First Read's Morning Clips: Trump vs. the RNC

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:39 PM

On Paul Ryan'south announcement yesterday: Perry Bacon Jr. writes that Ryan'south running a campaign -- it'south just not for president.

Donald Trump is aggressively attacking the "rigged" delegate system, saying "It'south a phony deal."

And he said at a CNN town corridor latest night: "I know the rules very well, but I know it'south stacked against me by the establishment."

Reince Priebus responded to Donald Trump'south complaints about the GOP delegate choice process, saying "give us all a break."

The WA Post calculates that Cruz is poised to obstruct Trump from winning on a second ballot in Cleveland.

On Paul Ryan'south announcement yesterday: Perry Bacon Jr. writes that Ryan'south running a campaign -- it'south just not for president.

Our newest NBC four/ Marist poll of MD shows large leads for Trump and Clinton.

Morning Consult: "If the presidential election was held today, businessman Donald Trump and TX Sen. Ted Cruz would lose to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to an extensive Morning Advise analysis of 44.000 poll respondents. OH Gov. John Kasich is the only candidate who could beat Clinton in November. Both Trump and Cruz would lose to Clinton by considerable margins in a head-to-head race, winning just two hundred ten and two hundred six electoral college votes, respectively. By contrast, Kasich comfortably beats Clinton, racking up three hundred four electoral college votes to her two hundred thirty-four.

Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is endorsing three GOP Senate candidates -- Mike Lee (UT), Pat Toomey (PA), and Marlin Stutzman (IN).

: The NY Times profiles the mothers of black victims of gun violence who are advocating for the Democratic frontrunner.

The WA Post writes that Bill Clinton is still struggling to adapt to the changing times and a changing party. "Clinton is caught in a time warp, having to grapple with how much the era in which he served, the events that occurred then and the actions he took as president have been reinterpreted and, by many in his own party, rejected."

: POLITICO writes that he and his wife will lift money from deep-pocketed NY donors following week.

The Wall Str Journal notes that he'south campaigning in heavily Democratic districts in New York.

: NBC'south Kailani Koenig wraps his huge "two paths" speech yesterday.

The WA Post, on his call for civility and governing experience: "So it's that Kasich is running a distant third in the nomination contest, espousing a brand of Republicanism — based on results, experience, bipartisanship, solutions — that won elections in the one thousand nine hundred ninety and two thousand and is still extolled by party leaders but has small currency with today's voters."

He thinks his path can running through the northeast, according to the Wall Str Journal. "Lagging distant behind in the hunt for conference delegates, the Gov is banking on a highly unconventional strategy to leapfrog businessman Donald Trump and TX Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Kasich and his advisers are connecting with individual delegates to the Cleveland conference to test their appetite for backing the OH Gov if Mr. Trump can't clinch the nomination on the first ballot with the support of at minimum 1.237 attendees."

SANDERS: He picked up his first Senate endorsement from OR Sen. Jeff Merkley (who'south also a superdelegate.)

The Denver Post has the latest on the furor over misreported delegates in Colorado.

He visited FDR'south grave in New York.

: He mistakenly claimed support from conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who's endorsed Ted Cruz.

He dropped the ball in early delegate choice in Nebraska, too, POLITICO notes.

He backtracked on his inference that he'd consider John Kasich, Scott Walker or Marco Rubio for his second-in-command, telling The Hill " I love all of those people but I wasn't talking about them as vice president."

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