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First Read's Morning Clips: Trump's Delegate Bonus

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while leaving Trump Tower on his way to visit the World Trade Center Museum, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in New York.AP

OFF TO THE RACES: How Trump is benefitting from the delegate process

NBC's Ari Melber writes: "Trump now leads the Republican field with 756 delegates — or 45 percent of all delegates awarded to date. Yet he has won about 37 percent of all votes in the primaries, according to the NBC analysis, meaning Trump's delegate support is greater than his actual support from voters. For each percentage point of total primary votes that Trump has won, he has been awarded 1.22 percent of the total delegates. In other words, as a matter of Republican Party math, Trump has been awarded a delegate bonus of 22 percent above his raw support from voters."

The latest from Colorado, from NBC's Benjy Sarlin: "Cruz took all 13 of the delegates up for grabs on Saturday to complete a clean sweep of the state. Delegates endorsed by his campaign swept all seven congressional district conventions held over the last week as well, which added another 21 delegates. Another three slots are reserved for state party officials."

The New York Times on Paul Ryan's "parallel campaign" to counter Trump and Cruz: "While Mr. Ryan has repeatedly said that he has no intention of becoming his party’s nominee this year, he is already deep into his own parallel national operation to counter Donald J. Trump and help House and Senate candidates navigate the political headwinds that Mr. Trump would generate as the party’s standard-bearer — or, for that matter, Senator Ted Cruz, who is only slightly more popular. Mr. Ryan is creating a personality and policy alternative to run alongside the presidential effort — one that provides a foundation to rebuild if Republicans splinter and lose in the fall."

A scoop from the Washington Post: While Trump says that he's given more than $102 million to charity in the last five years, none of those contributions was actually a personal gift from Trump himself.

From Perry Bacon Jr. "States and cities are adopting sweeping bills on a number of major hot-button issues, from gay rights to minimum wage increases — broad and controversial actions that are at times creating heightened tensions between different localities."

Some of the GOP's biggest donors aren't sure if they're going to weigh in on the 2016 presidential race at all, POLITICO notes.

New polls in New York and Pennsylvania show Clinton and Trump way up.

An exclusive: “CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh "enhanced interrogation" practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.”

CLINTON: From the Associated Press: "President Barack Obama says he guarantees that evidence, not politics, will dictate the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state. Obama said he continues to believe Clinton didn't jeopardize America's national security with her private email server. But he added that 'there's carelessness in terms of managing emails, that she has owned, and she recognizes.'"

The Clintons are working to shore up their support with black voters, writes the Washington Post.

CRUZ: The Wall Street Journal: "Ted Cruz shut out his Republican presidential rivals in the Colorado delegation-selection contest this weekend, and he is intensifying pressure on front-runner Donald Trump to step up his game in similar state and local conventions that are taking on heightened significance in the campaign’s next phase."

Here’s Peter Stone on Cruz -- and one of his Super PACs -- wooing Jewish donors from the Republican Jewish Coalition.

SANDERS: He extended his winning streak with a victory in Wyoming's caucuses, although he and Clinton split the state's delegates.

He's turning up the heat again on his criticisms of Hillary Clinton, this time referencing the African-American community.

TRUMP: In an interview on Meet the Press, Trump aide Paul Manafort accused Cruz of using "Gestapo tactics" to win delegates.

The New York Times writes that Trump's "trial balloons are catching up with him."

He's not happy with the Boston Globe's satirical front page about the consequences of his presidency.

The NeverTrump effort is trying to keep him below 50 percent on his home turf.