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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.
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 …
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.
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
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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.
Washington Post:
Faced with a Trumpian barrage of attacks, Joe Biden chooses to look the other way
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
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: Politico and Fox News
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:   Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the coronavirus-ravaged economy
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: Fox News, Deadline and The Hill
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
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.
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.
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.
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Cut Through the Fog of Coronavirus War  —  The CDC needs to streamline and publish clinical data to help doctors on the front lines.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made its first definitive statement last week describing a rare but disturbing condition in children related to Covid-19.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Eric Trump claims coronavirus is Democratic hoax, will ‘magically’ vanish after 2020 election  —  Eric Trump claimed Saturday that the coronavirus will “magically” vanish after the November election and allow the country to fully reopen — an assertion that has no basis in science and is contradicted by health experts worldwide.
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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.
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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Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
President Trump discusses bombshell revelations in Flynn case in exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ABC News
Sophia Ankel / Business Insider Nederland:
Trump tweets video of a reporter being hounded by anti-lockdown protesters, calling them ‘great people’  —  Foto: Kevin Vesey/Twitter Screenshots taken from a video posted by journalist Kevin Vesey of anti-lockdown protests in Long Island, New York on on May 14, 2020.
Discussion: The Intercept, Breitbart and Slate
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
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 and The Guardian
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
AOC owes $2,000 in unpaid taxes from failed business venture  —  US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise taxes on the rich — just not pay her own.  —  The Democratic socialist congresswoman from The Bronx still hasn't paid a 7-year-old tax bill leftover from a failed business venture.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump calls into NBC golf broadcast to discuss return of sports, coronavirus response  —  President Trump on Sunday called into a pro golf event to discuss the return of sports and boast of his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The president called into the NBC broadcast shortly …
 
 
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Peter Loftus / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Vaccine Front-Runners Emerge, Rollouts Weighed
Discussion: Mother Jones
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Trump to tour Ford's ventilator assembly plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday
Discussion: The Hill
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden's VP search puts spotlight on how long he'll serve
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says
Discussion: Power Line
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
‘There is no pain to this’: Gov. Cuomo undergoes live coronavirus test to encourage people …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
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Discussion: Redstate, Townhall and Twitchy
The Daily Beast:
Is The National Enquirer in Its Final ‘Death Spiral’?
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé
USA Today:
Wisconsin's economy is reopening and it's a hot coronavirus mess. Don't do what we did.
Evelyn N. Farkas / Washington Post:
Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.
Associated Press:
European leaders are blunt: A vaccine won't come soon enough
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Harry Enten / CNN:
State polls suggest Biden has a clear national lead
Discussion: The Guardian