The Daily 202 – New York Values

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Clinton, Trump get their mojo back with huge wins in New York primary
Hillary Clinton celebrates&nbsp;at her victory party at&nbsp;the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan last night.&nbsp;(Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)</p>

Hillary Clinton celebrates at her victory party at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan last night. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

THE BIG IDEA:

With nearly all the ballots now counted, Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by 16 points in the New York primary. Donald Trump won with more than 60 percent, securing at least 89 of the 95 delegates available from his home stage. John Kasich finished second with 25 percent, but it looks like he’ll emerge with just three delegates.

The returns are a significant setback for both the Stop Trump movement and for the Brooklyn-born Sanders.

The magnitude of Trump’s victory last night makes it practically impossible for Ted Cruz, who finished a distant third with just 14.5 percent, to secure the GOP nomination on the first ballot. His only hope now is a contested convention in Cleveland, according to calculations by Philip Bump.

After a few rough weeks for both front-runners, the calendar now turns to more favorable terrain for both Trump and Clinton. The primaries next Tuesday are in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Clinton at her&nbsp;victory party&nbsp;(Melina Mara/The Washington Post)</p>

Clinton at her victory party (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

— Hillary really still whipped Bernie. Post pollster Scott Clement highlights some key indicators from the preliminary network exit polls:

  • She swept every racial and gender bloc in New York, except for white men. She won black voters by a 3-to-1 margin, according to preliminary exit polls reported by CNN.
  • She offset Bernie’s advantage with young voters by crushing it with older voters. He won about six in 10 voters under 45. She won those older than 45 by a wider margin.
  • Her advantage was fueled by women. They made up nearly 3 in 5 primary voters. Clinton won women by a roughly 20-point margin over Sanders, whereas Sanders won narrowly among men.
  • Hispanics made up 14 percent of the New York Democratic primary electorate, up slightly from 10 percent in 2008, and they again proved a strong source of support for Clinton. Clinton led Sanders among Hispanic voters by 26 points (63-37).
  • Two-thirds of exit poll respondents said they believe Clinton has the “better chance to defeat Trump.”
  • The closed primary definitely helped Clinton. Clinton won self-identified Democrats by a 61 to 39 percent margin. Sanders won nearly three-quarters of independents, but they accounted for only 14 percent of the electorate. (Study the numbers for yourself on CNN.)

As Hillary told supporters in Manhattan, “There’s no place like home.”

“The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight,” she declared.

Bernie Sanders speaks on the campus of Penn State University yesterday. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)</p>

Bernie Sanders speaks on the campus of Penn State University yesterday. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

— Indeed, the pundit class is eager to declare that the Democratic contest is now over.

“Sanders won huge in the Mountain West and northern New England, and nearly all of the states in those regions have voted,” writes Josh Barro of Business Insider. “Saying Sanders can catch up means saying he can win California by 18 and Rhode Island by 33, after losing Arizona, Nevada, and Massachusetts. That’s not going to happen …Technically, the Democratic presidential contest is not yet over. But let’s be real. It’s over.”

Sanders “has thrived in caucus states, but there is only one of those left: North Dakota,” Nate Cohn writes in the New York Times. “Mr. Sanders could win 64 percent of the vote in a couple of mostly white Western primaries, like Oregon or Montana. But he’s unlikely to win by much more. He could win in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia, but is not likely to do so by 64 percent … It is more likely that Mr. Sanders has reached the stage of the campaign where even feel-good victories — like repeats of his genuinely impressive win in Michigan — will leave him too far behind.”

— Many mocked Sanders over his recent complaints that Hillary is leading in the delegate race because red states in the Deep South were front-loaded on the calendar.

— Key liberal commentators are beginning to attack Sanders as a sore loser. New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait argues that Sanders knows he’s losing and it is making him a little crazy: “The Sanders campaign … is decrying the system as rigged in various ways: the sequencing of states is unfair, the voting power of the ‘conservative’ South — but in reality, heavily Democratic and African-American — is unfair, closed primaries are wrong.Sanders’s denunciations of the primary system as rigged have merged with his descriptions of the economy and the political system as rigged. In combination with his attacks on Clinton for succoring Wall Street — which are exaggerated but not entirely imagined — Sanders has conjoined Clinton and the Democratic Party apparatus to the shadow nexus of villains that he and his revolution are pledged to overthrow.”

