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Image: Tensions In Baltimore Continue To Simmer After Days Of Riots And Protests Over Death Of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 29: People participate in a rally for the family of Freddie Gray outside the Maryland state's attorney's office on April 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to announce his presidential campaign Thursday, sending Secret Service into a panic over how to secure a potential DeLorean Force One.

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In a perfect world, when people with many different opinions agree that something is a good idea, they might agree on a solution and even implement it. But here, back on Earth One, it’s a little harder than that, especially when you involve a fairly large group of people who would like to be the leader of the free world.

As Hillary Clinton rightly noted in her remarks calling for criminal justice reform Wednesday, there’s currently broad bipartisan agreement - from Rand Paul to Rick Perry - that the system of how we prosecute and punish lawbreakers must be overhauled. So far today, the main 2016 pushback to Clinton’s remarks has been from Paul, who suggested Clinton was “emulating” his ideas and only dinged her – not on policy – but for “cheerfully” being a part of the problem during her husband’s War on Drugs. But we can’t help but wonder if there’s larger backlash lurking from traditional tough-on-crime Republicans -- especially in the wake of heavily televised urban violence following these policing controversies. (Just imagine the grim black-and-white TV ads picturing those dangerous criminals lurking in your neighborhood playground.) Criminal justice reform may end up being an interesting experiment to test a political theory: If you attach the name “Hillary Clinton” to an idea, just how much juice does it gain or lose?

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

Here’s what Hillary Clinton said today about Baltimore, race and “ending the era of mass incarceration.”

NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell looks at criticism of former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley amid his return to the city to help with recovery efforts.

Perry Bacon Jr., with a spoiler alert: Bernie Sanders won’t win. But his ideas might. Here’s why.

Ouch. Former Baltimore police office Neill Franklin on Martin O’Malley: “If he’s coming back to town, you may see a riot.”

Don’t miss this morning’s First Read about whether Baltimore might be Obama’s moment to lose his typical restraint on racial politics.

CAMPAIGN QUICK READS

Long campaign got you down? Jonathan Bernstein argues the drawn-out presidential contest is actually good for democracy.

BUSH: In a Medium post, he touted his education record in Florida, particularly with Hispanic kids.

He told Hispanic evangelicals that he backs “earned legal status” for undocumented immigrants.

CLINTON: She will hold fundraising events sooner than originally planned amid concern about how much money Jeb Bush has been raising for his super PAC.

CRUZ: He has chosen former Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to lead his efforts in the Hawkeye State, the Quad City Times reports. Schultz was only politician elected statewide in Iowa that backed Santorum in 2012.

PERRY: The Washington Post writes about his father-son relationship with “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell.

FOR THE RECORD…

“I have lots of things to tell you, but I am here with no ability nor the intention to filibuster.”

-- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint session of Congress

TOMORROW’S SKED

Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy in a statement.

President Obama speaks at the Anacostia Library in DC at 10:40 a.m.

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb speaks about the fall of Saigon at the Vietnam Memorial at 11:35am.

Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton hold fundraisers in DC.

Donald Trump is in Davenport, Iowa.