The Register: Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks

The Register: Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks. “On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state’s voter registration system…. On Friday, ProPublica and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) found ‘no evidence of damage to (the Secretary of State’s office) network or computers, and no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data.'”

Arizona State University: New study reveals how COVID-19 is shifting our public, private behaviors

Arizona State University: New study reveals how COVID-19 is shifting our public, private behaviors. “Whether or not you wear a face mask in public probably has a lot to do with your political affiliation. And if you’re wearing a mask to show consideration to others, your motivation is likely related to your race. Those were just a few of the findings in a recent study partially sponsored by Arizona State University that looked at how Americans are behaving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edward D. Vargas, an assistant professor with ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, was a principal investigator on a seven-member interdisciplinary team that pooled its research funds together to start the National Panel Study of COVID-19.”

Voice of America: New York Governor Pushes Trump for Infrastructure Spending

Voice of America: New York Governor Pushes Trump for Infrastructure Spending. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed President Donald Trump on Wednesday to embrace a massive infrastructure spending plan to get Americans back to work in the face of the coronavirus commerce shutdowns.”

Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans

Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans. “A growing chorus of Republicans are pushing back against President Trump’s suggestion that wearing cloth masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is a sign of personal weakness or political correctness. They include governors seeking to prevent a rebound in coronavirus cases and federal lawmakers who face tough reelection fights this fall, as national polling shows lopsided support for wearing masks in public.”

Poynter: How battleground states are preparing for the pandemic election’s massive increase in voting by mail

Poynter: How battleground states are preparing for the pandemic election’s massive increase in voting by mail. “About half of voters in Lee County, Florida, decided to cast their votes by mail in the past two statewide elections. Elections supervisor Tommy Doyle expects that to climb to 70% in November due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Doyle, a Republican in a conservative-leaning county that is home to Fort Myers, has encouraged voters to mail their ballots this year out of concern for their safety. He is sending information about voting by mail, with a postage-paid return envelope, to every address in the county. For voters who had already requested a ballot, he is sending a card to confirm that their address remains current. At the same time, Doyle is doing his best now to ensure that Election Day is safe for people who want or need to cast their ballots in person. ”

NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue

NBC News: ‘This is not about politics’: GOP governor says wearing masks is a public health issue. ” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, on Sunday dismissed the politicization of wearing masks in public to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, imploring Americans during the Memorial Day weekend to understand ‘we are truly all in this together.’ With many states like Ohio beginning to relax stay-at-home restrictions, he underscored the importance of following studies that show masks are beneficial to limiting the spread of the virus.”

‘I’m looking for the truth’: States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘I’m looking for the truth’: States face criticism for COVID-19 data cover-ups. “While the U.S. has reported more cases and deaths than any other country, the method for counting COVID-19 deaths varies by state. In testimony before the Senate earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said the actual number of people who’ve died as a result of the pandemic is ‘almost certainly’ higher than what’s been counted. Such data has been the basis for how quickly states are beginning to open up and return to a sense of normalcy. But government officials in a number of states are facing questions about how open and honest they’re being about how the virus is impacting their state.”