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Squandering America’s Strength: How centralization created a single point of failure in our Covid-19 response
https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/squandering-americas-strength

World looks on in horror as Trump flails over pandemic despite claims US leads way
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/15/donald-trump-coronavirus-response-world-leaders

Trump has been a great president for China. For America amid coronavirus, not so much.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/05/15/trump-left-american-leadership-vacuum-for-china-to-fill-column/5191108002/

China’s Coronavirus Success Is Made Possible by Xi’s Brutality
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/14/china-coronavirus-pandemic-lockdown-xi-jinping/

China Gives Fresh Details of Virus Response, Denies Cover Up
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-15/china-gives-fresh-details-of-virus-response-denies-cover-up

EU chief demands investigation into origin of coronavirus outbreak amid Wuhan lab scrutiny
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1282483/Europe-coronavirus-pandemic-EU-China-wuhan-lab-trump-pomeo-world-war-3

Did the Coronavirus Originate Outside of Wuhan?
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2020-05-13/scientist-suggests-coronavirus-originated-outside-of-wuhan

The Non-Paranoid Person’s Guide to Viruses Escaping From Labs
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/05/the-non-paranoid-persons-guide-to-viruses-escaping-from-labs/

The coronavirus pandemic reawakens bioweapon fears
https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-pandemic-pathogen-bioweapon-45417c86-52aa-41b1-8a99-44a6e597d3a8.html

Chinese deception fuels fears of ethnic biological weapons ‘experiments’
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/14/china-deception-fuels-fears-biological-weapons-eth/

Coronavirus would have failed as a bioweapon
https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/coronavirus-would-have-failed-as-a-bioweapon/

Covid-19 threatens to spark biodefense arms race
https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/covid-19-threatens-to-spark-biodefense-arms-race/

Pundits with undisclosed funding from arms manufacturers urge ‘stronger force posture’ to counter China
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/14/pundits-with-undisclosed-funding-from-arms-manufacturers-urge-stronger-force-posture-to-counter-china/

Mark Kelly's business subsidies, ties to Chinese tech firm under fire
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/05/14/senate-elections-2020-mark-kelly-business-ties-chinese-tech-firm-under-fire/5187587002/

Exclusive: Pompeo, DeVos and other Trump cabinet members have deep financial ties to China
https://www.salon.com/2020/05/14/exclusive-pompeo-devos-and-other-trump-cabinet-members-have-deep-financial-ties-to-china/

DeVos Funnels Coronavirus Relief Funds to Favored Private and Religious Schools
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/us/politics/betsy-devos-coronavirus-religious-schools.html

Covid-19 wreaks havoc on US universities leaving their finances in disarray
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/covid-19-wreaks-havoc-on-us-universities-leaving-their-finances-in-disarray/4011715.article

Coronavirus exposed the failures of America's employer-based health insurance system
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-exposed-failures-americas-employer-based-healthcare-insurance-system-2020-5

Coronavirus drives health insurers back to Obamacare
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/coronavirus-health-insurers-obamacare-257099

In defense of Big Pharma, the innovation engine we love to hate
https://www.fastcompany.com/90504726/in-defense-of-big-pharma-the-innovation-engine-we-love-to-hate

Researchers Are Designing a Biosensor to Detect Viruses in Transit Hubs and Hospitals 
https://leapsmag.com/researchers-are-designing-a-biosensor-to-detect-viruses-in-transit-hubs-and-hospitals/

Facial recognition firms are scrambling to see around face masks
https://www.cnet.com/health/facial-recognition-firms-are-scrambling-to-see-around-face-masks/

Senate passes spying bill without search and browsing history protections [Updated]
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/05/limits-on-fbi-access-to-search-histories-fails-by-one-senate-vote/

DHS begins collecting DNA from undocumented immigrants after whistleblower complaints
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/15/dhs-dna-whistleblower-immigrants-260097

ICE Agents Fight Sex Trafficking by Paying Potential Victims for Hand Jobs
https://reason.com/2020/05/14/ice-agents-fight-sex-trafficking-by-paying-potential-victims-for-hand-jobs/

More Than 50 People Say This Cop Framed Them For Murder. Now Prosecutors Are Going To Review His Cases.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissasegura/guevara-cases-to-be-reviewed

Gregory McMichael, ex-police officer charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery, had service weapon suspended in 2019
https://abcnews.go.com/US/gregory-mcmichael-police-officer-charged-killing-ahmaud-arbery/story?id=70690972

Georgia Officials Investigate Note Left at Ahmaud Arbery Memorial; Lawmakers Press DOJ for Civil Rights Investigation
https://www.theroot.com/georgia-officials-investigate-note-left-at-ahmaud-arber-1843476503

Loeffler supplies documents to DOJ, SEC, Ethics regarding stock sales 
https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/loeffler-avoids-answering-fbi-probe-stock-sales-reached-her/7xZEcaxkTe2xUA5G9xGeVL/

Feinstein asked 'basic questions' by FBI over pre-pandemic stock sales, amid Burr investigation
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/feinstein-asked-basic-questions-by-law-enforcement-over-stock-sales-amid-burr-investigation

Is the FBI Attempting to Silence a Republican Senator?
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/05/15/is-the-fbi-attempting-to-silence-a-republican-senator/

