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I wouldnt play with him again: Trump responds to Rory McIlroys comments about their golf game   -12%

Trump commented while phoning in to TV coverage as McIlroy and three other golfers competed in the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins tournament in Florida

Trump Honors Veterans on Memorial Day by Tweeting About Golf, Obama, and ISIS  

Aside from defending his hobbies, Trump’s weekend of tweeting included pushing states to reopen faster, even as new coronavirus cases pile up.

Presidential election 2020 cartoon gallery: Trump, Biden and more  

Presidential election 2020 cartoon gallery: A collection of editorial cartoons on Trump, Biden and the race for the White House


Faith leaders stress caution on reopening churches as Trump pushes for in-person services  

Faith leaders are stressing the need for a cautious approach to reopening churches after President Donald Trump declared places of worship "essential" during the pandemic and said he'd override governors if they didn't allow in-person services.

Nancy Pelosi didnt know Trump would be so sensitive about being called morbidly obese  

House speaker says President Trump was making 'distractions' with comments on unproven drug

Trump attempts to dismiss right to postal ballot: Voting is an honour  

Republicans claim mail ballots can be manipulated but Mr Trump could not explain why

If Trump is peddling medicine, be sure to read the label  

Or ask a graduate of Trump University.

Coronavirus: drug touted by Donald Trump could cause death and heart problems, hydroxychloroquine study finds   10%

A drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a treatment for Covid-19 has no benefit on hospitalised patients and could raise the risk of heart problems and death, according to a study of nearly 100,000 cases.The conclusions were based on data from 671 hospitals on six continents, and released in a paper published in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet on Friday.The study on the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine was released just days after Trump revealed he was taking the medication.“I…

Biden is running ahead of Clinton's 2016 pace  

Poll of the week: A new national Fox News poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 48% to 40% lead over President Donald Trump.

Film star and Trump accuser Stormy Daniels returns as comic book hero   26%

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose allegations of a onetime sexual liaison with U.S. President Donald Trump triggered a legal battle, is returning as a superhero in a series of comic books.

What we learned from Trumps hydroxychloroquine claim   15%

Further evidence of Trump's intellectual unfitness.

Sales of drug touted by Trump have been soaring  

Retail sales of the anti-malarial drug President Donald Trump has promoted as a potential coronavirus cure — and claims to be taking himself — have been soaring.

Hard stop: States could lose National Guard virus workers  

The Trump administration’s order ends deployments on June 24, just one day before thousands would qualify for education and retirement benefits.

In Its Zeal to Blame China for Coronavirus, the Trump Administration Is Thwarting Investigations Into the Pandemic's Origins  

The administration’s claim that the virus spread from a Wuhan lab has made the notion politically toxic, even among scientists who say it could have happened.

The post In Its Zeal to Blame China for Coronavirus, the Trump Administration Is Thwarting Investigations Into the Pandemic’s Origins appeared first on The Intercept.

Letters to the Editor: Polio-era epidemiologist warns: Trump's 'warp speed' vaccine effort may be dangerous   -20%

Poor communication from Jonas Salk and lax regulation led to unecessary suffering in the polio vaccine rush. Trump may be repeating the same mistakes.

We will simply disconnect: Mike Pompeo and the Australian TV appearance that caused a diplomatic storm   8%

A comment by the US secretary of state about Victoria’s belt and road project has ricocheted through Parliament House and the US embassy

When US secretary of state Mike Pompeo popped up on Australian television over the weekend it was not to be interviewed by the national broadcaster or indeed one of the main TV channels.

Instead he chose to appear on a fringe show with a relatively tiny audience hosted by a self-styled “outsider” who loves Donald Trump’s tweets almost as much as he loves railing against “the left”.

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Fireside chats and $1,000 online meetings: Biden and Trump race for Jewish-American donors  

Trump uses Jerusalem embassy move to lure donors, while $28,000 will get you a virtual seat as co-host of a Biden's ‘fireside chat’ on Tuesday

US pushes China to open way for American passenger flights to resume   -16%

The US government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for US airlines to resume services to China and ordered four Chinese air carriers to file flight schedules with the US government.The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks with China had failed to produce an agreement.The US Transportation Department, which is trying to persuade China to allow the resumption of US passenger…

Trump threatens to move Republican convention if North Carolina won't allow packed arena   27%

President targets Democratic governor days after state’s highest daily increase in coronavirus cases

Donald Trump has threatened to move the Republican party’s national convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, if the state is not able to commit to “full attendance” at the gathering despite Covid-19 restrictions.

