Links and Notes - Thu, May 7, 2020

2:47 p.m.

Howling wind gusts have occurred this afternoon.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
May 7, 2020 1:52 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy and Windy
Temperature : 67 F
Humidity : 21%
Wind Speed : WNW 28 mph
Wind Gust 37 mph
Barometer : 29.83 in
Dewpoint: 26 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
May 7, 2020 1:53 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy and Windy
Temperature : 67 F
Humidity : 25%
Wind Speed : W 28 mph
Wind Gust 37 mph
Barometer : 29.82 in
Dewpoint: 30 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
May 7, 2020 2:35 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 64 F
Humidity : 24%
Wind Speed : W 14 mph
Wind Gust 31 mph
Barometer : 29.82 in
Dewpoint: 26 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

urgent - weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
233 pm edt thu may 7 2020

ashtabula inland-hancock-seneca-huron-medina-summit-portage-
marion-morrow-holmes-knox-ashtabula lakeshore-northern erie-
including the cities of toledo, bowling green, port clinton,
fremont, sandusky, lorain, cleveland, mentor, chardon, jefferson,
findlay, tiffin, norwalk, medina, akron, ravenna, warren,
upper sandusky, bucyrus, mansfield, ashland, wooster, canton,
youngstown, marion, mount gilead, millersburg, mount vernon,
ashtabula, and erie
233 pm edt thu may 7 2020

...freeze warning in effect from 11 pm friday to 11 am edt

precautionary/preparedness actions...

take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. to prevent
freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should
be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. those that have
in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-
ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

1:07 p.m.

This morning started cool with a clear sky and a light wind. In the late morning, some scattered clouds moved in, along with stiff winds. It's breezy but sunny.

After today, cool weather is forecast for the next several days.

Through the first week of May, I would say that we have experienced the least amount of migrating bird song around our home, since the spring of 2012. It has been eerily quiet thus far, but it's still early. Most of the migrating song occurs around our home between approximately May 8 and May 25.

The trees are a bit behind, however, foliage-wise. Normally, the oak trees around our home start dropping some oak tree flower in the first week of May or by the end of the first week. But currently, the oak tree flower is only now starting to form. It might be another week, at least, before some starts to fall.

It's not the falling oak tree flower that matters. It's the fact that the oak tree flower is mature enough while still attached to the tree that it attracts insects or whatever, which attracts migrating songbirds.

The Neo-tropical migrating songbirds love to forage around the hanging clumps of oak tree flower during the first three weeks of May.

Most of the oak tree flower has fallen by late May. Normally, I wait until sometime in June to sweep the oak tree flower from our roof. On the ground, I rake and sweep two or three wheel barrel fulls of oak tree flower.

In 2012, the mild/warm winter and warm early spring caused the oak tree flower to be DONE dropping the flower by the end of April or the beginning of May that year. When most of the migrating birds came through northwest Ohio between May 8 and May 25, no oak tree flower existed in our neighborhood. The oak trees did not attract songbirds that spring. Plus, weather systems were such that migrating birds were not pushed to our area like with most springs.

Apparently in the spring of 2012, a lot of migrating songbirds moved up through the central part of the U.S. Bird banding station data showed that the BSBO banded far fewer birds than normal while stations in the upper central part of the U.S. banded far more birds than normal. The spring of 2012 was an odd one. Since the foliage was at least three weeks ahead of schedule, what birds existed in May were hard to see.

The foliage is still sparse on most of our trees right now. On May 7, 2012, the tree foliage looked like what we normally experience at the end of May.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
May 7, 2020 12:52 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds and Windy
Temperature : 68 F
Humidity : 22%
Wind Speed : W 29 mph
Wind Gust 40 mph
Barometer : 29.84 in
Dewpoint: 28 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
May 7, 2020 12:53 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds and Windy
Temperature : 67 F
Humidity : 22%
Wind Speed : W 26 mph
Wind Gust 39 mph
Barometer : 29.83 in
Dewpoint: 27 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
May 7, 2020 12:55 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 64 F
Humidity : 30%
Wind Speed : W 15 mph
Wind Gust 35 mph
Barometer : 29.83 in
Dewpoint: 32 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: May 7, 2020 9:42 am

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming north 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Friday: A chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Northeast wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night: A slight chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Sunday: Showers likely, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night: Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday: A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

area forecast discussion
national weather service cleveland oh
1212 pm edt thu may 7 2020

a ridge of high pressure over the local area will continue to
move east as a fast moving low pressure system moves southeast
across the lower great lakes region today. the low pressure
system will move northeast to maine forcing a cold front south
across the area this afternoon and evening. low pressure will
move northeast through the middle mississippi valley region late
tonight and force a warm front north to southern ohio where it
will become nearly stationary by friday morning. the low will
move east through the ohio valley friday night followed by a
ridge of high pressure that will build east into the area over
the weekend. the ridge will force some unseasonably cold air
into the area for the weekend.


