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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
A Stunned Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He's Taking the Drug: ‘What Have You Got to Lose? ...  Your Life’  —  “That was stunning.”  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto was so shocked by President Donald Trump announcing he's taking hydroxychloroquine that he took …
Discussion: NBC News, Axios, The US Sun and Mother Jones
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Associated Press:
Trump says he's taking malaria drug in case he gets virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new coronavirus, even though the drug is unproven for fighting COVID-19.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, dismissing safety concerns
Discussion: Gizmodo
CNN:
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine though health experts question its effectiveness
Discussion: Politico
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump taking hydroxychloraquine, unproven drug he touted for COVID-19
Discussion: Breitbart, The Wrap and Politico
CNBC:
Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is unproven as a treatment
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
FDA: This Drug Could Kill You. Trump: I'm Taking It!
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and STAT
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo says he didn't know fired inspector general was investigating him  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Monday that he asked President Trump to fire the State Department inspector general because his work was “undermining” the department's mission, but he declined to describe any specific concerns.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's purge just got much more corrupt.  Here's what's coming next.  —  President Trump's abrupt decision to remove the inspector general of the State Department constitutes the latest in a string of corrupt efforts to remove public servants who prioritize real oversight and accountability over protecting Trump at all costs.
Washington Post:
Pompeo's moves against inspector general leave a trail of questions and a department divided
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Hill
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Democrats claim watchdog fired by Trump was probing Pompeo's fast-tracking of $8 billion Saudi arms sale
NBC News:
Saudi arms sale was a second area of investigation for fired State Department watchdog
Wall Street Journal:
State Department Watchdog Was Probing Pompeo's Use of Aide
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
He thought the coronavirus was ‘a fake crisis.’ Then he contracted it and changed his mind.  —  A Florida man who thought the coronavirus was “a fake crisis” has changed his mind after he and his wife contracted COVID-19.  —  Brian Hitchens, a rideshare driver who lives in Jupiter …
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Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Man who called coronavirus ‘fake crisis’ gets infected, issues warning
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lindsey Graham seeks broad authority to subpoena former Obama officials  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is preparing to ask his colleagues on the panel for blanket permission to subpoena dozens of Obama and Trump administration officials connected to the investigation …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Lindsey Graham Sets Vote To Subpoena Comey, Brennan And Dozens More In Oversight Of Crossfire Hurricane
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Can Biden Expand the Map?  —  There are signs that Joe Biden's campaign is exploring more paths to victory in the Electoral College than recent Democratic nominees. … Presidential elections don't offer extra credit.  As we all know, it's 270 to win.  Hitting 292 or 336 electoral votes …
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Los Angeles Times:   Before the coronavirus, Joe Biden offered stability. Now he's talking bold change
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   Elizabeth Warren's Path to Becoming VP Is Easier Than It Looks
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
I Forced A Bot to Read 1,000 Jennifer Rubin Columns And Write A Jennifer Rubin Column of Its Own  —  The Washington Free Beacon analytics bureau used a proprietary algorithm to program a bot to read 1,000 Jennifer Rubin columns and write its very own Jennifer Rubin column based on its analysis.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Why the Uncle Joe-Can't-Internet Criticism Is Mostly Malarkey  —  Joe Biden is definitely losing the internet—but the North Star of his campaign is the normie voter, which means it shouldn't become a meme factory.  The golden rule: “Does this work for Joe?”
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
House Democrats tell Supreme Court they need Mueller grand jury materials to decide on new articles of impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Monday told the Supreme Court that the House needs secret Mueller grand jury materials to determine …
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Introduced Impeachment 2.0
Discussion: Associated Press
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution  —  For decades, Ayatollah Khamenei has professed enmity with America.  Now his regime is threatened from within the country.  —  One night last December, the chief resident physician at a hospital in the Iranian city of Gorgan was asked to consult on a baffling case …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting  —  Officials seek to recruit 50,000 poll watchers and spend millions to fight voter fraud.  Democrats say the real goal is to stop them from voting.  —  WASHINGTON — Six months before a presidential election in which turnout …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republicans are serious about voter suppression. Here's how to stop them.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is helping Trump turn the bogus ‘Obamagate’ into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails  —  It's becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage.  We know this because they seem poised to repeat them.
