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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
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
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Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:   The woman behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ didn't change her mind on abortion. She was paid
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.
Discussion: National Review
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.
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
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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
Detroit Free Press:
Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home  —  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday all of Michigan's 7.7 million registered voters will be mailed absentee ballot applications so they can take part in elections in August and November without …
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jsonline:
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Citing ‘greatest adversary’ coronavirus, some U.S. Democrats want defense cuts  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Calling the novel coronavirus the “greatest adversary” facing the United States, progressive U.S. House of Representatives Democrats called on Tuesday for a reduction in military spending as the country grapples with the pandemic.
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:   Progressive lawmakers push to slash defense budget during pandemic
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
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
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
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 and The Daily Beast
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.
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
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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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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
ESPN:
How MLB is navigating the coronavirus pandemic to play ball  —  MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S plan to start the season by July 4 relies on a dizzying array of moving parts, including the cooperation of 27 U.S. cities and a foreign country, the availability of more than 200,000 reliable coronavirus tests …
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
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Angry truck drivers are slamming Trump for saying their protest on devastatingly low rates was a ‘sign of love’ for him  — Truck drivers are pushing back on Trump for saying that their ongoing protest in Washington, D.C., was a “sign of love.”  — In fact, the protests are aimed …
 
 
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KFTC-TV:
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
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Katelyn Burns / Vox:
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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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
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Victor Morton / Washington Times:
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