“I thought it’d be cool to see her kid, so why not come out?” said Jeung Bok Holmquist, 19, who is studying film at the University of Wisconsin.
She left still planning to vote for the Vermont senator in the state’s April 5 primary. “He’s a socialist. I’m into that,” said Holmquist. “And there are some things Hillary has done that are pretty questionable. In the ‘90s, she backed some pretty bad policies that kind of screwed over black people and stuff like that. There’s the argument that she’s a woman and I’m a woman, but I’d rather agree with someone’s policies.” (She added that she will vote for the former secretary of State over Donald Trump in the general election.)
Madison is a true liberal bastion. A Republican governor once famously described the capital city as “30 square miles surrounded by reality.” It was intended as an insult, but locals have embraced it as an official motto. Sanders is looking to run up his margins here. The Clinton campaign is trying to make inroads.
-- With a smile on her face, Chelsea aggressively prosecuted the campaign’s case against Sanders.
She bluntly declared near the top of her 20-minute speech that Democrats will not regain control of the House this November. “Maybe in 2022,” she explained, after redistricting. “While I wish that weren’t true,” she said, “we have to deal with the political realities as we find them.” She then talked about how well her mom worked with Republicans like Tom DeLay and John McCain when she was in the Senate and promised she’d do the same as president.
That’s not quite the message young, idealistic kids–who find the prospect of a “political revolution” compelling—want to hear.
From there, Chelsea accused Sanders of being a single-issue candidate – concerned with campaign finance reform and not as much about climate change, abortion rights and gun control. Then she fielded questions from the audience. The second of six came from a student who demanded to know if Hillary will pledge to support Sanders should he become the Democratic nominee.
-- The campaign has routinely deployed the former First Daughter to college areas where her mother is not popular. On Tuesday, the campaign sent Chelsea to Bates Technical College in Tacoma. (Washington State's caucuses are tomorrow.) She spoke at Shaw University in Raleigh before North Carolina’s primary, the College of Charleston before South Carolina’s and Manchester Community College before New Hampshire’s. She spoke at a phone bank for high school students in Las Vegas and an organizing event at the University of Iowa.
-- I asked Chelsea after the event why her mom is struggling so much on college campuses. She blamed Bernie’s promise of free college tuition and then spent two minutes explaining why the idea is unrealistic. “At the events I’ve had near college campuses … one of the things I’ve heard really resonates with voters is his now quite-famous pledge to give free college tuition to anyone at a public university or a community college,” she said. “Yet when people really look at how he’d do that, it’s partly through a Wall Street speculation tax. But it’s largely through expecting states to come up with hundreds of billions of dollars on day one. The bill for Wisconsin alone would be $11 billion to fund that pledge.” She added that she’s proud her mom “doesn’t commit to things she doesn’t have direct control over and that she knows aren’t likely in the current political environment, in which we have 31 Republican governors.”
-- As a surrogate on the stump, Chelsea has improved significantly since 2008. But she’s also 36 now. Born in 1980, she is much more of a Gen X-er than a Millenial. When she graduated from Stanford in 2001, many of today’s undergrads were toddlers. (They were still in middle school during Clinton’s epic 2008 battle with Barack Obama.)
She’s in a stage of her life that makes it harder to identify with live-and-let-live college kids. Chelsea opens her stump speech by apologizing for sitting on a stool, saying that a doctor ordered her to minimize how much time she spends standing because she’s expecting a baby this summer. She explains how becoming a mother has made her more passionate than ever about politics.
-- It’s hard to be for Hillary at UW. A dozen students at the event told me that it is challenging to be a college student for Hillary, even at a point in the nominating contest when many believe she’s the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“Young people for Bernie are very vocal, and it’s not exactly cool to be for Hillary,” said Brendan Cohen, 21, a political science major. “We had a meeting on campus the other day, and there were a bunch of people who really didn’t know there were other students for Hillary on campus. They were kind of shocked. … So I think there’s a lot of people who don’t realize there are other people like them, that they can talk about it and that they can express their interest.”
Chandler Denhart, 22, is the president of Badgers for Hillary. He and a handful of friends created the pro-Clinton student group 13 months ago. He said they’ve set up a table every week in the student union to promote her. They recently had an event where students could make pro-Hillary buttons, and they’ve built an email list with hundreds of names. (The school’s enrollment is 43,193.)
