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12:35 AM ET, June 4, 2016

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Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
Trump defends criticism of judge with Mexican heritage  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Friday vociferously defended his claims that a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University is biased because of his Mexican heritage — pushing back against criticism that his objections are racist.
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Theodore Schleifer / CNN:
CNN's Ana Navarro tears into Trump over criticism of Mexican-American judge  —  Washington (CNN)Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro excoriated Donald Trump on Friday for attacking a judge with Mexican heritage who is presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Paul Ryan's cold embrace of Trump  —  If there was any doubt that Paul Ryan's endorsement of Donald Trump was less than full-throated, he crushed it on Friday.  —  Less than 24 hours after Ryan announced that his “not ready” had become a “ready,” the House speaker ripped …
Media Matters for America:
Bloomberg's Halperin Says Trump's Racist Attack On Judge Isn't “Racial” Because Mexican Isn't A Race  —  JOHN HEILEMANN (HOST): Let's just say this first of all, when Trump does what he did in that Tapper interview, and he did it over and over again, he kept calling Curiel a Mexican, right?
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Commentator Ana Navarro Calls Trump's Attacks On Judge ‘Disgusting’  —  In a roundtable on CNN Friday, commentator and GOP strategist Ana Navarro launched into an impassioned rebuttal of Donald Trump's recent comments against Latinos including his continued allusion to the Trump University judge's “Mexican” heritage.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's attack on a judge's Mexican heritage is an attack on the American Idea
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan: “I Completely Disagree” With Trump's Attack On Federal Judge
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Clinton Says Trump Has ‘Lowered the Bar’ Regarding Protests
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Judge Under Fire From Donald Trump Was Targeted by Mexican Drug Cartel
Matt Viser / BostonGlobe.com:
Reid reviews scenarios for filling Senate seat if Warren is VP pick  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has been actively reviewing Massachusetts rules for filling a US Senate vacancy, another indication of the seriousness with which Democrats are gaming out the possibility …
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Source: Reid promoting Warren for VP
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Hillary Clinton to begin collecting general election cash
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Statement on Emmett Rensin  —  On Thursday night, Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox's first person section, sent a series of tweets that, among other things, urged people to riot if Donald Trump comes to their town.  —  We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions …
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Reuters:
Clinton opens up double-digit lead over Trump nationwide: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has opened up a double-digit lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, regaining ground after the New York billionaire briefly tied her last month …
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
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John Hinderaker / Power LinePower Line:
Videos and Photos of Fascist Violence in San Jose
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Trump University Script Tells Students to Inflate Income  —  A Trump University seminar presentation advised students to try to boost their credit card limit by inflating their annual income by $75,000, according to documents made public in federal court this week.
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump donated to attorneys general who dropped Trump U. inquiries: report
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Susan Sarandon: Clinton ‘more dangerous’ than Trump  —  Actress Susan Sarandon says Hillary Clinton  —  's foreign policy makes her a greater national security risk than Donald Trump  —  , adding that it's “inevitable” the White House hopeful will be indicted.
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Trump Says Clinton Made Up Quotes About Him So She Provides Links to Every Single One  —  Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech on foreign policy that was a direct attack on Donald Trump, whose own foreign policy knowledge is lacking in such a way that CNN has now chosen to fact-check …
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New York Post:   Clinton's warnings about Trump actually describe ... her
Neil Eggleston / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
President Obama Has Now Commuted the Sentences of 348 Individuals  —  Today, the President announced 42 additional grants of clemency to men and women serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws.  The individuals receiving a presidential commutation today …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama commutes sentences of 42 prisoners
Discussion: WATE-TV, New York Magazine and The Week
Media Matters for America:
The Hill Dumps Dick Morris After He Takes Job At National Enquirer  —  The Capitol Hill-based newspaper The Hill has dropped laughingstock Dick Morris as a columnist after he signed on with the National Enquirer as its chief political correspondent.  —  In a statement to Media Matters …
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Muhammad Ali in ‘Grave Condition’ in Phoenix Hospital  —  Muhammad Ali Hospitalized, Family Gathering by His Bedside 1:39  —  Muhammad Ali is in “grave condition” in a Phoenix-area hospital, a well-informed source tells NBC News, as the boxing legend continues to battle a respiratory condition.
Patrick Howley / Breitbart:
Hillary Clinton posted and shared the names of concealed U.S. intelligence officials on her unprotected email system.  —  Federal records reveal that Clinton swapped these highly classified names on an email account that was vulnerable to attack and was breached repeatedly by Russia-linked hacker attempts.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Rarely Has An Argument Refuted Itself So Comprehensively  —  The headline is...instructive: … You must know a lot of really dumb, or at least really uninformed, people.  I'm reminded of one of our commenters, who is fond of citing all of his unnamed friends and colleagues who totally agree …
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Rose McGowan Calls Out ‘X-Men’ Billboard That Shows Jennifer Lawrence Being Strangled  —  “There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film.”  —  As 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse stormed theaters over the long weekend …
Derek Schofield / Guardian:
Dave Swarbrick obituary  —  Folk musician, singer and songwriter who was a member of Fairport Convention  —  The folk music fiddler Dave Swarbrick, who has died aged 75, was a formidable and intuitive musician who first made his mark with the Ian Campbell Folk Group in the early 1960s.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Imogen Tilden / Guardian:
Fairport Convention's Dave Swarbrick dies at 75
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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