Trump needs just 287 more delegates to clinch GOP nomination

With a little more of 600 delegates in the remaining states.

The crushing victories, in which Trump beat expectations, were enough for the frontrunner to call on rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to exit the race.
“I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely,” Trump said at a press conference at his New York hotel Tuesday night.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over. These two guys can’t win, there’s no path,” he continued.

Trump needs just 287 more delegates to get to 1,237.

He leads polls in Indiana, which holds the next primary on Tuesday. Cruz is hoping to overcome him in the Hoosier state.

Another 10 states have contests. The GOP race culminates on June 7 when voters in six states, including California, go to the polls. Trump will be a favorite in many of the states, including New Jersey, where 51 delegates are up for grabs in a winner-take-all contest.

Well, This Just Made My Stomach Drop

Bernie wouldn’t do that….. Right?

Why Bernie Sanders is Actually Winning

The Cruz-Kasich Deal Is Already Falling Apart

This really is just lunacy at this point.

The temporary alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich, which was announced on Sunday with much fanfare, is already full of holes. In an effort to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump from winning still more delegates (he currently holds 845 to Cruz’s 559 and Kasich’s 148), the Kasich campaign said it would effectively stop campaigning in Indiana to clear the way for a Cruz victory there, while Cruz would do the same for Kasich in New Mexico and Oregon. But it seems both candidates are reluctant to back down.

“I never told them not to vote for me — they should vote for me,” Kasich said of his Indiana supporters during a press meeting in Philadelphia on Monday. He clarified that, just because he’s not “spending resources” in Indiana doesn’t mean he’s given up there. “We have limited resources,” he said. “Mine is like the people’s campaign; we’ve been outspent basically 50 to 1.” Kasich also reportedly plans to keep raising money in Indiana and to meet with the state’s governor on Tuesday.

But a few hours earlier, Kasich’s Indiana co-chair said the opposite: “Kasich is asking his supporters in Indiana to vote for Cruz so Trump does not win Indiana.”

Cruz also seems to believe Kasich is giving up his bid for Indiana; at a rally in Borden, Cruz said it was “big news that John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump” and that the deal to split up resources in the three states “made sense from both campaigns.” But the Trusted Leadership super-pac, which supports the Texas senator, will reportedly continue to air an anti-Kasich ad there, hinting that Cruz might not be as confident in Kasich’s deference as he claims.

The Smell of Desperation This Morning

I have a feeling this isn’t going to play out too well for Cruz and Kasich.

(CNN)Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.
Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

Trump’s son: GOP would rather lose with Cruz than back dad. 01:44
The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump’s run to the nomination.

How advertising planes pick up banners

I see plane banners all the time but never gave any thought of how it worked.

John Oliver – Texas Republicans

Can’t embed it but, sweet mother of zeus.

RIP Prince

It’s a really bad year for singers.

One of my favorite of his performances was this blistering outro solo for While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Never wake a sleeping tiger!

An Obscure Switch Saves Apollo 12 From Aborting

November 14th, 1969, Apollo 12 is struck by lightning on take off, loses main power, and faces mission abort. Controller John Aaron remembers an obscure command from testing a year earlier, SCE to AUX. Power is restored and flight crew breaks out in laughter all the way to orbit.

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