“There’s really just the image problem that you’ve got to get through with young people. People don’t trust her or whatever. They think she’s a liar, etcetera,” said Denhart, a senior majoring in political science. “But it’s really effective when you sit down and flush that out with people. When you say, ‘Why don’t you trust her or what is she lying about?’, they really never have an actual answer. They say emails or Benghazi, but then you talk to them about it. That’s an effective method.”
-- The big question at this point is whether pro-Sanders millennials would rally behind Clinton in the fall, when she’ll need them to carry the state, presuming she’s the nominee.
“In the general, I will definitely vote for Hillary if she’s the candidate. In the primary, I think I’m going to vote for Bernie,” said Eleanor Knauss, 20, who is home for spring break and plans to cast an early ballot today. “I agree more with his foreign policy. I do think he’s a little more trustworthy.” She said at the Chelsea event that she's also "pro-Hillary."
Hannah Mullen, 20, the vice president of Badgers for Hillary, said she’s a little worried about Sanders supporters not falling in line during the general. She said her classmates lack confidence in the government and want outsiders. They see Clinton as part of the establishment. “You can’t really find too much baggage with him,” she said of Sanders, adding that his unexpected victories in primaries and caucuses have only strengthened his appeal on campus. She said her own father supports Sanders, and she’s still trying to persuade him.
“I’m a Bernie supporter too, in all honesty,” Mullen said, as she walked around the crowded field office with a clipboard, trying to get volunteers to sign up for door-knocking shifts to help Hillary. “You can’t really make a bad choice between the two, but she’s going to be the nominee. It’s looked that way for a long time. At this point, it’s time to just get behind her and build that support.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
-- French police arrested a man in the “advanced stages” of planning a terrorist attack: “The arrest is believed to have infiltrated the upper level of a terrorism network, though the man is not linked to the attacks in Brussels. In Belgium, authorities have arrested six new men potentially linked to the attack,” Griff Witte and Steven Mufson report from Brussels. It was not clear whether the six were actually involved, however, and police warned others may remain at large … Elsewhere, a top European security official warned the Islamic State threat is greater than previous assessments. And Europol chief Rob Wainwright said security authorities are focused on some 5,000 suspects believed to have radicalized.”
- Among those killed in Brussels: students, a young couple from Kentucky, siblings from New York and a Peruvian mother of twins. (More on the deceased here.)
- Belgium’s interior and justice ministers have offered to resign amid criticisms from some over a “host of security failures” preceding the attack.
- The Islamic State released a video to celebrate the attacks that includes footage of Trump. Believed to come from the propaganda arm of the terrorist group, it incorporates audio of Donald Trump reacting to carnage on cable TV. (Ishaan Tharoor)
-- Hillary appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. Kimmel pitched Clinton on new campaign slogans, including “Netflix and Hill,” gave her a tutorial on “mansplaining” – “smile! Don’t smile, it’s too forced … Be careful with that face,” and read her emails aloud to “show how boring they are.”
The front-runner denounced the Citizens United decision, defended Bill’s “awful legacy” gaffe (“he was obviously not knocking Obama”) and hit Republicans for refusing to consider Merrick Garland, a move she said was “beyond partisanship.” And, of course, the discussion turned to Trump, who Clinton said she “looked forward” to facing in the general election. “I think most voters, when you start focusing on who can do the job, who can be commander-in-chief and what you stand for, I think voters take that seriously.”
-- Clinton tops Trump 56-42 in a new CNN/ORC poll: Clinton also bests the GOP front-runner in seven different areas of “potential presidential qualifications.” Majorities think she’d be a better commander in chief and is more in touch with middle class voters.
