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It’s rare that a presidential candidate gets to talk about something that America is overwhelmingly in agreement with WHILE ALSO knocking a top candidate. But that is exactly what’s happening as GOP presidential candidates keep scoring political layups by saying, with 20/20 hindsight, the Iraq war was a mistake. As Mark Murray notes, so far five current or potential candidates have given clear and straightforward answers to the question that continues to trouble Bush. Today again in Nevada he told an audience member that he doesn’t want to engage in hypotheticals because it would do “ a disservice to a lot of people who sacrificed a lot.” Typical escape hatches don’t seem open for him on this: Bush can’t really point the finger at “gotcha” questions from a lefty media, since the questions came from GOP-friendly interviewers and - in one case - a voter. And he can’t hope that he’ll get cover from others within the Republican field, who are rushing to say they would have opposed the conflict. Bush’s answer is going to have to at least become more coherent, or else the words “”Jeb Bush” “brother” and “Iraq” are going to keep appearing together over and over in press coverage. And that’s the opposite of what he needs.


Jeb Bush says that it’s a “disservice” to fallen troops to engage in “hypotheticals” about the Iraq War.

Jeb Bush’s rivals aren’t having any trouble weighing in on what their decision on the Iraq war would be with 20/20 hindsight, NBC’s Mark Murray writes.

A Clinton has been answering a significant number of media questions -- it’s just not Hillary. One of us(!) reports.

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio outlined a foreign policy “doctrine” based on American military strength.

NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quest to become a progressive icon has been a rocky one.

First Read recaps everything from Jeb Bush’s Iraq problem to Hillary Clinton’s silence to the latest TPP drama. Catch it all right here.


CHRISTIE: In response to Bush’s quizzical answers on the Iraq War, Christie told Laura Ingraham: “You have to answer simply and directly on this stuff.”

CARSON: National Review reports on Carson’s “wonk deficit” and lack of a “kitchen cabinet” of advisers.

O’MALLEY: He met with a progressive group and made the case that, since Elizabeth Warren isn’t running, he’s their best shot at challenging Hillary Clinton, POLITICO reports.

WALKER: The Wisconsin Supreme Court was poised Wednesday to release records in a secret John Doe investigation into coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and GOP groups during his campaigns, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.


“It's hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown.”

-- Tweet from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s account.


Jeb Bush takes a brewery tour and town hall in Tempe, Arizona, before attending a reception and dinner at the RNC’s spring meeting in Scottsdale.

Rick Santorum attends a luncheon at the RNC’s meeting.

Donald Trump holds meetings and a town hall in New Hampshire.