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Buried Lead: How the EPA has left Americans exposed to lead in drinking water
https://www.apmreports.org/story/2020/05/04/epa-lead-pipes-drinking-water

Trump EPA Waives Requirement to Monitor Waterways for Hazardous Weedkiller
https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2020/05/trump-epa-waives-requirement-to-monitor-waterways-for-hazardous-weedkiller/

How Trump’s EPA Is Making Covid-19 More Deadly
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-04/how-trump-s-epa-is-making-covid-19-more-deadly

Kushner’s Inexperienced COVID-19 Volunteers Bungled Hunt For Medical Supplies: Reports
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kushner-volunteer-coronavirus-ppe-whistleblower_n_5eb25572c5b6f8deb4e95546

Jared Kushner's shadow coronavirus task force used a spreadsheet called 'VIP Update' to procure PPE from inexperienced Trump allies over legitimate vendors
https://www.businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-coronavirus-task-force-prioritized-ppe-trump-associates-nyt-2020-5

“Political Connections and Cronyism”: In Blistering Whistleblower Complaint, Rick Bright Blasts Team Trump’s Pandemic Response
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/whistleblower-complaint-rick-bright-blasts-team-trumps-pandemic-response

Kushner Botched the COVID Response. Now Trump’s Tapped Him to Get a Vaccine by the End of 2020.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kushner-botched-the-covid-response-now-trumps-tapped-him-to-get-a-vaccine-by-the-end-of-2020

Trump eyes disbanding coronavirus task force as death toll rises 20% in a week
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-eyes-disbanding-coronavirus-task-force-as-death-toll-rises-20-in-a-week

Trump Pivots to ‘Phase Two,’ Risking More Death to Save Economy 
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-06/trump-pivots-to-phase-two-risking-more-death-to-save-economy

Bringing America Back: Trump says 'more death' likely as US reopens
https://abcnews.go.com/US/bringing-america-back-trump-death-us-reopens/story?id=70514490

'Live and Let Die' blares as Trump tours mask factory, without mask
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/5/live-and-let-die-blares-donald-trump-tours-mask-fa/

The second virus wave: How bad will it be as lockdowns ease?
https://apnews.com/bda9923cff8c143084141bc4c097b95c

Don’t Be Fooled by America’s Flattening Curve
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/06/opinion/coronavirus-deaths-statistics.html

Rural America Risks Letting Down Its Guard Just as Coronavirus Is About to Hit
https://time.com/5831319/coronavirus-rural-america/

3 USDA meat inspectors dead, about 145 diagnosed with COVID-19
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-usda-meat-inspectors-3-dead-covid-19/

USDA announces another $470 million in purchases for food banks
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/05/06/USDA-announces-another-470-million-in-purchases-for-food-banks/4751588714521/

Coronavirus unemployment: Jobless Americans can't pay rent, buy food
https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2020/05/05/coronavirus-unemployment-jobless-americans-cant-pay-rent-buy-food/3020833001/

States cut Medicaid as millions of jobless workers look to safety net
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/05/states-cut-medicaid-programs-239208

Coal Snags $31 Million in U.S. Stimulus Loans for Small Business
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-05/coal-companies-snag-loans-congress-meant-for-mom-and-pop-shops

JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Fossil Fuel Industry Get Bailed Out Under Fed’s “Main Street” Lending Program
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/05/jpmorgan-wells-fargo-citigroup-and-fossil-fuel-industry-get-bailed-out-under-feds-main-street-lending-program/

Feds, states investigating Wells Fargo for its handling of PPP loans amid coronavirus
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article242521761.html

States with smaller populations and not many COVID-19 cases received substantial share of relief aid
https://theweek.com/speedreads/912911/states-smaller-populations-not-many-covid19-cases-received-substantial-share-relief-aid

The coronavirus pandemic is fracturing our notion of a truly united states in America
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-fracturing-our-notion-of-a-truly-united-states-in-america-2020-05-04

Coronavirus pandemic will break the clay feet of the United States
https://www.pravdareport.com/world/144544-coronavirus_usa/

China Is Happy to Fill the Leadership Vacuum Left by the U.S.
https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/china-is-happy-to-fill-the-leadership-vacuum-left-by-the-u-s-a-9b9ba65c-4148-4283-a1ca-fdb1a4a1fc4d

Spy chief nominee John Ratcliffe says China is 'greatest threat' facing US
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/spy-chief-nominee-john-ratcliffe-says-china-is-greatest-threat-facing-us

How Many Elites Will Allow Themselves to Feel ‘Anti-China Sentiment’?
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/how-many-elites-will-allow-themselves-to-feel-anti-china-sentiment/

