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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?  —  He has delivered revelatory reporting on some of the defining stories of our time.  But a close examination reveals the weaknesses in what may be called an era of resistance journalism.  —  It was a breathtaking story, written by The New Yorker's marquee reporter …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Ousted State Department inspector general was investigating if Pompeo made staffer walk his dog and run other personal errands  —  (CNN)The State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a staffer perform …
Discussion: NBC News and CNBC
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Inspector General's Firing Puts Pompeo's Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny  —  Accusations of improperly using government resources have trailed the secretary of state, but President Trump's move to fire the State Department inspector general has handed Democrats a new weapon.
New York Times:
Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations  —  outside New York City  —  New York City has long been a cheek-to-jowl town with cramped apartments and determined strivers.
Discussion: Twitchy, New York Post and Instapundit
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Sara Dorn / New York Post:
People flock to NYC-area bars, beaches as ‘quarantine fatigue’ intensifies  —  They're partying like it's 2019.  —  Lockdown-weary New Yorkers ditched the distancing to get social instead this weekend — transforming parts of the Big Apple into a raucous, late-season Mardi Gras.
Discussion: Twitchy, Fox News and Gothamist
6abc:
Drexel study: 45-day shutdown saved 6,202 lives, kept 57,072 out of hospital  —  UNIVERSITY CITY (WPVI) — After more than 6 weeks of closed schools and businesses, and staying at home, some people are wondering whether it's been worth it.  —  A new Drexel University study says it has paid off.
The Daily Beast:
Busted: Pentagon Contractors' Report on ‘Wuhan Lab’ Origins of Virus Is Bogus  —  TRY AGAIN  —  A military contractors' report circulating on Capitol Hill claims to have evidence that COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese lab.  It's filled with information that's just plain wrong.
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden's VP search puts spotlight on how long he'll serve  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has longed to win the White House for more than three decades.  If he finally makes it there after November's election, he's already talking about leaving.  —  In an effort to ease concerns about his age …
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:   I'll Take Biden's Confusion Over Trump's Corruption
Washington Post:
Faced with a Trumpian barrage of attacks, Joe Biden chooses to look the other way
Discussion: Slate and New York Times
Michael Morell / Washington Post:
The only culprit in the Flynn ‘unmasking’ scandal is the Trump administration  —  There was no wrongdoing on the part of Obama administration officials who, during the presidential transition in 2016 and 2017, “unmasked” the identity of Michael Flynn, who was set to become national security adviser.
Discussion: IJR and Law & Crime
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Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
‘Grossly incompetent’: Trump dismisses Obama over coronavirus criticism  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed his predecessor as “grossly incompetent,” a day after former President Barack Obama said leaders weren't “even pretending to be in charge” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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John Harwood / CNN:   Trump's turn to the economy leaves a vacuum when it comes to controlling the pandemic
Politico:
How chatter and conservative anger upended a White House staffing search
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Deborah Birx is the real power doctor  —  Don't be fooled by the grandmotherly demeanor and whimsical scarf collection.  Administration officials say they've been taken aback by Deborah Birx's masterful political skills — including a preternatural ability to get what she wants while telling people what they want to hear.
Axios:
Former top Clinton adviser says electoral map has realigned for the first time since 1992  —  Doug Sosnik, who was the White House political director during President Clinton's successful re-election race, writes for Axios that during President Trump's first term, the country completed a political realignment that began in 1992.
USA Today:
Wisconsin's economy is reopening and it's a hot coronavirus mess.  Don't do what we did.  —  Some curious photos began rocketing around social media sites Wednesday night —pictures of people in Wisconsin once again in their natural habitat, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in bars.
Wyatt Massey / timesfreepress.com:
Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme  —  An employee at a local software company was terminated after a social media firestorm identified him as the person who posted a racist meme showing former president Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut to the WHO  —  President Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut for the World Health Organization after being on the brink of announcing he'd restore partial funding, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
Charles C. Camosy / New York Times:
Coronavirus Is Hitting Nursing Homes Hard.  How We Treat the Elderly Made It Inevitable.  —  After decades of mistreatment, older Americans are bearing the worst of the pandemic.  —  Dr. Camosy teaches bioethics and moral theology at Fordham University.  —  We knew it from the beginning.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
CNN's Jake Tapper Blasted for Hypocrisy After Accusing Trump of ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Rivals  —  CNN's Jake Tapper was hit by a wave of criticism on social media Sunday after he accused President Donald Trump of “launching an unprecedented smear campaign against any rival,” with many accusing him and CNN of hypocrisy.
Discussion: Redstate, Townhall and Twitchy
Harry Enten / CNN:
State polls suggest Biden has a clear national lead  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Marquette Law School poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 46% to 43% lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin.  —  The poll matches the last poll from Marquette, which also had Biden up by 3 points in Wisconsin.
Discussion: The Guardian
The Daily Beast:
Billionaire MAGA Fan Peter Thiel Has Had It With Trump's COVID-19 Response  —  More than a dozen sources in Trump's orbit said they could not say whether the Silicon Valley luminary was going to play any meaningful role in the re-elect, like he did in 2016.  —  During the last presidential campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Trump to tour Ford's ventilator assembly plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday  —  President Donald Trump is coming to Michigan on Thursday to tour a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti where the automaker and GE Healthcare are assembling ventilators for the coronavirus pandemic response, Crain's has learned.
Discussion: The Hill
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.
Discussion: Power Line
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade  —  When Tara Reade, a former staffer in the office of then-Sen. Joe Biden, stepped forward to make a claim that Biden had sexually violated her, an endless stream of commentary ensued: It's hard to not believe …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé  —  A married Nevada congressman has admitted having a longstanding affair with a former intern calling herself “Love Jones” — after she exposed him in an explosive series of podcasts.
Associated Press:
European leaders are blunt: A vaccine won't come soon enough  —  SOAVE, Italy (AP) — In separate, stark warnings, two major European leaders have bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by the development of a vaccine.
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Obama tells 2020 graduates: 'If the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you.' Read the transcripts of two speeches.  —  Former president Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses for 2020 graduates that were made public on Saturday, telling them in one: “If the world's going to get better, it going to be up to you.”
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Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Cut Through the Fog of Coronavirus War
Discussion: The Hill
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk
CNN:
A person who was Covid-19 positive attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say
Discussion: Fox News
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the coronavirus-ravaged economy
Discussion: Politico
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
AOC owes $2,000 in unpaid taxes from failed business venture
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump calls into NBC golf broadcast to discuss return of sports, coronavirus response
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
‘There is no pain to this’: Gov. Cuomo undergoes live coronavirus test to encourage people …
Discussion: Twitchy
The Texas Observer:
Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Is The National Enquirer in Its Final ‘Death Spiral’?
Josh Chin / Wall Street Journal:
China Told Labs to Destroy Coronavirus Samples to Reduce Biosafety Risks
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
In next phase of pandemic, Trump appears poised to let others take the lead
Evelyn N. Farkas / Washington Post:
Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Navarro claims lockdowns will kill “many more” Americans than coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
jsonline:
No masks.  No gloves.  No problem.  As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in
Elizabeth Warren / The Atlantic:
My Brother's Death Didn't Have to Happen
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and Axios