GET SMART FAST
- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill banning abortions in cases of Down Syndrome or other fetal abnormalities. Several Republican women in the state House said the bill goes too far. The GOP governor, once a rising star, faces a tough re-election. (Sandhya Somashekhar)
- The Justice Department indicted seven hackers associated with the Iranian government for cybercrimes, which include disrupting websites of U.S. banks and breaking into a New York dam's computer system to stop it from operating. (Ellen Nakashima and Matt Zapotosky)
- North Korea claims it successfully launched a solid-fuel rocket, which would represent a major technological advancement that could increase Pyongyang’s ability to strike the American homeland. Experts are working to verify the validity of the country’s latest boast. (Anna Fifield)
- Nine days after sentencing a University of Virginia student to 15 years of prison labor, North Korea showed off another Virginian that they’ve detained. Fairfax resident Kim Tong Chul appeared at a highly-staged Pyongyang press conference to deliver an obviously coerced confession for collaborating with South Korean intelligence officials (who deny that they have any connection to him). (AP)
- Netflix admitted to “throttling” its video speed for certain users, deliberately slowing down streaming services for AT&T and Verizon customers for more than five years without giving notice. (Brian Fung)
- Some Emory University students claimed they felt unsafe after a conservative group used sidewalk chalk to write pro-Trump messages around campus. Protestors gathered in the quad, yelling “Come speak to us, we are in pain!” and “We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Political correctness run amok? (Susan Svrluga)
- A former Ole Miss student is facing potential jail time after tying a noose and Confederate flag around a statue of the university’s first black student. (Susan Svrluga)
- Microsoft temporarily suspended its artificial intelligence program after it began spouting racist and sexist remarks. Users began messing with the bot after learning it mimicked human interaction, goading a program into making increasingly outrageous comments. (AP)
- A Japanese fleet killed 333 whales in the Antarctic, part of a purported “research initiative” that has been widely condemned by the international community as anything but. (Elahe Izadi)
- A California jury rejected the case of a law school graduate who sued her alma mater, claiming she was enticed to enroll by “misleading” post-graduation employment figures. (AP)
- Police in Manifee, Calif., were called to break up a kindergarten play after parents got into an “all out brawl” over who could take the choicest seats! (Sarah Kaplan)
-- ISIS is a rapidly diminishing force on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. Liz Sly reports from Beirut: “On Thursday, Syrian government troops entered the outskirts of Palmyra after a weeks-old offensive aided by Russian airstrikes. And U.S. airstrikes helped Iraqi forces overrun a string of Islamic State villages in northern Iraq that had been threatening a U.S. base nearby. Commanders no longer speak of a scarily formidable foe but of Islamic State defenses that crumble within days and fighters who flee at the first sign of attack. ‘They don’t fight,’ said a commander overseeing recent Iraqi offensives. ‘They just send car bombs and then run away … either surrendering or infiltrating themselves among civilians.’”
-- “In a country where a headscarf or an Arab name can spell joblessness and suspicion, many Belgian Muslims are doubling down on national spirit even as they fear renewed discrimination from fellow citizens,” Michael Birnbaum and James McAuley report from Brussels. … And with Muslims among the dead and injured, many say they are fed up with being tarred for attacks that hit them as badly as other residents. ‘They say the attackers were Muslim, but Islam isn’t like that. This isn’t human behavior,’ said Ines Aabajda, 16. ‘This isn’t our religion.’ Many are reaffirming their Belgian patriotism even though some powerful leaders are ethnic nationalists wanting to split the country into pieces. ‘In my mind, I think like a Belgian person, but you look at my face and you see an Arab,’ said Ibrahim Ouassari. ‘It’s very difficult when you don’t have an identity … When you feel every time you need to give a justification when there is terrorism and bad things. And you have nothing to do with it.’”
-- In a powerful, Christ-inspired gesture, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees during a Holy Thursday Mass in Rome, declaring them all “brothers.” Francis contrasted the ceremonial foot-washing with the “gesture of destruction” carried out by the Brussels attackers, saying they wanted to destroy the brotherhood of humanity represented by the migrants. “We have different cultures and religions … but we [all] want to live in peace,” Francis said. (AP)
BACK HOME, THE SCOTUS FIGHT RAGES ON—
-- Sen. Jerry Moran said Merrick Garland deserves a confirmation hearing, making the Kansan the third Republican to break with party leadership. “I can’t imagine the president will nominate someone that meets my criteria, but I have my job to do,” said Moran, who is up for re-election. “I think the process ought to go forward.” (Mike DeBonis)
-- Republican Miguel Estrada predicted Garland will be confirmed by the end of the year, saying he has the “temperament, experience, and background” to be a justice. The former judicial nominee, who was blocked by Democrats in the Bush years, said the calculus against Garland may very well change, especially if the GOP finds itself with a contested convention. (Bloomberg Politics)
-- Speaking at Georgetown Law, a visibly-peeved Biden said Senate Republicans have a “duty” to consider Garland and insisted the GOP made up “The Biden Rule.” (Paul Kane and David Nakamura)
-- The FBI is still testing ways to break into the cell phone used by a San Bernardino terrorist without erasing crucial data. “The agency says ‘mobile forensics’ specialists have bombarded them with suggestions; furiously comparing notes on the costs, risks and merits of various techniques. But the FBI said its approach will remain a closely guarded secret – the public may never know how the bureau cracked the phone if they are successful,” Andrea Peterson reports. “Officials say the FBI is testing its new approach first on other devices to try to catch any errors that might end up erasing the data that investigators are trying to recover, and the bureau expects to try the solution on the original phone possibly within the next few days. Until the results come in, the high-profile legal battle between the government and Apple will remain on hold.”