.near term /through friday/...
with this midday update lowered precipitation chances across
our east isolating them to northwest pa. atmosphere is quite
dry. temperatures are warming nicely and winds are gusting
around 35 mph. previous discussion follows.

a few cirrus continue to stream into the area but more
pronounced clouds upstream over the northern lakes will move
into our area today with a cold front. showers will be scattered
over the eastern portions of the forecast area this afternoon
and satellite and radar both indicate this trend should continue.

broad upper level troughiness will persist across the entire
eastern united states through the weekend. some weak upper level
ridging will move southeast across the region today but then
flatten as it rounds the base of the mean trough this morning. a
small potent perturbation will move east across the central
great lakes causing a weak fast moving surface low to race
across the lower great lakes region and then to maine by
tonight. this feature will force a cold front south across the
area later this afternoon and evening. some limited moisture
associated with the cold front will move into the local area
with the front and result in a few scattered showers mainly
across the eastern portions of the forecast area this afternoon.
another surface low pressure is expected to move northeast out
of the middle mississippi valley region and across the ohio
valley by friday. this system will tap into some copious
moisture from the gulf of mexico. as the warm front lifts north
across southern ohio, it will become nearly stationary resulting
in a potential for some isentropic lifting ahead of the low.
best axis of qpf is expected across the southern tier counties
of the local forecast area with lesser amounts near the
lakeshore. as the low pulls out to the northeast, the
precipitation will move east with it friday afternoon.

temperatures will recover slightly into the middle 50s east
around 60 central and middle 60s in the west today as the ridge
of high pressure affects the local area. cooler temperatures in
the east will result from the close proximity to the low
pressure system and passage of the cold front this afternoon.
lows tonight look like they will be similar to this morning with
lower 30s in the east to middle and upper 30s elsewhere.
however, clouds will be spreading in from the west overnight and
this should prevent the development of frost. exception may be
inland northwest pennsylvania counties where lows could drop
into the lower 30s. friday will struggle to get out of the 40s
once again due to the cold air advection and expected rainfall
and cloud cover.


.short term /friday night through sunday night/...
the short term begins friday night with low pressure near baltimore/
philadelphia area with northerly flow across lake erie and into the
area behind the low. temps at 850mb over the lake range from -7c on
the gfs to -10c on the nam. by 12z saturday both models show a
highly anomalous -11 to -12c over the lake. the forecast sounding
on bufkit shows the extreme instability develops over the lake with
around 800 j/kg of lake induced cape and an el around 14kft.
moisture isn`t optimal the first half of the night but after
midnight that changes. expecting rain/snow to be ongoing at the
beginning of the period with precip changing to all snow through the
evening and continuing overnight. winds do back through the night
which may keep things from getting too organized. expect precip to
continue off the lake saturday with snow changing back to rain
through the late morning and afternoon as temps slowly rise.
saturday night 850mb temps rise to -3 to -4c allowing lake effect
precip to diminish. sunday models bring a system east across the
area and will have high chance to likely pops for rain. highs 40s
and lower 50s.


.long term /monday through wednesday/...
monday we could see a few showers, mainly rain, east half as wrap
around moisture exits east. monday night through wednesday look dry.
highs tuesday in the 50s. highs wednesday upper 50s to near 60.


.aviation /18z thursday through monday/...
surface high pressure over the area at this time will keep
mostly clear skies in place this morning but a fast moving weak
low pressure system is expected to move southeast across the
lower great lakes region today. this will bring some lowering
clouds but expecting them to be vfr with an outside slight
chance of rain this afternoon. otherwise, winds will be
increasing a bit to 15 to 25 knots across the area with the low
pressure system and will then diminish later tonight. more rain
will move into the area late tonight into tomorrow morning as a
low pressure system moves northeast into the ohio valley friday.
rain will develop north of a stationary front expected to remain
across the southern half of ohio friday.

outlook...non-vfr possible at times through saturday, then
again sunday and monday.


have hoisted a small craft advisory starting at noon and ending
this evening around 8 pm. there appears to be a few hour window
this afternoon of fairly strong sustained winds, 20 to 25 knots,
along the western three zones of lake erie. threat will mainly
be wind related although can`t rule out some 4 foot waves as
well. winds are already nearing 20 knots at some marine sites
along the western basin.

a cold front will cross lake erie this afternoon turning southwest
winds more wnw at 10 to 15 knots. the pressure gradient will
increase tonight into friday as low pressure moves through the lower
ohio valley. expect northerly flow to increase friday afternoon and
evening to 15 to 20 knots and continue from the northwest around 20
knots overnight and through saturday before backing to west and
diminishing slowly saturday night. winds will increase to around 15
knots from the northwest again monday as low pressure passes to our
east and a large area of high pressure moves in from the west. no
headlines at this time however expect a small craft advisory will be
needed for friday night through saturday night east of the islands.


.cle watches/warnings/advisories...
marine...small craft advisory until 8 pm edt this evening for


near term...lombardy/oudeman

area forecast discussion
national weather service detroit/pontiac mi
651 am edt thu may 7 2020


vfr conditions are expected as weak mid level wave passes east this
morning and additional moisture aoa 5kft or so works back into the
area late in the day as a cold front encroaches. a general wsw flow
will increase in advance of this front with gusts to 20-25 knots.
winds will veer to nw with time and then n/nne overnight as this
front passes through the region.

dtw threshold probabilities...


.prev discussion...
issued at 305 am edt thu may 7 2020


latest water vapor imagery shows polar upper level low/trough now
impinging on the northern great lakes, and there is good agreement
amongst the models with 850 mb temps bottoming near -12 c saturday
morning, record cold territory for the first half of may.

lots of sunshine yesterday helped boost high temperatures into the
upper 50s to lower 60s, as 00z dtx sounding indicated mixing depths
to 750 mb. today looks to be one more relatively mild day, with
similar temperatures, although detroit and points south look to have
a shot at mid 60s as cold front does not slip through those
locations until late in the day. good mixing and westerly 925 mb
winds advertised to 30 knots will make for a breezy afternoon (gusts
of 30+ mph supported by local probabilistic guidance) across south
half of the cwa. with lake huron enhancing thermal gradient/low
level convergence, still looks possible for isolated showers to
develop, especially across the thumb region, which is also coincident
with the upper level jet. at press time, some higher based showers
noted tracking through central/northern michigan, just northeast out
ahead of the 1012 mb surface low.

long duration cold advection/north-northwest winds then kick in
tonight through saturday morning. steep low level lapse rates
developing as 700 mb cold pool of -20 to -23 c swings through friday
afternoon, coupled with moisture flux off the great lakes should be
sufficient for scattered shower activity. with 850 mb temps lowering
below -8 c, precip type should trend to all snow, but no
accumulation expected during the daytime hours, as surface temps
still sneak into the low to mid 40s with intervals of sun.

loss of daytime heating and unfavorable northwest flow for lake
effect should lead to clearing friday night, with lows falling into
mid/upper 20s across most locations, per 00z euro mos. still could
see some snow showers across the northern thumb region with lake
superior-michigan-saginaw bay connection which lingers into saturday
morning. trough axis exits east during saturday, with significant
height rises and moderate amount of warm advection taking place as
850 mb temps warm to around -5 c by days end, supporting max temps in
the mid to upper 40s.

