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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Twitter labels Trump's tweets with a fact-check for the first time  —  The action comes after years of criticism that social media companies have allowed the president to push misinformation unchecked  —  Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump's tweets for the first time …
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Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump  —  “I'm asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”  —  There may be a more damning thing that's …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time  —  Only two tweets about California have received the label  —  On Tuesday, Twitter labeled two tweets from President Donald Trump making false statements about mail-in voting as “potentially misleading.”
New York Post:
The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets  —  Again Tuesday, the president of the United States decided to suggest that a TV morning-show host committed murder.  —  That is a depressing sentence to type.  —  But backlash across the spectrum about Donald Trump tweeting baseless conspiracy theories …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
“Close them down”: Trump threatens action against social media platforms
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   JusticeForCarolyn trends on Twitter as pressure mounts on Jack Dorsey to rein in Trump
Wall Street Journal:
A Presidential Smear  —  Trump imitates the Steele dossier in attacks on Joe Scarborough.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz's father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Smearing Joe Scarborough Because Republicans Reward His Bullying  —  The United States is in the midst of its worst economic catastrophe in 90 years, and its deepest public-health crisis in more than 100, and the president is laser-focused on the co-host of a morning cable-news talk …
Discussion: Townhall, New York Times and The Wrap
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Is So Unfair to Me”: Trump Whines About His COVID-19 Victimhood as Campaign Flails  —  Raging at campaign manager Brad Parscale and Joe Scarborough, Trump attempts a campaign reset.  But “Trump can't pivot to a different strategy,” says an adviser.  Because he's the problem.
Washington Examiner:
Trump's slanderous attack on Joe Scarborough is incompatible with leadership  —  Nearly two decades ago, when Joe Scarborough was a conservative Republican member of Congress from Florida, his office suffered a tragedy.  One of his staff, a 28-year-old woman, named Lori Klausutis …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020  —  David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, two key allies and former political advisers to Donald Trump, went to the White House last week to issue him a warning: The president was slipping badly in swing states, and he needed to do something to fix it.
Discussion: KDFX-TV
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Nancy Cook / Politico:   ‘Why are you not burying him?’: Trump allies fret over rising Biden threat
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   Richard Grenell accuses Politico of ‘fake news’ over report that he's joining Trump campaign
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people  —  In the latest episode of the everyday-fresh-hell that is New York City under quarantine, one white female, Amy Cooper, was caught on video calling the cops on one black male, Christian Cooper.
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Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Closing Insider-Trading Investigations Into Three U.S. Senators  —  Probe into trading earlier this year by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina continues  —  The Justice Department is closing investigations into three U.S. senators for stocks trades made shortly …
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NBC News:
Justice Department drops insider trading investigations of three senators
Discussion: Oklahoman.com and Raw Story
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever  —  Where's the Republican uproar over what's gone on under his watch?  —  If you thought the volume on the Trump-Twitter-Fox noise distraction machine was turned up extra loud in the past few weeks, it was not only to deflect attention …
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against ‘smear campaign’  —  Former House staffers to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are being asked to sign a letter offering him support after a “smear campaign” that he and his wife asked staffers to carry out trivial tasks such as bringing him lunch or getting his dry cleaning.
Discussion: Politico
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Pompeo's ‘Madison Dinners’ aren't scandalous. I went to one.
Discussion: Politico
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
4 Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Over George Floyd Death  —  The move comes after a video showed an officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on Monday.  —  Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died …
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Helen Branswell / STAT:
New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it  —  New research has poured cold water on the theory that the Covid-19 outbreak in Washington state — the country's first — was triggered by the very first confirmed case of the infection in the country.
Chip Brownlee / Alabama Political Reporter:
“We're surging:” Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date  —  Alabama saw its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Monday, according to the state, as daily case counts continue an upward trend and hospitals across the state report increasing hospitalizations.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt  —  Hurd slams FISA court abuses: ‘Absolutely outrageous’  —  (CNN)A House vote to reauthorize national security surveillance authorities that have been expired since March was thrown into doubt on Wednesday following …
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Politico:   Kevin McCarthy asks Dems to pull FISA bill
USA Today:
Air Force admits ‘persistent and consistent racial’ bias against black airmen, records show  —  WASHINGTON - Air Force officials have privately acknowledged racial bias against young black airmen in judicial proceedings while also fighting the release of documents detailing the problem and their response …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine  —  Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Trump attorney accuses Mueller of ‘monstrous lie and scheme to defraud’  —  John Dowd, one of the lead lawyers who represented President Trump during Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion, said Tuesday that the special counsel engineered a perjury trap for Trump in the exact same …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Grassley says White House response on IG firings insufficient  —  A senior Senate Republican criticized the White House late Tuesday for what he deemed an insufficient response to demands from senators to more fully explain President Trump's controversial recent ousters of two inspectors general.
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
'The status quo isn't working': Carroll Foy launches run for Va. governor  —  No black woman has ever been elected governor of any state.  —  Jennifer Carroll Foy, a 38-year-old attorney and member of the Virginia General Assembly, thinks she could be the first.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong half the time, CDC says  —  (CNN)Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
California DA launches investigation into Tara Reade testimony  —  The Monterey County District Attorney's office has launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness.  —  Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe …
 
 
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
At Debate, Progressive Jamaal Bowman Hits Israel Hawk Eliot Engel's Defense Industry Backing
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Marco Rubio zeroes in on Russia — not Obama
New York Times:
Outcry Over Dominic Cummings Turns Public Against Boris Johnson for 1st Time
Discussion: Politico and Telegraph
Reuters:
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
Washington Post:
D.C. will likely reopen Friday after city changes key thresholds for reopening
ABC News:
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Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
As pandemic bore down, Rep. Phil Roe snatched up Zoom shares, unloaded stock in cruise lines
Discussion: The Hill
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Ohio Republican governor says wearing a mask is ‘about loving your fellow human being’
FiveThirtyEight:
Don't Expect A Quick Recovery. Our Survey Of Economists Says It Will Likely Take Years.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’
Discussion: Axios and Vox
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Memorial Day 2020: Presidential race still leaning Biden
Brian Mann / NPR:
Trump Team Killed Rule Designed To Protect Health Workers From Pandemic Like COVID-19