John Kasich Ends White House Bid
The Presidential Daily Brief
He’s called it quits. The Ohio governor had been eliminated mathematically from clinching the GOP nomination long ago but was hoping the Great Divide over Donald Trump would help him shine at a contested convention. As Republicans hemmed and hawed over the Billionaire’s bullish bravado, Kasich vowed to keep fighting, even as late as Tuesday. But with RNC Chair Reince Priebus declaring Trump the “presumptive nominee” and Sen. Ted Cruz waving farewell, the Buckeye State’s favorite has bowed out, telling supporters that he has “renewed faith …. that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life.”
That’s down the toilet. Legislation requiring that people in the Tar Heel state only use restrooms that correspond with their birth gender discriminates against the transgender community, feds warned today. An official explained that the law known as HB2 violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which offers protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. The state has been warned it could lose millions in federal funding, and if it does not back down by Monday, it could face a government lawsuit.
It’s his party now. The reality TV star will almost certainly be the Republican standard-bearer after Tuesday’s dominant victory in Indiana caused Ted Cruz to withdraw. John Kasich will press on, but RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared Donald Trump the “presumptive” nominee. Indiana political scientist Andrew Downs told OZY that in his victory speech Trump was “already starting to change some of his language,” looking ahead to the fall. Meanwhile, the Democrats’ battle continues: Bernie Sanders’ Indiana victory gives him new momentum in his uphill fight against Hillary Clinton.
They’re getting out of the line of fire. All 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, have been forced to flee the raging wildfire that has destroyed 1,600 homes and buildings and consumed nearly 25,000 acres of land. The province has asked the Canadian military for help in battling the flames, and many of those who fled have taken shelter in work camps run by oilsands companies. Everyone has been evacuated safely, but high winds and warm temps are expected to continue making conditions worse for firefighters.
“We want to be freed alive,” pleads a hostage in a threatening new video from Abu Sayyaf, the group that beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel on April 25. The terrorists, loosely affiliated with ISIS, say that without a multimillion dollar ransom and a promise from the Philippine government to stop military offensives against them, the remaining three hostages — a Canadian, a Norwegian and a Filipina — will also die. No deadline was given in the video, but Canada and the Philippines have made it clear that they won’t be paying any ransom.
All those predictions weren’t worth a dime. The dollar slid to a 15-month low yesterday, part of a seven-day slump that marked its longest losing streak in more than a year. Currency strategists say it’s only going to sink lower — and meanwhile, the euro is shining brighter, even as the European Commission predicts unusually slow growth in the eurozone. In light of the dollar’s decline, traders have lowered their expectations of a Federal Reserve rate rise next month to just 12 percent.
U.S. authorities demand recall of 40 million more Takata air bags. (WSJ) sub
Shaky truce extended to Aleppo, Syria. (BBC)
Brazil sues mining companies for $44 billion over dam disaster. (WSJ) sub
Authorities arrest suspect in Navajo girl’s murder. (USA Today)
Iwo Jima photograph’s authenticity under fire again. (NYT)
Turkey clears one of the final legal hurdles required for EU visa deal. (Reuters)
There was a doctor in the house. Prince’s staff asked a leading addiction specialist, according to that doctor’s lawyer, for emergency support just a day before the legendary singer died. Dr. Howard Kornfeld couldn’t make the trip to Minnesota and sent his son, Dr. Andrew Kornfeld, instead. But when the younger physician arrived at Paisley Park, Prince was missing, and a manhunt was underway. When they found the body, Kornfeld reportedly called 911. Investigators, meanwhile, are awaiting autopsy results to learn whether the singer died from an overdose.
And they say crime doesn’t pay. A 10-year-old boy won a hefty payout from the social media giant after he found a hack into Instagram that allowed him to delete other people’s comments. It’s latest so-called “bug bounty,” a prize Facebook awards to whizzes who find unorthodox ways into their code — they’ve paid more than $4.3 million to hackers over the last five years. And the kid may have more up his sleeve: His dad told Finnish media that his twin sons are adept at hacking sites thought to be secure.
Well, this is a sweet deal. A new G-rated rave culture has arisen in Berlin, London, and other cities — and it’s partly fueled by chocolate. Berlin’s Lucid, a monthly dance party, spikes partygoers’ drinks with cacao, while Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone has invented a special device that allows you to snort chocolate powder, cocaine-style. The legal high won’t give you visions, but users say it’s a quick fix of euphoria — and an alternative to alcohol that doesn’t leave you achy and regretful the next day.
The future seats eight. Google announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday to build 100 autonomous hybrid Pacifica minivans by the end of the year. The self-driving vans will tool around Google’s test cities, which so far include Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Mountain View, California; and Kirkland, Washington. These larger vehicles can be more useful for disabled passengers and also facilitate ride-sharing. Companies pushing the technology say it will vastly improve road safety, but still have to contend with skeptical state and federal regulators.
Just what the doctor ordered might not be what you need. A new study of more than 180,000 cases has found that nearly a third of prescribed antibiotics weren’t needed for the patient’s condition. Overuse of antibiotics is a leading cause of drug-resistant strains of diseases, which kill about 23,000 Americans yearly — but researchers say doctors may feel pressured to satisfy patients who don’t want to leave appointments empty-handed. The first step, according to the CDC, will be setting targets for reducing reliance on antibiotics.
This Founding Father is still making history. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about the creator of America’s financial system has netted more nominations for achievement in live Broadway theater than any other show. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop masterpiece, which has earned a record-breaking $80 million in advance ticket sales, is the favorite to win Best Musical. But it’s also in the running for 15 other prizes, including seven across all four acting categories, when the curtains go up for the awards ceremony at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on June 12.
Where’s the beef? Players were warned that meat produced in Mexico and China could contain clenbuterol, a bodybuilding and weight loss stimulant banned by the NFL. The league’s independent drug tester issued a memo saying “consuming large quantities of meat” while visiting those countries could cause a positive drug test. Texans left tackle Duane Brown failed a test after a trip to Mexico last season, but his punishment was dropped on appeal. In the future, the memo said, players will be held accountable regardless of the clenbuterol’s source.