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2:02 PM ET, May 26, 2020


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Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Twitter Must Cleanse the Trump Stain  —  The president is spreading a vile conspiracy theory on the platform.  Maybe Twitter should finally hold him to its rules.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.  —  “Please delete those tweets,” …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims  —  The husband of Lori Klausutis, an aide to Joe Scarborough when he was member of Congress who died in 2001, asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take down President Trump's tweets baselessly accusing the MSNBC host …
National Review:
Trump's Grotesque Tweets  —  No one goes to Donald Trump's Twitter feed to be edified, but Trump's series of tweets the last two weeks about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has been grotesque even by his standards.  —  Trump didn't leave it at boasting about how he supposedly used Scarborough in 2016 …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Twitter ‘Deeply Sorry’ about Trump's Morning Joe Tweets, Plans Policy ‘Changes’  —  Twitter is working on implementing “changes” to “existing product features and policies” following calls to censor President Trump's repeated airing of a conspiracy theory involving the death of a former aide …
The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading  —  In early April, Jason Furman, a top economist in the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard, was speaking via Zoom to a large bipartisan group of top officials from both parties.  The economy had just been shut down …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
F.B.I. to Investigate Arrest of Black Man Who Died After Being Pinned by Officer  —  The man, who was not identified, died “a short time” after the arrest, the Minneapolis Police said in a statement.  Mayor Jacob Frey said the officer “failed in the most basic, human sense.”
Purported Northern Michigan boat launch request fuels controversy for Whitmer  —  The owner of a Northern Michigan dock company says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's husband wanted his boat placed in the water before the Memorial Day weekend as Whitmer urged residents not to rush to the region.
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Bonchie / Redstate:   Gov. Gretchen ‘Karen’ Whitmer in Hot Water Over Husband's Vacation Hypocrisy
Pentagon deputy inspector general resigns, becomes latest watchdog to exit administration  —  Washington (CNN)Defense Department Principal Deputy Inspector General, Glenn Fine, submitted his resignation Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump effectively removed him as chairman …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns
Discussion: Politico
Kelly Loeffler ties Doug Collins to Stacey Abrams in new ad campaign
Discussion: The Hill
A white woman has apologized after calling police on a black man and saying 'there's an African American man threatening my life'  —  (CNN)A white woman has apologized for calling police on a black man in Central Park on Monday, after the two argued about her unleashed dog.
NBC New York:
Central Park Confrontation Goes Viral, as White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man Over Dog Leash
Bryan Schott /
Poll: Donald Trump leads Biden by just 3 points in Utah  —  The last time Utah voted for a Democrat for president was Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964.  The Beehive State's 56-year streak of voting for Republicans for president may be in real danger according to a new poll.
Washington Post:   Donald Trump's problems with senior voters started long before the coronavirus
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows It Encourages Division.  Top Executives Nixed Solutions.  —  The social-media giant internally studied how it polarizes users, then largely shelved the research  —  A Facebook Inc. FB 0.15% team had a blunt message for senior executives.  The company's algorithms weren't bringing people together.
USA Today:
Joe Biden questions my blackness one moment, defends racist 1994 crime bill the next  —  Much attention has been rightfully devoted to bigoted comments former Vice President Joe Biden made during his Friday interview with “The Breakfast Club” when he had the audacity to say “Well I tell you what …
Andrea González-Ramírez / GEN:
How 3 Vehement Bernie Backers Made Their Peace With Biden  —  The Biden-Sanders task forces could be their only opportunity to craft policy from the inside in the next four years  —  For Bernie Sanders' fiercest supporters, the end of his presidential bid last month did not mean the demise of …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Why Bernie Sanders is dead wrong about what Joe Biden should look for in a running mate
Discussion: Mother Jones
The Hill:
The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip  —  Five senators are staring down serious political danger ahead of the November elections.  —  With less than three months to go until Election Day, the battle for control of the Senate hinges on five key states.  Democrats are after four seats in particular …
Discussion: Althouse
Justice News:
Licensed Pharmacist Charged With Hoarding And Price Gouging Of N95 Masks In Violation Of Defense Production Act  —  Defendant Richard Schirripa Is Also Charged with Making False Statements to Law Enforcement, Committing Healthcare Fraud, and Committing Aggravated Identity Theft
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
DOJ charges New Jersey man with $45M scheme to defraud, price gouge NYC for PPE amid coronavirus
Discussion: NBC News
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Names New Deputy Head  —  Former White House political director Bill Stepien promoted as campaign heats up  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump campaign on Tuesday promoted Bill Stepien to deputy campaign manager, a move that comes as President Trump lags presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:   Trump Bolsters Staff for Election With New Deputy Campaign Manager
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Pence press secretary Katie Miller, who had coronavirus, says she's back at work after 3 negative tests  —  Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary, announced Tuesday that she is back at work after three negative coronavirus tests since she contracted the disease several weeks ago.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Can NASA and Elon Musk lift off?  —  A lot will be riding on the 230-foot rocket that lifts off this week from Cape Canaveral: The lives of two NASA astronauts.  The United States' ambitions to reclaim its independence as a space-faring nation.  And hopes for a reimagined era of space travel …
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
America's response to coronavirus pandemic is ‘incomprehensibly incoherent,’ says historian who studied the 1918 flu  —  John M. Barry, 74, is a historian and author of several books, including “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” about the 1918 flu pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Georgia gov offers state as GOP convention host amid virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgia's governor is offering his state and its “world-class facilities” as the host of the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina …
Discussion: The Hill and
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Changing Southwest may bring Democrats a milestone win  —  (CNN)In a critical mark of the shifting political landscape, Democrats in November could secure a clean sweep of the Senate seats from the four key Southwestern states — a milestone the party hasn't reached in nearly 80 years.
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Pro-Hong Kong resolution at British university fails after Chinese student opposition
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Death and denial in Brazil's Amazon capital
Discussion: Defense One
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Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
The meat industry is trying to get back to normal.  But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse.
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Campaigning in a Crisis: Obama, McCain and the 2008 Meltdown
Discussion: NBC News
USA Today:
As coronavirus deaths near 100,000, Trump makes America exceptional in all the wrong ways
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Worse Than a Pardon
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube
Kali Holloway / The Daily Beast:
Shaun King Keeps Raising Money, and Questions About Where It Goes