— But, but, but: Our chief correspondent, Dan Balz, has a reality check on the front page of today’s Post. “Clinton got what she needed in New York … But any cause for celebration among her supporters probably will be tempered by the reality that her unexpectedly difficult nomination battle has taken a significant toll on her candidacy. … The longer this race has gone on, the more she has shown vulnerabilities. … Clinton’s image is at or near record lows among major demographic groups. Among men, she is at minus 40. Among women, she is at minus nine. Among whites, she is at minus 39. Among white women, she is at minus 25. Among white men, she is at minus 72.”

  • Her favorability among whites at this point in the election cycle is worse than President Obama’s ever has been, according to Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducted the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
  • “It’s hard to dispute the rising negatives,” said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. “But there’s room to improve. And I wouldn’t overlook this broad base [of voters] that wants to vote for a Democrat and doesn’t want to vote for a Trump or Cruz.”

— This was Trump’s best performance in any state yet. He out-performed the polls, despite it being the kind of closed primary he has struggled with elsewhere. — Trying to clean up his act: The front-runner tried to use his victory speech last night to signal that he really can be “presidential,” as he’s been promising for months.“Stepping out with his family to the brassy strains of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York,’ Trump sounded like a more disciplined candidate as he claimed victory in a short statement at … Trump Tower. Gone were Trump’s signature personal insults; he referred to ‘Senator Cruz,’ not ‘Lyin’ Ted,’per Jenna Johnson and Philip Rucker.

Donald Trump’s victory speeches, then and now

“He seems to have heeded advice from his wife and daughters to tone down his rhetoric,” Jenna reports in a broader piece on Trump being at “an inflection point” in his campaign. “He is tweeting less, skipping the Sunday news shows where pointed questions have recently tripped him up, reading from notes at rallies and refocusing on the economic issues that first brought him success early in the campaign. There are plans for him to soon give a series of policy speeches, perhaps with the assistance of a teleprompter — a device that to him once symbolized the bloodless establishment.”

Make no mistake: Trump’s sweeping win combined with his disciplined and respectful tone in victory should scare the hell out of the Republicans working to keep the nomination from him,” writes The Fix’s Chris Cillizza in a story on the night’s winners and losers. “If the Trump we saw over the past week in New York is the Trump we get between now and June 7, the effort to stop him may fall on hard times.”

Notable:

— Last night was a really big setback for Cruz because it will blunt his momentum and make it harder for him to argue that he and Trump are in a two-way race.

Ted Cruz in Philadelphia last night&nbsp;(Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)</p>

Ted Cruz in Philadelphia last night (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

Just how bad was it? In some House districts, Cruz was running neck and neck with Ben Carson:

The senator, speaking in Philadelphia last night, signaled that he’s about to significantly change up his stump speech. He’s trying anew to reclaim the outsider mantle while also presenting himself as someone who would be more effective than Trump.At times, his pitch sounded more like a history lecture than a campaign talk,” Sean Sullivan reports from the National Constitution Center. “He said Reagan and Kennedy were outsiders who charted fresh paths forward for the country. He said he was an outsider, too – and so is one of his Democratic rivals.”

  • “I am an outsider, Bernie Sanders is an outsider,” said Cruz. “Both with the same diagnosis, but both with very different paths to healing.”
  • Toward the end of his scripted speech, Cruz said: “America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat and the crowd has given the final count. It is time for us to get up [and] shake it off…”
  • There were no television screens inside the venue so the crowd could not watch coverage of Cruz getting demolished.

John Kasich&nbsp;tries on&nbsp;a pair of boxing gloves during a town hall at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday.&nbsp;(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)</p>

John Kasich tries on a pair of boxing gloves during a town hall at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, yesterday. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

— The Kasich campaign celebrated the results, even though the governor leaves with just a handful of delegates despite heavily competing in the state. Strategist John Weaver argued that the second-place finish will help them finish second in the upcoming primaries, from Connecticut to Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. “A vote for Cruz in these states is a vote for Trump,” said Weaver.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York says “the GOP race is — again — about to enter uncharted territory.” He expects Cruz will go after Trump harder now that the Texan cannot win on the first ballot: “His campaign will be entirely negative — to keep Trump below 1,237. In effect, every vote for Cruz will be a strategic vote. Will that change the dynamics of the race? Trump obviously thinks so; he mentioned it specifically in his New York victory speech. And Trump will certainly remind voters of the fact in coming campaigning. What effect, if any, that will have on voters is just not clear.”

