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Glenn Platt / 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.
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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.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Democrats claim watchdog fired by Trump was probing Pompeo's fast-tracking of $8 billion Saudi arms sale  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump on Friday, Steve Linick, had nearly completed an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, dismissing safety concerns  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our daily …
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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.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump taking hydroxychloraquine, unproven drug he touted for COVID-19
Discussion: Politico
CNBC:
Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is unproven as a treatment
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
A Stunned Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He's Taking the Drug …
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
NBER:   The Relationship between In-Person Voting, Consolidated Polling Locations, and Absentee Voting …
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: Axios and Raw Story
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CNN:
Trump to nominate new top prosecutor for Washington, DC
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Phoenix
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Source: Trump admin. to name new DEA head, US attorney in DC
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Man who called coronavirus ‘fake crisis’ gets infected, issues warning  —  A Florida man who initially believed the coronavirus is a “fake crisis” that was “blown out of proportion” is now hospitalized along with his wife — and is sounding a cautionary note about the deadly bug.
Discussion: NBC News and KFOR-TV
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
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
McConnell taps Rubio as acting chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee
Discussion: The Hill
Joan E Greve / The Guardian:
Democrats feel tide turning their way in battle to flip US Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr says he does not expect Obama or Biden will be investigated by prosecutor reviewing 2016 Russia probe  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that he did not expect the prosecutor he handpicked to review the 2016 FBI investigation into President Trump's campaign …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Associated Press:   Judge rules that Oregon virus restrictions are invalid
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”
CNN:
Former Australian PM calls out the ‘Murdoch mafia’  —  Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of Australia, argues that Rupert Murdoch's media empire is a “cancer on democracy” in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, using “mafia"-like intimidation tactics against dissenting voices.
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden White House would yank Keystone XL permit  —  The Monday statement is the first from Biden's campaign about how he would handle the project.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden.  Sean Rayford/Getty Images  —  Joe Biden would rescind President Donald Trump's permit allowing …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's reopening troubles play out in his White House
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: Gizmodo
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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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.
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Report: Treasury fund to ease virus crisis off to slow start
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Defiant Whitmer slams anti-lockdown protests, questions political motives behind demonstrations  —  EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is going on offense against mounting protests rocking Lansing over her strict stay-at-home orders - saying she will not apologize for protecting people's health during …
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detroitnews:   Whitmer: Reopening for Northern Michigan, U.P. includes bars, restaurants
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.
 
 
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Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
California is now offering support to undocumented immigrants, in the first relief fund of its kind
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Restaurant executives plead with Trump for more flexibility with PPP loans amid coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
We Can Prevent a Great Depression. It'll Take $10 Trillion.
Ro Khanna / The Boston Globe:
Biden can channel FDR by choosing Elizabeth Warren as vice president
Susan Faludi / New York Times:
‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap
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Amy Harder / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
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Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Are Older Voters Turning Away From Trump?
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
It's Official: Laura Ingraham Wants Your Grandmother to Die
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump's Weekend of Scandal Was Hiding in Plain Sight
Discussion: Raw Story