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The Lid: Trump’s Delegate Reboot

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Hillary Clinton rode on New York's subway Thursday, which makes sense because there's no better way to annoy those elitist Washington D.C. insiders than to remind them that other cities have functioning subways.

THE LID: APRIL 7, 2016

'16 from 30,000: In the movie version of Donald Trump's campaign, it would be time for a long "learning about delegates" montage, complete with shots of chalkboards and Trump aides doing sit ups while "Push It to The Limit" plays, in our imagination. Because, for a candidate who talks about "winning" so much -- and he has won a lot this primary -- he is losing the behind-the-scenes delegate maneuvering that could be vital to nominating the GOP's next presidential contender. NBC's Vaughn Hillyard has a look at how Ted Cruz is working to position Arizona's 58 delegates to swing his way if the convention makes it to the much ballyhooed second ballot. And earlier this week NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reported on the robust efforts of the anti-Trump movement to take similar actions nationwide.

That's why it comes as no surprise that Trump on Thursday took another step to more seriously address his delegate dilemma. The real estate mogul announced longtime lobbyist and political consultant Paul Manafort will oversee all convention-related activities for the campaign. It's a much needed move for a campaign getting out maneuvered in the later stages of the primary and caucus battles. But it's one that a winning campaign would have done long ago. And it is certainly a detail that a truly savvy deal maker would not have let slip through the cracks until now.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

The back-and-forth between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over their "qualifications" to be president continued Thursday, with Sanders doubling down and Clinton appealing for party unity.

Rudy Giuliani says he'll vote for Donald Trump in the New York primary.

Lindsey Graham says foreign leaders are "dumbfounded" by Donald Trump's policy proposals, NBC's Alex Moe reports.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski wanted to invoice President Barack Obama's re-election campaign for security costs endured during a visit to Windham, New Hampshire in 2012, NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell writes.

Elizabeth Warren is featured in a new comic book about female empowerment.

And in First Read, the Democratic race has taken a nasty turn.

FOR THE RECORD…

"This is, like, being so alive."

  • John Kasich, after eating a large meal at Mike's Deli in the Bronx.

TOMORROW'S SKED

Bill Clinton campaigns in Erie, Pennsylvania, while Hillary Clinton appears in Buffalo and Rochester.

John Kasich campaigns in Connecticut and New York.

Bernie Sanders joins TODAY for a live town hall on the plaza outside 30 Rock.