next round of 500 mb height falls already tracking through the
midwest saturday night-sunday morning, with the euro and gfs
reversing courses, as the 00z gfs and bulk of its ensemble members
show surface low tracking through southern lower michigan during the
day sunday. the 00z euro is now slower and more compact with the
upper wave, still lingering over iowa sunday morning before slowly
dampening out and tracking through the ohio valley sunday night. the
ukmet is slower like the euro, but is significantly farther north,
tracking low along the southern michigan border. while the canadian
is weaker and faster, closer to the gfs. thus, still really can`t go
likely pops or greater for a cold rain until the timing is fined
tuned. unusually cold air for may standards then follows for early
next week, with 850 mb temps hovering in the mid negative single


an arctic front will slowly push south through the lakes today
bringing an increase in northwest winds along with unsettled winter
like weather into the weekend. wind gusts across northern lake huron
briefly reach low end gales for a few hours this evening behind the
front as a unstable low level profile develops with cold air moving
over the relatively warmer waters. small craft advisories have also
been issued for the majority of the marine waters. westerly winds
this afternoon gusting to 25 knots over western lake erie, then
strong northerly winds kick in over lake huron tonight-friday,
shifting to the northwest over the weekend and slow to decrease as
airmass just slowly warms up.


an anomalously cold weather pattern for may is set to impact the
region the end of the week and start of the weekend. the magnitude
of cold air will not only break or come close to breaking record low
temperatures friday and saturday, it may also come close to challenging
all time record low temperatures for the month of may which
occurred in similar late season arctic air outbreaks in
1923, 1947, and 1966.

record low max temperatures for friday may 8th:

metro detroit.............. 38 (1947)
flint area................. 37 (1947)
tri cities................. 36 (1947)

record low min temperatures for saturday may 9th:

metro detroit.............. 29 (1983)
flint area................. 26 (1974)
tri cities................. 25 (1947)

record low max temperatures for saturday may 9th:

metro detroit.............. 39 (1923)
flint area................. 40 (1923)
tri cities................. 40 (1923)

record coldest daily high temperature for the month of may:

metro detroit.............. 38 on may 8th (1947)
flint area................. 37 on may 8th (1947)
tri cities................. 36 on may 8th (1947)

record coldest low temperature for the month of may:

metro detroit.............. 25 on may 10th (1966)
flint area................. 22 on may 10th (1966)
tri cities................. 24 on may 10th (1923)


.dtx watches/warnings/advisories...
mi...lakeshore flood advisory from 8 pm this evening to 5 am edt
saturday for miz048-049-054.

lakeshore flood advisory from 8 am friday to 5 am edt saturday for

lake huron...small craft advisory from 8 pm this evening to 5 am edt saturday
for lhz421-441.

small craft advisory from 6 am friday to 5 am edt saturday for

small craft advisory from 8 pm this evening to 4 pm edt friday for

lake st clair...none.
michigan waters of lake erie...small craft advisory from noon today to 8 pm edt this evening for




you can obtain your latest national weather service forecasts online

The three regional National Weather Service offices that cover the Toledo area include Cleveland, Detroit/Pontiac, and Northern Indiana.


Reporter describes harassment by Trump supporters for wearing masks outside a Honeywell plant while Trump was inside thanking staff for making masks

@brieannafrank: 9:32 am - myself + other journalists here are being harassed for wearing masks. One man says: “It's submission, it's muzzling yourself, it looks weak - especially for men.” We're being accused of fear-mongering, not knowing anything + being “pieces of shit.” 🤗🤗 @azcentral
Arizona Republic Guild / @azrepublicguild: Shout out to @brieannafrank for providing top-notch coverage of the president's visit even while being harassed for wearing a mask to ensure her safety and the safety of those around her. Insulting journalists doing their jobs isn't OK. And BrieAnna does a damn good job.
Arizona Republic Guild / @azrepublicguild: The same goes for all news media covering the pandemic in these stressful, dangerous times. The work and safety of a free press is needed now and always.
Molly Jong-Fast / @mollyjongfast: What happens when you politicize public health part 234
Alexandra Petri / @petridishes: monster truck voice introducing the MASC
Dianna M. Nez / @diannananez: I didn't have a mask the last time I went out on assignment for interviews. That was scary. Now I do. And I wear it to protect the people I'm interviewing. I cannot imagine someone seeing weakness from a responsibility to care for others and their health.
@brieannafrank: “You're on the wrong side of history.” “You're on the wrong side of patriotism - you're like communists,” says a group of @realDonaldTrump supporters toward myself and other journalists here. @azcentral
@brieannafrank: One harassing man just asked me a series of questions + I refused to engage. He turns to a middle-aged male journalist next to me + says “I'm sure you know, but I doubt she does.” “What are you, 2-3 years out of college? What business do you have writing the news?” @azcentral
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: I started to count all forms of the stupid on display here but they began curling around one another and fusing into feedback loops so I stopped.
@poynter: Trump supporters harass Arizona journalists for wearing masks - outside facility where Trump was thanking workers for making masks. Poynter senior writer @TomWJones interviewed one of the harassed reporters: the Arizona Republic's @brieannafrank:
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review: For Trump, the medium is not the message

uhhh, okay. is social distancing also political because i was born to social distance? i'm fine with being around people, but I don't mind NOT being around people. I've never been a hugger. I've never been someone to want to shake hands. I refuse the idiotic fist bump. I liked the old high-five though.

