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Donald Trump takes part in a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper, March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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I’m Slate nights and weekends home page editor Seth Maxon, pinch-writing for Ben Mathis-Lilley, who is on vacation. You might remember me from such previous newsletters as Today in Slate, now known as The Angle. Ben will be back next week.

Think back—way back to the first Republican debate, when Donald Trump was the only candidate who wouldn’t promise to support whomever turned out to be the GOP nominee. Soon afterward, the Donald got on board, and joined his rivals in signing a “loyalty pledge” to the eventual Republican King of the Mountain, whomever that would be. Since Trump began claiming skulls amid his rampage up that peak, his ever-fewer fellow Republican candidates have refused to retract the loyalty pledge outright; even now, John Kasich and Ted Cruz won’t come out and say that they won’t support the reality-television star if he wins the nomination.

But surprise! Donald Trump left little doubt Tuesday night that the whole “loyalty pledge” was meaningless. “No, I don’t anymore,” he said of his old promise, at a CNN town hall with a cranky Anderson Cooper. As Josh Voorhees writes, it’s clear now that the pledge worked to Trump’s advantage, and pretty much no one else’s. As always, the billionaire is setting the terms in the contest. Here’s what else happened:

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