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Monday's Morning Email: Ted Cruz's Weakening Chances

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TED CRUZ'S TERRIBLE FEW DAYS His numbers in Indiana look lackluster, his delegate count is softening and Donald Trump may sweep the nomination Tuesday. And on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is promising a fight to the finish with a play for superdelegates at the convention. [NYT]

WHAT PUERTO RICO'S LATEST DEFAULT MEANS The next bill will be even larger. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

ANDREW SULLIVAN RETURNS WITH A VENGANCE "And it is when a democracy has ripened as fully as this, Plato argues, that a would-be tyrant will often seize his moment … Is [Trump] testing democracy’s singular weakness -- its susceptibility to the demagogue -- by blasting through the firewalls we once had in place to prevent such a person from seizing power?" [New York Magazine]

'THIS CAN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT' Inside the slower housing recovery for African-Americans in Atlanta. [WaPo]

WSJ: 'THE TECH BUBBLE IS BURSTING' Sound the alarm. [WSJ]

CIA DIRECTOR AGAINST RELEASING PAGES OF 9/11 REPORT "CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday defended the government’s decision to withhold 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report, telling NBC the classified pages contain 'inaccurate' information that could be used to tie Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 terror attacks." [Christina Wilke, HuffPost]

BITCOIN FOUNDER REVEALS HIMSELF Meet Australian Craig Wright. [Reuters]

WHOSE FAULT IS DONALD TRUMP? We here at First to Last are pointing the (short) finger of blame. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber]

WHAT’S BREWING

ALL IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD After last night's "Game of Thrones." In case you live in an Internet-free, Twitter-less world, we here at The Morning Email won't spoil it for you. Just read here. [HuffPost]

PREET BHARARA IS 47 Inside the meteoric rise of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. [The New Yorker]

SO MANY ROYAL PHOTOS Between the teasers of Princess Kate's Vogue shoot and the pictures from Princess Charlotte's birthday, we don't even know what to click on. [HuffPost]

EXPERIENCE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT Thanks to the Guardian’s new virtual reality feature. [The Guardian]

THIS GUY MAKES $600,000 'TORMENTING RICH PEOPLE' "Describing himself as 'Hitch on steroids,' the 26-year-old overhauls the bodies, minds, wardrobes, and sex lives of the very rich." [Thrillist]

THE ENGLISH MAJOR IN US Is geeking out over the casting news of Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men" fame as Offred in Amazon's "The Handmaid's Tale." [Vulture]

THIS IS A LIST TO TIDY YOUR LIFE We sadly do almost none of these on a daily basis. Thus the need for such a list. [HuffPost]

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WHAT'S WORKING

THE LIBRARIES HELPING PEOPLE DECLUTTER "Have you ever checked out a sewing machine from your local library? What about a guitar or a 3D printer? If you haven’t, you might soon. Public libraries across the country are housing so-called 'libraries of things,' from which people can borrow useful items for a short time instead of buying them outright." [HuffPost]

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BEFORE YOU GO

~ “That’s like buying a ticket on the Titanic.” -- Lindsey Graham talking about whether people want to be Donald Trump's vice president.

~ These "Biggest Loser" contestants' bodies have fought back to gain weight.

~ In college decision news you were dying to hear about, Malia Obama is headed to Harvard after a gap year.

~ "Fifty Shades of Grey" is looking tame compared to this new Showtime show.

~ The Beyhive isn't happy with its Queen after she postponed her Nashville show.

~ We can't get over this video of Oprah and her audience freaking out over the iPod. Oh what a wonder 2003 was.

~ What if you didn't have to wear jumpsuits in jail?

~ Why you should ban "I feel like" from your vocabulary.

~ And all of the photos from "nerd prom" aka the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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