THE LATEST ON THE REPUBICAN RACE
-- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Trump should not be Republican nominee and that he will avoid the convention in Cleveland. The moderate Republican, up for reelection in 2018, said he can “barely tolerate” watching the debates. “It’s a mess,” he said. “I hate the whole thing.” (Ovetta Wiggins)
-- Scott Walker said it is "very likely" delegates at an open GOP convention would nominate someone who is “not currently running" for president. This puts him at odds with RNC Chair and fellow Wisconsinite Reince Priebus. (Wisconsin State Journal)
-- Speaking of the Badger State: Less than 24 hours after Paul Ryan gave a speech rebuking the type of politics Trump has practiced during the primary, the GOP front-runner announced he will hold a rally in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville next Tuesday.
-- Cruz and Kasich both launched roughly $500,000 ad buys in Wisconsin. Trump hasn’t placed any buys yet.
-- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said he could vote for Clinton over Trump if those were his two choices, the Miami CBS affiliate reports. In an interview with the station, he refused to rule out voting for Clinton, saying instead he hopes that Trump will be stopped or there will be a third-party candidate he can get behind.
-- Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said in a radio interview that many of his House colleagues who don’t like Cruz are supporting Trump “quietly,” while withholding formal endorsements for reasons unique to their own Congressional districts. Collins, who became Trump’s first Congressional backer in February, said he has gotten “no negative feedback” for his endorsement from House colleagues. (Buzzfeed)
-- Carly Fiorina’s super PAC re-launched with a new mission: to help elect conservative outsiders. From the Facebook announcement: “No one knows the obstacles facing [outsider] candidates like we do: a lack of funding and name recognition, a hostile mainstream media and a Republican establishment working to shut them out.”
-- A poll of likely GOP voters in California from PPIC puts Trump at 38 percent, Cruz at 27 percent and Kasich at 14 percent. (Hillary leads Bernie 48-41). See the crosstabs here.
-- Cruz responded forcefully to Trump’s attacks on his wife: “Our spouses and our children are off bounds,” he said in Wisconsin before a campaign event. “It’s not acceptable for a big, loud, New York bully to attack my wife, and send nasty tweets … Donald, you’re a sniveling coward! Leave Heidi the hell alone!”
Cruz seemed physically repulsed by having to respond to the exchange, David Weigel writes: “Heidi,” the senator said, looking down and pausing, “is the daughter of Christian missionaries. She lived in Africa as a little girl. And she is an unbelievable mom. We’ve got two little girls, 5 and 7, and I’m not looking forward to telling them why Trump is attacking their mother. Real men don’t bully women.”
Check out his comments here:
-- Analaysis: One of the reasons a lot of people who agree with Cruz on the issues still dislike him, including very conservative activists, is that his outrage on the campaign trail usually comes across as a little fake and sort of contrived. Many people want to support him, but their guts tell them that he’s inauthentic and phony. I’ve heard this all the time for the past four years: His carefully-rehearsed umbrage is exactly what you’d expect from an alumnus of the Princeton debate team and someone who was once an amateur thespian. That’s why yesterday’s response was so pitch perfect: It felt raw and genuine.
-- Trump’s problem with women is getting worse. The nasty attack on Mrs. Cruz is just the latest manifestation of Trump’s long history of uncomfortable gender politics. Jose A. DelReal and Jenna Johnson recall that, “Trump has called Clinton ‘very shrill,’ jabbed her for her husband’s marital indiscretions, and said she got ‘schlonged’ in her 2008 fight against Obama. He called Rosie O’Donnell a ‘fat pig.’ And Trump again hit Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, just last week, calling her ‘crazy’ and ‘average in so many ways.’” All the polls show Trump’s support has slid sharply among women over the past few months, hurting the GOP’s already-tenuous standing with females.
