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Florida Today:
Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul  —  EDITORS NOTE: We chose to make this story broadly accessible because of the importance of its content.  But quality, fact-checked reporting isn't free.  Collecting and verifying news is a costly …
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Sabrina Lolo / WPEC:
Woman who designed Florida's COVID-19 dashboard has been removed from her position  —  As Florida starts to reopen, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard, announced she'd been removed from her position, Florida Today reported.  Rebekah Jones said in an email to CBS12 News …
Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Health Department officials told manager to delete coronavirus data before reassigning her, emails show  —  “This is the wrong call,” she wrote, the day before she said she was reassigned.  —  One day before a top Florida Department of Health data manager was taken off her role maintaining …
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
White House portrait ceremony may be the latest casualty of the political divide  —  Why traditional WH portrait unveiling may cease for now  —  WASHINGTON — It's been a White House tradition for decades: a first-term president hosts his immediate predecessor in the East Room for a ceremony …
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Won't Be Unveiling Obama White House Portrait, Says Report  —  BREAK FROM TRADITION  —  For decades, it's been a gesture of the peaceful transition of power from president to president, regardless of party politics.  But, according to a report from NBC News, President Trump …
Discussion: NBC News
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Blames Obama for ‘Ushering in’ Trump
Discussion: Twitchy
Arizona Republic:
New poll shows Sen. Martha McSally losing ground to Mark Kelly and that's not even the bad news  —  From the Republican uh-oh department: Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is sliding in the polls, dropping four percentage points in a month.  —  McSally now trails Democrat Mark Kelly by 13 points …
Discussion: Raw Story
Law & Crime:
Judge Deals Setback to Trump Family: Ugly Pyramid Scheme Lawsuit Likely to Unfold in Public  —  A federal judge sitting in the Southern District of New York has refused to stay a lawsuit alleging that Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and the Trump Corporation committed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Noses Ahead in Race to Be Most Loathsome Trump of All
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
A Stunned Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He's Taking the Drug …
USA Today:
In Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan's gross overreach turns justice into mob rule  —  The case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is rapidly moving from the dubious to the preposterous.  U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is being widely applauded for resisting the dismissal …
Discussion: Instapundit
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   Hearing sought in Justice Dept. bid to undo Flynn guilty plea, as nearly 1,000 ex-prosecutors prepare …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson demands declassification of Susan Rice email on Michael Flynn
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
jsonline:
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches  —  MADISON - Nearly 2,700 absentee ballots in Milwaukee were not sent and about 1,600 in the Fox Valley were not processed because of computer glitches and mailing problems …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Detroit Free Press:   Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home
Bloomberg:
Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren't Infectious, Study Shows  — Result is a positive sign for regions reopening economies  — Findings may also aid in the debate over antibody testing  —  Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for the coronavirus …
Natasha Turak / CNBC:
Wearing a mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by 75%, new study claims  — Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus' transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.
Roch Dunin-Wasowicz / LSE Covid-19:
The public do not understand logarithmic graphs used to portray COVID-19  —  Mass media routinely portray information about COVID-19 deaths on logarithmic graphs.  But do their readers understand them?  Alessandro Romano, Chiara Sotis, Goran Dominioni, and Sebastián Guidi carried …
Discussion: Mother Jones
April Dembosky / Kaiser Health News:
Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations  —  On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area's stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment.
Sady Doyle / GEN:
The Tara Reade Saga Is a Failure of Journalism  —  Reporters haven't done their due diligence, and Reade is paying 100% of the price  —  Tara Reade deserved better than The Katie Halper Show.  Reade came forward in the spring of 2019 with a credible allegation of sexual harassment …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Georgia Republicans cancel election for state Supreme Court, meaning governor can appoint a Republican  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on April 27.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images  —  Republicans will control a seat on the state Supreme Court for an extra two years.
Leonardo Blair / The Christian Post:
Georgia church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus  —  A Georgia church that reopened after shutting down due to the coronavirus has axed in-person services again in what they describe as “an effort of extreme caution” as several of their families have become infected by the deadly disease.
