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April 30, 2014

After dissecting the NRA's victim complex and mission creep on Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart turned to another battle in the gun-rights war: Stand-your-ground laws. Or rather, he turned the show over to correspondent Jordan Klepper, who explored a quirky side story in the heated debate: Instead of looking at the people shot and killed with relative impunity, most famously Trayvon Martin, Klepper looked at the shooters. Even more narrowly, he dove into a new type of insurance springing up that promises to legally defend shooters in stand-your-ground states.

Talk of insurance tends to make people's eyes glaze over, but Klepper makes it interesting, thanks largely to his interview with former Virginia attorney general (and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate) Ken Cuccinelli (R). Cuccinelli helps run one of these insurance schemes, and as another of Klepper's guests points out, the fierce ObamaCare opponent is now facing the same big issue as ObamaCare itself: Risk pools. Improbably, Klepper even makes that dry topic amusing. --Peter Weber

4:18 a.m. ET

Tuesday's Late Show taped before Stephen Colbert learned that Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican primary and Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. "But I do know that it was do-or-die for Sen. Ted Cruz — and judging by this picture, I'm going to say he died about a week ago," he said. Instead of talking about future events, Colbert looked at what ended up being Cruz's last stand, including his getting stomped by quick-witted Trump supporters in Indiana and Trump's own conspiracy theory, unveiled Tuesday morning, that Cruz's father met with Lee Harvey Oswald soon before Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy, based on a report in the National Enquirer.

"This is horrible — and not just for Cruz," Colbert said. "Oliver Stone is kicking himself for not thinking of this." But instead of just laughing at Trump, he had a better conspiracy theory that blows Trump's Cruz-JFK aspersions out of the water — and if you watch until the end, he gets an assist from Cruz himself, and Back to the Future. Peter Weber

1:30 a.m. ET

The city of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, was evacuated Tuesday due to an out-of-control wildfire that officials say has doubled to 10,000 square miles in one day.

With 60,000 people affected, it is the largest wildfire evacuation in the history of the province, CBC News reports. Fort McMurray is about 270 miles northeast of Edmonton, and homes in at least two neighborhoods have been destroyed. Hot and dry conditions contributed to the fire, but once the wind started, the fire quickly spread.

Darby Allen, the fire chief for the Wood Buffalo regional municipality, told CBC News that Tuesday was the "worst day of my career." The fire is "ugly" and "nasty," he added, and "hasn't shown any forgiveness." The military is waiting for a request to help fight the fire, CBC News reports, and with high wind gusts expected on Wednesday, the burning will likely be more intense. Catherine Garcia

1:09 a.m. ET
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Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus has declared Donald Trump the "presumptive GOP nominee" and is trying to rally his party around the hashtag #NeverHillary. But the Republicans resolutely opposed to Trump are sticking with #NeverTrump, and they have vowed to keep on keeping on, even though they just lost their last real shot to deprive Trump of the nomination. You can argue that their tactics were ineffective, but nobody can say they didn't try. In total, CNN's Gregory Wallace reports, Republicans ran more than $70 million in broadcast television ads during the campaign, or 64,000 different ads.

In his victory speech on Tuesday night, Trump criticized the steady stream of #NeverTrump ads in Indiana, saying he asked his advisers, "how can anyone endure this?" (Of course, since it was a victory speech, Trump was answering his own question.) The $75.7 million in TV ad spending, as counted by Kantar Media/CMAG, includes all ads run against Trump during the campaign, by all the candidates and their super PACs; Marco Rubio's supporters at Conservative Solutions PAC spent the most, some $19.7 million, followed by pro-Jeb! group Right to Rise, at nearly $10 million.

The main obstacle that thwarted the Stop Trump movement is that "you can't beat someone with no one," says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. "Many Republicans are scared of what Trump might do as the GOP nominee. But they viscerally hate Cruz and simply could not bring themselves to be for him." Peter Weber

12:58 a.m. ET

Ted Cruz's freshman roommate at Princeton, screenwriter Craig Mazin, has been closely following his presidential campaign, dropping bits of information here and there on Twitter that you never wanted to know.

To say that Mazin isn't a fan of Cruz's is an understatement, and now that Cruz is officially out of the race, Mazin is celebrating.

One of Mazin's followers asked him if he will take on a new target, like Donald Trump, but Mazin said he focused solely on Cruz because of their history.

Unfortunately for Cruz, just because he's out of the presidential race, it doesn't mean Mazin is completely finished with him. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2016
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After the Indiana Democratic primary was called in his favor, Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying there is "nothing I would like more than to take on and defeat Donald Trump."

The Republican frontrunner is someone who "must never become president of this country," Sanders declared. He also accused Hillary Clinton's campaign of thinking "this campaign is over. They're wrong. Maybe it's over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea."

Sanders said he understands he's facing an "uphill climb to victory but we have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign. We are in this campaign to win and we're going to fight until the last vote is cast." He also asked Clinton to agree to a time and place for a debate in California. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2016
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When Ted Cruz announced Tuesday night he was dropping out of the presidential race, he dashed the dreams of Republicans in California who hoped the state would finally play a major role in the primaries.

California's Republican and Democratic primaries are on June 7, and with Cruz, Donald Trump, and John Kasich still fighting for the GOP nomination and delegates awarded based on congressional districts, it looked like enough of a race was still going on that California voters could make a difference. Now, only Trump and Kasich remain, and Kasich is far behind the frontrunner.

"We were so close to being relevant," Mike Madrid, a California Republican consultant, told the Los Angeles Times. Madrid had been working on a big project, gathering data to show the impact different ethnic groups across the state could have in the primary. Now, he doesn't think anyone will care. "It's a bit deflating," he said. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2016

The New York Daily News and New York Post both wear their feelings on their front pages, and they clearly have different views about now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, welcomed Trump's big win in Indiana with a big smile and one of its trademark puns:

The Daily News, owned by Mortimer Zuckerman — a real estate mogul, like Trump — took a more funereal tone:

And the band plays on. Peter Weber

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