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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
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
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump almost got away with firing the guy who was investigating Mike Pompeo — but now it's all falling apart  —  After being questioned, the President threw Pompeo under the proverbial bus.  Two dogs, some rumors about Saudi weapons and an ‘UberEats with guns’ later, the controversy is only getting worse
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Alex Koma / Washington, D.C. Business Journal:
Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks is leaving Dupont  —  Coronavirus or no, Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is moving out of its Dupont Circle home.  —  Salis, the co-founder of &pizza who bought the Dupont retail institution in 2017, has been considering a move for some time.
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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
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
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
Senate Intelligence panel approves Ratcliffe as spy chief
Discussion: Associated Press, Fox News, The Hill and UPI
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
Washington Post:
Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic  —  But scientists say the drivers of global warming could quickly bounce back as social distancing ends and economies rebound. … Range of  —  uncertainty … May  —  The wave of lockdowns …
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.
Discussion: VICE
KFTC-TV:
Bellmawr gym reopens again Tuesday, owners receive second citation  —  Atilis Gym owners after receiving new summons: ‘We are not shutting down’  —  BELLMAWR, N.J. - A South Jersey gym reopened again on Tuesday after their actions Monday gained national attention as they defied a state order …
Discussion: The Hill
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
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Trumpian Doublethink  —  The president says America is fighting a plague.  His son tells Fox that it's all a media hoax.  Which is it?  —  “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”  —George Orwell, 1984
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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
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Donald Trump Doesn't Want Authority  —  The coronavirus crisis offered the president an opportunity to consolidate power.  It turns out he only wants attention.  —  For the last four years two Western political figures have loomed particularly large in the imaginations of anxious liberals.
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
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Ben Stiller Will Remember His Father  —  The actor and director on growing up with famous comedians as parents and how his father, Jerry Stiller, saw his son's career.  —  Jerry Stiller, the legendary comedian and entertainer, died this month, at the age of ninety-two.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Whitmer order bans ‘nonessential’ plant tours, but Trump's Ford visit still on; automaker will require mask  —  When Ford Motor Co. hosts President Donald Trump on Thursday for a tour of its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, the automaker will be doing so in technical violation …
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
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: Vox, New York Times and KTLA
Associated Press:
Fed's Powell says new lending programs to launch by June 1  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed's lending programs for medium-sized businesses and state and local governments would begin operating by the end of this month.
Katelyn Burns / Vox:
In leaked audio, Sen. David Perdue compares the risks of Covid-19 to car crashes  —  “A certain number of us will die on our public roads every year,” he told local business leaders.  —  On a recent call with local business leaders, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) defended Georgia's reopening process …
Discussion: Raw Story
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Progressive lawmakers push to slash defense budget during pandemic  —  The left flank's early opposition to increased defense spending could throw a wrench into House leaders' aims to pass a bipartisan policy bill with fewer headaches than last year.  —  Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) …
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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Joe Hallett / The Columbus Dispatch:
Annie Glenn, widow of American icon John Glenn, dies at 100
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Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Appeals court affirms New York Democratic primary must take place
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and Politico
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
Enough with the QAnon and ‘Liberate’ tweets, Mr. Trump. Coronavirus is lethal enough.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
HHS announces $354M contract with Virginia-based company to make coronavirus drugs in US
Discussion: Politico
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