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   CBS hired conspiracy reporter from Fox News, now she's pushing “Obamagate”
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade lawyer sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to critic  —  Tara Reade's attorneys have sent a “cease and desist” letter to one of her most outspoken critics, the owner of a not for profit who has publicly accused Reade of being “manipulative” and “a liar.”
Discussion: National Review
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Blames Obama for ‘Ushering in’ Trump  —  “I don't think a perfect president would have ushered in the era of Trump,” said “The View” host.  —  The hosts of The View loved former President Barack Obama's subtle dig at his successor in this weekend's virtual commencement speech.
Discussion: Twitchy
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
American Colleges Are Headed for a Meltdown  —  They've been through riots, protests, and natural disasters—but America's colleges have never seen anything like the financial meltdown the coronavirus is about to bring to their campuses.  —  The rising wave of health fears, added costs …
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge finds Oregon governor's coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings ‘null and void.’ Governor to seek state Supreme Court review  —  A Baker County judge on Monday ruled that Gov. Kate Brown's restrictions on religious gatherings were “null and void” because her emergency order amid …
Washington Post:
Barr installs top DOJ aide, prosecutor of Trump's Mar-a-Lago trespasser, as deputy over U.S. prosecutors in Washington  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has installed a new top deputy over the federal prosecutor's office for Washington, raising concerns that a key U.S. attorney's office …
Discussion: CNN, Axios, Law & Crime and Raw Story
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McConnell-aligned PAC to spend $10M in Montana as danger to Senate majority grows  —  The super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is investing a sizable $10.1 million in Montana as Republicans move to rebuff the expanding Democratic threat to GOP control of the Senate.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Susan Faludi / New York Times:
‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap  —  How feminists got stuck answering for a canard.  —  Ms. Faludi is a journalist and an author.  —  Joe Biden has been accused of sexual assault, and conservatives are having a field day, exultant that they've caught feminists in a new hypocrisy trap.
Discussion: Twitchy, National Review and Althouse
Bloomberg:
Over 100 Million in China's Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown  — Conditions return to height of China's epidemic in February  — Frustration as restrictions tighten again after earlier easing  —  Some 108 million people in China's northeast region are being plunged back under lockdown conditions …
Discussion: Econlib, The Hill and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Len Levitt, reporter who dug into Moxley case, dies at 79  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard Levitt, a longtime New York City crime reporter known for his incisive writing on the inner workings of policing and dogged coverage that helped re-open the investigation into the Connecticut killing of Martha Moxley, has died at 79.
 
 
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New York Times:
U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Fox News argues nonprofit group's lawsuit over coronavirus coverage could have ‘dangerous’ result
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Geese honking, iPhone ringing: Biden event beset by bloopers
USA Today:
Will Trump and Barr force justice system to aid and abet corruption? Flynn is test case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Andrew Cuomo's Reckless Choices
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
Steven Zhou / Foreign Policy:
Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada's Far-Right
Wall Street Journal:
The New Airline Travel: Fewer Flights, More Layovers, Rules for Bathrooms
Discussion: Townhall
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson demands declassification of Susan Rice email on Michael Flynn
 Earlier Items: 
Neil W. McCabe / The Ohio Star:
EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort, and the Trump Family, Says Whistleblower
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Trump, Mnuchin signal support for easing small business loan restrictions
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Trump targets battleground states with taxpayer-funded events as campaign rallies remain on hold
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden White House would yank Keystone XL permit
CNN:
Former Australian PM calls out the ‘Murdoch mafia’
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA