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Where Things Stand: Charges Over George Floyd’s Death

The police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee while Floyd repeatedly shouted that he couldn’t breathe has been arrested.

The Associated Press just reported the news. We’ll get you more details as we learn them, but it is still unclear what he’s been charged with.

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The Gang Leader as President

We awake to a bewildering, sobering tableau. A second night of protests engulfed Minneapolis in the wake of the police killing George Floyd and a news conference in which the county district attorney, Mike Freeman, appeared to resist bringing charges against the police officer, Derek Chauvin, who was videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died.

Protesters-turned-rioters took control the city’s 3rd precinct after police evacuated the building and then set it on fire. In the early morning, Minneapolis Police arrested a compliant CNN news crew and reporter Omar Jimenez live on air. Overnight, President Trump, still egging on his faux battle with Twitter and threats to regulate it out of existence, went on the platform to threaten mass carnage against the city’s “thugs.”

Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

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“I Just Beat COVID”

For reasons which escape me, President declares, “I just beat COVID.”

Late Update: Several of you noted that the President must have meant he “just beat COVID” in the sense that he arrived back in the US just before COVID arrived in the country. He arrived back in the US on February 25th. So, narrowly speaking, even this isn’t true. But it was before the major confirmed outbreak started in March. So I think this must be what he meant: a) because it is the only non-absurd explanation (a hard standard for Trump), b) but more importantly because it’s the only explanation which makes the one statement have any logical connection to the one that preceded it. (Making nonsensical statements to own the libs …)

Losing the Mask War

It seems notable that President Trump seems to be failing in defining masks as a cardinal element of political identity. It’s a work in progress of course. We continue to hear reports of non-masking Trumpers shaming or calling out people wearing masks. But there seems to be the makings on some public consensus behind masking, at least at the level of political leaders, even normally reliable Trumpite types.

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Desperation Time
Prime Membership Required
TPM Reader EC ponders the real meaning of Trump’s retaliatory executive order against Twitter:

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Where Things Stand: 100,000

I check President Trump’s public schedule every single (week) day. Sometimes you notice trends.

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Larry Kramer, 1935-2020

I didn’t know Larry Kramer. So my memories of him are public ones and not unique to me. But one memory has and will always stand out for me. It was an evening live network TV interview. Perhaps it was Nightline or maybe it was some show on CNN. It was an interview via satellite hook-up rather than in-studio. It was at the earliest in the late 90s, probably in the first decade of this century. The key is that Kramer was already a relatively old man and it was after the point when HIV/AIDS had become, at least in the United States, a largely manageable chronic disease rather than a near-term death sentence.

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DOJ Detailed To Trump Campaign

DOJ spokesperson goes on Hannity’s Fox show to announce next phase of the bogus “unmasking” investigation.

The Constitution Doesn’t Require A Conscience

Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz with a new Medium piece on the psychopath in chief.

You Should Read This

Take a moment to read this article in Science magazine about COVID19, aerosol transmission and masks. It’s not a study. It’s published as a “perspective”, more a review of the current science and an argument about the implications of the data. The upshot is a strong argument for universal mask wearing as long as COVID19 remain prevalent in the population and we have no vaccines or effective treatments. The more specific assertions are these.

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The Killing Of George Floyd

 

The Great Twitter Freakout

  • Twitter debuted a new feature earlier this week. It has attached fact-checks and warnings to some of Trump’s most egregious tweets.
  • Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election by attaching a fact-check label to one of his tweets about mail-in voting.
  • Trump ultimately signed an executive order aimed at social media companies. TPM’s Josh Kovensky has all the information you need to know about the rather toothless effort.

 

Trump’s War On Mail-In Voting Ramps Up

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String together coverage of COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders in The Federalist, the conservative website, and it begins to resemble an ode to death itself.

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We’re launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward expanding our editorial staff.

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Is it May already? Does time mean anything anymore?

Yes, it’s disappointing that we’re all still stuck inside our homes with summer right around the corner. We know this is made especially difficult if you’re a parent with children who are trying to finish off the school year online. With that in mind, TPM is sharing some recommendations of children’s books that might help your little ones — or you — pass the time. No, this will not just be a page listing the Harry Potter books in order of best to very best. (I actually have not read the Harry Potter series, but that’s a discussion for another time. Bring on the roasting in the comments.)

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