McDonald's has suspended operations at its three locations in Crimea for "manufacturing reasons" as Western companies are getting increasingly worried about the potential impact that Russia's annexation will have on the peninsula.
Although the company said it hopes to reopen its Crimean locations as quickly as possible, it's offering to relocate employees to its Ukrainian outposts. "The company has provided an opportunity to all employees ... to transfer to any other McDonald's restaurants in Ukraine preserving their positions, salaries and fees and paying to relocate employees and their families," McDonald's said in a statement.
Crimea's new Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said Russian-based fast-food companies will likely replace McDonald's in the area. "Russia has a lot of its own cafe chains, including fast food, and they can promptly take this niche," he said. Jordan Valinsky
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
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
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:
— New York Post (@nypost) May 3, 2016
The Daily News, owned by Mortimer Zuckerman — a real estate mogul, like Trump — took a more funereal tone:
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 4, 2016
And the band plays on. Peter Weber
Clinton campaign welcomes Donald Trump to general election by calling him 'too big a risk' for America
Hillary Clinton lost Indiana to Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, but not by a wide enough margin to significantly affect her delegate lead. Clinton's campaign focused on the general election instead, calling Donald Trump the "presumptive Republican nominee," and predictably suggesting he wouldn't make a very good president:
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 4, 2016
You can see the contours of the general election taking shape, assuming Clinton and Trump win the nominations. Trump, in his victory speech, criticized Clinton on trade and her plan to phase out coal energy. Clinton's campaign argues that the next president has two main jobs, "keep our nation safe in a dangerous world and help working families get ahead here at home," adding that Trump is "prepared to do neither," and that "with so much at stake, Donald Trump is simply too big of a risk." Few think the race will stay this civil. Peter Weber
And then there were two: On Tuesday night, after Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race, John Kasich told voters that "now more than ever, there are two paths."
Now more than ever, there are two paths...https://t.co/XGNi1Uf8lT
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) May 4, 2016
Earlier in the day, after coming in last place in the Indiana Republican primary, the Kasich campaign announced that the Ohio governor was staying in the race unless one of the other candidates reached 1,237 bound delegates before the convention. Now that it's down to just Kasich and Donald Trump, Kasich is sharing on Twitter a video reminding people that he is a very different person from Trump.
"It's been some unbelievable day," Donald Trump said to supporters in New York after he won the Indiana Republican primary, forcing rival Ted Cruz out of the race. He thanked legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, professed his love for the Hoosier State ("I said, maybe I'll just never leave"), and criticized the onslaught of negative ads he saw while campaigning in Indiana. Most of the ads were directed at him, and "I said, how can anyone endure this?" Trump asked. "The people are so smart. They don't buy it. They get it."
Trump turned to the general election, criticizing Hillary Clinton on trade policy and for threatening to shut down coal mines, saying, "we're going to get those miners back to work." He also vowed to prevent U.S. companies from moving jobs overseas, saying, "we will not let them leave," and if they do, "there will be consequences, and there will be very, very serious consequences." Trump said America needs to rebuild its infrastructure and its military, calling the military buildup "the cheapest thing we can do," and said that under a Trump foreign policy, other countries are "going to end up liking us better than they do now."
Finally, Trump turned to Cruz, saying he's not sure if his erstwhile rival likes him, "but he is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future." He wasn't so charitable to the last man standing in the race, John Kasich. Trump began by thanking RNC chairman Reince Preibus, saying it is hard to manage "17 egos," then added, "and now I guess he's down to one — I don't know, is there a second?" In case Kasich didn't get the hint, Trump said, "What Ted did is actually a very brave thing to do," paving the way for party unity. Peter Weber
If you ever find yourself standing on a stage with Ted Cruz, run — don't walk — away as fast as you can for your own protection, lest you become the latest person to get hurt.
— Marcy Stech (@etchaStech) May 4, 2016
Over the weekend, Carly Fiorina ate it after introducing the one-time Republican presidential candidate, falling off the stage and disappearing into a sea of Cruz supporters. On Tuesday, after Cruz announced his decision to drop out of the race, he elbowed his wife Heidi not once, not twice, but three times in the head as he went to embrace his father. He then awkwardly pulled Heidi into their hug, and she buried her face into his arm, clearly in survival mode.
Now that Cruz is no longer running, the world is instantly a safer place for those who might have found themselves sharing a dais with him. Don't be surprised if Cruz, knowing of his curse, tries to make his way onstage with a certain former rival — Donald Trump, you've been warned. Catherine Garcia