In a series of tweets on Monday morning. Trump said the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, was “still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee” that the party would be able to fill the arena with supporters.

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Alleged arson attack strikes Jewish holy site in Iran   -10%

Earlier this year, a hard-line student group in Iran threatened to destroy the Tomb of Mordechai and Esther in revenge for the Trump administration’s peace plan

Coronavirus latest: Trump adviser says cover-up is Chinas Chernobyl; Japan ending emergency; India domestic flights resume   -7%

Fresh tensions emerged between Beijing and Washington, fuelled in part by the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War” and a senior adviser to US President Donald Trump compared China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak to the Soviet Union’s cover-up of the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear…

Whitmer: I censor myself when speaking publicly about Trump to receive federal assistance  

Whitmer told Axios' Alexia McCammond that she censors herself when speaking publicly about Trump to continue receiving federal assistance.


Hydroxychloroquine: Using anti-malaria drug is a risky business   -60%

US President Donald Trump, his Brazilian counterpart Bolsonaro and Tesla boss Elon Musk — all swear by the anti-malaria drug as an antidote to coronavirus. But studies show it is ineffective, and potentially dangerous.

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months  

Biden emerged on Monday wearing a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

Opinion: On Memorial Day weekend, Trump shows his true self   4%

A century after the poppy began symbolizing Memorial Day, it's a good time to consider how we should memorialize the casualties of the pandemic. (In mere months, more Americans have died than in Vietnam and Korea combined.) The surgical mask might be a proper emblem, or perhaps the double helix of DNA. Both would honor the dead and the medical workers who saved the sick. Both would likely enrage President Donald Trump.

Biden could win 2020 election if he makes a stand on immigration, say anti-Trump supporters   -5%

Democratic hopeful has promised to undo Trump's actions but has long been cautious in talking about his own proposals

Column: The Trump attack machine reaches new levels of hysteria. Is there anything to be done about it?   -16%

The Trump attack machine is gearing up for the final stretch of the 2020 campaign. Let's hope the media doesn't take him seriously.

Why Donald Trump Wants to Make Safe Elections a Partisan Issue   -40%

Eric Lach on the method behind the madness of Donald Trump’s tweets ranting against the expansion of absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

How Trump's tax cuts and tariffs will make coronavirus recession worse   10%

Even before the coronavirus outbreak pushed the U.S. into what is likely a recession, benefits from Trump's policies were largely offset by costs.

Letters to the Editor: Democrats should expand and pack the court if justices put Trump above the law  

Democrats will be left with no choice but to handcuff the current conservative majority if the court shields Trump from any investigations.

Obama tweets vote in answer to Trumps Obamagate conspiracy theory   50%

Ex-president provided one word for Americans amid Donald Trump's latest theory

Trumps Cordon Un-sanitaire   -7%

No White House reporter I’ve ever known was looking to harm anyone, much less the president of the United States, but the federal government never took chances. Covering Barack Obama and now Donald Trump, I can’t recall a single instance when the security cordon surrounding the president frayed. On every trip, my press colleagues and I were searched before we got anywhere near the commander in chief—our bags sniffed by specially trained dogs, our pockets wanded for weapons. If we left the presidential “bubble” to go to the restroom, we’d be checked all over again. Once, during a routine inspection, an agent removed my sound-blocking earmuffs from my backpack and peered suspiciously at the $20 piece of plastic. For the shooting range? he asked. For concentrating when I write, I said. He stuck them back in the bag.

On Tuesday, May 5, the White House press pool boarded Air Force One for a four-hour flight to Phoenix, where Trump toured a mask-making factory. Flying home, the president came back to the small press cabin and spoke off the record to the traveling press corps. Journalists on that plane hadn’t been tested for the coronavirus that day, or the day before. The last time they’d been tested was Sunday, May 3. In the 48 hours that followed, they could have picked up the virus and, conceivably, passed it to the president, his staff, or one another during the trip. (Let’s not forget that the tests aren’t foolproof: Reporters could have boarded the plane without anyone knowing they actually had the disease.)

No one would have been allowed on Air Force One without first getting searched for weapons. Yet here the journalists boarded with no guarantee they hadn’t recently contracted a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. The episode illustrates how Trump, who likes to project a certain hypermasculine invincibility, has faced greater exposure than he might let on.  

