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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,” …
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Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump  —  “I'm asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”  —  There may be a more damning thing that's …
National Review:   Trump's Grotesque Tweets
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Husband of deceased Scarborough staffer asks Twitter to delete baseless Trump claims
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News:
Twitter ‘deeply sorry’ about Trump tweets on death of Scarborough intern, but won't remove them
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Closing Insider-Trading Investigations Into Three U.S. Senators  —  Probe into trading earlier this year by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina continues  —  The Justice Department is closing investigations into three U.S. senators for stocks trades made shortly …
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
DOJ closes insider trading probes of 3 senators, but not Richard Burr
Discussion: The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Kelly Loeffler: Report
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
4 Minneapolis Officers Fired After Black Man Dies in Custody  —  A bystander's video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on a man's neck during an arrest.  The man died a “short time” later, the police said.  —  Arrested man: [moaning] “What you trying to say?”  Police officer: “Relax.”
Discussion: NBC News and Twitchy
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
White Woman Is Fired After Calling Police on Black Man in Central Park  —  Video of the incident touched off intense discussions about the history of black people being falsely reported to the police.  —  The encounter appears to have begun as one of those banal and brusque dust-ups between two New Yorkers.
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CNN:
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.
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Is So Unfair to Me”: Trump Whines About His COVID-19 Victimhood as Campaign Flails  —  Raging at campaign manager Brad Parscale and Joe Scarborough, Trump attempts a campaign reset.  But “Trump can't pivot to a different strategy,” says an adviser.  Because he's the problem.
CNN:
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, Talking Points Memo and UPI
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Pentagon watchdog resigns after being sidelined by Trump
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Politico:
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 …
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.
Axios:
House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting  —  House Republicans plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday against Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an effort to block the chamber's new proxy voting system amid the coronavirus pandemic, three congressional sources tell Axios.
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Wall Street Journal:
House Republicans Move to Block Proxy Voting
Discussion: The Hill
Bryan Schott / utahpolicy.com:
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.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
States are trying to lure the Republican National Convention away from North Carolina
James Vincent / The Verge:
YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China's Communist Party  —  These Chinese language phrases are removed within seconds  —  YouTube is automatically deleting comments that contain certain Chinese-language phrases related to criticism of the country's ruling Communist Party (CCP).
Brian Mann / NPR:
Trump Team Killed Rule Designed To Protect Health Workers From Pandemic Like COVID-19  —  When President Trump took office in 2017, his team stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the healthcare industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic like COVID-19.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Grenell declassifies slew of Russia probe files, as Ratcliffe takes helm as DNI  —  Sources say acting DNI director is declassifying four or five other batches of intel on Russia investigation  —  Richard Grenell has declassified a new batch of Russia probe documents on his way out as acting director …
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Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   EXCLUSIVE: Here's The ‘Unclassified’ List Of Actions Ric Grenell Took As DNI To ‘Break’ The ‘Deep State’
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
detroitnews:
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.
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: Breitbart
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David Crow / Financial Times:   Merck chief casts doubt on coronavirus vaccine timeframe
Kat Stafford / Associated Press:
Biden campaign names national voter protection director  —  DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden has hired a national director for voter protection, a role his campaign says will focus broadly on voter rights, including the disenfranchisement of people of color amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Why Bernie Sanders is dead wrong about what Joe Biden should look for in a running mate  —  The first thing to remember about vice presidential picks is that they are marketing decisions.  That is, once a candidate has been deemed qualified to be president, the only thing that matters …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Andrea González-Ramírez / GEN:   How 3 Vehement Bernie Backers Made Their Peace With Biden
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Memorial Day 2020: Presidential race still leaning Biden  —  ANALYSIS — More than two months ago, even before COVID-19 became all-consuming in our lives, I wrote a column arguing that the presidential race had changed from a toss-up/tilting Democratic to leaning Democratic.
 
 
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Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Gonzales poll: Most Marylanders support state's coronavirus restrictions
New York Times:
Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans.
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Trump's national security chief slashes staff to half of Obama levels
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
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Washington Post:
Frustrated and struggling, New Yorkers contemplate abandoning the city they love
Discussion: Althouse
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Zacc Ritter / Gallup:
Republicans Still Skeptical of COVID-19 Lethality
Discussion: The Daily Caller
USA Today:
Joe Biden questions my blackness one moment, defends racist 1994 crime bill the next
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
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USA Today:
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