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The Lid: The Bernie Sanders Effect

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) walks to a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 30, 2015. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday in a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left and challenge her on a range of fiscal issues from income inequality to corporate governance. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst JONATHAN ERNST / Reuters

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He’s in -- and in to win? As unlikely as a Bernie Sanders nomination might be, Vermont’s independent senator said Thursday he’s not just in the race to give voice to his progressive ideas. “We’re in this race to win,” he told reporters. That’s a tall task, but his candidacy shouldn’t be discounted. For one, his entrance into the race will force Clinton to talk more about progressive issues. (Shortly after Sanders’ announcement Clinton tweeted: “I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America's middle class. GOP would hold them back. I welcome him to the race.”) Sanders mentioned income inequality, climate change, free public college education, and the influence millionaires have on politics. That last point will be especially interesting to watch as Clinton rakes in unprecedented campaign cash.

And while Sanders told the media he has never run a negative campaign ad in his political career and pleaded with reporters to avoid “the gossip” of modern politics, he did mention his fierce opposition to the Iraq war. Clinton’s vote for the war in 2002 played a huge role in her ultimate defeat in 2008, and Sanders sounds like he’s not going to let her off the hook now either.

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From one of us(!) -- here’s what Bernie Sanders said in his announcement today outside the Capitol.

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CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

CLINTON: From the Boston Globe: “The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers for review during Clinton’s tenure from 2009 to 2013, Maura Daley, the organization’s spokeswoman, acknowledged to the Globe this week. She said the charity deemed it unnecessary, except in one case that she described as an “oversight.”

HUCKABEE: He told Hispanic evangelicals in Houston: ““I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish. But I do speak a common language. I speak Jesus.”

JINDAL: Should Kagan and Ginsburg rescue themselves from marriage case? Bobby Jindal thinks it’s a “fair question.”

O’MALLEY: In a piece in the Huffington Post, he writes: “The hard, truthful reality is this: growing numbers of our fellow citizens in American cities across the United States feel unheard, unseen, unrecognized -- their very lives un-needed.”

PAUL: CNN reports on the informal group of black advisers who are helping him navigate his complicated relationship with race.

RUBIO: He hasn’t always been on Grover Norquist’s side on taxes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

FOR THE RECORD…

“This is not the Red Sox versus the Yankees.”

  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on challenging Hillary Clinton

TOMORROW’S SKED

Jeb Bush holds a meet and greet with the North Carolina GOP in Raleigh at 11 am ET.

Chris Christie speaks in northern Virginia at 8 am ET and then holds a fundraiser in Annapolis, Maryland.

Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham attend the South Carolina GOP Silver Elephant Banquet.

Carly Fiorina continues to campaign in New Hampshire.

Marco Rubio (8:15 am) and Bobby Jindal (11:15 am) will address the National Review “Ideas” Summit in Washington, DC.