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After yesterday's Republican primary in Indiana, it's all over for the US Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. It's all but certain that a real estate magnate and reality TV star who's never held political office will be this year's Republican nominee for the White House. 

Later on the program, politicians have always been fodder for comedians… this year, perhaps, more than ever.  Now that we're deep into the brave new world of presidential politics, is it still funny? 

Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at his campaign victory party at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, May 3, 2016. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

Trump the Winner by TKO 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After yesterday's Republican primary in Indiana, it's all over for the US Senator from Texas. Ted Cruz thanked his supporters, "We gave it everything we've got and the voters chose another path. And so with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation -- we are suspending our campaign."

Yesterday, Cruz called Donald Trump a "pathological liar" but, once Cruz dropped out, the Donald was gentle, telling his supporters, "Just so you understand – Ted, I don't know if he likes me or he doesn't like me but he is one hell of a competitor and he's got an amazing future he's got an amazing future so I want to congratulate Ted."

Ryan Grim is Washington Bureau Chief for the Huffington Post.

Guests:
Ryan Grim, Huffington Post (@ryangrim)

The Brave New World of Presidential Politics 32 MIN, 25 SEC

It's all but certain that a real estate magnate and reality TV star who's never held political office will be this year's Republican nominee for the White House. Ted Cruz has dropped out, John Kasich's campaign is over, and Donald Trump is the only GOP candidate left standing. Will the nominating convention be able to hold the party together this summer?

Yesterday, Bernie Sanders won, too. He's still challenging Hillary Clinton on some of the same economic issues that are working for Trump. Have the Democrats helped pave the road for Trump by ceasing to be the Party of Working People?

Guests:
James Antle, Washington Examiner (@jimantle)
Thomas Frank, Salon / The Baffler
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)

More:
Gary Johnson (Libertarian presidential candidate)
Antle on Trump's landside wins in Indiana, Cruz dropping out
Frank on why millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump
Kilgore on Sanders's Indiana win, his argument that late delegates are more important

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Thomas Frank

Will the 2016 General Election Be Funny? 10 MIN, 57 SEC

It's been a great year for political humor… with 17 presidential candidates in the Republican Party and five on the Democratic side.


Samantha Bee takes on the presidential campaign on "Full Frontal"


Larry Wilmore, host of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,"
speaks at the White House Correspondents Dinner


Now the circus has dwindled down to fewer and fewer clowns. Will the general election be funny? Lizz Winstead was a founder of The Daily Show. She's a writer, producer and comic with the Lady Parts Justice media group.

Guests:
Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice (@lizzwinstead)

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