-- Chris Cillizza writes that Trump’s rise is the “best thing” that could have happened to Clinton’s campaign. “If the Clinton forces could have handpicked a Republican candidate to run against this fall, it would almost certainly be Trump. He's even MORE high-profile than her. He's even MORE controversial and MORE prone to dominate media coverage than her. If the recipe to winning the White House in November is to turn the race into a referendum on Clinton, Trump is the exact worst choice to do that. He has sucked the oxygen out of the GOP field … [but in the meantime,] the less the general election focuses on Clinton, the better for Clinton and Democrats. There are very few people in the political arena who could possibly knock Clinton down to second billing. Trump is one of them … And not in a good way.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) called Trump a "tiny little man":
The Weekly Standard's editor reiterated his prediction that Sasse could wind up being on the ballot this fall:
Trump supporter Ben Carson continues to make comments like this on Twitter:
(Which begs the question: why does he support Trump again?)
-- Lindsey Graham quipped on NBC: “It’s a good year to be single!”
MORE ON THE DEMOCRATIC RACE
-- Sanders won the endorsement of the longshoremen union, which is powerful on the West Coast.
-- Sanders told a progressive internet show that he considers President Obama both a member of “the establishment” and a progressive trying to fight against it. “I think [he is] probably both” the senator said. “Do I think he has real views and concerns, deeply felt? I think he does, you know, unlike some people who will go with the wind all the time.” (Buzzfeed)
-- Two head-table tickets to George Clooney’s upcoming fundraiser for Hillary in the Bay Area will cost you $353,400. (Politico)
-- Haters gonna hate, and HRC just can’t win. Via the Huffington Post: “Fox News host Heather Nauert and guest Monica Crowley criticized the former secretary of state Wednesday for being ‘a little too calm’ while delivering a foreign policy speech at Stanford University. ‘Did you notice that calm and collected tone of voice right there? She said we needed ‘strong, steady leadership,’ implying the Republican candidates could not provide that,’ Nauert said. ‘She’s a little too calm,’ Crowley said …. ‘You see more passion from Democrats when they’re attacking Republicans than when they’re attacking actual enemies of the United States.’ Just last week, Clinton was criticized by Fox News’ Brit Hume for ‘shouting angrily’ while speaking after winning several primary races.”
Bathrooms are the new front in the culture war:
-- “How North Carolina’s controversial ‘bathroom bill’ could backfire on Republicans,” by Amber Phillips: “In a matter of hours, North Carolina became ground zero for the increasingly heated battle over gay and transgender rights … So-called ‘bathroom bills’ are a major flash point in the ongoing debate about LGBT rights since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. South Dakota's governor vetoed one this month … Simply repealing the bathroom ordinance probably wouldn't have made such a large political ripple in North Carolina. But Republicans made the law much broader anyone had anticipated … [overriding] all existing local LGBT protections in the state and preventing municipalities from creating new ones, in public accommodations or at the workplace. Its breadth has stirred up a backlash not unlike what Indiana Republicans faced for last year’s religious freedom bill … Big businesses [with significant presence in the state] strongly opposed it. And civil liberty and LGBT groups are looking at legal options.”
-- A newly-proposed bill in Kansas would allow students to sue if they find others using bathrooms that don't match their birth sex. Under the proposed “Student Physical Privacy Act,” students would receive $2,500 if they encounter a transgender person using the bathroom not designated for their sex “at birth.” (Time)
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
D.C. is yielding beautiful spring scenes:
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) posted this throwback Easter photo:
A chorus sang for Anna Eshoo:
North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer's grandson tried his first s'more:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
-- New York Times, “Despite Efforts, Cruz Was Unable to Steer Half Sister Back on Track,” by Megan Twohey: “With his sharp intellect and steely resolve, Cruz has propelled himself through accomplishments. But as his life was taking off, his half-sister, [Miriam Cruz’s,] was going in the opposite direction: a snowballing misery of bad choices, bad luck and a losing battle with drugs. Through her, Cruz became acquainted with a world far from Ivy League towers and corridors of power ... Cruz fielded Miriam’s calls when she landed in jail. He kept tabs on her, taking a particular interest in making sure her son was cared for, including taking out a credit card advance to send him to a boarding school. Miriam came to look up to Cruz and rely on his help … But Cruz, accustomed to achieving everything he set his mind to, also learned the limits of what he could accomplish. ‘You wonder ‘could I have done more?’ he said. ‘Was there a way to pull her back? Those questions you never fully answer.’”
-- The Weekly Standard, “The Myth the South Is Cruz's Strongest Region,” by Jeffrey H. Anderson: “Cruz has eight wins, thirteen runner-up finishes, plus his home state victory. Yet some argue [that] since Cruz couldn't beat Trump in the South, he cannot beat Trump elsewhere. In truth, this argument is based on a false premise: The South isn't Cruz country; it's Trump country. If any trio of states marks ‘Trump country,’ it's Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Elsewhere, however, the story is different. Outside of the South, Cruz matches Trump win-for-win: in fact, he’s won every contested region EXCEPT the South. He’s won in the Midwest (Iowa), Northeast (Maine), Great Plains (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas), Frontier West (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming), and Alaska. In short, there is reason to believe Cruz can beat Trump outside of the South, chief among them that he has matched Trump's winning percentage in the 20 non-Southern states to date.”