— But, but, but: It is worth pouring a little bit of cold water on The Donald’s victory. “It is simply the latest example of what we have known from the early days of the race: Trump is the preferred candidate of the moderate, less-evangelical Republican,” writes National Review’s Henry Olsen. “Since the states that vote on April 26 also have large numbers of moderate, non-evangelical Republicans, we should expect large Trump wins in those states as well. And nothing about the margin of Trump’s win today will have any effect at all on those races – or on the outcomes in the more Cruz-friendly states which will vote in May.”

&nbsp;A man votes at a public school in&nbsp;Brooklyn, where widespread irregularities were reported.&nbsp;(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)</p>

 A man votes at a public school in Brooklyn, where widespread irregularities were reported. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

— New York’s got 99 problems, and disenfranchising its people is one. Widespread irregularities were reported at the polls all day long. “Voters reported to local media and city officials just about every voting issue imaginable — closed polling locations, sites running out of ballots, people told they’re not on the voter list, broken machines and even instances of blue pens to mark a black-pen-only ballot,” per Amber Phillips.

  • Brooklyn was the epicenter of this drama. Officials said some 125,000 voters had been purged from the voting rolls.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio alleged that entire city blocks and buildings of voters were inexplicably purged from the lists. “Major reforms will be needed to the Board of Election and in the state law governing it,” the mayor said.
  • The city’s comptroller announced he’s going to audit the Board of Elections.
  • The state’s attorney general received “hundreds more reports than usual” about problems at polling sites. The office received more than 700 calls last night with complaints about not being able to vote. By comparison, WYNC reports, the office received 150 total complaints during the general election in 2012, when turnout was much higher.

These issues would be a much bigger deal if the outcomes were closer. But Bernie supporters will doubtlessly use the issue to try putting some kind of asterisk on the results.

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:

The Flint Water Plant (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)</p>

The Flint Water Plant (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

— Michigan’s Attorney General will today announce criminal charges against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city’s lead-tainted water. “The charges — the first levied in a probe that is expected to broaden — will be filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality officials and a local water treatment plant supervisor,” the AP reports. “The felony and misdemeanor charges include violating Michigan’s drinking water law, official misconduct, destruction of utility property and evidence tampering.”

  • The failure to deploy lead corrosion controls after the city’s switch to get its water supply from the Flint River will be cited as a catastrophic mistake: “The DEQ has acknowledged misreading federal regulations and wrongly telling the city that the chemicals were not needed. State officials were slow to respond to experts’ and residents’ concerns.”
  • “In addition to the lead contamination, outside experts also have suggested a link between the Flint River and a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. There were at least 91 cases, including 12 deaths, across Genesee County, which contains Flint, during a 17-month period. That represents a five-fold increase over what the county averaged before.”

— Life expectancy for white females in the U.S. has declined, according to just-released CDC data from 2013-2014. “This unusual down-tick in life expectancy — from 81.2 to 81.1 years — is consistent with other research showing that drug overdoses, suicides and diseases related to smoking and heavy drinking are killing unprecedented numbers of white Americans, particularly women in mid-life,” Joel Achenbach reports. “The data … also showed that Americans collectively have lost momentum when it comes to greater longevity. Life expectancy at birth has remained virtually stagnant for the nation since 2010.” Meanwhile, the numbers improved for minorities: “Hispanic life expectancy rose from 81.6 to 81.8 years … Life expectancy for blacks rose from 75.1 to 75.2 years, driven by a particularly large jump among black males, from 71.8 to 72.2 years.”

GET SMART FAST:

  1. UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, announced that it will exit in 2017 most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. (Carolyn Y. Johnson)
  2. The Fourth Circuit ruled that a Virginia transgender student can sue his school after being banned from the boy’s bathroom. The 2-1 ruling defers to the U.S. Education Department’s position that transgender students should have access to the bathrooms that match their gender identities rather than being forced to use bathrooms that match their biological sex. The Obama administration says that violates Title IX. (Moriah Balingit)
  3. North Carolina’s bathroom bill is backfiring on Gov. Pat McCrory (R). An ElonUniversity poll shows Democratic challenger Roy Cooper leading the Republican by 6 points. (Amber Phillips)
  4. Target will publicly welcome transgender customers to use whichever bathroom corresponds with their “gender identity.” The public statement seems aimed at the Tar Heel State and will surely upset some conservatives. (Yanan Wang)
  5. The Obama administration warned states that blocking Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood “may be illegal,” after 10 states have sought to do so. (Lena H. Sun)
  6. The Senate approved an FAA reauthorization bill that increases airport security, requires airlines to refund baggage fees for delayed luggage and speeds up drone regulation. (Ashley Halsey III)
  7. Many Republicans are siding with President Obama in the debate over whether to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue alleged terror financiers in Saudi Arabia, as Senate Democrats clash with the White House over a bill being pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “The administration contends that if the legislation is enacted it could lead to other countries implementing similar laws, which would expose the United States to similar legal threats,” Karoun Demirjian reports.
  8. The Supreme Court declined to hear a case alleging that the Google Books project violates copyright law, effectively ruling in favor of the tech giant after a decade-long legal fight. (Andrea Peterson)
  9. Chief Justice John Roberts swore-in a dozen deaf and hard of hearing lawyers to the Supreme Court bar using sign language. (Colby Itkowitz)
  10. In a national first, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed legislation declaring that explicit adult content poses a “public health crisis.” (Niraj Chokshi)
  11. A Colorado public school district purchased 10 semi-automatic rifles to arm its security officers. (Elahe Izadi and T. Rees Shapiro)
  12. Senate Republicans approved letting Mitch McConnell’s leadership team remain in their posts through at least 2018. The move is another blow to Mike Lee’s ambitions. (The Hill)
  13. Police found the body of a beloved Florida priest, who is believed to have been murdered by one of the ex-prisoners he dedicated his life to helping. (Yanan Wang)
  14. Whole Foods sued an Austin pastor who claimed he was sold a cake with an anti-gay slur. The supermarket released footage that contradicted the man’s claims. (Austin American Statesman)
  15. A Tennessee university apologized over rainbow-colored nooses that were found hanging around campus. They were part of a class art project. (Lindsey Bever)
  16. The New York Daily News fired an editor for removing attributions from writer Shaun King, making it appear as though King had plagiarized his columns. “The announcement came after a chaotic day in which King had vehemently defended himself against mounting accusations of plagiarism,” CNN Money reports.
  17. Nike terminated its multi-year endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel, costing the former Browns quarterback his biggest marketing deal. (ESPN)
  18. Fidel Castro said he is nearing the end of his life and asked for ideas to help communism survive. The former leader’s remarks came at the end of a three-day Cuban Communist Party Congress, where his younger brother was re-elected as the party’s head. (AP)
  19. Two rival construction companies in China violently clashed over a development project. Workers used their heavy construction machinery as weapons.Employees also attacked one another using knives and pellet guns. (New York Times)

MORE ON THE REPUBLICAN RACE:

Susana Martinez speaks&nbsp;at the&nbsp;New York GOP gala last week. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)</p>

Susana Martinez speaks at the New York GOP gala last week. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

— New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, speaking to donors at an RGA fundraiser in Palm Beach, ripped into Trump. “She told the crowd of about 60 wealthy GOP backers that, as a Latina, she was offended by Trump’s language about immigrants,” Matea Gold and Philip Rucker scoop. “The comments were a remarkably strong rebuke of the GOP front-runner by Martinez, who has been publicly circumspect about his candidacy … She spoke out after the other female governor in the room, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, also criticized Trump, expressing concern that his rhetoric would taint the Republican brand.”

— John McCain announced he will skip the chaotic Republican convention in Cleveland so that he can campaign for reelection in Arizona. Mitt Romney has not said whether he’ll go or not, but it now seems possible that the last three GOP presidential nominees will steer clear of the convention.

— Trump discussed his campaign shakeup on Fox News: “When you bring other people in, I could see some people, their feelings get a little bit hurt. But, frankly, you know, we’re in a position where we’d like to see if we can close it out.”

  • Manager Corey Lewandowski, who has largely been sidelined and is now functioning more like a scheduler than campaign architect, shrugged when asked last night if he is okay with the campaign restructuring. “We’re growing, baby,” he said, per our Jenna Johnson.
  • Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has become an increasingly important adviser, especially on policy.

— In a testy interview with Sean Hannity, Cruz said Trump’s bid is more akin to a reality television show than a legitimate political operation. “The Donald Trump campaign doesn’t know what they’re doing. It’s a Kim Kardashian reality show,” Cruz said, later adding: “I cannot help that the campaign does not seem capable of running a lemonade stand.” (Katie Zezima)

And Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring went on MSNBC before returns came in last night to diminish the significance of Trump’s victory: “Even the insufferable John Kasich was able to win his own state.”