Instead of forearm bumps or whatever the replacement is for handshakes, fist bumps, and high-fives, what about simply nodding or pointing in a "Yo" manner?

Face masks make a political statement in era of coronavirus

“Who knows what the truth is on masks?” asked Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.


The Covid-19 virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets, caused by coughing and sneezing. Hence the reason for the six-foot minimum distance away from people. These droplets are heavy and quickly drop to the ground or to nearby surfaces after a cough or sneeze.

Wearing a mask reduces transmission of the virus if asymptomatic people cough or sneeze. This is not hard to understand. Rand Paul is being an asshole. He did not ask an intelligent question. He's pretending to care about freedoms.

Not wearing a mask when inside public areas is selfish behavior. I do not wear a mask when I'm outside. When I'm birdwatching, and I encounter other people, I keep my social distance.

That was a long way from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s moral argument for masks days earlier.

“How people cannot wear masks — that to me is even disrespectful,” Cuomo said. “You put so many people at risk because you did not want to wear a mask?”

On this issue, I agree with Cuomo. Not wearing a mask around other people in public is disrespectful to those people.

AP Exclusive: Justice Dept dropping Flynn's criminal case

She Said Anthony Fauci Sexually Assaulted Her. Now She Says Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Paid Her to Lie.

A woman who previously accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of sexual assault came forward to claim she was paid to lie about the incident by far-right, Pro-Trump conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman.

From the Reason article:

Andrade counters that he and Wohl are not taking COVID-19 seriously. "It's not just any virus. I mean, it's a huge deal….I think you guys think it's something made up, and it's not."

"Mother Nature has to clean the barn every so often," Burkman counters. "How real is it? Who knows? So what if 1 percent of the population goes? So what if you lose 400,000 people? Two hundred thousand were elderly, the other 200,000 are the bottom of society. You got to clean out the barn. If it's real, it's a positive thing, for God's sake."

Trump supporters, eh?

Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks

Smartphone data shows out-of-state visitors flocked to Georgia as restaurants and other businesses reopened

Woman killed by alligator in SC was doing homeowner’s nails

The woman attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community along the South Carolina coast was visiting the homeowner to do her nails and was trying to touch the animal when it grabbed her, authorities said.

It was not a pet alligator.

After briefly getting away from the alligator Friday, the woman stood in waist deep water in the Kiawah Island pond and said “I guess I wont do this again,” but the alligator grabbed her in its jaws again and took her under, according to a supplemental police report released Tuesday.

