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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 …
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
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
ABC News:
Rep. Clyburn on The View says Biden's 'ain't black' comment made him ‘cringe’  —  The South Carolina Democrat is a staunch Biden supporter.  —  South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn weighed in on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden suggesting that African American voters who support Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
Andrea González-Ramírez / GEN:   How 3 Vehement Bernie Backers Made Their Peace With Biden
NBC News:
Trump-Biden sparring escalates for a summer shadowed by the coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill, MSNBC and Redstate
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Pro-Hong Kong resolution at British university fails after Chinese student opposition  —  A student resolution expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement was voted down at the University of Warwick in England, after opposition from mainland Chinese students.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:   Chinese Embassy In France Tweets and Deletes Anti-Semitic Imagery
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 …
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: New York Post and The Hill
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 …
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USA Today:
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