First Read's Morning Clips: Trump v. Romney

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich campaign stop on Monday, March 14, 2016, at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Matt Rourke / AP

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OFF TO THE RACES: “Ungrateful”

Over the weekend, Trump told one of us(!) that Mitt Romney was "ungrateful" for Trump's help during the 2012 campaign.

Sarah Palin says she'll work for Paul Ryan's primary opponent because of Ryan's reluctance to support Donald Trump.

The New York Times writes that Trump's clash with Ryan is a sign of things to come. "Mr. Trump’s warning was his latest affront to Republicans who have urged him to adopt a more cooperative and unifying tone. And it amounted to an extraordinary escalation in tensions between the party’s presumptive nominee and its highest-ranking officeholder."

POLITICO notes that a lot of GOP veteran operatives aren't interested in working for Trump's administration.

Not every down-ballot candidate is worried about Trump, writes the Wall Street Journal. "Some Republicans are worried, now that Mr. Trump has all but clinched the GOP nomination, that his inflammatory rhetoric about Muslims, immigrants and women will tarnish the entire GOP ticket in the general election. But a smaller and less-noticed pack of GOP candidates has fully embraced Mr. Trump, inspired by his blunt talk and nationalist message. Some were dismissed as fringe candidates in past elections because of their anti-immigrant platforms, but they now see the GOP standard-bearer offering political cover."

Many evangelicals feel left out from the GOP, the Washington Post notes.

Bobby Jindal writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that he's voting Trump, "warts and all." MORE: "I do not pretend Donald Trump is the Reaganesque leader we so desperately need, but he is certainly the better of two bad choices. Hardly an inspiring slogan, I know. It would be better to vote for a candidate rather than simply against one. If current trends hold, I will be among the many complaining this fall about my choices."

Donald Trump now says he expects taxes on the wealthy to "go up a little bit" if he becomes president.

And he now says the minimum wage should go up.

From the Wall Street Journal: "Hillary Clinton is consolidating her support among Wall Street donors and other businesses ahead of a general-election battle with Donald Trump, winning more campaign contributions from financial-services executives in the most recent fundraising period than all other candidates combined. The Democratic front-runner has raised $4.2 million in total from Wall Street, $344,000 of which was contributed in March alone. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis of fundraising data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, the former secretary of state received 53% of the donations from Wall Street in March, up from 32% last year and 33% in January through February, as the nominating contests began."

Clinton's wonky policy plans are a big contrast to the style of her competitors, the Washington Post notes.

Clinton still says that the FBI has not asked her for an interview on her email server yet.

Bernie Sanders netted 31 delegates in Washington state, while Clinton won in the Guam caucuses.

OBAMA AGENDA: Remember Merrick Garland?

The fight is still raging over Merrick Garland. The New York Times: "With this tango of praise and rejection, the once sacrosanct process of filling a Supreme Court seat has taken a surreal turn. In the past, even eyebrow-raising nominees received a hearing and a vote. But Senate Republican leaders have said for nearly two months that Judge Garland, a relatively uncontroversial nominee, will get neither."

Congress is still weighing whether to bail out Puerto Rico, but the Obama administration is already providing some aid.