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10:30 AM 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 …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Widower of Lori Klausutis Pleads Twitter to Remove Trump Tweets Accusing Scarborough of Murder: Trump ‘Perverted’ My Wife's Memory  —  Timothy Klausutis, the widowed husband of Lori Klausutis, wrote a letter that shredded President Donald Trump for repeatedly advancing conspiracy theories about his wife's death.
Discussion: Damian J. Penny
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 …
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Campaigning in a Crisis: Obama, McCain and the 2008 Meltdown
Discussion: NBC News
POLITICO Playbook: When powerful people think the rules aren't for them
Discussion: Jezebel
NBC New York:
Central Park Confrontation Goes Viral, as White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man Over Dog Leash
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.
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 …
Megan Sheets / Daily Mail:
Rep Ilhan Omar says she believes Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Is This the Blueprint for Sanders and AOC to Take Over the Democratic Party?
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
Worse Than a Pardon  —  There was an easy way for President Donald Trump to make the case against Michael Flynn go away.  —  The Constitution gives the president “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States,” and Trump hasn't been shy about using the power in flamboyant ways.
Discussion: Reason and Washington Post
The vote-by-mail cases that could decide the 2020 election
Discussion: Bloomberg
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” …
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 …
Ahmaud Arbery killing being investigated as federal hate crime, family attorney says  —  Man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery shooting has been arrested  —  (CNN)S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family of Ahmaud Arbery, told CNN on Monday that the US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting death as a hate crime.
Discussion: The Root, and The Guardian
Allan Smith / NBC News:
'I'm looking for the truth': States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups  —  As states ramp up their reopenings, some are coming under criticism for making public misleading statistics or concealing information related to the coronavirus outbreak.  —  While the U.S. has reported …
Discussion: WND and The Daily Caller
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
Why failing to reopen Purdue University this fall would be an unacceptable breach of duty  —  Mitch Daniels, a Post contributing columnist, is president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana.  —  On Feb. 1, watching the outbreak of a new virus in China, our university suspended travel to that country.
Sean Illing / Vox:
Inside corporations' war on science  —  A new book explains how corporations create a climate of doubt around science and expertise.  —  Johnson & Johnson announced this week that it will stop putting talc, a mineral linked to asbestos, in its baby powder products.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
The voters Joe Biden needs to win the election, explained  —  Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden and sister Valerie Biden Owens, takes to the stage at a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles, California, on March 3.  David McNew/Getty Images  —  Here's what a winning coalition looks like for Biden.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Top Republican yanks endorsement of House candidate who made offensive social media posts  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is rescinding his endorsement of GOP congressional candidate Ted Howze after POLITICO uncovered dozens of derogatory social media posts from his accounts.
Van Gordon Sauter / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Liberal Leaning’ Media Has Passed Its Tipping Point  —  A return to balance would be commercially unviable.  The best solution may be an honest embrace of bias.  —  About 35 years ago I was sitting at lunch next to Jeane Kirkpatrick, a onetime Democrat who became a foreign-policy adviser …
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 …
Discussion: KDFX-TV, Common Dreams, Breitbart and IJR
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Chinese Embassy In France Tweets and Deletes Anti-Semitic Imagery
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Andrew Cuomo managed to kill grandma — and New York's economy with it too
Joshua Posaner / Politico:
German government takes controls at Lufthansa with bailout
Discussion: Lufthansa Group
Susan Hattis Rolef / Jerusalem Post:
The opening of Netanyahu's trial - in search of justice or a vendetta
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
My Mother Died of the Coronavirus. It's Time She Be Counted.
Jerusalem Post:
One in five English people believe COVID is a Jewish conspiracy - survey
Discussion: The Daily Caller
'Something isn't right': U.S. probes soaring beef prices
Discussion: Raw Story
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's poor handling of the crisis may lose him the GOP's most reliable voters
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
In crucial Florida, some senior voters cast a skeptical eye toward Trump's reelection
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Trump Sabotaged America's Recovery Even Before COVID-19 Began
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
David Siders / Politico:
Trump sees a ‘rigged election’ ahead. Democrats see a constitutional crisis in the making.
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Swastikas Are Carved Into Three Military Gravestones. A Veteran Wants Them Removed.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Five Simple Tricks for Stealing the Election
Discussion: Raw Story