First Read's Morning Clips: The Unpopularity Contest

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:29 PM

In the latest NBC/WSJ poll, Donald Trump has hit forty % support as the GOP field has narrowed, although Cruz isn't distant behind.

It'south an unpopularity contest for the leading presidential candidates, who face majorities within the common electorate who can't imagine backing them.

In the latest NBC/WSJ poll, Donald Trump has hit forty % support as the GOP field has narrowed, although Cruz isn't distant behind.

The NY Times previews today'south primary contests.

And from the WA Post: "Clinton has tailored her message in NY to her tenure as the state'south senator for eight years, calling upon voters to recollect the work that she did on her behalf. But she'south also sought to utilize Trump and New York'south variety to create a sweeping case that the primary — and the election on a whole — is about a choice between her vision for the future and Trump'south divisive rhetoric."

By the way, Ben Carson is still on the ballot in New York.

Sanders and Clinton are warring over the VT senator'south accusations of campaign finance violations. From the WA Post: "On the eve of a crucial Democratic presidential primary here, Bernie Sanders accused rival Hillary Clinton on Monday of appearing to breach campaign finance laws with her expansive utilize of a joint fundraising committee set up latest year with the national party. The controversy seemed to further sour relations between the two Democratic hopefuls at a point in the campaign where their patience with one another had already worn extremely thin, as evidenced by their testy debate in Brooklyn this week."

And our latest NBC News | SurveyMonkey poll shows a new high for John Kasich on the GOP side, even as he remains mired in third place.

And the NBC|SurveyMonkey poll shows Clinton support nationally remaining fairly steady.

This is interesting: Mitch McConnell suggested that he's "optimistic" that the GOP nomination will go to a second ballot in Cleveland.

: He'south looking for support in tiny towns to shore up support in New York.

: POLITICO reports on a shakeup in the Trump campaign, with more authority for Paul Manafort and the resignation of national field director Stuart Jolly.

More from the WA Post: "Jolly is a longtime companion of Trump'south campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and the two previously worked together at Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy grouping that gets much of its funding from David and Charles Koch. Jolly said that portion of the reason he joined the campaign was to assistance Lewandowski. While Lewandowski has been known to be tough on his staff, sometimes yelling or speaking harshly, Jolly was considered his friendly, soothing counterpart."

The NY Times notes that some New Yorkers hear shades of Ed Koch in Trump'south style.

He referred to "7/eleven" instead of "nine/eleven" when reading remarks about the two thousand one attacks.

GOP operatives worry that they'll be blacklisted if they connect Trump'south campaign, POLITICO notes.

From the newest NBC/WSJ poll: "Fifty-two % of registered voters said that the Senate should vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland, whom Obama tapped for the work latest month. Three in ten declare that lawmakers should leave the Ct seat unoccupied until the following president takes office, and eighteen % have no opinion."

The justices in yesterday'south immigration verbal arguments were deeply divided. The NY Times: "A 4-4 deadlock seemed a genuine possibility, one that'd leave in space an appeals Ct ruling that blocks the map and deny Mr. Obama the chance to revive it while he remains in office. A tie vote would set number Supreme Ct precedent and therefore would authorize a renewed challenge to the map once the Ct is back at full strength."

From NBCNews. com: "As he prepares for a ride to Saudi Arabia, President Obama finds himself firmly wedged in the midst of a debate over legislation that many of the families of victims of the September eleventh attacks and some lawmakers declare could assistance clear the way to keep that nation'south government responsible in court. A bipartisan grouping of lawmakers have a bill before Congress that'd for the first time let Americans sue foreign countries if they're found to be responsible for terror attacks on U. S. soil — all with an eye toward buttressing the 9/eleven families' efforts."

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