“There’s no question [Trump’s] behavior in many circumstances, from what I can see on the outside, puts him at risk,” says Ingrid Katz, the associate faculty director at the Harvard Global Health Institute. She cites his consistent refusal to wear a mask and his participation in meetings held indoors, where the virus is more easily transmitted. “If the goal is to really protect the president, certainly more precautions should be in place—including him wearing more protection,” such as a face covering.

It’s not clear that Trump has been taking the threat all that seriously. Determined to resume his travel routines in the face of the pandemic, the president in the months ahead could be putting Americans at unnecessary risk, including himself. After weeks holed up in the White House, Trump is venturing out more and more. On Thursday, he toured a medical-distribution warehouse in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where, in his remarks, he took a swipe at “Sleepy Joe Biden.” (Biden is riding out the crisis inside his house in Delaware, campaigning virtually from a studio set up in his basement.) After his trip to Phoenix, Trump tweeted a campaign-style video of the visit, set to stirring music and filled with images of the American flag.

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A White House spokesperson, Judd Deere, told me that the administration is “taking every precaution” to protect Trump around the clock. The Secret Service said the same. “While we continually assess the environment in which we conduct our protective operations, we will not discuss the manner in which we conduct them,” a spokesperson told me. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Secret Service has been working with all of our public-safety partners and the White House Medical Unit to ensure the safety and security of both our protected persons and our employees.”

One reason the president must be judicious in the events he holds amid a public-health catastrophe is that Americans will take needless risks to meet him. It’s an opportunity that seldom comes along.

Last week, Trump appeared at an event at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over Germany. The ceremony served up images showcasing Trump’s role as commander in chief. Assembled were a small group of veterans who had fought in the war, all especially vulnerable to the coronavirus because of their age. As he walked slowly past the men and exchanged pleasantries, the veterans stood at attention. No one wore a mask, though Trump kept at a distance. “When he got to me, I said, ‘Queens County!’” Gregory Melikian, 95, told me, a reference to the New York City borough where Trump was born and raised. “He stopped and laughed and we talked for a second … He’s our president now. I have to respect him. We get one at a time.”

The veterans had all been tested for COVID-19 earlier in the day. Still, Melikian’s son had worried about the safety of his dad, who flew in from Phoenix for the ceremony.

“Kindly ask the president to have a Zoom event with our father,” Robert Melikian wrote in an email two days beforehand to Timothy Davis, the founder of Greatest Generations Foundation, which sponsored the veterans’ trip. “It’s dangerous for him to fly and participate in this event in person. And it’s dangerous for my mother when he comes back.” (Davis told me that the choice to attend was Gregory Melikian’s, “and his family needs to respect that decision.”)

Attentive to appearances, Trump is more apt to joke about others’ masks than wear one himself, despite federal public-health guidelines recommending them when social distancing is not feasible. He likened one reporter’s mask to a “catcher’s helmet.” Barbara Res, a former senior Trump Organization executive, told me that “he’ll never wear that thing because he won’t like the way he looks in it.”

Many aides followed Trump’s example for the first few months of the pandemic, until the White House imposed new rules earlier this week. Ernest Grant, the president of the American Nurses Association, was part of a group of nurses who met with Trump in the Oval Office for a National Nurses Day celebration last week. He’d been told to arrive three hours early so he could be tested for COVID-19 before seeing the president. As he walked through the complex, he later told me, “masks were few and far between … I do think [Trump] should be modeling the behavior he’s encouraging everyone to do. That’s his choice. I’ll leave it at that.”

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The administration has emphasized that those in proximity to Trump are tested constantly. But the protocols haven’t kept the virus outside White House grounds. Already, it’s come to resemble a mini hot zone. One of the president’s personal valets tested positive for the virus. So did Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson, Katie Miller. At least three senior administration officials combatting the pandemic—including Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—have entered self-quarantine of one form or another after having been exposed to the virus. “It’s scary to go to work,” Kevin Hassett, a White House senior adviser, told CBS News.

Miller, who is the wife of the senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, spoke with reporters last week at an outdoor event in which Pence delivered medical equipment to a nursing home in the northern-Virginia suburbs. A photo shows that the press corps all wore masks; Miller did not. Standing a few feet away from her was Debra Saunders, a White House correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who served as the pool reporter that day.

