The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration's legal fight with North Carolina over the issue. The declaration -- signed by Justice and Education department officials -- will describe what schools should do to ensure that none of their students are discriminated against. It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration's interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. read more
Hillary Clinton has Nebraska bragging rights. The Democratic presidential frontrunner scored a sweet, albeit symbolic victory tonight in Nebraska, winning the state's Democratic presidential primary. Clinton's win does not invalidate Bernie Sanders' 14-point victory in the state's March 5 caucuses. That result will stand as this year's official Democratic presidential tally in Nebraska, based upon rules passed by the state party. Nebraska Democratic Party officials decided this year to award its delegates based on its caucuses. State law, however, required the party's presidential candidates to be listed on the primary ballot as well. read more
First there was "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "1 for 38 Kasich." "Crooked Hillary" came soon after. Now, "Crazy Bernie" joins the list of nicknames Donald Trump has given to his political rivals.
Trump tweeted: "Big wins in West Virginia and Nebraska. Get ready for November - Crooked Hillary, who is looking very bad against Crazy Bernie, will lose!"
He added, "I don't want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!" read more
Tom Nichols, The Federalist: I have been thinking about Peter Wehner's piece in the New York Times yesterday, in which he talks about the sadness of losing friends over Donald Trump's candidacy. I have not -- yet -- lost any friends over Trump, but it's possible. Unlike Wehner, I am less concerned about it. The Trump campaign is a test of character, and many Americans are failing it. Put another way, if my opposition to Trump is going to cost me friends, then all I can say is: So be it. read more
Battered by four defeats in Tuesday night's primaries, Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning the June 7 California primary. The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after Hillary Clinton's victories widened her delegate lead and left her all but certain to win the Democratic presidential nomination. "We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country," Sanders said. "We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us." read more