THE FEED
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vision 2020
Trump Is Laying the Groundwork to Contest Any Election Loss
By deeming voting by mail systems a majority of states use a way to rig elections, POTUS has laid a foundation to declare a close election fraudulent.
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coronavirus
Republicans Are Trying to Force the House to Vote In Person
The “reopen America” message trumps generations of anti-Washington rhetoric.
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labor
Walmart Workers Are Dying From Coronavirus. Now They Want a Seat at the Table.
Associates are lobbying investors for the right to be considered for seats on the company’s board of directors.
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vision 2020
Trump Likely Bluffing in Threat to Move GOP Convention From North Carolina
Trump claims Roy Cooper is dragging his heels over reopening. But nobody can promise him the kind of old-school convention he is demanding.

Good news out of New York

New York reports 73 people died from coronavirus yesterday. Gov. Cuomo says it is the lowest single-day toll “since this started.” https://t.co/nkQsWDtuxf
@CNN
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pivot
The Brilliance of Disney Hosting Professional Sports
Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss why the company is so well-positioned to get the NBA and others moving again.
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the national interest
Trump Is Smearing Joe Scarborough Because Republicans Reward His Bullying
Intimidating his party into silence is not the best strategy, but it is a strategy.
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vision 2020
Could an Economic Rebound Sweep Trump to Victory?
A “V-shaped recession” with a sharp recovery might place voters in a good mood in November. But perceptions of Trump may be unshakable.

Katie Miller, the highest-profile Trump administration member to have contracted coronavirus, is doing better

Back at work today after three NEGATIVE COVID tests. Thank you to all my amazing doctors and everyone who reached out with support. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing husband who took great care of his pregnant wife. #TransitionToGreatness
@VPPressSec
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coronavirus
Coronavirus in New York: Latest Updates
Long Island and Mid-Hudson will begin reopening mid-week.

A real sign of the times

In the Colorado House, all Democrats are wearing masks. Only about half of the Republicans are wearing masks.
@alex_burness
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donald trump
Husband of Late Scarborough Staffer Asks Twitter to Delete Trump Conspiracy
In a letter to Jack Dorsey, Timothy J. Klausutis writes that Trump has “perverted” his wife’s memory for “perceived political gain.”

Georgia’s governor bids for the RNC amid talk that Charlotte might not host after all

With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention. We hope you will consider the Peach State, @realdonaldtrump!
@GovKemp

There needs to be something for Democrats to panic about, and right now this is it

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, unemployment was spiking, and some policymakers were predicting an era worse than the Great Depression. The economic carnage seemed likely to doom President Donald Trump’s chances at reelection.


Furman, tapped to give the opening presentation, looked into his screen of poorly lit boxes of frightened wonks and made a startling claim.


“We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he said.


The former cabinet secretaries and Federal Reserve chairs in the Zoom boxes were confused, though some of the Republicans may have been newly relieved and some of the Democrats suddenly concerned.


“Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken,” Furman said in an interview. Instead of forecasting a prolonged depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and GDP growth ever.

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encounter
The Woman Tasked With Saving the Subway Is Still Commuting on It
Sarah Feinberg took over the city’s transit in a state of emergency – and controversy.
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the longest lives
Our Fragile Gerontocracy
Old people have never been so powerful — or, now, so vulnerable.
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voting rights
Federal Judge Overrules GOP Poll Tax for Ex-Felons in Florida
A federal judge ruled that the GOP-led effort prohibiting some ex-felons from voting because they could not afford to pay fines was unconstitutional.
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coronavirus
Everything We Do and Don’t Know About New York’s Reopening Plan
The Mid-Hudson region and Long Island could be able to begin reopening next week.
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interviews
Should Restaurants Fear Uber Eats?
Kara Swisher talks with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about food delivery and the future of the economy.
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ahmaud arbery
DOJ Investigating Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder As Possible Hate Crime
The feds will also probe the handling of Arbery’s killing by local law enforcement.
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donald trump
Trump’s Weekend: Golf, a Murder Accusation, and Scant Mention of the Pandemic
The president was more interested in “exercise,” conspiracy theories, and his bullying pulpit than Memorial Day or the coronavirus death toll.

Risk public health or else

President Donald Trump on Monday morning threatened to move August’s Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless there are guarantees the state will let everyone attend.


“I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August. Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed … ..full attendance in the Arena,” he began in a string of four tweets. …


The RNC is scheduled to be held in Charlotte on Aug. 24-27, less than a week after Democrats are set to wrap up their rescheduled convention in Milwaukee. It’s not clear where the Republican convention might be moved or how easily that could be done on relatively short notice.

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the national interest
Is This the Blueprint for Sanders and AOC to Take Over the Democratic Party?
A new history holding up Henry Wallace as the model for the left is a formula to repeat mistakes of the past.
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coronavirus stimulus
Will We Get a Second Round of Coronavirus Stimulus Checks?
Though many are still waiting for their first check, Democrats have proposed another payment — and the GOP may agree. Here’s where negotiations stand.
international affairs
international affairs
Hong Kong’s Independence May Not Survive the Pandemic
A new law would give China unprecedented power to crack down on the city’s democratic movement, and there’s not much the U.S. can do to stop it.

And this is only part of why the way-too-late European travel ban was a complete disaster

The Europe restrictions followed six weeks later but unleashed chaos in ways that surpassed even that of the Muslim ban.


Current and former officials said key agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, had no meaningful input in the nature of the Europe restrictions or how and when they would be executed. An administration official said officials from both agencies were present at meetings where the ban was discussed.


The administration scrambled to round up contractors to conduct temperature checks on tens of thousands of passengers. Officials said the magnitude of the mobilization was unprecedented. Even so, the contractors were overrun by the rush of travelers that Trump had helped unleash.


Even the most basic screening steps seemed to backfire. The CDC failed to distribute a new paper questionnaire in time for it to be shared with airlines in advance, meaning passengers had to fill it out upon arrival. As a result, travelers found themselves reaching around one another for slips of paper and pencils, risking transmission as the bottlenecks got worse.

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coronavirus
Why Facebook’s Plan to Tie Remote Pay to Location Will Probably Fail
Mark Zuckerberg plans to let more employees permanently work from home, but he wants to pay those who live in inexpensive places less.
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how was your week?
1,046 New York Readers on Their Plans for a Pandemic Summer
“Humid in a face mask. Drinking outside. Socially distanced play dates.”
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coronavirus
Safe Exit: The Risk-Mitigation Guide to Life After Quarantine
Some dos and don’ts for your return to semi-normalcy.

Maybe his physical is still being audited?

It’s been more than six months since President Donald Trump claimed to have started his annual physical at Walter Reed hospital but the White House is declining to explain why he has yet to complete the yearly doctor’s examination.


Senior administration officials did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment about the delay — despite Trump announcing this week he was taking an unproven and potentially dangerous drug after being exposed to an aide who tested positive for coronavirus.


Asked in early March about when he would complete his physical, the president told reporters, “I’m going probably over the next 90 days. I’m so busy, I can’t do it.”

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vision 2020
Trump’s Coronavirus Antics Are Alienating Educated Voters
Most people react to Trump during the pandemic much as before. But many college-educated voters aren’t digging his act.
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vision 2020
Why Do Democrats Keep Embarrassing Themselves on ‘The Breakfast Club’?
“If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Joe Biden said on the hip-hop morning show.
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vision 2020
Joe Biden’s New Tax Pledge Is Indefensible
By promising not to raise taxes on Americans who earn under $400,000, Biden is constraining his governing agenda for no good reason.