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Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Is Iranian supreme leader and cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei making a bid to become known in the United States as the “Cool Ayatollah”? Not really, since he’s still one of the U.S.’s most hardline geopolitical enemies—but he did say Tuesday that the famous phrase “death to America” shouldn’t be taken to literally call for the death of American citizens. In other news:

Have a good day out there!