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12:40 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,” …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Twitter ‘Deeply Sorry’ about Trump's Morning Joe Tweets, Plans Policy ‘Changes’
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Widower of Lori Klausutis Pleads Twitter to Remove Trump Tweets Accusing Scarborough of Murder …
Discussion: Raw Story and Damian J. Penny
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘I cannot breathe!’:  FBI investigates death of a black man in Minneapolis after video shows police officer kneeling on his neck  —  In a video shared on social media early Tuesday, a Minneapolis police officer pins his knee against the neck of a black man who appears to be struggling to breathe on the ground.
‘I Cannot Breathe’: Man Dies After Encounter With Minneapolis Police
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
'I can't breathe': Man dies after pleading with officer during Minneapolis arrest
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: When powerful people think the rules aren't for them
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Campaigning in a Crisis: Obama, McCain and the 2008 Meltdown
Discussion: NBC News
Bonchie / Redstate:   Gov. Gretchen ‘Karen’ Whitmer in Hot Water Over Husband's Vacation Hypocrisy
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 …
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  —  A viral video shows a white woman calling police on a black man and frantically claiming he was threatening her after a disagreement over leashing her dog  —  A white woman called the NYPD …
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
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
Fact check: Trump has spent far more time at golf clubs than Obama had at same point  —  Washington (CNN)Criticized for golfing twice on a Memorial Day weekend during which the US coronavirus death toll approached 100,000, President Donald Trump responded Sunday and Monday by drawing attention …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   If the pandemic-preparedness cupboard was bare, it was Trump's doing
Kali Holloway / The Daily Beast:
Shaun King Keeps Raising Money, and Questions About Where It Goes  —  ‘LEVELS OF CONFLICT’  —  He blamed issues at The North Star on over-ambition, but seven former employees of the site King launched with great fanfare painted a darker picture.  —  When Shaun King and progressive journalist …
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.
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.  —  There are now more than 11,000 coronavirus cases tied to Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and JBS  —  Tyson Foods, the largest meat processor in the United States …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Shunned by his party, Iowa's Steve King fights for his seat  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life — but not because he's compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle.  His Republican opponents in next week's primary aren't raking …
Discussion: Politico
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
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube  —  British environmental photographer's copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists  —  YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans …
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 …
USA Today:
As coronavirus deaths near 100,000, Trump makes America exceptional in all the wrong ways  —  When our son was very young, we used to tell him he had won at miniature golf because he had the highest score.  I think of that whenever I hear President Donald Trump use phrases like “amazingly well” …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
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USA Today:
Republicans sue to block California Gov. Newsom from mailing ballots to all voters
Discussion: Breitbart, KDFX-TV and ABC News
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Mulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus
Public Sees Harm in Exaggerating, Downplaying COVID-19 Threat
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
British public wants Dominic Cummings to resign, poll says
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Sean Illing / Vox:
Inside corporations' war on science
Discussion: Raw Story
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Worse Than a Pardon
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Chinese Embassy In France Tweets and Deletes Anti-Semitic Imagery
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
The voters Biden needs to win the election, explained
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
Why failing to reopen Purdue University this fall would be an unacceptable breach of duty
Allan Smith / NBC News:
'I'm looking for the truth': States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups
Discussion: WND and The Daily Caller