The hedge fund man behind pro-Trump media’s new war on China
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/05/the-hedge-fund-man-behind-pro-trump-medias-new-war-on-china/

Coronavirus and xenophobia: 'Blame China' is Trump's 2020 version of 'Build the wall'
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/05/06/trump-blame-china-coronavirus-new-blame-mexico-build-wall-column/3085647001/

Win Or Lose, Trump’s Top Campaign Aides Are Raking In The Cash
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-consultants-rich-reelection-money_n_5eb1dae5c5b62b850f93abb3

Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is
https://www.propublica.org/article/meet-the-shadowy-accountants-who-do-trumps-taxes-and-help-him-seem-richer-than-he-is

Debunking President Trump’s claim as a legendary ballplayer | A swing like Ted Williams? ‘He couldn’t f*****g hit’
https://www.nj.com/yankees/2020/05/debunking-president-trumps-claim-as-a-legendary-ballplayer-a-swing-like-ted-williams-he-couldnt-fg-hit.html

POLITICS and FLEAS

Tucker Carlson explains the reasons for doubting Tara Reade’s story
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/05/tucker_carlson_explains_the_reasons_for_doubting_tara_reades_story.html

Comparing the Credibility of Blasey Ford and Reade
https://amgreatness.com/2020/05/05/comparing-the-credibility-of-blasey-ford-and-reade/

Joe Biden Is Not Persuasive
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/joe-biden-not-persuasive-tara-reade.html

I Believe Tara Reade. I’m Voting for Joe Biden Anyway.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/opinion/tara-reade-joe-biden-vote.html

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Afghan doctors battle Covid-19 as civil war rages on
https://www.france24.com/en/20200506-afghan-doctors-battle-covid-19-as-civil-war-rages

Pandemic Pushes Some Iraqis, Broken by Conflict, Into Poverty
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/06/world/middleeast/06reuters-health-coronavirus-iraq.html

Lockdown Woes: The Dismal State of Domestic Workers in India
https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/05/rajkotwala-mehta-domestic-workers-covid-19/

The Pentagon Wants to Sacrifice Mexican and Indian Workers for U.S. Arms Industry Profits
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22502/pentagon-military-weapons-industry-india-mexico-ellen-lord-trump-covid

Amid Pandemic, The Mexican State Left A Void The Cartels Are Filling
https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/06/amid-pandemic-the-mexican-state-left-a-void-the-cartels-are-filling/

Authorities noticeably hands-off as cartel continues distributing supplies
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cartel-continues-distributing-supplies/

Young Leader Vowed Change in El Salvador but Wields Same Heavy Hand
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/world/americas/el-salvador-nayib-bukele.html

Trump admin denies involvement in retired Green Beret's alleged operation against Venezuela's Maduro
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-admin-denies-involvement-retired-green-berets-alleged/story?id=70524367

Video shows moment ex-US Special Forces captured after Venezuela coup attempt
https://nypost.com/2020/05/05/moment-ex-us-special-forces-captured-in-venezuela-coup-attempt/

A Bay of Pigs-style fiasco in Venezuela
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/05/06/bay-pigs-style-fiasco-venezuela/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

When otters play with rocks, it’s because they’re excited about food
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/otters-rocks-playful-06052020/

Garter snakes are surprisingly social, forming ‘friendships’ with fellow serpents
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/garter-snakes-are-surprisingly-social-forming-friendships-fellow-serpents

Horses Recognize Pics of Their Keepers
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/horses-recognize-pics-of-their-keepers/

ODDS, ENDS

Exclusive: Trump administration drafting 'Artemis Accords' pact for moon mining - sources
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-moon-mining-exclusi/exclusive-trump-administration-drafting-artemis-accords-pact-for-moon-mining-sources-idUSKBN22H2SB

Tom Cruise and Nasa in talks over film to be shot in outer space – reports
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/06/tom-cruise-and-nasa-in-talks-over-film-to-be-shot-in-outer-space-reports

Surprise asteroid EVADES Earth protection satellites in one of the closest flybys ever recorded
https://www.rt.com/news/487896-undetected-asteroid-earth-record-close-flyby/

Newfound black hole is the closest one to Earth we've ever found
https://www.space.com/closest-black-hole-to-earth-discovery.html

Scientists Find New Evidence of Ancient Rivers on Mars
https://futurism.com/scientists-evidence-ancient-rivers-mars

Inside a frozen tunnel hiding the galaxy’s biggest secrets
https://www.popsci.com/story/science/permafrost-tunnel-lab/

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