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The Lid: How Will Police and Race Factor Into 2016?

Image: Members of the community gesture in front of a line of police officers in riot gear, near a recently looted and burned CVS store in Baltimore

Members of the community gesture in front of a line of police officers in riot gear, near a recently looted and burned CVS store in Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015. Baltimore's mayor came under criticism on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the worst urban violence in the United States in years in which shops were looted, buildings burned to the ground and 20 officers were injured.REUTERS/Jim Bourg JIM BOURG / Reuters

Fans of the television program “The Wire” have been quick to offer opinions on the violence in Baltimore, citing what they learned from the likes of characters like Bunk, Omar Little and Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins... which is about as informative as fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” delivering hot analytical takes during a zombie apocalypse. What say you, Rick Grimes?

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the latest violence in Baltimore reflects a "slow-rolling crisis" that is being felt all over the country. From Ferguson to South Carolina and now Charm City, tensions between law enforcement and African-Americans have been laid bare. One important aspect of that: polling shows that African Americans are dramatically less likely than whites to say they believe police in their community treat all races equally and refrain from unnecessary violence.

The 2016 candidates and potential candidates who have weighed in on the Baltimore situation have been quick to condemn the violence, but so far few solutions to the core problems underlying the city's poverty and crime have been presented. It's going to be an issue candidates will have to address, especially since Baltimore's former Mayor (and likely 2016 Democratic candidate) Martin O'Malley has arrived in the city to help with recovery efforts. And it's another tricky area that Republican candidates need to be very sensitive about when addressing, which is maybe not exactly what soon-to-be candidate Ben Carson managed to do when he compared protesting the death of a black man in police custody to protesting a plumber after a botched job.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

President Obama condemned the violence in Baltimore on Tuesday. “They're not protesting. They're not making a statement. They're stealing,” he said.

We took a look back at our September 2014 poll, which showed a huge gap in how black and white respondents view police in their communities.

Declared and soon-to-be-declared candidates urged an end to the violence in Baltimore, one of us wrote.

Yesterday, we promised you charts, and we certainly weren’t about to let you down, Lid readers. We looked deep into the NBC/WSJ poll archives to track the big shift on gay marriage over the past 12 years.

Our Supreme Court guru, Pete Williams, offers this take on the oral arguments today.

CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

SANDERS: NBC News has confirmed Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce Thursday that he will run for president as a Democrat. VPR in Vermont first reported the news here.

BUSH: In Puerto Rico today, he said, “I know the power of the immigrant experience because I live it each and every day. I know the immigrant experience because I married a beautiful girl from Mexico. My children are bicultural and bilingual.”

CLINTON: Jonathan Chait pens this column in New York Magazine: “If This Is the Best Defense of the Clinton Foundation, She’s in Trouble.”

CARSON: Responding to the Baltimore violence in an interview with GQ, he said “ If you have an unpleasant experience with a plumber, do you go out and declare a war on all plumbers? Or teachers or doctors? Of course not. And it makes no sense to do that with police either.”

PAUL: In an interview with Laura Ingraham, Rand Paul blamed the riots in Baltimore on a "lack of fathers" and a "lack of a moral code in our society."

FOR THE RECORD…

“I learned how to organize intensely here, I learned the passion. I learned how to drink a lot of Puerto Rican rum. I had a blast.”

  • Jeb Bush, on campaigning for his dad in Puerto Rico in 1980

TOMORROW’S SKED

Ted Cruz participates in panel discussion with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Carly Fiorina continues to campaign in New Hampshire, ending her day with a spaghetti dinner in North Haverhill, NH.

Martin O’Malley is in Baltimore to promote volunteer opportunities following the violent protests.