Insider Trading Explained: Why Senator Burr Is Being Investigated And How Certain Stock Trades Are Illegal
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2020/05/14/insider-trading-explained-why-senator-burr-is-being-investigated-and-how-certain-stock-trades-are-illegal/

Whistleblower: Wall Street Has Engaged in Widespread Manipulation of Mortgage Funds
https://www.propublica.org/article/whistleblower-wall-street-has-engaged-in-widespread-manipulation-of-mortgage-funds

How Rogue Traders Make a Fortune on Volatile Markets
https://lithub.com/how-rogue-traders-make-a-fortune-on-volatile-markets/

The Dawn of the BlackRock Era
https://prospect.org/economy/the-dawn-of-the-blackrock-era/

POLITICS and FLEAS

Two Americas: Lockdown Left vs. Re-open Right
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/05/15/two_americas_lockdown_left_vs_re-open_right_143212.html

‘Traitor!’: Local News Reporter Abused and Stalked By Lockdown Protestors on Long Island (VIDEO)
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/traitor-local-news-reporter-abused-and-stalked-by-lockdown-protestors-on-long-island-video/

A noose, an ax and Trump-inspired insults: Anti-lockdown protesters ratchet up violent rhetoric
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/15/noose-fight-coronavirus-protest/

Supercut Shows Fox News’ Willingness To Turn Against Anyone Who Angers Trump
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-news-supercut-sullivan-flynn_n_5ebe667cc5b6faa38b2141dc

Top health officials vanish from national TV interviews as White House refocuses messaging  
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/14/media/fauci-birx-redfield-interviews/

Trump Refuses To Wear Mask At Mask Supplier, Suggests Coronavirus Testing Is ‘Overrated’
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-masks-testing_n_5ebd9834c5b6680c4c7a6c30

Trump: Without Coronavirus Testing ‘We Would Have Very Few Cases,’ Here Is The Reaction
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/05/15/trump-without-doing-covid-19-coronavirus-testing-we-would-have-very-few-cases-here-is-the-reaction/

Jared Kushner Reportedly Convinced Trump in March That Coronavirus Testing Was a Bad Idea
https://www.gq.com/story/kushner-too-much-testing

Federal Whistleblower Rick Bright Tells Congress How Trump Officials Bungled Coronavirus Preparations
https://theintercept.com/2020/05/14/rick-bright-testimony-coronavirus-trump/

Bumbling Joe Biden gaffes his way through COVID-19 roundtable as he falsely claims '85,000 jobs have been lost in the US and millions of Americans have died' since pandemic began
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8322127/Bumbling-Biden-claims-85-000-jobs-lost-millions-Americans-died.html

Biden says he doesn't remember Tara Reade, tells women they 'probably shouldn't vote for me' if they believe her claims
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-tara-reade-i-wouldnt-vote-for-me

The Teflon Campaign  —  Column: Why nothing sticks to Donald Trump or Joe Biden 
https://freebeacon.com/columns/the-teflon-campaign/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

How an Israeli intel firm allegedly harassed pro-democracy activists in Ukraine
https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-an-israeli-intel-firm-allegedly-harassed-pro-democracy-activists-in-ukraine/

Israel Eyes Expanding Export of Surveillance Systems in Shadow of Coronavirus
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-eyes-expending-export-of-surveillance-systems-in-shadow-of-coronavirus-1.8838783

In the Era of COVID-19, Russia’s Strategic Politics of Aid Takes the Stage in Africa
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/05/13/in-the-era-of-covid-19-russias-strategic-politics-of-aid-takes-the-stage-in-africa/

No airstrikes in Somalia for five weeks, but AFRICOM says al-Shabab fight continues
https://www.stripes.com/news/africa/no-airstrikes-in-somalia-for-five-weeks-but-africom-says-al-shabab-fight-continues-1.629864

No, ISIS Isn’t Resurging Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/05/no-isis-isnt-resurging-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/165401/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Solar panels are more efficient than you’ve heard. This material could make them even better.
https://grist.org/energy/solar-panels-are-more-efficient-than-youve-heard-this-material-could-make-them-even-better/

The Sun Is Asleep. Deep ‘Solar Minimum’ Feared As 2020 Sees Record-Setting 100-Day Slump
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/05/12/the-sun-is-asleep-deep-solar-minimum-feared-as-2020-sees-record-setting-100-day-slump/

Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious
http://nautil.us/blog/electrons-may-very-well-be-conscious

ODDS, ENDS

Are there laws of history? Historians believe that the past is irreducibly complex and the future wildly unpredictable. Scientists disagree. Who’s right?
https://aeon.co/essays/if-history-was-more-like-science-would-it-predict-the-future

Futurists predict what your sex life may look like after the pandemic
https://mashable.com/article/future-of-sex-dating-after-coronavirus-pandemic/

The Future of Air Travel ‘Will Be as Enjoyable as Open-Heart Surgery’
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-15/airports-prepare-plexiglass-masks-and-sanitizer-as-they-reopen

The future of bars and nightlife after COVID-19
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/future-bars-nightlife-covid-19/story?id=70616746

How Climate Change Is Shaping The Future Of Human Conflict
https://www.ooskanews.com/story/2020/05/how-climate-change-shaping-future-human-conflict_179606

Earth’s Partially Uninhabitable Future Is Now
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-15/virus-pandemic-response-faces-climate-change-reality-on-earth

The bunker builders preparing for doomsday
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200513-the-bunker-builders-preparing-for-doomsday

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