HOT ON THE LEFT
“New Research Shows Connection between Race and Early Childhood School Suspensions,” from Think Progress: “A 2012 U.S. Department of Education data revealed that African-American children in early childhood programs were 48 percent more likely to be suspended from school than white students. And over the past 40 years, suspension rates for black students quadrupled in some areas of the country … [education professional] Rosemarie Allen says teachers may not be seeking to discriminate, but have underlying racial biases they may not be aware of … These implicit biases are often harder to identify and harder to correct.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT
“Court rules 'habitually drunk' illegal immigrant can't be deported,” from the Washington Examiner: “A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. cannot deport an illegal immigrant who is a ‘habitual drunkard.’ The decision overlooked an immigration law established by Congress five decades ago that had made it difficult for a person caught living in the country illegally to evade deportation for embodying symptoms of a ‘habitual drunkard.’ The ruling rendered Mexican citizen Salomon Ledezma-Cosino “not eligible for removal” even though U.S. Medical records estimate he drank one liter of tequila a day.”
On the campaign trail: Here's the rundown:
- Sanders: Seattle, Portland
- Cruz: Oshkosh, Appleton, Green Bay, Wis.
At the White House: No public events scheduled.
On Capitol Hill: The Senate and House are out of session.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Tell me a politician who doesn't tell lies?" -- Ben Carson defending Trump during a surreal sit-down on "The View"
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
-- Some rain this morning will give way to a sunny afternoon and beautiful holiday weekend! The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “The heaviest of showers (perhaps isolated thunder?) should be ending in the hours around sunrise, but sporadic showers may last until mid-morning or even around noon. By midday, we should start kicking out the clouds so that we see peeks of sunshine—even dominant sun–in the afternoon sky.”
-- Maryland’s basketball season came to an end last night after a 79-63 loss against Kansas in the tournament.
-- NFL player Robert Griffin III is going to play for the Cleveland Browns. (Dan Steinberg)
-- Metro is conducting monthly “safety inspections” of subway jumper cables in a stopgap attempt to avoid problems until the troubled transit system develops a more comprehensive approach. (Paul Duggan)
-- In other transportation news, our reporters pored over the thousand-page proposal for Metro’s new Purple Line so you wouldn’t have to. Check out Dr. Gridlock’s 10 most important takeaways here.
-- A Republican Senate candidate in Maryland said he has a lesbian daughter but still opposes gay marriage. “I love my daughter, but traditions matter,” said Richard J. Douglas, who added that he didn’t celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage. “I didn’t agree with the result … I didn’t like it.” His rival for the nomination is openly gay: Chrys Kefalas called the issue one of “individual liberty,” but said it’s also not an issue that matters to voters. (Rachel Weiner)
-- A District man who was taken into custody after firing at police officers had multiple warrants out for his arrest on attempted murder and sexual assault charges. He allegedly shot two different guns at officers as he tried to evade arrest. Thankfully, he didn't hit anyone. (Peter Hermann and Aaron C. Davis)
-- Black bears remain on the loose in Fairfax County: Residents reported sightings in the Vienna and Oakton area since they were first spotted on Sunday. (Clarence Williams)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
-- Watch Tian Tian, the panda, splash around in a bubble bath at the National Zoo:
-- Lindsey Graham went on "The Daily Show" to talk about his endorsement of Cruz: “I prefer John Kasich, but he has no chance. He was my fifteenth choice, what can I say? ... He’s not completely crazy.” Watch the full segment here.
-- Watch the Hamilton guys do a West Wing-style walk-and-talk in the East Wing:
(Katie Couric interviews cast members and gets a back-stage look at Hamilton. Watch on Yahoo.)
Spokeswomen for Trump and Cruz went at it over the Melania-Heidi conflict:
Watch a three-minute recap of Biden's speech on the Supreme Court nominees:
-- Comedian Garry Shandling passed away from an apparent heart attack at 66. Here are some highlights from his most memorable roles:
Post reporters honored legendary Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff, who died Thursday, by practicing his signature move:
-- Happy Friday and happy Easter!