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Wall Street Journal:
A Presidential Smear  —  Trump imitates the Steele dossier in attacks on Joe Scarborough.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz's father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation …
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Washington Examiner:
Trump's slanderous attack on Joe Scarborough is incompatible with leadership  —  Nearly two decades ago, when Joe Scarborough was a conservative Republican member of Congress from Florida, his office suffered a tragedy.  One of his staff, a 28-year-old woman, named Lori Klausutis …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Twitchy
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Smearing Joe Scarborough Because Republicans Reward His Bullying  —  The United States is in the midst of its worst economic catastrophe in 90 years, and its deepest public-health crisis in more than 100, and the president is laser-focused on the co-host of a morning cable-news talk …
Guy Benson / Townhall:
Analysis: Trump's Conspiratorial Cruelty and Impulsive Feuding is One of Joe Biden's Greatest 2020 Assets  —  From time to time, the president's conduct becomes so egregious and counter-productive that I feel compelled to address it directly, rather than just shaking my head and muttering to myself about his self-destructive tendencies.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
“Close them down”: Trump threatens action against social media platforms  —  President Trump threatened to shut down or regulate social media platforms due to anti-conservative bias in a pair of Wednesday tweets — the day after Twitter's first fact-check against the president's claims on its platform.
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Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Twitter's Trump ‘Fact Check’ Does Not Disclose Company Partnered with Groups Pushing Mail-In Ballots
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Twitter Fact-checker Claimed Trump Admin Are ‘ACTUAL NAZIS’; Mocked ‘Fly Over’ States
Discussion: Vox, Disrn and The Guardian
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Twitter labels Trump's tweets with a fact-check for the first time
Daniel Lewis / New York Times:
Larry Kramer, Author and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84  —  He worked hard to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency.  But his often abusive approach could overshadow his achievements.  —  Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020  —  David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, two key allies and former political advisers to Donald Trump, went to the White House last week to issue him a warning: The president was slipping badly in swing states, and he needed to do something to fix it.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and KDFX-TV
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Why are you not burying him?’:  Trump allies fret over rising Biden threat  —  Some of President Donald Trump's political allies and donors are starting to get antsy.  —  With only five months until the November general election, several Trump advisers, campaign veterans and prominent Republicans …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Pompeo's ‘Madison Dinners’ aren't scandalous.  I went to one.  —  When assessing the Trump administration, let's make sure that our outrage meters are well-calibrated, so that we don't waste time on trivial topics.  A case in point is the recent uproar over the “Madison Dinners” …
Discussion: Politico
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against ‘smear campaign’
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Jennifer Carroll Foy Jumps Into Virginia Governor's Race, Hoping To Make History  —  If elected, she would be the first female governor of Virginia, and the first Black female governor of any state.  —  Jennifer Carroll Foy is jumping into the 2021 gubernatorial race in Virginia …
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
'The status quo isn't working': Carroll Foy launches run for Va. governor
Discussion: Blue Virginia
The Guardian:
Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network  —  Honest Elections Project, part of network that pushed supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh, is now focusing on voting restrictions  —  A powerful new conservative organization fighting to restrict voting …
Helen Branswell / STAT:
New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it  —  New research has poured cold water on the theory that the Covid-19 outbreak in Washington state — the country's first — was triggered by the very first confirmed case of the infection in the country.
