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May 23, 2016

"These guys look like Bond villains," concludes LAT's Matt Pearce of the two operatives duking it out in the shadows of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the two politicians clash (a post by NYT's Amy Chozick that's at 500 shares so far). And it's in keeping with an election that's already shaping up as a contest of negatives, where never have two major party presumptive nominees been so unfavorably viewed. "Deep dislike of Hillary Clinton has Trump up 2 in first WaPo-ABC poll of the general election," notes Steven Ginsberg at the Washington Post. "People see Trump as a candidate who will help the wealthy because...that's what he is," points out Josh Greenman

Even the gamer memes ("Make Wario fictional again!") are ringing a little hollow this time of year. "Nintendo please stop this election is horrible," pleads one user. We still have six more months to go, though, and key GOP donors reportedly still deeply resist Trump’s candidacy. "He’s an ignorant, amoral, dishonest and manipulative, misogynistic, philandering, hyper-litigious, isolationist, protectionist blowhard," one key Republican donor actually went on the record to say. "But what do you really think?" quips Alan Greenblatt with Governing. We did notice that news outlets, perhaps tired of printing Trump's face, recently seem to have resorted to rear shots of his head, instead. New trend?

In breaking judicial news, federal prosecutors are investigating Virginia Gov. McAuliffe and Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty on all charges in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. The latter results some have praised as justice while others -- like social justice columnist Shaun King -- are calling it "yet another slap in the face to black families told to grin and bear it." At the New York TimesCarlotta Gall has been digging into how the Saudis turned a once secular Kosovo into fertile ground for ISIS. "More evidence for abject failure at statebuilding by US, EU and OSCE. Kosovo radicalized," argues colleage and London bureau chief Steven Erlanger. But the possibly breakingest news of all is this: M.C. Hammer decided to officially end hammertime.

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