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1:25 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 …
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 …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Twitter ‘deeply sorry’ about Trump tweets on death of Scarborough intern, but won't remove them
Discussion: Daily Kos and Contemptor
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Widower of Lori Klausutis Pleads Twitter to Remove Trump Tweets Accusing Scarborough of Murder …
Discussion: Raw Story and Damian J. Penny
National Review:   Trump's Grotesque Tweets
Dino Hazell / Associated Press:
Widower: Delete Trump Tweets suggesting wife was murdered
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
‘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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 Adds to Staff for Election, Naming New Deputy Campaign Manager
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 …
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 …
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.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Hell Is Donald Trump's Twitter Feed, and There Is No Escaping It  —  Jeff Sessions didn't cause Trump's problems, and Joe Scarborough didn't kill his former staffer.  But what a window into a diseased mind.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Forget barbecues.  Donald Trump hacked, putted …
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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
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
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