— The registration on Trump’s famous personal jet apparently expired months ago.“Records kept with the Federal Aviation Administration show the aircraft’s registration lapsed on Jan. 31,” the New York Times reports. “Trump’s plane could be grounded for days, or even months, while the issue is sorted out.” The F.A.A. could also fine or assess other penalties against Trump: “Though it is unlikely that the agency would seek the maximum penalty, flying with no registration could result in a civil penalty of up to $27,500, a criminal fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for up to three years, it said.”

— Trump’s campaign paid a Breitbart News editor $8,000 for “policy consulting” last year, according to FEC filings. It’s just the latest in a string of devastating blows to the site’s credibility. (Buzzfeed)

MORE ON THE DEMOCRATIC RACE:

Joe Biden speaks at J Street&rsquo;s National Gala on Monday night.&nbsp;(Courtesy of J Street/YouTube screen grab)</p>

Joe Biden speaks at J Street’s National Gala on Monday night. (Courtesy of J Street/YouTube screen grab)

— Joe Biden defended his role in crafting the 1994 crime bill in an interview with CNBC, saying the legislation signed by Bill Clinton “restored American cities.” “We talk about this mostly in terms of Black Lives Matter,” the VP told John Harwood. “Black lives really do matter, but the problem is institutional racism in America. That’s the overarching problem that still exists. And we should be talking about it, and looking at the legacy of racism in housing and in jobs and so on.” Biden said he had “no regrets” about it. The legislation has emerged a hot-button issue in the primaries. The former president sort of blamed Biden for the bad parts of the bill the week before last, saying that the then-Judiciary Committee chairman told him he had to increase sentencing to get Republican votes.

More Biden: The vice president, speaking to the liberal Jewish advocacy group J Street, tried to balance blunt criticism of the Israeli government with vows that the United States will always guarantee Israel’s security. “We have an overwhelming obligation, notwithstanding our sometimes overwhelming frustration with the Israeli government, to push them as hard as we can toward what they know in their gut is the only ultimate solution, a two-state solution, while at the same time be an absolute guarantor of their security,” Biden said Monday night. (Carol Morello)

— Hillary is on the cover of US Weekly with “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.” If you have been paying any attention for the last 25 years, you probably won’t learn much. But here are the eight most fun ones:

  • “I can’t carry a tune for the life of me. My choir teacher used to ask me to mouth the words. I used to sing to my daughter, Chelsea, when she was a baby, until she said, ‘No sing, Mommy, no sing.’”
  • “Bill Clinton proposed to me twice before I said yes.”
  • “I like to relax by reading mystery novels.”
  • “Chocolate is my weakness … as are Goldfish.”
  • “I am, and always will be, a Beatles fan.”
  • “Here’s one that won’t surprise anyone: I’ve been coloring my hair for years.”
  • “I once had a job ‘sliming’ salmon at an Alaska cannery. It was as glamorous as it sounds.”
  • “I do yoga. Not enough.”

SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:

— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Hillary’s Empire State victory unleashed Hillary’s pop star army, with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry both tweeting words of encouragement that were among the most popular Hillary-related tweets of the day. If you’re keeping score at home, Gaga’s got more social media juice than KP…

Sanders had more buzz on social media throughout the day, but as Zignal’s Anthony York put it, “his traffic was more of a slow Bern.” Clinton, meanwhile, saw her mentions spike when the networks called the race:

Other celebrities got in on the voting day action too:

The Empire State Building was lit up red when Trump was declared the winner. A lot of people joked about this as some kind of metaphor for his candidacy:

The NYC mayor became the butt of a few jokes over this tweet:

Spotted in New York:

The scene at Hillary’s victory party:

Check out Kasich in cookie form:

Elizabeth Warren tweeted up a storm about Cruz:

Someone somewhere out on the Internet wrote a Hamilton parody based on Jeb Bush’s failed presidential campaign:

Seriously, it is amazing. Here is the very beginning:

The Daily News’s Shaun King — who faced plagiarism charges from The Daily Beast that resulted in the firing of an editor at his paper — bizarrely blamed Chelsea Clinton:

Twitter had fun with that one:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) celebrated his birthday this week:

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) remembered the Oklahoma City bombing:

Sen. Ron Wyden (R-Oregon) celebrated National Park Week (click for video):

Someone’s press secretary has way too much time on her hands:

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) talked about Clinton — and hot sauce — on cable news:

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) taped his daughter reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (click for video):

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) found something unexpected at the airport:

GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:

HOT ON THE LEFT: 

“Judge Denies Request To Immediately Open Up New York Primary To Independent Voters,” from Think Progress: “Independent New York voters who were hoping to gain the right to vote in the state’s closed primary received some disappointing news from a federal judge on Tuesday, when she denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have opened up New York’s primary election to all voters, regardless of party affiliation. District Judge Joanna Seybert denied the request, and delayed a hearing on an emergency lawsuit filed Monday.

