decline in crimes between 2001 and 2013, with decreases in every category except forcible sex crimes — which rose 120 percent over the same period, according to a report compiled from multiple federal data sources. “It is not clear whether sex crimes are occurring more frequently or whether victims have become more willing to report them as advocates have helped raise public awareness about sexual assault and colleges’ duty to combat it.”

GET SMART FAST:

  1. Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a new research published in the BMJ. The analysis shows “medical errors” from hospitals and other healthcare facilities claim up to 251,000 lives each year. (Ariana Eunjung Cha)
  2. Obama is set to declare the first national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights: The president has singled out New York’s Greenwich Village for the monument and is prepared to designate the area “as soon as next month.” (Juliet Eilperin)
  3. A Virginia school board being sued by a transgender teen over its restrictive bathroom policy is asking a federal appeals court to rehear its case en banc.Board officials argued that the case warrants a second look because it could affect schools “far beyond” its district. (Moriah Balingit)
  4. Two companies challenged the use of TSA body scanners in a lawsuit, saying they force some would-be fliers into cars, which have been proven to have higher travel fatalities. (Ashley Halsey III)
  5. The most severe impact from climate change could be the effect on water supplies, according to a new World Bank report. The study suggests by 2050, inadequate water supplies could knock down parts of the global economy by 6 percent of GDP. (Chris Mooney)
  6. India is suffering the country’s worst drought in a decade, slashing farm production and “severely harming” economic conditions for millions. (Rama Lakshmi)
  7. Google and Chrysler are teaming up to create a self-driving minivan, making it the first time the tech giant has partnered with an automaker on such technology. Google said they hope to test the self-driving vans by the end of the year. (Matt McFarland)
  8. The Washington Post traveled to North Korea to cover the once-in-a-generation Worker’s Party Congress. Anna Fifield has the latest from our journey to Pyongyang.
  9. Hungary plans to hold a referendum on refugee quotas ordered by the E.U., defying European leaders in their attempts to resettle tens of thousands of migrants among member states. (James McAuley)
  10. Supreme Court Justice Breyer said California’s death penalty system – home to a quarter of all death row inmates – embodies “fundamental defects” of capital punishment. Writing in a recent dissent, Breyer said the system personifies “serious unreliability,” “arbitrariness in application,” and “unconscionably long delays that undermine the death penalty’s penological purpose.’” (Mark Berman)
  11. Italy’s Supreme Court ruled that the homeless should not be punished for stealing small amounts of food, siding with a homeless man who was caught stealing $5 worth of cheese and sausage. “People should not be punished if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to meet the basic requirement of feeding themselves,” the court said. (Niraj Chokshi)
  12. China’s army released a rap-style music video to encourage young people to enlist. The video pairs hip-hop lyrics with intense battle scenes of shootouts, hostage situations, and unidentified men being wounded. (Adam Taylor)
  13. New York police are investigating a mysterious homicide after an unidentified man wrapped in duct tape and partially encased in concrete washed ashore in Brooklyn.  (New York Times)
  14. California will vote on a measure to fully legalize marijuana in November. (L.A. Times)
  15. A car crash victim is suing Snapchat for negligence after being hit by a teenage driver. The Georgia man also filed suit against the driver, whom he accused of recklessly using the app. (New York Times)

HOOSIERS FEEL THE BERN:

Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event on the campus of Indiana University in Fort Wayne on May 2. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>

Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event on the campus of Indiana University in Fort Wayne on May 2. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

–“Sanders has had the look of a man struggling to come to terms with his almost nonexistent chance of wresting the nomination from Clinton,” Politico’s Nick Gass reports. “In the wake of his recent string of losses, in one breath his campaign said it was in reassessment mode, shedding campaign staff and hinting strongly that the endgame is to yank the Democratic platform to the left; in the next, the candidate was blasting Clinton and talking about a contested convention in Philadelphia, as if nothing had changed.”

  • But on Tuesday, he vowed to keep up the fight: “The Clinton campaign thinks this is over. They’re wrong,” Sanders said in a statement. “Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea. The campaign wasn’t over for them. It isn’t over for the voters in West Virginia. It isn’t over for Democrats in Oregon, New Jersey and Kentucky. It isn’t over for voters in California and all the other states with contests still to come.”

–Clinton is — still — going to be the Democratic presidential nominee, Chris Cillizza writes. “But, losing Indiana could well be the start of a bad run of states for Clinton — Nebraska, Washington, Oregon are all coming up — that will not allow her to finish the primary race in a final, dominating sprint … And she will still have to deal with Sanders’s attacks from the left even while having to counter the Trump fusillade that will be headed in her direction. That’s a tough challenge and one the Clinton campaign would have very much liked to have avoided. Indiana ensured she won’t get that wish.”

— Sanders also spent $1.5 million on ads in Indiana while Clinton spent zero, per anSMG Delta analysis.