3 charged in killing of store security guard over virus mask

3 McDonald's workers hurt after customer attack over coronavirus limits, Oklahoma police say

Georgia family demands arrests 2 months after son shot dead

Grisly video shows praying mantis eating brain of a murder hornet

AP Exclusive: Justice Dept dropping Flynn's criminal case — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for Trump …
Discussion: Redstate, Townhall, The Hill, CNBC, The Gateway Pundit, Axios, Breitbart, Raw Story, his vorpal sword, Forbes, HuffPost, emptywheel, Big League Politics, The Week, National Review, Law & Crime, IJR, The Intellectualist, Cmte Judiciary (D) …, Mediaite, Instapundit and Daily Kos
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Wants Flynn Back for 2020, Sees Him as Their ‘Nelson Mandela’ — Can a disgraced former national security adviser become a campaign MAGA hero? We may soon find out. — With the Justice Department announcing Thursday that it would drop the case against Michael Flynn …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Kushner Details His Wild Idea to Use Russia's Secret Comms — According to newly released transcripts, Kushner admitted to floating a back-channel of sorts, but said the then-Russian ambassador nixed the idea. — The president's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner …
An Ugly Day for the Justice Department — It is exceptionally rare for the United States Department of Justice to move in court to dismiss a case in which a defendant has—ably assisted by first-class lawyers—entered into a plea agreement to spare himself prosecution on more serious felony charges.
Discussion: New York Times and The Mahablog
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
If Michael Flynn did nothing wrong, why didn't he tell the truth? — With the Justice Department's move Thursday to drop its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, it's useful to go back to a basic question: If Flynn did nothing wrong when he called the Russian ambassador on Dec. 29 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Drops Case Against Michael Flynn — The extraordinary move came after the former national security adviser had fought the case in court for months, a reversal after pleading guilty twice and cooperating with investigators. — WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is dropping …
Discussion: The Atlantic, emptywheel, The Root, Common Dreams, Law & Crime and
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Attorney General William Barr on Michael Flynn, Obamacare and coronavirus restrictions - Transcript
Discussion: Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, Breitbart and The Hill
Nick Arama / Redstate:
New Docs Tie Obama in to Effort Against Flynn, Biden Also In Room
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
‘Never Seen Anything Like This’: Experts Question Dropping of Flynn Prosecution
Discussion: IJR
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Obama knew details of wiretapped Flynn phone calls, surprising top DOJ official, new docs show
Discussion: NB Blog, The Gateway Pundit and New York Post
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
DOJ drops case against Michael Flynn, in wake of internal memo release
Discussion: Spectator USA, CNN, Washington Post, Politico, Breitbart, Sean Hannity, The Daily Signal, The Hill, Patterico's Pontifications, Power Line, NBC News, Redstate and
Zachary Basu / Axios:
McCabe slams decision to drop Flynn charges as “pure politics”
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Breitbart, Slate, Mediaite, Rolling Stone and Townhall
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
After Being Delayed by White House for Almost a Year, Transcripts from House Intelligence …
Discussion: Breitbart, Law & Crime, The Gateway Pundit, POLITICUSUSA, CNN, Raw Story, Talking Points Memo and The Daily Caller
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Top Michael Flynn prosecutor moves to withdraw from case
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Townhall
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump cheers DOJ move to drop Flynn case
Discussion: Talking Points Memo

Exclusive: 1996 court document confirms Tara Reade shared Biden harassment allegation

Exclusive: 1996 court document confirms Tara Reade shared Biden harassment allegation — The San Luis Obispo County court filing is the first official public record confirming she made allegations at that time. — A court document from 1996 shows former Senate staffer Tara Reade told …

Paul Mirengoff / Power Line: More corroboration for Tara Reade
Nick Arama / Redstate: Court Doc From 1996 Indicates That Tara Reade Spoke of Sexual Harassment While Working for Biden
Bronson Stocking / Townhall: 1996 Court Doc Shows Tara Reade Told Ex-Husband About Sexual Harassment ‘Event’ While Working for Biden
Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit: Biden Reads Pre-Written Answers From a Teleprompter When Asked About Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Allegations (VIDEO)
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill: 1996 court document shows Tara Reade told ex-husband of harassment in Biden's Senate office
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost: Tara Reade's Ex Mentions Biden Office Harassment In 1996 Court Document
Tamar Lapin / New York Post: Court doc from 1996 confirms Tara Reade told of sexual harassment in Biden's office
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist: In Megyn Kelly Interview, Tara Reade Says She's Willing To Defend Sexual Assault Allegation …
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller: Tara Reade Gets Help From Firm That Represents Weinstein Victims
Brett T. / Twitchy: Court document shows Tara Reade told her ex-husband she was sexually harassed while working for Joe Biden
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety: Megyn Kelly Sets Interview With Joe Biden Accuser Tara Reade
Eric / Viking Pundit: “Pull a Torricelli” makes a comeback
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo: Tara Reade Calls For Joe Biden To Withdraw Presidential Bid
Lisa Lerer / New York Times: 'I'm Sure for American Women, This Is Frustrating'
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Prominent lawyer, Trump donor representing Biden accuser — WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who alleged Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, is being represented by a prominent lawyer and political donor to President Donald Trump's 2016 Republican campaign.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
Laura McGann / Vox:
The agonizing story of Tara Reade — Tara Reade, a former staff assistant in Joe Biden's Senate office, on April 11. Max Whittaker/New York Times/Redux — I started reporting on Tara Reade's story a year ago. Here's what I found, and where I'm stuck.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Tara Reade calls for Biden to drop out of presidential race
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Alana Wise / NPR:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says Biden Sexual Assault Allegation ‘Not Clear-Cut’
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Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democratic Candidates Refuse To Acknowledge Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden

Laura McGann / Vox:
To hold up to scrutiny, #metoo reporting has been built on extraordinary amounts of evidence and multiple accusers, factors missing in the case of Tara Reade — Tara Reade, a former staff assistant in Joe Biden's Senate office, on April 11. Max Whittaker/New York Times/Redux

Laura McGann / @lkmcgann: I spent a lot of time reporting on Tara Reade's allegations this year and last year. It is the most difficult story I've grappled with since I started covering questions of gender and power during the #MeToo era.
Haris Alic / Breitbart: Biden Promises to Scrap New Devos Rule on College Sexual Assault
@hoarsewisperer: Yet, when this reporter asked her about the tweet she posted in March implying that she was planning something, she... referred the reporter to a “spokesperson”. So she shared her very personal sexual assault story but punted to a spokesman when asked about that one tweet? 2/
@hoarsewisperer: I find those 2 things pretty hard to square. Trusting a reporter with your personal story but tapping PR help to explain what you meant by a tweet? That tweet makes it sound like this was a planned op. If that's not the case, not sure why that would be hard to say yourself. 3/3
Sam Stein / @samstein: I thought this was a very well done piece by @lkmcgann of an extremely difficult story to report.
Jeanine Santucci / USA Today: Biden accuser Tara Reade tells Megyn Kelly she wishes he'd drop out of the presidential race
Rebecca Klar / The Hill: Biden campaign responds to Tara Reade interview: ‘More and more inconsistencies arise’
Nathan Sosnovske / @nathansoz: This is a really thoughtful piece that I think does a good job stepping beyond the reflexive belief/unbelief paradigm that has been applied to this story thus far.
Stephanie Cutter / @stefcutter: Worth a read. Her inconsistent telling of her story is what is most troubling. These aren't small inconsistencies, either.
Itai Sher / @itaisher: This is the best and most informative article I have read about the Reade allegation.
@bluesteeldc: I wouldn't retweet if there was not a newish revelation. Everyone is kinda over this story. McGann interviewed Reade several times in more than a year. It also brings to light why Reade isn't going to more traditional news outlets
Matthew Yglesias / @mattyglesias: Especially in light of the facts in this story, it seems to me like a huge tell that Reade is ducking various mainstream television interview opportunities in favor of doing this weird Megyn Kelly one.
Angus Johnston / @studentactivism: Laura McGann, who has been talking with Tara Reade about her allegations against Joe Biden for more than a year, has written a careful, precise, empathetic piece about where she finds herself landing on the story now. Very much worth reading.
@voxdotcom: “I wanted to believe Reade when she first came to me, and I worked hard to find the evidence to make certain others would believe her, too. I couldn't find it.” Vox's Laura McGann on reporting the Tara Reade story for more than a year
Victoria Brownworth / @vabvox: @lkmcgann It was an excellent piece. Hated the headline, but I just wrote that it was the best piece I have seen on Reade. Thank you for this long, thoughtful recounting.
Lara Seligman / @laraseligman: Wow, this story about one reporter's months of looking into Tara Reade's story rings so, so true. Every reporter wants to be the one to break the story - and this one was huge. The fact that @LauraMcGann (and countless others) could not prove Reade's account is very telling.
Kate McNamara / @profkmcnamara: First rate journalism around a deeply difficult topic that has huge consequences. Read it.
Krystal Ball / @krystalball: Ironic that you make this claim while linking to an article with a mainstream journalist Tara spoke to extensively. Why should she sit for an interview with the mainstream anchors who have had no interest in hearing or reporting on her story?
@ben_alpers: @lkmcgann That's a really good piece. The only thing I wish you'd addressed is the way Nate Robinson has inserted himself into this story (his behavior seems more extraordinary to me than Grim's or even Halper's).
Branko Marcetic / Jacobin: The Media Had a Formula for Reporting Sexual Misconduct. Then Joe Biden Was Accused.
John Walters / VTDigger: Sanders lays low on Biden allegations
Carter Sherman / VICE: AOC Says the Sexual Assault Allegation Against Biden Is ‘Messy’ and ‘Not Clear Cut’
Fox News: Penn Dems ousted from campus coalition over Biden support: ‘Endorsing a sexual predator for president’

