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Photo: Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images

Former CNN talk show host Larry King died Saturday morning at age 87, following a recent battle with COVID-19.

What they're saying: "For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster," his TV production company Ora Media said in a statement.

  • No cause of death was provided, but King’s death came weeks after it was reported the he contracted coronavirus.
  • King had multiple heart attacks, and underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. In 2019 he told the "Extra" show he suffered a stroke and had been in a coma.

The big picture, via Axios' Sara Fischer: King made his name as a host at CNN for more than a quarter century. He is known best for both his witty and pointed interviews with a range of subjects — from world leaders to celebrities — and for typically donning a pair of suspenders while conducting those interviews.

  • "Larry King was a giant of broadcasting and a master of the TV celebrity/statesman-woman interview," tweeted CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour. "His name is synonymous with CNN and he was vital to the network’s ascent. EVERYONE wanted to be on Larry King Live. May he Rest in Peace."

King's love for broadcast didn't end when he left CNN. He founded Ora in 2012, and "Larry King Now" debuted as the company's first show in July of that year.

  • Another King-hosted show, "Politicking," launched on Russian TV network, RT, a year later.

The bottom line: King's death will be mourned by thousands of fans, colleagues and aspiring broadcast professionals.

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Republicans are on the brink of achieving a decades-long conservative project — overturning abortion rights — but some strategists worry that the party isn’t ready for the political dangers of this monumental victory.

Why it matters: The GOP has the best political environment in a decade leading into the midterms — and the last thing top party operatives want is for the Democratic base to become energized if the Supreme Court narrows or overturns Roe v. Wade.

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MLB enters first lockout since '95 as deal expires

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred (L) and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. Photo: Matt King/MLB via Getty Images

Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday without a new deal in place.

Why it matters: With no CBA, the MLB is in a management lockout — the first work stoppage since a 1994-95 strike led to the cancelation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Media giants back Bannon's bid to release Jan. 6 documents

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon at the FBI Washington Field Office in Washington, DC., in November. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A coalition of news outlets including the Washington Post is supporting Stephen Bannon's campaign for the release of documents related to his contempt of Congress charges, WashPost reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: WashPost, the New York Times, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal's parent company and others filed a motion arguing that a proposed protective order seeking to prevent the documents from being released violates the First Amendment, per the Daily Mail, which first reported on the news.

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