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Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme (Wyatt Massey/timesfreepress.com)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 22:15

Wyatt Massey / timesfreepress.com:
Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme  —  An employee at a local software company was terminated after a social media firestorm identified him as the person who posted a racist meme showing former president Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.

Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut to the WHO (Jonathan Swan/Axios)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 21:35

Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut to the WHO  —  President Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut for the World Health Organization after being on the brink of announcing he'd restore partial funding, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

'Grossly incompetent': Trump dismisses Obama over coronavirus criticism (Rishika Dugyala/Politico)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:35

Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
‘Grossly incompetent’: Trump dismisses Obama over coronavirus criticism  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed his predecessor as “grossly incompetent,” a day after former President Barack Obama said leaders weren't “even pretending to be in charge” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Drexel study: 45-day shutdown saved 6,202 lives, kept 57,072 out of hospital (6abc)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:35

6abc:
Drexel study: 45-day shutdown saved 6,202 lives, kept 57,072 out of hospital  —  UNIVERSITY CITY (WPVI) — After more than 6 weeks of closed schools and businesses, and staying at home, some people are wondering whether it's been worth it.  —  A new Drexel University study says it has paid off.

There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade (Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:10

Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade  —  When Tara Reade, a former staffer in the office of then-Sen. Joe Biden, stepped forward to make a claim that Biden had sexually violated her, an endless stream of commentary ensued: It's hard to not believe …

CNN's Jake Tapper Blasted for Hypocrisy After Accusing Trump of 'Smear Campaign' Against Rivals (Joel B. Pollak/Breitbart)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:05

Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
CNN's Jake Tapper Blasted for Hypocrisy After Accusing Trump of ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Rivals  —  CNN's Jake Tapper was hit by a wave of criticism on social media Sunday after he accused President Donald Trump of “launching an unprecedented smear campaign against any rival,” with many accusing him and CNN of hypocrisy.

Obama tells 2020 graduates: 'If the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you.' Read ... (Valerie Strauss/Washington Post)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 19:25

Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Obama tells 2020 graduates: 'If the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you.' Read the transcripts of two speeches.  —  Former president Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses for 2020 graduates that were made public on Saturday, telling them in one: “If the world's going to get better, it going to be up to you.”

Michelle Obama partners with MTV for national virtual prom (Lisa Respers France/CNN)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 19:10

Lisa Respers France / CNN:
Michelle Obama partners with MTV for national virtual prom  —  Here's how Michelle Obama is helping out during quarantine  —  (CNN)Michelle Obama is helping to give students a prom.  —  Obama's nonpartisan organization, When We All Vote, and MTV will host a virtual prom event for the class of 2020.

Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus (New York Times)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:50

New York Times:
Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations  —  outside New York City  —  New York City has long been a cheek-to-jowl town with cramped apartments and determined strivers.

Trump is winning on the economy. That may not matter (Harry Enten/CNN)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:35

Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump is winning on the economy.  That may not matter  —  Trump's ex-top economic adviser: US is in a recession  —  (CNN)The US economy is contracting.  Jobs have been shed at a record pace during the coronavirus pandemic.  Normally, a president would be blamed for the bad economy …

Trump's turn to the economy leaves a vacuum when it comes to controlling the pandemic (John Harwood/CNN)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:20

John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's turn to the economy leaves a vacuum when it comes to controlling the pandemic  —  (CNN)Publicly and privately, Sen. Angus King spent weeks seeking a national coronavirus testing plan.  Sen. Lamar Alexander held a hearing where President Donald Trump's testing czar Brett Giroir acknowledged …

Is The National Enquirer in Its Final 'Death Spiral'? (The Daily Beast)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:05

The Daily Beast:
Is The National Enquirer in Its Final ‘Death Spiral’?  —  ‘THE LAST OF THE DINOSAURS’  —  As a documentary about the “scandalous” tabloid airs on CNN, insiders ponder whether we are finally witnessing the end of the National Enquirer.  —  Swashbuckling tabloid editor Iain Calder …

Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests? (The Texas Observer)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 18:05

The Texas Observer:
Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?  —  Texas health officials are combining some antibody tests along with more common viral tests in statewide COVID-19 tracking data.  Experts say this muddies the data and potentially helps pad testing numbers …

Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé (Lee Brown/New York Post)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 17:55

Lee Brown / New York Post:
Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé  —  A married Nevada congressman has admitted having a longstanding affair with a former intern calling herself “Love Jones” — after she exposed him in an explosive series of podcasts.

Downtown Detroit Realtor Charged With Threatening To Kill Whitmer, Nessel (Violet Ikonomova/Deadline Detroit)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 05:05

Violet Ikonomova / Deadline Detroit:
Downtown Detroit Realtor Charged With Threatening To Kill Whitmer, Nessel  —  A downtown Detroit real estate agent is facing a terrorism charge after authorities say he made credible death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Afghan Power-Sharing Deal Would Promote General Accused of Rape (Mujib Mashal/New York Times)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 04:00

Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Afghan Power-Sharing Deal Would Promote General Accused of Rape  —  The case is still open against Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a strongman from Afghanistan's civil war.  But he would become a marshal in order to help settle a bitter election dispute.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan …

Andrew Cuomo's atrocious response to the coronavirus pandemic (Paul Mirengoff/Power Line)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 03:45

Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Andrew Cuomo's atrocious response to the coronavirus pandemic  —  In panning President Trump's response to the Wuhan coronavirus, Democrats and the mainstream media stress the fact that the U.S. has reported many more deaths from the virus than any other country (in absolute numbers, not per capita).

Exclusive - Secretary Pompeo: President Trump 'Committed' to Holding Chinese Communist Party ... (Matthew Boyle/Breitbart)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 03:40

Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Secretary Pompeo: President Trump ‘Committed’ to Holding Chinese Communist Party Accountable for Coronavirus Pandemic  —  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Breitbart News exclusively that President Donald Trump is “committed” to holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable …

11 firefighters hurt in downtown L.A. explosion that caused fires at several buildings (Los Angeles Times)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 03:20

Los Angeles Times:
11 firefighters hurt in downtown L.A. explosion that caused fires at several buildings  —  An explosion in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday caused a large fire that quickly spread to several buildings and left 11 firefighters injured, authorities said.  —  The blast occurred about 6:30 p.m …

Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says (Spencer Kimball/CNBC)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 02:55

Spencer Kimball / CNBC:
Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says  — President Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick Friday night, notifying Congress of the decision in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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