Washington Post:
President Trump's senior advisers now predict swift economic recovery, despite warnings that major problems could persist  —  White House officials are optimistic the economy will come roaring back this year, but Fed officials have said the unemployment rate could soon jump beyond 20 percent
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Trump says it's OK for Pompeo to have a paid government employee wash dishes if his wife or son isn't there  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he would prefer for government employees to wash Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's dishes if his wife or son was not there to do so.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
The Times' Smith Versus The New Yorker's Farrow: The Great Powers of Liberal Journalism Go to War  —  The Times' new media columnist fired an un-Timesian blast at one of The New Yorker's superstars and semi-sacred figures—and now journalism Twitter is aflame.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
John Ratcliffe, Trump's pick for top intelligence post, clears divided Senate panel  —  Texas congressman John Ratcliffe (R) took a step closer to becoming President Trump's top intelligence adviser on Tuesday, after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to move his nomination to the full Senate.
Discussion: Forbes and Power Line
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers  —  More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a “hard stop” on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and Raw Story
Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
Jane Roe's Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right  —  REVEALING  —  The new FX documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” out May 22, contains a shocking revelation: Roe (of “Roe v. Wade” fame) played the part of an anti-abortion crusader in exchange for money.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
‘Obamagate’ is here to stay  —  Al Sharpton asked me this on his Saturday cable news show: “What is ‘Obamagate?’ ”  —  “The intentional interference with the peaceful transition of power,” I responded.  —  I explained that the American tradition of peaceful transition of power is the “glory of the Republic.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Annie Glenn, widow of American icon John Glenn, dies at 100  —  She lived her entire life with a man who became universally revered, but to millions across the globe, Annie Glenn was her own kind of hero.  —  The wife of John Glenn, the former astronaut and U.S. senator …
Discussion: New York Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
49 of 50 governors have better coronavirus poll numbers than Trump  —  Last week, President Trump responded to governors' positive coronavirus poll numbers by citing his own federal government's help.  —  “Remember this,” Trump tweeted, “every Governor who has sky high approval on their handling …
Dr. Harry Wilson / Roanoke College:
Roanoke College Poll: Opinions of Virginians on politics in May 2020  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 12 percentage points (51%-39%) in Virginia according to The Roanoke College Poll.  Each is viewed favorably by 36 percent of respondents …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Blue Virginia
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021  —  The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a “globally-persistent” novel coronavirus (COVID-19) environment without an effective vaccine until “at least the summer of 2021 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump announces $19B to farmers, ranchers to ‘maintain the health’ of the food supply chain amid coronavirus  —  President Trump on Tuesday announced a $19 billion coronavirus food assistance program to support farmers and ranchers and “maintain the health of the food supply chain” in the United States amid the coronavirus crisis.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's hydroxychloroquine moment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IN SAYING HE IS INGESTING hydroxychloroquine against the advice of his government's experts and refusing to use a mask, President DONALD TRUMP has unleashed the wail of a siren to his base that he is in charge …
Discussion: New York Times, The Guardian and KTLA
globalnews.ca:
Deadly attack at Toronto erotic spa was incel terrorism, police allege  —  Police allege deadly attack at Toronto spa was inspired by incel ideology  —  A deadly attack at a Toronto erotic massage parlour three months ago is now being treated as an act of terrorism after police allegedly uncovered evidence …
Discussion: Toronto Sun and The Daily Beast
USA Today:
Enough with the QAnon and ‘Liberate’ tweets, Mr. Trump.  Coronavirus is lethal enough.  —  I have no hope that Donald Trump will ever behave like a president of all 50 United States.  But I ask one simple thing from him and his son: Please stop trying to get my fellow Americans killed.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Nancy Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ Trump shouldn't be taking hydroxychloroquine  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to President Trump as “morbidly obese” during an appearance Monday night on CNN and said he shouldn't be taking hydroxychloroquine to stave off coronavirus.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
California Offers $500 in Covid-19 Aid to Undocumented Immigrants
Discussion: On Labor and Florida Politics
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
We Should Help Workers, Not Kill Them
Discussion: Raw Story
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Appeals court affirms that New York Democratic primary must take place
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
HHS announces $354M contract with Virginia-based company to make coronavirus drugs in US
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Washington Post:
‘No offense, but is this a joke?’ Inside the underground market for face masks.
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
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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
Discussion: Twitchy
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
He thought the coronavirus was ‘a fake crisis.’ Then he contracted it and changed his mind.