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The Lid: Focus on GOP Race Distracts from Clinton Missteps

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Unless you're paying particularly close attention to the 2016 race, you may have missed that Hillary Clinton has needed to walk back two comments in four days. It was just Friday afternoon when Clinton issued astatement apologizing for her remarks about Nancy Reagan's legacy on HIV/AIDS. On the day of former first lady's funeral, Clinton had praised Reagan and herhusband for starting "a national conversation" about the disease, a claim thatwas swiftly refuted by advocates who accuse the Reagan White House of sweepingthe crisis under the rug. Then, this morning, Clinton again had to do somecleanup after saying at a town hall that her plans to overhaul the coalindustry would "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."Neither are likely destined to be game-changers in a primary race that's been largelydivided on the relatively specific and static issues of banking, trade andtrust. But here's our point: In a Trump-less world, either or both of thesestories would have probably taken up much of a news cycle on cable. But in ourcurrent media environment, it was barely a mention. It's a break that bothDemocratic candidates are catching at the moment, and it says a lot about themedia atmosphere right now.

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FOR THE RECORD…

"Well I can give you one example where I would no longer support Donald Trump. If, for example, he were to go out on Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, I would not be willing to support Donald Trump."

  • Ted Cruz on supporting Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee.

TOMORROW'S SKED

It's primary day! Democrats and Republicans go to the polls in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri.