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Washington Post:
Fired inspector general was examining whether Pompeo had a staffer walk his dog, handle dry cleaning, official says  —  The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump was looking into allegations that a staffer for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was performing domestic errands …
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 …
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Senior CDC official rebukes White House trade adviser's criticism as tensions escalate over reopening strategy  —  (CNN)A senior official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday offered a pointed rebuke of White House trade adviser Peter Navarro's scathing criticism …
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and New York Post
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Nancy Cook / Politico:   Trump projects a sense of normal, but West Wing has a ways to go
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump keeps his staff in flux with White House musical chairs
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
How Many Covid Deaths? Don't Ask President Trump
Discussion: Fox News
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.
CBS News:
Full Transcript: Fed Chair Jerome Powell's 60 Minutes interview on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic  —  Jerome Powell lays out his thoughts on getting the economy back to its pre-coronavirus numbers.  The transcript from the Federal Reserve chairman's interview with Scott Pelley.
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and Politico
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:   Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the coronavirus-ravaged economy
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests  —  Devices associated with protesters travelled up to hundreds of miles after rallies where few precautions were taken  —  Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Swing-state Republicans warn Trump's reelection is on shaky ground  —  Donald Trump has made clear he will attack Joe Biden unmercifully in order to ensure the election is a choice between him and Joe Biden — rather than an up-or-down vote on the president's handling of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
A person who was Covid-19 positive attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say  —  (CNN)A person who later learned they were positive for Covid-19 attended a California religious service on Mother's Day, exposing 180 other people to the novel coronavirus, according to local health officials.
Discussion: Fox News
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
The government whistleblower who says the Trump administration's coronavirus response has cost lives  —  Dr. Rick Bright says he's trained his entire life to recognize outbreaks and viruses.  But when he sounded the alarm about the impending coronavirus pandemic, he says the Trump administration ignored …
Discussion: Townhall, Raw Story, IJR, Deadline and The Hill
Ranjan Roy / Margins and Can Duruk:
Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage  —  There is such a thing as a free lunch  —  If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me.  Every platform loses money.  Restaurants feel like they're getting screwed.  Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems.
Washington Post:
As coronavirus testing expands, a new problem arises: Not enough people to test  —  Four months into the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, tests for the virus finally are becoming widely available, a crucial step toward lifting stay-at-home orders and safely returning to normal life.
Discussion: Althouse
Rebecca Woolington / Tampa Bay Times:
In Florida, 83 percent of coronavirus deaths are people 65 and older  —  The Tampa Bay Times analyzed data and reports from the Florida Department of Health and medical examiners offices around the state.  —  As the novel coronavirus has spread across Florida, much has remained uncertain …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump's Weekend of Scandal Was Hiding in Plain Sight  —  It's going on right now and no one can see it because of the chaff.  —  The Washington Post published a picture of Stacey Abrams wearing a cape this weekend.  —  You may have seen it, since in certain corners of the conservative news media …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
What Donald Trump Shares with Joseph McCarthy  —  The President's capacity to create confusion and turmoil is emerging as the mainstay of his reëlection campaign.  —  On January 6, 2017, at around 8:30 a.m., Donald Trump undoubtedly had serious matters on his mind.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
If Democrats hold a big convention, will anybody come?  —  The Times interviewed 59 delegates who will help nominate Joe Biden.  Most said they don't want to risk their own health, or the health of others, by attending a full-scale convention in Milwaukee.  —  WASHINGTON — Three months …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
BBC:
Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil's São Paulo ‘near collapse’  —  The mayor of Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could collapse as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus cases.  —  Bruno Covas said the city's public hospitals …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump is gambling the health of the nation for his reelection  —  Many of us are not surprised to see President Trump putting his own welfare above that of the nation.  But why would he embrace a policy that seems to jeopardize his own reelection?  That is more of a puzzle.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
2016 repeat?  Trump revives Clinton playbook to battle Biden  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Accusations of a “deep state” conspiracy.  Allegations of personal and family corruption.  Painting an opponent as a Washington insider not to be trusted.  —  It's 2016 again.  Or at least that's President Donald Trump's hope.
Discussion: Washington Post and Slate
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:   Biden's VP search puts spotlight on how long he'll serve
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Are Older Voters Turning Away From Trump?  —  There are different “gaps” in American politics, but one that has consistently shown up in recent presidential elections is the age gap.  That is, younger voters tend to vote more Democratic and older voters tend to vote more Republican.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
How Democrats Lost a House Seat in California  —  Getting to the bottom of the shocking loss in the 25th Congressional District  —  Ayla Johnson votes while holding her son Logan at a mobile voting station during a special election for California's 25th Congressional District seat, May 12, 2020, in Lancaster, California.
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.
Joan E Greve / The Guardian:
Democrats feel tide turning their way in battle to flip US Senate  —  The electoral map does not favor Republicans and the pandemic has helped put them on defense in states they once thought safe  —  Just three months ago, centrist Democrats were panicking.
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.
 
 
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Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
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Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says
Discussion: Power Line
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New York Times:
Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus
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