HOT ON THE RIGHT: HOTR:

“Pat Boone Just Slammed ‘SNL’ For ‘Diabolical’ Skit Mocking The Christian Faith,” from The Daily Caller: “Pat Boone wasn’t laughing when ‘Saturday Night Live’ aired a skit that poked fun at Christianity and Kim Davis. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Monday, the 81-year-old actor — who stars in ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ — said it was ‘outright sacrilege.’ ‘God has a sense of humor,’ Boone said. ‘Why else would he invent the porcupine and the giraffe? Something can be devilishly funny, but this skit is diabolical.’”

DAYBOOK:

On the campaign trail: Here’s the rundown:

  • Clinton: Philadelphia
  • Trump: Indianapolis; Berlin, Md.
  • Cruz: Harrisburg, Pa.

At the White House: President Obama arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he has a meeting with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and participates in an embassy meet-and-greet. Vice President Biden travels to New Orleans to deliver remarks at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting and then attend a DNC fundraiser.

On Capitol Hill: The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. to resume work on the energy bill. A vote is expected at 10 a.m. The House meets at 10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 

“I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I’ll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on “Morning Joe.” King initially backed Marco Rubio and said he voted for John Kasich by absentee ballot, though the congressman stressed that didn’t constitute an endorsement: “To come out and endorse someone means that you think right now they have a realistic chance of winning. I don’t think John does.”

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

— Expect another nice day, with temps a little cooler than the rest of the week. TheCapital Weather Gang: “We enjoy another mostly sunny and very pleasant day. It’s about 10-15 degrees cooler than the past couple days, but then again some might have thought that was too warm too fast? Winds stay light from the northeast during the morning, and then from the southeast during the afternoon.”

— As part of a fresh push for statehood, D.C. license plates are getting a one-word update: The new plates will read “END Taxation without Representation.” (Aaron C. Davis)

— The Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-0.

— School officials in Montgomery County approved a plan to extend the school year by two days after losing instructional time to snow days this winter. (Donna St. George)

— The Washington-area’s highest priced homes are located on the Red Line, according to a new study that analyzed property value based on proximity to each Metro station. Green line properties were the most affordable. (Michele Lerne)

— Is anyone surprised? Less than one month after its $6.8 billion merger with Exelon finally got approved, Pepco is seeking a 10 percent rate increase for Maryland customers. Under the newly-filed proposal, the average Pepco residential customer could expect a power bill increase of $15.80 a month. (Thomas Heath)

— Over 3,000 acres have been charred in a wildfire at Shenandoah National Park. A dozen trails and portions of Skyline Drive have been shut down. Park authorities believe the blaze was human-caused. (Angela Fritz)

— Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has lent himself about $400,000 in his campaign for Maryland’s 4th Congressional district. Both Brown and rival Glenn Ivey have raised more than $1 million for their respective campaigns. (Arelis R. Hernández)

VIDEOS OF THE DAY:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) jokingly voted “neighhh” on a horse protection amendment to the energy bill:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski: “Neigh” (C-SPAN)

Join Jonah from VEEP as he leads viewers on a tour of the set:

‘Veep’ Set Exclusive Tour – funny

The pro-Hillary group Correct the Record compiled 27 times that Sanders or his campaign expressed confidence they would win New York. Here are a few of the examples:

Hillary Wins NY!

Trump said it was a “great honor” to be able to vote for himself for the first time. The scene at his polling place was exactly as chaotic as you’d expect:

Trump votes in N.Y. primary

Kasich ate his way through the New York primary:

John Kasich ate his way through the New York primary

An Ohio woman pleaded not guilty to charges of livestreaming her friend’s rape. Her lawyer told the judge: “My client is along for the ride, so to speak. She’s in the habit of filming everything with this app called Periscope.”

Woman pleads not guilty to charges of livestreaming her friend’s rape

The cofounders of Ben and Jerry’s explained why they decided to get arrested at the Capitol this week:

Ben & Jerry’s co-founders protest big money in politics, get arrested

Finally, watch Post reporter Tim Craig talk about a harrowing car accident while he was on assignment in Afghanistan:

Post reporter plunges off cliff from notorious Afghan highway

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