The response to Tuesday morning’s terror attacks in Belgium is ongoing, as U.S. officials and presidential hopefuls begin to weigh-in on the tragedy. Read TIME’s up-to-the-minute coverage of the bombings and how it reveals Europe’s security dilemma.
Monday was a whirlwind day in politics, as presidential candidates sought to bolster their foreign policy credentials, Donald Trump sought GOP acceptance, and President Obama forced Cuban leader Raúl Castro to engage in a historic press conference.
Much of the action centered on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where Hillary Clinton blasted Trump in a general election preview, Ted Cruz and John Kasich sought to highlight their own foreign policy credentials by making subtle contrasts with Trump, and the GOP front-runner faced a mixed reception from a skeptical audience as he delivered a policy address. For Trump, it was a day of weaving and bobbing on complex foreign policy issues, including foreign aid, U.S. participation in NATO and whether the U.S. should be neutral in the pursuit of Middle East peace.
In Havana, as Obama spent his first full day in Cuba in a bilateral meeting with Castro followed by a press conference, the president found himself needling the authoritarian leader to answer questions from the press in a first-of-its-kind moment. While still drawing criticism at home from Republicans, thanks to the scene at the joint appearance, the White House already considers the trip a wild success.
On Tuesday, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho (Democrats) will be heard in the race for the White House— Idaho Republicans have already spoken—in contests that will do little to alter the underlying trajectory of the race, but could extend the campaign for weeks or months. For Bernie Sanders, who acknowledged Monday his path to the White House has narrowed significantly, it is the first and final test that he can turn his campaign around by winning the West—though even that would do little to his low odds of overcoming his delegate disadvantage. For the GOP, it is a test of whether the effort at delegate keep-away from Trump can work, potentially elongating the nominating race to the convention.
Here are your must-reads:
Arizona, Utah and Idaho Voters Weigh-In on White House Race
Tuesday contests could reinforce the race’s momentum, or upset it [TIME]
Donald Trump’s AIPAC Speech Gets Subdued Response
A divided response as Trump tries to get serious on policy [TIME]
Clinton Targets Trump on Foreign Policy in AIPAC Speech
Compares him to biblical villain [TIME]
How Obama Set a Trap for Raúl Castro
In a historic news conference, Obama not only allowed Castro to be pressed on political prisoners. He joined in himself [Politico]
Major Republican Donors Fatigued by Presidential Race
Turning focus down-ballot [Center for Public Integrity]
Ted Cruz’s Stealth Delegate Hunt
Senator’s campaign operates under-the-radar effort to prepare for contested Republican convention against Trump [TIME]
“Cooler.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham as he entered a fundraiser for Ted Cruz, when asked what was the temperature in hell
“My daughter Ivanka is about to have a beautiful, Jewish baby.” — Donald Trump ad-libbing at the end of his speech to AIPAC
Bits and Bites
Utah’s Experiment With Online Voting [Wall Street Journal]
Ted Cruz-Marco Rubio Ticket? Allies Say Yes; Rubio Says No [New York Times]