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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi" — The name of an art exhibit in NYC, created by roommates whose previous credits include a museum about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
TO THE EAST, TO THE EAST
Today, five eastern states are holding presidential primaries. Which means the candidates are pulling out their best salmon-colored pant(suit)s.
Voters in CT, DE, MD, RI, and PA are all heading to the polls. Pennsylvania is considered the big prize because it's a swing state with a lot of delegates. Plot twist: unlike most other states, the majority of the GOP delegates in PA aren't required to vote for the primary winner at the convention this summer. Meaning a win in PA is more about bragging rights than anything else.
SO WHY DOES TODAY MATTER?
Because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have some serious momentum after winning the NY primary last week. But the race to the nomination is all about math, and neither of them has it completely in the delegate bag. It doesn't help that Sen. Ted Cruz (R- TX) and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) have decided to double team Trump to try to take him down. And Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is still attracting big crowds and drawing voters away from the Hillz in the room.
For Trump and Hillz, today's primaries could put their campaigns in cruise control or kill their positive vibes.
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REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…
Cleveland. Yesterday, the city agreed to a $6 million settlement with the family of Tamir Rice. In late 2014, the black 12-year-old was shot and killed by a white Cleveland police officer who says he mistook the boy's pellet gun for the real thing. The officers were responding to a 911 call describing someone with a gun on the playground, but warning the gun might be a fake. Surveillance footage shows a patrol car stopping near Rice on the playground, and the officer shooting him almost immediately after. Last year, a grand jury decided not to indict the officer. Yesterday's settlement didn't include any admission of wrongdoing.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR CO-WORKER KEEPS ZONING OUT DURING A MEETING…
You're looking a little deflated. As is Tom Brady. Yesterday, a federal appeals court said that yes, the Patriots QB does in fact have to sit out four games as a part of his punishment for the whole deflategate fiasco. Reminder: in 2015 the Patriots were accused of intentionally deflating footballs in the game that sent them to the Super Bowl. Deflated balls are easier to grip and catch. This is also known as cheating. Brady has deny, deny, denied knowing anything about it. But after an investigation, the NFL decided that it was "more probable than not" that Brady knew his balls were soft. And served him a four-game suspension. The NFL players' union appealed on Brady's behalf, and got the suspension thrown out. The NFL appealed the appeal, which brings us to now: fifteen months later, still talking about Brady's balls.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE HORRIFIED BY…
Killings in Bangladesh. Yesterday, two people were hacked to death by a gang of men. One of them was Xulhaz Mannan, a US embassy worker and the editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine. The other was his friend. It's illegal to be gay in Bangladesh (and in many other neighboring countries), and many in the LGBT community have been forced into exile. This is just the latest in a long string of attacks on supporters of free speech in the country (think: bloggers, activists, academics), and comes days after the hacking death of an English professor on his way to the bus stop. Many of these attacks have been carried out by Islamic extremists. Unclear what, if anything, the Bangladeshi government plans on doing about it.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHO'S NOT SURE IF SHE'S INTO ANYONE SHE'S MATCHING WITH…
It's ok, neither is Tribune Publishing. Yesterday, the Gannett Company announced that it has offered to buy the Tribune Publishing Company for a smooth $815 million. The Gannett Company owns lots of big names in local news (think: Des Moines Register, Detroit Free Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), and USA Today. And Tribune's got names like the LA Times and the Baltimore Sun under its belt. The Tribune has been quietly ignoring this proposal for weeks, which is why Gannett finally went public with its offer to the company's shareholders. Tribune has been on the struggle bus ever since it was spun off into a newspaper-only company back in 2014. So this offer could be a much-needed lifeline. And Gannett would be winning readers in new cities like LA and Baltimore. Meanwhile, yesterday another huge media marriage got the blessing from antitrust regulators. Charter and Time Warner Cable are free to walk down the aisle to becoming the second largest cable company in the US. Mazel.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR FRIEND WHOSE BRIDESMAID DRESSES ARE 'CAROLINA BLUE'…
North Carolina's in the spotlight for a lot of other reasons too. Yesterday, 54 protesters were arrested there after a day of protests over NC's controversial LGBT law. It's gotten a lot of criticism for discriminating against transgender people. Yesterday, the criticism got even louder when hundreds gathered to protest at the statehouse. The protesters were arrested after reportedly failing to leave the building when it closed for the night. And this wasn't NC's only controversial move. Also yesterday, a federal judge upheld a voter ID law that requires people to show accepted forms of photo ID (think: driver's license, passport, military ID), and doesn't allow for same-day registration. Challengers said this all makes it much harder for voters — especially minority voters — to get to the polls. But the judge said 'not so,' there's little proof that the law discriminates against minorities. The debate's not over, since -- surprise -- this is an issue that could affect voter turnout in November.
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