OFF TO THE RACES: Bush makes his case for Hispanic support
BUSH:He told a convention of Hispanic evangelicals that undocumented immigrants should be able to get legal status.
CLINTON: The New York Times: "Aides to former President Bill Clinton helped start a Canadian charity that effectively shielded the identities of donors who gave more than $33 million that went to his foundation, despite a pledge of transparency when Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state."
Here's a wrap from yesterday - from one of us(!) - about Hillary Clinton's big speech on criminal justice reform.
The Des Moines Register writes about local reaction to her proposals - on A1.
"Hillary Rodham Clinton had once planned to wait until May to hold her first fund-raising events. But in the last two weeks, she has moved up her schedule, primarily out of concern about Jeb Bush’s extensive super PAC fundraising, according to donors and people in contact with the campaign," writes the New York Times.
CRUZ: He's picked up the endorsement of former Iowa secretary of state Matt Schultz, the Quad City Times reports.
O'MALLEY: Our own Leigh Ann Caldwell writes about the former Baltimore mayor's record and how some residents aren't happy that he's back in town.
And the New York Times looks at how criticism of his zero-tolerance police strategy could be problematic for him. "For a politician whose potential candidacy has received little attention, it was hardly the spotlight he had hoped for. But Mr. O’Malley has nevertheless embraced the moment, arguing that his in-the-trenches familiarity with the urban issues exposed by the riots gives him a unique voice in the coming presidential election."
Bloomberg spent some time with the former mayor and digs into the effects of his past policies.
SANDERS: Perry Bacon Jr. writes that Bernie Sanders won't win, but his ideas might.
OBAMA AGENDA: The latest from Baltimore
The latest from Baltimore, from the Sun: "After arresting more than 200 people this week while bringing order to the streets of Baltimore, police said Wednesday they had to let half of them go. A police spokesman said that amid the bedlam of Monday's unrest, it was difficult to document which officers had arrested which suspects and for precisely what reasons. Gov. Larry Hogan took steps to keep people jailed for two days without charges — nearly twice as long as usually allowed — but it still wasn't long enough for officers to sort out what happened."
The Washington Post, on yesterday's economic growth data.
CONGRESS: Done deal
Republicans have a deal on a joint budget, and it could be approved as early as this week.
From the AP: "Congressional Republicans are divided over how to respond to an approaching Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law, even as growing numbers concede that their long-sought goal of repealing the statute will have to wait."
*** Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Today on News Nation, Tamron Hall speaks with Wall Street Journal Reporter Scott Calvert, Former Head of the ACLU and Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel, WBAL-TV Investigative reporter Jayne Miller, and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and spinal expert Ali Bydon with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine about the latest on the riots in Baltimore and the report that Freddie Gray may have injured himself, and Actor Michael Jai White about his letter of apology to his ex-girlfriends.
*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: We’ll air Andrea’s interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of his announcement to run for president. She’ll also interview “The Wire” actress Sonja Sohn, Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein and Prop 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.