Chip Brownlee / Alabama Political Reporter:
“We're surging:” Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date  —  Alabama saw its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Monday, according to the state, as daily case counts continue an upward trend and hospitals across the state report increasing hospitalizations.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in 10 years  —  The Republican spokeswoman has said it shouldn't be available to everyone.  —  For a week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended President Donald Trump's assault on vote-by-mail, insisting …
New York Post:
New book claims Bill Clinton had an affair with Ghislaine Maxwell  —  Bill Clinton had an affair with British-born socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping recruit underage victims for notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a blockbuster new book.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Jessica Garate / KRQE-TV:
Did the governor break her own rules?  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -Did Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham play by her own rules during the public health order?  KRQE News 13 has learned in April, when she ordered non-essential businesses to shut down and lectured all New Mexicans to stay home …
Discussion: Twitchy and The Gateway Pundit
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Marco Rubio zeroes in on Russia — not Obama  —  Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are pushing aggressive new investigations targeting the president's political opponents.  Marco Rubio isn't joining the fray.  —  As Rubio assumes the acting chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
One America News was desperate for Trump's approval.  Here's how it got it.  —  One America News Network is having a moment.  In April the small, right-wing national cable network made headlines when Chanel Rion, its White House correspondent, was banned from the briefing room …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Among Rumored Vice Presidential Candidates, Warren Would Give Biden the Biggest Boost  —  Electorate is split on the Massachusetts senator, but she would help Biden with minorities, voters under 45  — 26% say placing Warren on the ticket would make them more likely to vote for Biden; 23% say it'd make them less likely.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
California DA launches investigation into Tara Reade testimony  —  The Monterey County District Attorney's office has launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness.  —  Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe …
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hell hath no fury like a president suckered  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Anger Management Class) followed the plan to the letter.  —  The House Oversight Committee held a video Q&A Tuesday with Christi Grimm, the civil servant who earned a verbal lashing from President Trump …
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong up to half the time, CDC says  —  (CNN)Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine  —  Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Discussion: The Week
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
CNBC Segment Explodes as Andrew Ross Sorkin Accuses Joe Kernen of Being in the Tank for Trump During Crisis: ‘100,000 PEOPLE DIED!’  —  A CNBC debate over the stock market completely exploded early Wednesday, with two Squawk Box hosts throwing down in a vicious debate which saw one accusing …
Associated Press:
Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions …
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people  —  In the latest episode of the everyday-fresh-hell that is New York City under quarantine, one white female, Amy Cooper, was caught on video calling the cops on one black male, Christian Cooper.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt  —  Hurd slams FISA court abuses: ‘Absolutely outrageous’  —  (CNN)A House vote to reauthorize national security surveillance authorities that have been expired since March was thrown into doubt on Wednesday following …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
New York Times:
There Are 3 Things We Have to Do to Get People Wearing Masks  —  Persuasion works better than compulsion.  —  Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Ungar and Dr. Emanuel are professors at the University of Pennsylvania  —  Hong Kong has so far reported a grand total of four coronavirus-related deaths, while New York City has reported over 20,000.
Discussion: National Review, Althouse and KDFX-TV
Gregg Hurwitz / The Bulwark:
Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking?  —  Maybe we're finally getting ready to concede that we can't win a real war if we decide that every last hill of insensitivity is worth dying on.  —  It began, like most matters in this never-ending election cycle, with a tweet.
Washington Post:
D.C. will likely reopen Friday after city changes key thresholds for reopening  —  D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is expected Wednesday to announce the gradual reopening of the capital, saying the city has been meeting key thresholds to contain new coronavirus infections.
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
4 Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Over George Floyd Death  —  The move comes after a video showed an officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on Monday.  —  Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died …
 
 
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
House Oversight Republicans threaten to boycott ‘quasi-hearings,’ say committee not complying with remote business rules
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Big Jim / ProPublica:
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Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Family separation returns under cover of the coronavirus
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Is the MyPillow guy the future of the Republican Party, or is he just dreaming?
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Jon Street / Campus Reform:
‘Biden Center’ at UPenn named in complaint alleging undisclosed China funds
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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments
USA Today:
Air Force admits ‘persistent and consistent racial’ bias against black airmen, records show
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Trump attorney accuses Mueller of ‘monstrous lie and scheme to defraud’
Discussion: WND
Reuters:
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
USA Today:
As pandemic bore down, Rep. Phil Roe snatched up Zoom shares, unloaded stock in cruise lines
Discussion: The Hill
New York Post:
The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Axios and Vox