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8:35 PM ET, June 3, 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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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: Mexican-Americans Not Really Americans  —  We've seen Trump building this argument for a while now.  But in an interview yesterday with The Wall Street Journal he made it yet more explicit.  Trump says that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has an “absolute conflict” in presiding …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Judge Under Fire From Donald Trump Was Targeted by Mexican Drug Cartel  —  For much of a year, Gonzalo P. Curiel, then a federal prosecutor in California, lived officially in hiding.  —  He hunkered down for a while on a naval base and in other closely guarded locations under the protection of United States marshals.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's attack on a judge's Mexican heritage is an attack on the American Idea  —  On a day in which Donald Trump gained the stamp of approval of House Speaker Paul Ryan, he added to another dark chapter of his candidacy by upping his attacks on the heritage of a judge in a case involving Trump University.
Media Matters for America:
Bloomberg's Halperin Says Trump's Racist Attack On Judge Isn't “Racial” Because Mexican Isn't A Race
Discussion: Mediaite
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Commentator Ana Navarro Calls Trump's Attacks On Judge ‘Disgusting’
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan: “I Completely Disagree” With Trump's Attack On Federal Judge
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 Political Wire
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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 …
New York Post:   Clinton's warnings about Trump actually describe ... her
Associated Press:
Clinton Says Trump Has ‘Lowered the Bar’ Regarding Protests
Edgard Portela / NewsBusters:
Hillary Tells Univision Instead of a Wall, She Will Build a Bridge
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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Joe Concha / Mediaite:   Vox Founder Ezra Klein Disturbingly Silent After His Editor Encourages Riots at Trump Rallies (UPDATED)
Washington Post:
Ugly, bloody scenes in San Jose as protesters attack Trump supporters outside rally  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. —Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in downtown San Jose spun out of control Thursday night when some demonstrators attacked the candidate's supporters.
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Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Protesters punch, throw eggs at Trump supporters in San Jose
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: New York Magazine and The Week
Associated Press:   Obama Cuts Prison Sentences for 42 Drug Offenders
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Donald Trump Could Threaten U.S. Rule of Law, Scholars Say  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump's blustery attacks on the press, complaints about the judicial system and bold claims of presidential power collectively sketch out a constitutional worldview that shows contempt for the First Amendment …
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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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump donated to attorneys general who dropped Trump U. inquiries: report  —  Attorneys general in Florida and Texas who declined to pursue lawsuits against the now-defunct Trump University received political contributions from Donald Trump  —  , according to an Associated Press report.
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Brian Ross / ABC News:
Trump University Script Tells Students to Inflate Income
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
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 …
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 …
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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Nikki Haley links Trump's rhetoric to Charleston church shooting  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is sharpening her criticism of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  , linking his rhetoric to the 2015 shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C.
Guy Kovner / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Skydiving outfit in contact with Bernie Sanders' campaign for Cloverdale rally  —  Cloverdale, Sonoma County's northernmost city, was abuzz with excitement Thursday over presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' planned rally Friday at the town's airport.  But just how he will arrive was the subject of rampant speculation.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Id That Ate the Planet  —  On Tuesday the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of America's most influential environmentalist groups, made its first presidential endorsement ever, giving the nod to Hillary Clinton.  This meant jumping the gun by a week …
 
 
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