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Chief Justice and Vice President travel together on Air Force Two despite deluge’ of Trump cases headed to SCOTUS

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On May 5, 2019 USA Today’s Richard Wolf wrote an article titled, “Trump on collision course with Supreme Court.”

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“Disputes over congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony, as well as legal battles over administration policies and Trump’s businesses, finances and personal affairs, are moving inexorably toward a court Trump has sought to shape in his image,” Wolf reported.

Fast forward ten days.

The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reports on the “unusual group on Air Force Two today: Vice President, Senate Majority Leader, and Chief Justice all on the plane. Rare to have that trio together, particularly on a flight.”

Rare indeed, especially given that the Trump administration has and will have a “deluge” of critical cases involving President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies before the Supreme Court in the coming months, and possibly years.

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(The three Republicans traveled Wednesday to the funeral of the late Senator Richard Lugar.)

Republicans went ballistic when former President Bill Clinton in June of 2016 spent 20 minutes speaking with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch while her plane was on an airport tarmac.

CNN described the encounter as a private meeting, which was an exaggeration. They also quoted then-presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s response:

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“It was really a sneak,” Trump told conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher. “You see a thing like this and, even in terms of judgment, how bad of judgment is it for him or for her to do this? Who would do this?”

Republican Senator John Cornyn lashed out, saying the incident “does nothing to instill confidence in the American people.”

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Libertarian magazine Reason called the impromptu meet-up, “corruption.”

The chance encounter caused Attorney General Lynch to recuse herself from the FBI’s then-ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, which led to FBI Director Jim Comey’s very public denouncement of the former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate.

More than a year after the chance meet-up, Fox News was still reporting on it:

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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