First Read's Morning Clips: The New Clinton-Sanders Fight

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:56 PM

Sanders fight: He presently says she'south not qualified to be president. Danny Freeman has all the latest. The Wall Str Journal looks at the race for unbound delegates.

The new Clinton v. Sanders fight: He presently says she'south not qualified to be president. Danny Freeman has all the latest.

The Wall Str Journal looks at the race for unbound delegates. "Typically drowsy state conventions are briefly becoming the epicenter of the political world as the candidates and political media descend on what were expected to be backwater events."

And here'south the Journal'south math on how Trump can obtain to 1.237 before the convention.

A new MD poll shows leads for Trump and Clinton.

Will Mike Pence endorse in Indiana?

The WA Post previews the untidy delegate choice in Colorado.

He'll meet with Rudy Giuliani today in New York, writes POLITICO.

Ross Douthat on how Ted Cruz is navigating the convention: "[P]lay things out, and Cruz'south path to triumph at a contested conference looks very clear indeed. On the first ballot, Trump wins (let'south say) 1.150 votes, while Cruz wins (say) eight hundred twenty-five. On the following two ballots, some of the Trump delegates start to leap ship, and most of them go to Cruz, since his people have spent months working on them. By the third ballot, the TX senator is closing in on 1.237, in a corridor filled with people who generally love him and definitely prefer him to Trump."

But the WA Post looks at Cruz'south struggles to win establishment support. "Many top Republicans stay strongly opposed to both Cruz and Trump and keep out hope that long-shot candidate John Kasich, or maybe another Republican not in the race, can somehow clinch the nomination."

And from the AP: "The TX Republican is notorious for alienating his colleagues with tactics including pushing a fruitless government shutdown in two thousand-thirteenth and accusing the Senate majority boss of lying. They're presently paying it back by refusing to obtain on board with his presidential tender even as he emerges as the likeliest alternative to businessman Donald Trump following a commanding win Tuesday night in Wisconsin."

: The Middle for Public Integrity does a deep dive into Clinton'south campaign finances here and here. "A Middle for Public Integrity investigation reveals that despite Clinton'south statements about campaign finance reform, corporations, unions and shadowy money nonprofits have already poured millions of dollars into a network of Clinton-boosting political organizations. That'south on top of the tens of millions an elite club of Democratic megadonors, including billionaire financiers George Soros and Haim Saban, have contributed to pro-Hillary super PACs."

She'south looking to repeat her two thousand win in New York.

: The WA Post writes that he'll hire "seasoned operatives" to prepare for a contested convention. "The burst of new hires will have to navigate a political organization unlike that of any modern major presidential candidate, where loyalty is valued over all else and advisers rarely challenge Trump'south vision. Over the past two months, Trump has been growing his campaign staff to deal with a series of unforeseen or underestimated problems, including the necessity to better monitor delegates to avert losing more to his chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.)."

POLITICO writes: "Interviews with campaign operatives, party insiders and GOP leaders — many of whom spoke on condition of anonymity — propose campaigns and anti-Trump delegates are at minimum considering the procedural ways to gum up Trump'south path to the nomination even before most conference delegates have been selected. Though some scoffed at the notion that the conference minutiae would become flash points in a brawl involving Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, campaign executive repeatedly raised them as opportunities to game the convention process."

Mexico is increasingly standing up to Trump'south pronouncements.

Andrea Mitchell interviews at 12:00pm ET - NBC'south Kristen Welker, Hallie Jackson and Kelly O'Donnell connect us with the latest from the campaign trail. Senator Susan Collins will connect to discuss her meeting with Supreme Ct nominee Judge Merrick Garland. NY Post columnist Fred Dicker will be here to speak coarse and tumble NY politics. Former NBC CEO Bob Wright will connect to discuss Autism Speaks and his new book "The Wright Stuff." Susan Page, Anne Gearan and Jeremy Peters will also connect to crack down the latest battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

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