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8:20 AM ET, June 4, 2016


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Jon Schuppe / NBC News:
Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest of All Time’, Dead at 74  —  Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.  The bout lasted only one minute into the first round.
Robert Lipsyte / New York Times:
Muhammad Ali, Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century, Dies at 74  —  Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday.  He was 74.
The New / New York Times:
Muhammad Ali's Words Stung Like a Bee, Too  —  Muhammad Ali was a masterful boxer, winning the heavyweight championship three times while redefining the sport.  Outside the ring, Ali often used his mouth to fight his battles.  Whether he was taunting opponents like Joe Frazier or George Foreman …
Discussion: Guardian, USA Today and Newser
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.
Steve Almasy / CNN:
Muhammad Ali dies at 74
Discussion: Daily Kos and
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.
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.
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’
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Trump's attack on a judge's Mexican heritage is an attack on the American Idea
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
STILL SHOTS=> Black Muslim Chases, Tackles White Trump Supporter After San Jose Rally - Then Brags on Twitter  —  A poster on Twitter who identifies as a Black Muslim man claims to have been the person seen on news video chasing and tackling a young white male Trump supporter following a Trump rally in San Jose Thursday.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
John Hinderaker / Power LinePower Line:
Videos and Photos of Fascist Violence in San Jose
Matt Viser /
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Source: Reid promoting Warren for VP
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:   Hillary Clinton to begin collecting general election cash
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 …
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.
Andreas Fuhrmann /
Cheadle: I'm Trump's ‘African-American’  —  Presidential Candidate Donald Trump talks to Gregory Cheadle of Redding, right, after his speech at the Redding Municipal Airport.  Trump called out Cheadle as “my African-American over here” during his speech.  —  Andreas Fuhrmann/Record Searchlight …
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump donated to attorneys general who dropped Trump U. inquiries: report
Fox News:
VFW fires back at Obama: Politics not ‘confused’  —  The nation's largest veterans group hit back at President Obama on Thursday and urged him not to “denigrate” their intelligence after the president suggested their members were easily swayed by cable news and “right-wing radio.”
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama commutes sentences of 42 prisoners
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
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 …
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Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: New York Times
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Todd Starnes / Fox News:
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New York Daily News:
Some NBC staffers refuse to travel to Brazil for Olympic coverage over Zika virus fears
Daily Mail:
Sore loser: Russian man chops off his friend's genitals with an axe after coming second …
Henry Fountain / New York Times:
Ancient Civilization of Microbes, Not Greeks, Built ‘Lost City’
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge demands to see Clinton aide's immunity deal
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Woman who taped dog's mouth shut found guilty of animal cruelty
Discussion: Mashable and WSAV-TV
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Rose McGowan Calls Out ‘X-Men’ Billboard That Shows Jennifer Lawrence Being Strangled
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Id That Ate the Planet