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5:15 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,” …
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National Review:   Trump's Grotesque Tweets
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump has no decency. It's time for Twitter to show some.
Discussion: Jezebel, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: CNBC, Law & Crime, IJR and Raw Story
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:   DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Kelly Loeffler: Report
Ursula Perano / Axios:
DOJ closes insider trading probes of 3 senators, but not Richard Burr
Discussion: The Hill
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:
'I Can't Breathe': 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?”
Discussion: Twitchy
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:   'I can't breathe': Man dies after pleading with officer during Minneapolis arrest
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.
Discussion: KDFX-TV and Mediaite
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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.
NBC New York:
Central Park Confrontation Goes Viral, as White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man Over Dog Leash
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.
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 …
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: Talking Points Memo, Raw Story and UPI
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Pentagon watchdog resigns after being sidelined by Trump
Discussion: Associated Press
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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
CNN:
Trump's threat to pull GOP convention came as surprise to Republicans working on event  —  (CNN)Top Republicans had been working closely with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and other state Democratic officials as recently as Friday to plan the upcoming GOP national convention amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Why Bernie Sanders is dead wrong about what Joe Biden should look for in a running mate
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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
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 …
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden wins AFL-CIO endorsement
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Memorial Day 2020: Presidential race still leaning Biden
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Virginia's Northam apologizes for not wearing a mask at beach: 'I wasn't prepared'
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Hertz paid top executives $16 million in bonuses ahead of its bankruptcy filing
Washington Post:
Frustrated and struggling, New Yorkers contemplate abandoning the city they love
Discussion: Althouse
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?
Zacc Ritter / Gallup:
Republicans Still Skeptical of COVID-19 Lethality
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Pro-Hong Kong resolution at British university fails after Chinese student opposition
Justice News:
Licensed Pharmacist Charged With Hoarding And Price Gouging Of N95 Masks In Violation Of Defense Production Act
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Changing Southwest may bring Democrats a milestone win
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.
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Can NASA and Elon Musk lift off?
Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube
The Hill:
The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip
Discussion: Althouse