“I asked her some questions, and she did cough and she joked, I don’t have COVID,” Saunders told me. Miller had tested negative that day, but within 24 hours, she would test positive. Saunders has been in precautionary quarantine ever since. On Monday, the White House began requiring everyone to wear masks when they’re in the building, though not at their desks.

Trump remains the exception. On Wednesday, the president met with a pair of governors at the White House to discuss the response to the pandemic. He didn’t wear a mask, while Democratic Governor Jared Polis of Colorado kept one on for at least part of the meeting.

“I believe the president should make a clear statement that mask wearing is an important part of our culture for the time being, and convey to his followers that that’s the best thing they can do to protect the economy and protect their own lives,” Polis told me afterward.

Gregory Melikian is now back home in Phoenix with his 87-year-old wife, Emma. During the war, in May 1945, he sent out the coded message to the Allies announcing Germany’s surrender. Seventy-five years after Melikian survived the Nazis, his son now worries about him surviving the pandemic. He wasn’t tested for the virus after his return, and the family is now waiting and hoping that he wasn’t infected at some point during the trip. They won’t know for sure until next week, Robert told me. “The whole thing was unnecessary,” he said.

Trump defends decision to play golf as US virus death toll nears 100,000   -16%

"The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin - I knew this would happen!," Trump tweeted.

White House Worries About Kelly Loefflers Senate Prospects in Georgia   40%

President Trump, concerned about his own outlook in the state, plans to stay on the sideline in a race where he favored a different choice for senator.

The state budget crisis is not just a blue-state crisis. Its an every-state crisis.   -10%

By withholding aid, Trump and the GOP can make it harder for them to recover.

Headlines for May 18, 2020   11%

U.S. Coronavirus Deaths on Track to Surpass 100,000 by June with Most States Partially Reopened , House Dems Probe Firing of State Dept. Watchdog, Pass $3 Trillion Stimulus Bill, Trump Names Ex-Pharma Exec and Army General to Lead Coronavirus Vaccine Effort, CDC Hits Back After WH Trade Adviser Criticism: CDC Director Is "Appointed by President Trump", Obama Slams Trump Admin Response to Crisis: "A Lot of Them Aren't Even Pretending to Be in Charge.", Belgian Medical Workers Stage Protests Against Gov't Response to Pandemic, Italy Opens Up Businesses, Starts Holding Public Masses as Part of "Calculated Risk", India Extends Lockdown as Coronavirus Grips Mumbai, Japan's Economy in Recession; NHK Video Shows How Quickly COVID-19 Spreads in Social Settings, Brazil's Coronavirus Cases Soar as Toll on Indigenous Communities Raises Alarm, Chile Prepares for Mass COVID Deaths; Reports of Secret Burials in Nicaragua Suggest Possible Gov't Cover-Up, Kenya Closes Borders over Fears of Medical Equipment and Personnel Shortages, Afghan Leaders Sign Power-Sharing Deal, Ending Months-Long Political Stalemate, Pandemic Puts Children at Increased Risk of Disease, Preventable Death, and Violence, Israel's Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu Form Unity Government, Egyptian Newspaper Editor Arrested in Latest Attack on Independent Media, Carbon Dioxide Levels at Record High Despite Emissions Drop from COVID-19, Fugitive Rwandan Leader, Accused of Financing Genocide, Arrested in France, Frances Goldin, Famed New York Housing Activist, Dies at 96

Trumps press secretary appears to reveal presidents bank details to worlds cameras  

Kayleigh McEnany unwittingly managed to broadcast Mr Trump's bank account and routing number

'People still need to laugh': how lipsyncing spoofs saved lockdown   10%

From a drunk Donald Trump to storytime with Boris Johnson, women are skewering the absurdity of Covid-19 life

In the TikTok videos going viral across social media, the voices are familiar: a rambling presidential whine, or a patronising prime minister. But the people apparently speaking are altogether – and hilariously – different.

In uncannily calibrated lipsyncs, Donald Trump is shown as a hectoring schoolteacher or drunken clubgoer, while Boris Johnson reads a bedtime story to a petulant Theresa May.

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Donald Trump blames Chinas incompetence for mass worldwide killing in early morning tweet   20%

US President Donald Trump lashed out at China again on Wednesday over the coronavirus pandemic, blaming Beijing for “mass Worldwide killing”.The early morning tweet, which also referred to an unidentified “wacko in China”, was the latest heated rhetoric from the White House, where Trump is making attacks on Beijing a centrepiece of his November re-election bid.“It was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing,” the president tweeted.The virus was first…