OFF TO THE RACES: Negotiating the terms of surrender
From Alex Seitz-Wald: "Even at the end, when all the votes are cast and clear winner emerges, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders may end up at an impasse — both staring at each other across a divide and waiting for the other to move first. That unsettling reality for Democrats was made clear in back-to-back appearances during MSNBC town halls Monday night, when both candidates said it was incumbent on the other — and not them — to bring the party back together. Moreover, both refused to offer any concessions to get there."
Bernie Sanders admitted in last night's MSNBC town hall that he's unlikely to be able to flip superdelegates his way.
And Hillary Clinton said she "did not put down conditions" before supporting Obama in 2008.
In our newest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll, Trump hit 50 percent support nationally for the first time.
Clinton has built on her national lead over Sanders over the last three weeks, according to our latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
The Washington Post examines how Obama, once a party outsider, is trying to rebuild his own party after an erosigion
The Wall Street Journal: "Donald Trump is poised to sweep five states’ Republican primaries on the Eastern Seaboard on Tuesday, but his rivals are already looking ahead to next week’s contest in Indiana, which may be their last chance to keep Mr. Trump from clinching the party’s presidential nomination."
About that Cruz-Kasich pact:
The Washington Post: "Cruz-Kasich alliance against Trump appears to falter early"
The New York Times: "Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens"
POLITICO: "Cruz-Kasich pact shows signs of strain"
NBC News: "Trump Belittles a Cruz-Kasich Alliance That Is Already Showing Cracks"
CRUZ: He could be in trouble if he fails to hit the 10 percent threshold in Rhode Island, POLITICO points out.
SANDERS: The New York Times looks at where his supporters may go if his campaign ultimately falters.
TRUMP: The New York Times editorial board: "Mr. Trump knows that to do well in Tuesday’s primaries he still needs those “motivated voters” who want him to say what other politicians won’t. Yet the Trump on the stump is the true man. However copiously applied, cosmetics cannot obscure his brutish agenda, nor the narcissism, capriciousness and most of all, the inexperience paired with intellectual laziness that would make him a disastrous president... Whatever persona or good manners Mr. Trump chooses to display from now on, he can’t hide his unfitness for the presidency."
The Inquirer on Trump's Pennsylvania push yesterday: ""It used to be you could just vote.... But they say vote for this slate," the billionaire businessman told the crowd filling the university fieldhouse, which was dense with students. "It's a rigged system, a crooked system." Trump didn't name any delegates, though a man was handing out lists as people streamed out of the fieldhouse after the rally."
From POLITICO: "Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds, multiple sources close to the campaign tell POLITICO. Trump became upset late last week when he learned from media reports that Manafort privately told Republican leaders that the billionaire reality TV star was “projecting an image” for voters and would begin toning down his rhetoric, according to the sources. They said that Trump also expressed concern about Manafort bringing several former lobbying colleagues into the campaign, as first reported by POLITICO."
He'll be interviewed by Megyn Kelly in a sitdown next month.