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Tara Reade's Dubious Claims and Shifting Stories Show the Limits of #BelieveWomen (Cathy Young/Quillette)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:00

Cathy Young / Quillette:
Tara Reade's Dubious Claims and Shifting Stories Show the Limits of #BelieveWomen  —  Last year, a then-56-year-old California woman named Tara Reade publicly accused Joe Biden of sexual assaulting her in 1993.  The issue caused an awkward rift among Democrats, one that has only widened since Biden became …

Michael Flynn's Fired Lawyers Just Filed Court Papers to Reappear in His Case (Jerry Lambe/Law & Crime)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:00

Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Michael Flynn's Fired Lawyers Just Filed Court Papers to Reappear in His Case  —  The federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn's criminal prosecution has directed the law firm that Flynn fired to reappear as an interested party in the controversial proceeding.  On Thursday, that firm complied by filing a notice of appearance.

Top health officials vanish from national TV interviews as White House refocuses messaging (Oliver Darcy/CNN)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 01:00

Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Top health officials vanish from national TV interviews as White House refocuses messaging  —  New York (CNN Business)The nation's top physicians have stopped appearing on national television for interviews as the White House exerts increased control over communications during the coronavirus pandemic …

How a Flynn theory became central to the Trump reelection campaign (Washington Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 00:40

Washington Post:
How a Flynn theory became central to the Trump reelection campaign  —  On the day Attorney General William P. Barr moved to drop criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, again winning the adulation of President Trump, he was paid a special visit.

Obama's former aides angry, hurt over Ronny Jackson's embrace of Trump's conspiracy theories (Colby Itkowitz/Washington Post)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 00:35

Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Obama's former aides angry, hurt over Ronny Jackson's embrace of Trump's conspiracy theories  —  Former Obama officials expressed anger and a sense of betrayal after onetime White House doctor Ronny L. Jackson echoed President Trump's baseless conspiracy theories about their former boss, President Barack Obama.

Lawsuit blaming Fox News for coronavirus is a threat to press freedom (Quin Hillyer/Washington Examiner)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 00:25

Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Lawsuit blaming Fox News for coronavirus is a threat to press freedom  —  A judge on a Washington state court has a chance May 21 to quash a dangerous, outlandish lawsuit against Fox News that would eviscerate First Amendment media freedoms.  He should indeed quash it.

Why Trump is the most polite president (Joseph Farah/WND)

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 00:20

Joseph Farah / WND:
Why Trump is the most polite president  —  Exclusive: Joseph Farah spotlights the latest case of reporters' undignified behavior  —  President Trump gets a bad rap.  —  I know I couldn't do what he does under any circumstances - at least not the same way.

Trump exults in his Mueller revenge play (Natasha Bertrand/Politico)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:55

Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump exults in his Mueller revenge play  —  “Hope you had fun investigating me,” reads a meme that has been reposted by President Donald Trump, his family and his allies several times over the last week on social media.  “Now it's my turn.”  —  More than one year after the Russia investigation ended …

Parkland cop, fired after school shooting, will get his job back (Eileen Kelley/Sun-Sentinel)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:35

Eileen Kelley / Sun-Sentinel:
Parkland cop, fired after school shooting, will get his job back  —  A sheriff's sergeant who was fired for sitting in his car and failing to react while a gunman slaughtered students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School should get his job back, as well as any lost wages, an arbitrator ruled.

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts? (Wired)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:25

Wired:
Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?  —  The biggest social network in the world has the wrong idea for how to fight Covid-19 conspiracies.  —  A video laden with falsehoods about Covid-19 emerged on Facebook last week, and has now been viewed many millions of times.

ACLU sues Betsy DeVos over new campus sexual assault rules (Erik Ortiz/Yahoo News)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:25

Erik Ortiz / Yahoo News:
ACLU sues Betsy DeVos over new campus sexual assault rules  —  revised federal guidelines on how sexual assault allegations should be handled on college and K-12 campuses is the target of a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, claiming the changes would “inflict significant harm” on victims and “dramatically undermine” their civil rights.

De Blasio Relies on Aide Who Saw 'No Proof' Closures Curb Virus (New York Times)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:15

New York Times:
De Blasio Relies on Aide Who Saw ‘No Proof’ Closures Curb Virus  —  The head of New York City's public hospitals pushed to keep the city open in early March.  Now Mayor de Blasio has put him in charge of contact tracing, deepening a rift with the Health Department.

Swing states hit as coronavirus rips small businesses (Stef W. Kight/Axios)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:15

Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Swing states hit as coronavirus rips small businesses  —  Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios  —  New findings from the U.S. Census Bureau paint a bleak and detailed picture of how coronavirus is hitting small businesses.  —  The big picture: Half describe major suffering …

A sweeping setback for Trump's foreign business dealings (Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 23:05

Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A sweeping setback for Trump's foreign business dealings  —  President Trump's decision not to divest himself of his businesses, in particular his foreign holdings or holdings that derive income from foreign governments, was a fateful error that flew in the face of precedent, clean government and the Constitution.

Just how much trouble could Sen. Burr be in for his coronavirus stock trades? (Amber Phillips/Washington Post)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 22:10

Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Just how much trouble could Sen. Burr be in for his coronavirus stock trades?  —  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) came under pretty severe political criticism for selling his stocks after getting briefings on the coronavirus in February, before the stock market hit a major downturn over virus fears.

Trump says testing may be 'frankly overrated' (The Hill)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 22:10

The Hill:
Trump says testing may be ‘frankly overrated’  —  President Trump on Thursday suggested the practice of widespread coronavirus testing may be “overrated,” even as health experts insist it is critical to safely loosen restrictions and reopen businesses.  —  Trump boasted about the United …

Biden still needs black women. Here are 3 things he needs to do. (Washington Post)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 22:05

Washington Post:
Biden still needs black women.  Here are 3 things he needs to do.  —  LaTosha Brown is co-founder of Black Voters Matter; Tiffany D. Cross is a political analyst and author of the forthcoming book, “Say It Louder!  Black Voters, White Narratives, & Saving Our Democracy”; …

How Burr's stock scandal shocked the Senate (Politico)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 22:05

Politico:
How Burr's stock scandal shocked the Senate  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday met as usual in a classified room in the Capitol.  During the meeting, Chairman Richard Burr discussed the next time the secretive panel would gather.  —  Less than 24 hours later …

House Democrats' relief package would give Washington lobbying giants access to small business aid (Karl Evers-Hillstrom/OpenSecrets.org)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 22:05

Karl Evers-Hillstrom / OpenSecrets.org:
House Democrats' relief package would give Washington lobbying giants access to small business aid  —  House Democrats' newest coronavirus relief proposal would allow influential Washington lobbying groups — funded by deep-pocketed corporations — to access forgivable small business loans.

Trump encourages Pompeo to run for Senate but Secretary of State rebuffs him (Washington Post)

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 21:55

Washington Post:
Trump encourages Pompeo to run for Senate but Secretary of State rebuffs him  —  President Trump recently encouraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reconsider running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas but Pompeo rebuffed the request, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

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