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Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Obama speaks on systemic racism for virtual HBCU commencement, citing covid-19 and Ahmaud Arbery  —  Former president Barack Obama headlined a virtual commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon for graduates of the 74 historically black colleges and universities across the United States …
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Obama virtual commencement speech: “You're all role models now ... like it or not”
Discussion: Associated Press, NPR and Breitbart
New York Times:
Read the Full Transcript of Obama's H.B.C.U. Commencement Speech
Discussion: Vox and New York Post
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Smears Biden With Baseless Instagram Post  —  Signaling the increasingly dark tactics of the Trump campaign, the president's oldest son falsely accused Mr. Biden of preying on children.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's eldest son on Saturday posted a social media message …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
ProPublica:
Two Coasts.  One Virus.  How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.  —  California's governor and San Francisco's mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat.  For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.
USA Today:
Democrats launch investigation into Mike Pompeo's firing of State Department inspector general  —  WASHINGTON - Top congressional Democrats opened an inquiry Saturday into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's ouster of a government watchdog and accused Pompeo of trying to shield himself from an internal probe.
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:   Trump fires IG said to be investigating Pompeo, involved in impeachment probe
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Fred Willard, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘A Mighty Wind’ Actor, Dead at 86  —  Prolific comic actor and master of mockumentaries starred in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond alongside Waiting for Guffman and This Is Spinal Tap  —  Fred Willard, the prolific and beloved comic actor and master …
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Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Fred Willard, Master of Comic Cluelessness, Dies at 86
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rep. Justin Amash says he won't run for president  —  Rep. Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who left the Republican Party last year, said on Twitter that he will not run for president this year after saying last month that he would seek the Libertarian Party's nomination.
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Matt Welch / Reason:
Justin Amash Drops Out of Presidential Race
Discussion: Mother Jones, Breitbart and Raw Story
Alexander Burns / New York Times:   Justin Amash Abandons 2020 Campaign, Citing Pandemic and Polarization
James Brooks / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska legislator compares pandemic safety measures at Capitol to Nazi treatment of Jews  —  JUNEAU — A Nikiski Republican lawmaker opposed to pandemic safety measures at the Alaska Capitol compared them to Nazi Germany's labeling of Jews in an email exchange Friday with fellow members of the Alaska House of Representatives.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
We could stop the pandemic by July 4 if the government took these steps  —  A $74 billion investment in testing, tracing and isolation could rescue the economy — quickly  —  With the unemployment rate at its highest level since the Great Depression — 14.7 percent and climbing …
Eric Spitznagel / New York Post:
Why American life went on as normal during the killer pandemic of 1969  —  Patti Mulhearn Lydon, 68, doesn't have rose-colored memories of attending Woodstock in August 1969.  The rock festival, which took place over four days in Bethel, NY, mostly reminds her of being covered in mud and daydreaming about a hot shower.
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Man charged in death threats to Michigan governor, AG  —  WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of making credible death threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel has been charged on a terrorism count, the Wayne County prosecutor's office said Friday.
ABC News:
Texas COVID-19 cases rise, governor's office says more testing being done  —  The deaths are also steadily increasing.  —  Texas has seen a steady rise in novel coronavirus cases and fatalities since reopening just over two weeks ago.  —  There are now 45,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19 …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Horsford admits to extramarital affair after podcaster discloses relationship  —  Congressman Steven Horsford is seen at Kiel Ranch Historic Park on May 29, 2019.  (El Tiempo)  —  Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford on Friday acknowledged that he'd carried on a longstanding affair with a former intern …
Discussion: Fox News
WSMV-TV:
Tennessee to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants & retail, to allow large attractions to open  —  NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The governor's office announced Tennessee will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and shops and instead focus on social distancing best practices.
Discussion: WBIR-TV, Breitbart and The Hill
Jeff Elder / Business Insider Nederland:
Cybergang behind Lady Gaga data dump leaks hacked law firm's emails and contracts mentioning President Trump, says it is posting ‘most harmless information’ first  — The cybergang behind this week's Lady Gaga data dump have posted a new ransom note and more stolen documents from a hacked law firm on their site on the dark web.
Discussion: Wired, Law & Crime and Page Six
Jon Levine / New York Post:
YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown  —  Big Tech companies are aggressively tamping down on COVID-19 “misinformation” — opinions and ideas contrary to official pronouncements.  —  Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology …
Discussion: Just The News
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion  —  FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the official residence La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Vazquez announced on Saturday, May 16 …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Trump's GOP ‘party of health care’ has no coverage plan for millions amid pandemic  —  President Trump left no doubt what he wanted his GOP allies to focus on, diverting to the TV cameras before he entered a private huddle of Senate Republicans.  —  “Let me tell you exactly what my message is …
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
A salon owner who reopened despite Oregon's stay-at-home orders has been fined $14,000  —  An Oregon salon owner defied the governor's quarantine order because she says she needs to feed her family  —  (CNN)A salon owner who reopened her business in defiance of Oregon's stay-at-home order has been fined $14,000.
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia candidates embrace group with extremist ties  —  A Georgia state representative running for Congress is facing criticism from across the political spectrum for a photo showing him alongside a longtime white supremacist activist from Dahlonega.  —  The photo shows Rep. Matt Gurtler …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump pushes McConnell to embrace ‘Obamagate’  —  “Time is running out.  Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late,” the president tweeted.  —  Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell.  Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  President Donald Trump is appealing directly …
Karolina Modig / NBC News:
Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point  —  “The Swedish strategy is very much relying on the individual's trust in the state,” one Swede told NBC News.  —  STOCKHOLM — Known for its socialized health care, progressive tax system and liberal social policies …
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Amid reports of White House clashes with CDC, experts raise alarms about lack of coronavirus screening at airports  —  WASHINGTON — As the nation begins to reopen amid  —  the coronavirus pandemic, some people are looking to the skies — and experts don't necessarily like what they see …
Discussion: Gizmodo
USA Today:
I sent masks to health workers but the Trump administration seized them instead of helping  —  One month ago, as COVID-19 spread across the county and critical personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, surgical gowns and face shields continued to be in short supply …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Live updates: House passes $3 trillion relief package; Texas supreme court halts voting by mail amid coronavirus pandemic  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
 
 
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Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
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New York Times:
Now More Than Ever, Facebook Is a ‘Mark Zuckerberg Production’
Carrie Campbell Severino / National Review:
The Woke Left's Assault on the Rule of Law