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Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook ... (Washington Post)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:40

Washington Post:
Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias  —  The president is expected to sign the order on Thursday.  —  President Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday that could open …

Barr appoints Texas prosecutor to review Obama officials' 'unmasking' requests (Devlin Barrett/Washington Post)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:40

Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr appoints Texas prosecutor to review Obama officials' ‘unmasking’ requests  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney in Texas to scrutinize Obama-era officials who sought to identify anonymized names in government documents that turned out to be people connected …

Sam Johnson, former Texas congressman and Vietnam POW, dead at 89 (Fox News)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:30

Fox News:
Sam Johnson, former Texas congressman and Vietnam POW, dead at 89  —  Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, a military pilot who spent years at a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday at age 89.  —  The conservative Republican …

Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden's new senior advisor, is ready for November (Jason Johnson/TheGrio)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:25

Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden's new senior advisor, is ready for November  —  In an exclusive interview with theGrio, Jean-Pierre talks Biden's chances of picking a Black woman as his VP and running an election amid coronavirus  —  “I'm the worst at saying great things about myself.  Goodness gracious oh man.

Cotton, Blackburn, Kustoff Unveil Bill to Restrict Chinese STEM Graduate Student Visas & Thousand Talents Participants (Tom Cotton/Featured Items)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:25

Tom Cotton / Featured Items:
Cotton, Blackburn, Kustoff Unveil Bill to Restrict Chinese STEM Graduate Student Visas & Thousand Talents Participants  —  Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) today unveiled the SECURE CAMPUS Act, legislation that would prohibit Chinese nationals …

Barr asks US Attorney John Bash to review 'unmasking' before and after 2016 election, DOJ tells Fox News (Fox News)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:10

Fox News:
Barr asks US Attorney John Bash to review ‘unmasking’ before and after 2016 election, DOJ tells Fox News  —  Attorney General Bill Barr has asked U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash to review the practice of “unmasking” before and after the 2016 presidential election …

Biden says he'll pick running mate by Aug. 1 (Colby Itkowitz/Washington Post)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:00

Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Biden says he'll pick running mate by Aug. 1  —  Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, told supporters Wednesday night that his campaign has interviewed every candidate on his short list to be his running mate and hoped to name the woman by Aug. 1.

Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening (Politico)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:00

Politico:
Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening  —  Test counts inflated, death tolls deflated, metrics shifted.  —  Healthcare workers from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment check in with people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 at the state's first drive-up testing center.

Wisconsin election officials agree to send voters ballot applications (Colby Itkowitz/Washington Post)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:45

Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin election officials agree to send voters ballot applications  —  The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a plan to send ballot request applications to most voters for the general election that would clear one hurdle for those preferring …

US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 just four months after first case was confirmed ... (Daily Mail)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:45

Daily Mail:
US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 just four months after first case was confirmed in the country - with more Americans now dead from virus than were killed in every conflict since Korean War  — As deaths hit 100,000, President Donald Trump was in Florida hoping to watch the first launch …

'Biden Center' at UPenn named in complaint alleging undisclosed China funds (Jon Street/Campus Reform)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:30

Jon Street / Campus Reform:
‘Biden Center’ at UPenn named in complaint alleging undisclosed China funds  — A nonprofit watchdog has filed a complaint alleging that the University of Pennsylvania failed to accurately report foreign gifts.  — The complaint includes allegations against the university's Biden Center …

U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya (New York Times)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:25

New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya  —  The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon's concern about Moscow's growing influence in the country's sprawling war.  —  CAIRO — The United States military accused Russia of covertly deploying …

There Are 3 Things We Have to Do to Get People Wearing Masks (New York Times)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:20

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.

Don't Blame Twitter - You can't mistake the pus for the infection. (Charles Sykes/The Bulwark)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:05

Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Don't Blame Twitter  —  You can't mistake the pus for the infection.  —  Jonathan V. Last makes a compelling case that Twitter should ban Donald Trump.  I'm going to make a counterpoint, but he reminds us of several crucial facts here: Twitter is a private company and …

Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network (The Guardian)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:50

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 …

Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking? (Gregg Hurwitz/The Bulwark)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:45

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.

Among Rumored Vice Presidential Candidates, Warren Would Give Biden the Biggest Boost (Eli Yokley/Morning Consult)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:45

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.

Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening (Associated Press)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:25

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 …

Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint (Nitasha Tiku/Washington Post)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:56

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint  —  The complaint, which was obtained by The Washington Post, includes dozens of pages of screenshots of opioids and other drugs for sale on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram

New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments (Josh Rogin/Washington Post)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:50

Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments  —  On Tuesday, the U.S. Agency for International Development got a new “religious freedom adviser” who has a long history of making and promoting anti-Islam comments on social media.  —  This is just the latest reason officials …

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