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4:50 PM ET, May 22, 2016


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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Poll: Election 2016 shapes up as a contest of negatives  —  The coming presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump begins in a virtual dead heat, a competition between two candidates viewed unfavorably by a majority of the current electorate and with voters motivated as much by whom …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton's Lead Over Trump Shrinks to 3 Points: New NBC News/WSJ Poll  —  Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Clash over Gun Control 2:10  —  Hillary Clinton's advantage over Donald Trump has narrowed to just three points — resulting in a dead-heat general-election contest with more than five months …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Begrudging WaPo poll: Trump 46%, Clinton 44%  —  It's not the headline, and it takes 219 words to get there, but a new Washington Post poll on the presidential race reveals that Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton among registered voters 46 percent to 44 percent.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
A Post-Primary Rally Boosts Trump, Albeit with Challenges Aplenty (POLL)  —  A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a close contest in presidential election preferences, with Republicans lining up behind Donald Trump as their party's presumptive nominee while the continued Democratic race …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Sanders: Clinton can beat Trump in November
Meg Gatto / WVUE-TV:
Five-year-old shoots, kills self while playing with gun  —  A five-year-old in Laplace gets her hands on a gun, and accidentally shoots and kills herself.  The accident happened Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at the girl's home on Country Club Drive.  —  Many residents on Country Club Drive …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Crockett / WDSU-TV:
St. John sheriff: 5-year-old kills self with father's gun  —  Haley Moore died at the hospital Saturday  —  Five-year-old Haley Moore was spending the weekend at her dad's house with her older sister and brother.  The family was supposed to go see a movie Saturday.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: I Don't Want Guns In Classrooms, But Some Teachers Should Have Guns  —  GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump said Sunday that he doesn't want guns to be in classrooms, but that “some teachers” should have guns.  —  Trump was asked to respond on Fox & Friends to criticism …
Mike Miller / Independent Journal Review:
‘Never Trump Guy’ Locks Horns With Fox News' Eric Bolling-Let's Just Say It Doesn't End Well
Discussion: RedState
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:
Trump and Clinton on guns: two visions of race, justice and policing in the US
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Prntly
Henry Bodkin / Telegraph:
Elijah Wood: ‘Hollywood in the grip of child abuse scandal similar to Jimmy Savile’  —  Hollywood is in the grip a child sexual abuse scandal similar to that of Jimmy Savile in Britain, Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood has claimed.  —  The 35-year-old former child actor said paedophiles …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
David Cay Johnston / Politico:
Just What Were Donald Trump's Ties to the Mob?  —  In his signature book, The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump boasted that when he wanted to build a casino in Atlantic City, he persuaded the state attorney general to limit the investigation of his background to six months.
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Washington state GOP convention backs Cruz over Trump  —  Donald Trump may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but Washington state's GOP convention awarded 40 out of 41 elected delegate slots to Ted Cruz.  However, delegates are bound by party rules to cast national-convention ballots based …
Discussion: RedState
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Libertarian VP candidate doubles down on comparison of Trump, Nazis … William Weld, a Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate, is doubling down on his comparison of Donald Trump  —  's plan to deport millions of illegal immigrants to Nazi Germany.  —  “I'm absolutely certain that …
Alle McMahon / ABC:
Mars appears at its biggest, brightest as planet moves into opposition  —  Mars is at its biggest and brightest in over a decade, as it comes into a particularly close opposition.  —  Mars comes into opposition — the point when Mars and the Sun are on directly opposite sides of the Earth — once every two years.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump camp quietly courts Muslims  —  's top foreign policy adviser has quietly opened backchannels within Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. in an attempt to win over a small but increasingly important voting bloc.  —  Walid Phares, a top national security adviser for Trump …
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Daily News:
KING: Here's why I'm leaving the Democratic Party after this presidential election and you should too  —  Many of you aren't religious, so please forgive me for recalling my roots as a preacher and starting us off with a simple verse of scripture.  —  “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”
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Eugene Scott / CNN:
Mark Cuban: I'd listen if Clinton wanted to talk about VP — but she needs ‘to go more to center’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Post
Jonathan Franklin / Guardian:
Zookeepers shoot man with tranquiliser while trying to save him from lions
Discussion: Slantpoint and Althouse
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Donald J. Trump: Hillary Clinton's Plans for More Illegal Immigration Into America …
Mark Plotkin / The Hill:
Mark Kirk is your most vulnerable senator of 2016
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP Hispanic leaders open to reconciling with Trump
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Biden at West Point: Diversity on battlefield an ‘incredible asset’
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Erik Brady / USA Today:
Exaggerator wins the 141st Preakness Stakes
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and ABC News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
The Trump Wall Will Save Hundreds of Lives and Protect Women From Gang-Rape
Washington Post:
Primed to fight the government
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Katie Leslie / Trail Blazers Blog:
T. Boone Pickens postponing major fundraising event for Donald Trump, cites scheduling issues