It wasn’t a friendly exchange. Both Democrats got combative ahead of next week’s crucial New York primary. The Vermont senator hit the former secretary of state hard over her Wall Street ties — though when pressed he couldn’t cite an instance of Clinton kowtowing to banks — and her chances at implementing meaningful change. The raucous debate crowd booed and cheered both candidates in equal measure. But Sanders has more at stake: He needs a hefty win in New York to have a chance at challenging Clinton’s commanding lead.
The Presidential Daily Brief
It’s too soon. The 6.5-magnitude temblor was shallow, so it caused violent movement that collapsed houses, killing two and injuring 45 as it struck the southwestern island of Kyushu at 9:26 p.m. local time. Centered near the town of Mashiki, the quake sparked a fire and prompted precautionary high-speed train shutdowns. It was the strongest shaking since 2011, when a 9 magnitude northern Japanese quake and tsunami killed 18,500 and caused nuclear plant meltdowns, so authorities were quick announce that Kyushu plants were unaffected, but one nuclear operator said it would continue checking for damage.
The debate is over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Director Tom Frieden said his agency’s research had passed a “turning point” where there could be no doubt the mosquito-borne illness results in microcephaly, a devastating birth defect. Worse, their research indicates that microcephaly may only be the “tip of the iceberg” in other brain abnormalities caused by the disease. Frieden said the CDC isn’t changing any of its guidelines for preventing the spread of Zika, but the agency will continue efforts to further understand and contain it.
Enough is enough. On the heels of the controversial Laquan McDonald shooting, a special task force convened by Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that Chicago police have “no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.” Excessive force and a code of silence have alienated minorities over decades, the report found. Emanuel acknowledged racism within the department and indicated big changes in store, including disbanding an oversight board seen as toothless. A federal civil rights investigation is ongoing — but new police chief Eddie Johnson says he’ll start implementing changes immediately.
It’s a flicker of hope. Negotiators trying to secure the release of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram exactly two years ago received a video from the militant group that appears to show 15 of the girls, stating their names and wearing black hijabs. This is the first evidence of the Chibok girls since a video released shortly after their kidnapping. The previous government was criticized for not aggressively pursuing the girls’ release, but President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to find them and says negotiations are ongoing.
He doesn’t want second-guessing. Ted Cruz has reportedly earned commitments from enough of Donald Trump’s delegates to all but guarantee the real estate mogul couldn’t win the Republican nomination on a second ballot at a contested convention this summer. Cruz is estimated to have won over at least 130 delegates so far, increasing pressure on the front-runner to reach the magical number of 1,237 in order to clinch the nomination by ensuring his delegates vote Trump on the first committed ballot, whether they like it or not.
Back to the drawing board. Not wanting taxpayers to have to bail out financial institutions again, the U.S. decreed that all big banks must have a plan for navigating bankruptcy in the event of a meltdown. Only one, Citigroup, has had its plan approved by both the Federal Reserve and the FDIC. J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and two others were found lacking due to flawed models and inadequate estimates of necessary cash on hand in case of disaster. The rejected now have until October to fix their plans.
Israeli Soldier Who Killed Palestinian Faces Charges, Observers Alarmed by Russians Buzzing U.S. Ships
Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian faces manslaughter charges. (USA Today)
Experts say Russian jets’ close call with U.S. Navy is disturbing. (NBC)
Ukrainian parliament names new prime minister amid infighting. (NYT)
Texas deputy injured in apparent ambush shooting. (Washington Post)
U.S.-Filipino naval patrols challenge Chinese territorial claims. (NYT)
L.A. Rams make trade to score Titans’ No. 1 draft pick. (CBS)
When a room of one’s own isn’t available, try a 32-square-foot wooden box. That was the solution for Peter Berkowitz, who built his plywood castle in a friend’s apartment in order to save money in San Francisco, which boasts the nation’s highest housing costs. A spokesperson from the city’s Department of Building Inspection says the box violates safety codes and is definitely not a legal option — so though Berkowitz had hoped to help others design plywood pods for microliving, he’ll now have to think outside his box.
It’s public enemy No. 1. The tiny African nation has long been at the mercy of the mosquito-borne illness, but now many of its 1.1 million inhabitants could live to see the end of malaria, which has declined 99 percent there since 2000. Mosquito control and pre-emptive testing are expected to eliminate it by 2017, making the kingdom the first sub-Saharan success story. Sri Lanka was even closer in 1963, until its eradication program was neglected and thousands of deaths followed — so Swazi officials know they must stay vigilant.
They’re what the most-wanted want. While governments around the world struggle with privacy and encryption, ISIS militants have posted secrecy app recommendations for their operatives. The group’s Afaaq Electronic Foundation told followers to shun anything proprietary, like Facebook-owned WhatsApp, and suggested that jihadis gravitate toward open-source tools better shielded against “backdoors,” like encrypted apps Signal, Chatsecure and Telegram. While U.S. senators are expected to propose requirements for companies to decrypt communications for law enforcement, experts say that’ll only work in America, where few of the apps are based.
Prepare for a brighter glow beneath the silver screen. AMC Entertainment head Adam Aron said he may test a new policy allowing moviegoers to text and use mobile phones at select theaters. A similar proposal floated by Regal Entertainment in 2012 was met with overwhelming negativity. But Aron said, “When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow.” He hopes to entice millennials into theaters without alienating other types of customers.
It didn’t come easy. The Warriors waited until the season’s final game to break the record they’ve been chasing all year: the magical 73rd win, the most in league history. Though they’ve shown unexpected vulnerabilities in the last two weeks, Wednesday’s 125-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies was rarely in doubt. Steph Curry notched his 402nd 3-pointer of the season, obliterating the previous record of 286 (also Curry’s, from 2014-15), and will now lead his team into the playoffs as the overwhelming favorite to repeat as NBA champs.