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Publishers and marketing execs say some advertisers essentially boycotted serious journalism unintentially by blocking ads from running near certain keywords

Lydia Polgreen / @lpolgreen: Companies should spend their ad dollars on news sites - it's good for democracy, good for business and good for PR! ...
@digiday: A new Digiday survey found that 40% of brands are not advertising next to coronavirus-related news online, up slightly from the same survey conducted a month ago, when 37% said they will not buy ads alongside coronavirus-related content.
NewsGuard / @newsguardrating: Brands have started “an unintended boycott of serious news” by pulling ads from COVID-19 stories, says @StevenBrill. NewsGuard's ratings help brands target ads on trusted news while avoiding COVID misinformation. Available in major DSPs via @Peer39T.
Tiffany Hsu / @tiffkhsu: For weeks, journalists and ad execs have called for brands to loosen coronavirus blacklists, which have sucked revenue from struggling news sites by blocking ads from appearing next to pandemic coverage. Some advertisers are listening. W/ @marcatracy
Maxwell / @maxwellstrachan: the funny thing about advertisers not wanting to be associated with covid-19 is that i have not seen an ad that doesn't mention coronavirus in 45 years
Fer Machado / @fer_machado123: It's great to see this type of recognition to our marketing team! News Outlets Want More Advertisers to Act Like Burger King.
Ben Smith / @benyt: Buy ads against news, get good press!
@jason_kint: 1) thank you, Fernando. 2) I'm issuing a statement to our entire @dcnorg board and all news publishers asking them to eat Burger King tomorrow. 🙏🏽 for your leadership and brand trust.

Will anyone state why brands don't want their products advertised next to Covid-19 stories?

The answer, of course, is that companies don't want to endure a possible backlash or boycott, executed by the deranged social media mob.

The media hacks should blame the deranged social media mob for looking for trivial reasons to be outraged.

Most companies regularly take steps to make sure their ads don’t run near headlines that could upset potential customers. So news organizations weren’t surprised when advertisers canceled campaigns in recent weeks or demanded that their ads be placed far from coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, costing publishers significant revenue.

To stay away from bad news, advertisers often turn to a method known as blacklisting. It allows airlines to avoid running ads near plane-crash coverage, and companies with wholesome images to keep away from articles containing words like “murder” or “sex.” In a time of political polarization, frequently blacklisted terms include “Russia,” “impeach” and, among the most avoided, “Trump.”

Lately, the most-blocked terms pertain to the virus. Blacklisting during the pandemic has kept more than 1.3 billion ads from being displayed next to content featuring the word “coronavirus” on websites, according to the ad verification firm Integral Ad Science. That has had a devastating effect on ad-dependent news organizations, many of which have been forced to lay off workers at a time when the pandemic has dominated coverage.

In 2020, why in the hell would media orgs use business models that rely on digital ads? How did the media orgs not learn from the web, especially Craigslist, disrupting the media in the 1990s, more than 20 years ago?

The time to realize that ads were a failed business model was the year 2000, not 2020.

That has had a devastating effect on ad-dependent news organizations ...

20 years behind the times. It's the fault of Craigslist, Google, Facebook, brands, nor blacklists. 100 percent of the blame falls on the media orgs.

But there are complications, aside from corporate squeamishness. Many companies are struggling to stay afloat and have less to spend on marketing. Further, they worry that their ads could end up on websites that peddle false information or conspiracy theories related to the virus.

Mr. Brill said companies should put aside their fears, given the threat to the news industry.

Is it the responsibility of other companies to be concerned about the financial health of media orgs? This is the media yet again blaming everyone else and everything else for the media's financial woes. When will the media take responsibility for its problems?

nearly 90 percent of news organizations said companies had canceled ad campaigns since the crisis began, according to the trade group IAB.

Many advertisers went into “panic mode,” said Michel de Rijk, the chief executive of the digital advertising company S4 Capital.

“Their first response was to stop everything,” he said. “They didn’t want to be perceived in the wrong way or associated in some way.”

Perceived in the wrong way by whom? The NY Times failed to answer the question like all media orgs.

Why don't the media orgs discuss the fear that brands have over possibly being attacked by the deranged social media mob?