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CNN:
Acting Navy secretary blasts ousted aircraft carrier captain as ‘stupid’ in address to ship's crew  —  (CNN)The Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly blasted the now ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt as “stupid” in an address to the ship's crew Monday morning, in remarks obtained by CNN.
Winona Ruth / SoundCloud:
SoundCloud  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly reportedly made an unhinged speech to the crew members of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, in which he lashed out at former Capt. Brett E. Crozier and told sailors to stop complaining and do their jobs.  Full story here: https …
New York Times:
Acting Navy Secretary Slams Fired Captain as ‘Stupid’  —  Thomas B. Modly addressed the crew of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt in a speech that one crew member described as “whiny, upset, irritated, condescending.”  —  The U.S. Navy's top civilian excoriated the fired commander …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Acting Navy chief fired Crozier for ‘panicking’ — and before Trump could intervene
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine  —  The White House coronavirus task force had its biggest fight yet on Saturday, pitting economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.  At issue: How enthusiastically should the White House tout …
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Donald Shaw / Sludge:
Pharma-Funded Group Tied to a Top Trump Donor Is Promoting Malaria Drug to the President  —  Founded by one of Trump's top donors, the Job Creators Network has been pushing Trump to approve the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19.  —  EDITED BY
Discussion: The Nation and Common Dreams
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Has Anyone Found Trump's Soul?  Anyone?  —  He's not rising to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.  He's shriveling into nothingness.  —  Do you remember President George W. Bush's remarks at Ground Zero in Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks?
Ronna McDaniel / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: Democrats' coronavirus voting plan - this is the way to undermine democracy  —  After failing with their first left-wing laundry list disguised as coronavirus relief, Democratic leaders are already plotting their next attempt to use the pandemic for political gain.
Discussion: Washington Times
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NBC News:   Wisconsin's election clash is a warning for November
Fox News:
Supreme Court upholds controversial traffic stop by police  —  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a warrantless traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy in Kansas that was conducted based on information that the car owner's license had been revoked.  —  Charles Glover Jr. claimed that the deputy …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices rule for federal employee over age discrimination
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump vs. Biden on coronavirus: The timeline is utterly damning  —  We're now learning that President Trump's efforts to promote an anti-malarial drug for use against the coronavirus is causing internal administration tensions.  Anthony Fauci, the administration's own leading expert …
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron E. Carroll / New York Times:
How Will We Know When It's Time to Reopen the Nation?  —  Experts offer four benchmarks that can serve as a guide for cities and states, eliminating some of the guesswork.  —  Everyone wants to know when we are going to be able to leave our homes and reopen the United States.  That's the wrong way to frame it.
Discussion: CNN
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
U.S. Is Nowhere Close to Reopening the Economy, Experts Say
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Fried v. DeSantis: the coronavirus edition — Florida builds a mystery app — More pressure over unemployment fiasco — Early voting settlement reached  —  Hello and welcome to Monday.  —  The daily rundown — Between Saturday night and Sunday night, the number of Florida …
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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Mary Ellen Klas / Miami Herald:
DeSantis doing better than Trump in handling coronavirus crisis, Florida poll shows
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Ratings change: Senate races shift toward Democrats  —  Gardner now an underdog, Shaheen safer, Collins more at risk  —  While coronavirus news is rightfully saturating the headlines, the 2020 elections are going to happen this fall and will arguably be more important than ever.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Inspector General Fired by Trump Urges Whistle-Blowers ‘to Bravely Speak Up’  —  Michael Atkinson, who President Trump made clear was dismissed in reprisal for his role in revealing the Ukraine matter, broke his silence.  —  WASHINGTON — The intelligence community inspector general whom …
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New York Times:
As School Moves Online, Many Students Stay Logged Out  —  Teachers at some schools across the country report that less than half of their students are participating in online learning.  —  Chronic absenteeism is a problem in American education during the best of times, but now …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Sharyl Attkisson / Just The News:
News media, liberals mock conservatives for early pandemic comments they made themselves  —  Analysis of three months of public comments shows health officials, liberals and media personalities made comments similar to conservatives now being mocked.  —  A video entitled “Heroes of the Pandumbic” …
Discussion: Instapundit
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L. Brent Bozell III / Washington Times:   How the liberal media weaponizes COVID-19 against Trump
Aleem Maqbool / BBC:
Coronavirus: Pastor who decried ‘hysteria’ dies after attending Mardi Gras  —  Pastor Landon Spradlin wasn't worried about coronavirus when we went to New Orleans to preach during Mardi Gras.  A month later he was dead.  —  “He loved to laugh.  He loved to play guitar.
Discussion: Informed Comment
New York Times:
U.S. Will Give Terrorist Label to White Supremacist Group for First Time  —  The designation of the Russian Imperial Movement reflects growing concerns among U.S. officials about violent white supremacists with transnational links.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected …
ProPublica:
How New York City's Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block  —  A 2006 pandemic plan warned that New York City could be short as many as 9,500 ventilators.  But the city only acquired a few hundred, which were ultimately scrapped because it couldn't afford to maintain them.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Dr. Anthony Fauci was correct — more importantly, he was humble  —  In certain political circles, it has apparently become important to knock Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  —  One prominent article at RealClear Politics argues …
NBC News:
Government watchdog: Hospitals face severe shortages of medical gear, confusing guidance from government  —  An internal government report found that one hospital was so short of thermometers it could screen staff and patients for coronavirus only at random.  —  Government watchdog: Hospitals face severe shortages of medical gear
Discussion: Common Dreams, Daily Kos and Raw Story
The City:
First Rikers Virus-Positive Fatality Was Jailed on Technicality  —  Need to know more about coronavirus in New York?  Sign up for our daily morning newsletter.  —  The first COVID-19 positive city jail inmate died in Bellevue Hospital Sunday as he awaited a hearing on a parole violation, according to multiple sources.
Discussion: The Root, The Appeal and New York Post
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
'You're basically right next to the nuclear reactor.' … I could be the last person some of these patients ever see, or the last voice they hear.  A lot of people will never come off the ventilator.  That's the reality of this virus.  I force myself to think about that for a few seconds each …
ABC7:
LA doctor seeing success with hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19  —  LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Reuters:
U.S. officials brace for ‘peak death week’ in coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Monday girded the country for a “peak death week” from the coronavirus pandemic as the accelerating American death toll closed the gap with Italy and Spain, the countries with the most fatalities to date.
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
The young and eventful Senate career of wealthy Georgia businesswoman Kelly Loeffler  —  The young and eventful Senate career of Kelly Loeffler, a wealthy Georgia business executive and political neophyte, was born in a maelstrom and was barely three months old when it entered another.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
George W. Bush enjoys positive press for tale of pandemic preparation  —  Get ready for a round of strange new respect for President George W. Bush.  —  The man who is held personally responsible for the state and local failures of Hurricane Katrina is enjoying some positive press …
 
 
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Young Adults, Burdened With Debt, Are Now Facing an Economic Crisis
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Coronavirus and the decline of the conservative sensibility
Wall Street Journal:
Spies, Unable to Telework, Adapt Their Access to U.S. Secrets
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TV networks air Trump 10 hours a week — in 2014 they refused to air Obama for 10 minutes
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Politico:
Dems find a rallying cry: Trump tanked the economy
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New York Post:
Trump admin weighs legal action over alleged Chinese hoarding of PPE