— Democrat voters in Nevada out-registered Republicans by a two-to-one margin last month, offering a small window into this fall’s general election. (Ralston Reports)

Ron Pollack&nbsp;is departing the head of Families USA after more than three decades.&nbsp;(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)</p>

Ron Pollack is departing the head of Families USA after more than three decades. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

WAPO HIGHLIGHTS:

— “Leader of Families USA, pivotal in passing Affordable Care Act, will step down,” by Laurie McGinley: “During a trip to Mississippi in the 1960s to work on civil rights issues, Ron Pollack visited a sharecropper’s shack in rural Sunflower County. There was not a scrap of food in sight. A young boy lay on a blanket, his stomach distended from malnutrition and his skin covered with flies. ‘I thought, ‘How could this be happening in the United States?’” Pollack said. “The experience ignited his lifelong passion to help low-income Americans, first as an anti-hunger activist and then as a co-founder of Families USA. The organization, one of the most influential health-care advocacy groups in the country … played a pivotal role in the passage in 2010 of the Affordable Care Act. [And] under his direction, Families USA became a major player in almost every big health-care battle of the past several decades … Along the way, Pollack, a lawyer and liberal Democrat, became known for his ability to bring together people of differing political views and economic interests.

SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:

Watch Jake Tapper debunk Trump’s theory that Cruz’s father helped JFK’s assassin:

Here’s Roger Stone’s reaction:

Cruz’s campaign got in on the fun:

Matt Drudge trolled the MSM over all the talk of a contested convention:

Before Cruz exited the race, Trump was not so kind to the senator in his Twitter feed:

Jack McCain — McCain’s son — challenged racist critics of this Old Navy ad:

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden appeared on The Voice:

A few congressional birthdays to celebrate:

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HOT ON THE LEFT: 

Feds Drop Case Against Influential Medical Marijuana Dispensary,” from HuffPost:“The Justice Department has dropped its case against an Oakland medical marijuana collective, ending a four-year battle over what is considered the largest medical pot dispensary in the nation. Harborside Health Center … has been embroiled in litigation since 2012, when then-U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag began cracking down on medical pot shops in California.” On Tuesday, Harborside announced feds were dropping the case: “It’s a great day for Oakland and for all of California,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said.

HOT ON THE RIGHT:

The Taxi Drivers Turned Black-Market Nuke Smugglers,” from theDaily Beast: “Six men were nabbed in Georgia (the country not the state) for trying to sell uranium to an unknown buyer—just months after a criminal group was arrested for peddling a radioactive isotope on the black market … The arrests stoked fears of an underground nuclear market, of radiation leakage, and of terrorists working on a dirty bomb. With accounts of local Muslims in Georgia joining up with ISIS, not to mention a brewing conflict between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgians have good reason to be worried … According to authorities, six men … were trying to sell a few kilos of uranium for $200 million. A Tbilisi court convicted all the smugglers and they face up to 10 years in prison.”

DAYBOOK:

On the campaign trail: Here’s the rundown:

  • Clinton: Washington, D.C.
  • Sanders: Lexington, Ky.
  • Kasich: Dulles, Va.

At the White House: President Obama travels to Flint, Mich. to check on the response to the city’s water crisis. Obama will receive a briefing, participate in a roundtable and deliver remarks. In the evening, back in Washington, D.C., he will speak at a gala dinner for the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies. Vice President Biden chairs the U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.

On Capitol Hill: The Senate and House are not in session.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re re-energized,” Kasich’s top strategist, John Weaver,said on Tuesday night. “We’re not quitting until someone has 1,237 delegates,”

NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:

— Our week of dampness continues, with some cooler temps on the radar as well.The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Overcast skies greet us once again with some showers around, especially during the morning into early afternoon. We may trend drier by mid-to-late afternoon, and could even see a peek or two of late-day sun. Temperatures stay a bit cooler than yesterday, as afternoon highs end up around 60 to 65.”

— D.C. public schools are increasing lead testing, after water sources at 12 District schools tested positive for elevated lead levels this year. (Perry Stein)

— Morgan State University, the nation’s largest historically black college, was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The preservation group will work alongside Maryland’s university to “protect its cultural legacy and architecture.” (Susan Svrluga)

— A former D.C. juvenile justice worker was sentenced to four years in prison for helping steal “at least $2.4 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds by giving an identity-theft ring personal information about 645 youth offenders.” (Spencer S. Hsu)

VIDEOS OF THE DAY:

Watch Trump allege that Cruz’s dad is the one in the picture with Lee Harvey Oswald (the Rafael Cruz segment starts at about four minutes in):

DONALD TRUMP FULL INTERVIEW ON FOX & FRIENDS | FOX NEWS (5/3/2016)

And see Cruz respond by calling Trump a “pathological liar” and “serial philanderer:”

Cruz calls Trump ‘pathological liar,’ ‘serial philanderer’

Quick throwback to the time Cruz said he’d “continue to sing Donald’s praises personally”:

Clinton chatted with Amy Poehler about Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope in honor of the Indiana primary:

Check out this emotional ad from Maggie Hassan’s campaign against Kelly Ayotte:

Got Involved

Fans around the world celebrated Leicester City’s fairytale title success:

Fans around the world celebrate Leicester City’s fairytale title success

Seth Meyers discussed single-payer health care:

Single Payer Healthcare: A Closer Look

Check out the atmosphere in North Korea, where Post correspondent Anna Fifield is holding a congress of its ruling Worker’s Party:

The Post in North Korea: First steps on the ground

Finally, watch as a pilot father surprises his soldier son on his flight home from deployment:

Watch: Pilot dad surprises son on his flight home from deployment

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