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Mitt Romney will skip Trump's nominating convention in Cleveland

washingtonpost.com – May 5 – Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to skip this summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Donald Trump will be officially nominated -- an unusual move that underscores the deep unease many Republican…
Matthew Continetti Last GOP convention George W. Bush attended was over a decade ago. t.co/afUTrO0ixk
Jennifer Jacobs Romney won't be at 2016 GOP convention. Neither George W Bush nor George HW Bush went to Romney's 2012 event. t.co/UnKIe3aDXK
Henry J. Gomez RT @PhilipRucker: Scoop: Mitt Romney plans to skip Trump's nominating convention in Cleveland t.co/veegdKi5Io
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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

vellumatlanta – jamespinkstone – May 4, 9:55 AM – “The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber. “Wait,” I asked, “so it's supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?” “Yes,” she…
Mick Costigan RT @sfslim: 'If Taxi Driver is on Netflix, Netflix doesn't come to your house and steal your Taxi Driver DVD.' t.co/zi4bhnpJQS
swardley RT @timoreilly: Wow - I am SO glad I don't use Apple Music t.co/MTI26o0cR5 This is insane, and a sad commentary on the 'lock in' cloud future
Rod Dreher RT @jpodhoretz: I suspected this was the case. It's beyond belief. t.co/bVP9ObHcMa
Ronen▼.gif RT @timoreilly: Wow - I am SO glad I don't use Apple Music t.co/MTI26o0cR5 This is insane, and a sad commentary on the 'lock in' cloud future
Quentin Hardy Based on this, I'd never get an Apple Music subscription. Up next: Uber disables your car. t.co/AE7BjeA0OW
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The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru

The New York Times – David Samuels – May 5 – “What novel is this that you are living in now and will exit from in eight months and be like, ‘Oh, my God'?” I ask him. “Who would be the author of this novel?” he asks. “The one you are a character in…
Rachel Glickhouse This @NYTmag piece on @rhodes44 is fascinating. A must read for journalists and foreign policy wonks. t.co/GdWvWWTTdl
Yair Rosenberg The David Samuels NYT profile of Obama's spin doctor @rhodes44 and how he manipulates the media is just magisterial: t.co/Y0WvNkqNyz
Mike Doran RT @cerenomri: Rhodes: Iran realignment "center of the arc" of Obama's foreign policy since election t.co/YegTtfcVF2 t.co/GV8mhkGPUL
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GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis

wsj.com – Mike Ramsey – May 5, 7:54 AM – General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads within a year, a move central to the companies' joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the…
Gautham Nagesh RT @emilycastor: Shared, electric, autonomous. @Lyft and @GM will test self-driving Chevy Bolt on public roads this year: t.co/QmjdUhAKPn
Gautham Nagesh RT @geoffreyfowler: Your robot driver has arrived! Coming to the road in the next year: self-driving @lyft rides in @GM cars t.co/DEL1gv6PXi
Jim Scheinman GM, Lyft to test fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads using the Cruise tech t.co/jpBE4kO8EB via @WSJ
Paul Vigna The remake of "Taxi Driver" will look very different when the taxi doesn't have a driver t.co/t7r4IvCEwj t.co/dHdQ3vfFMS
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Today's Entrees - Trump Tower NY

trumptowerny.com – Entrees for Thursday, 5 de Mayo, 2016 Flour tortillas stuffed with flank steak and lemon rice, topped with tomatillo and cilantro sauce, pepper Jack cheese Ground sautéed beef with jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, and chili spices, Served…
mhoye RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: Looks like the taco bowl is in fact offered at Trump Cafe not the Trump Grill. t.co/SWu1RsdAlD
andrew kaczynski Yes, I am dumb. But Trump got the restaurant wrong. t.co/Ux1Cm1GdlO
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The New Yorker screws up big time with science: researchers criticize the Mukherjee piece on epigenetics

whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com – May 5, 8:33 AM – Abstract: This is a two part-post about a science piece on gene regulation that just appeared in the New Yorker. Today I give quotes from scientists criticizing that piece; tomorrow I'll present a semi-formal critique of the piece by two experts in…
Eliza Strickland RT @Evolutionistrue: The New Yorker screws up big time with science: researchers criticize the Mukherjee piece on epigenetics t.co/8FK1fdbZ5c
Ryan Briggs RT @sapinker: The New Yorker screws up big time with science: researchers criticize new piece on epigenetics t.co/cQlVFOjg95 via @Evolutionistrue
Peter Lorentzen Harsh criticism of lauded fact checking process at the @NewYorker t.co/bAbL0dBLi0
Steven Pinker The New Yorker screws up big time with science: researchers criticize new piece on epigenetics t.co/cQlVFOjg95 via @Evolutionistrue
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How OxyContin became one of America's most widely abused prescription drugs #InvestigatingOxy

static.latimes.com – Harriet Ryan – May 5, 2015 – The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to…
Jeff Macke Important piece on OxyContin by @latimes today. Great job. t.co/buMi52Ctr9
Stacey Vanek Smith RT @AlanaSemuels: Fantastic investigative journalism by the LA Times about what drug makers knew about Oxycontin and didn't reveal: t.co/7QoRsSmYHC
Matt Pearce RT @DavidJuurlink: Devastating @latimes investigation into the marketing of OxyContin. t.co/QLy96he94T
Matt Pearce RT @AlanaSemuels: Fantastic investigative journalism by the LA Times about what drug makers knew about Oxycontin and didn't reveal: t.co/7QoRsSmYHC
Charles Ornstein RT @tracyweber: This is a great LAT story...too bad they couldn't publish before the great @ScottGloverCNN and @lisagirion left. t.co/doOcdoejPa
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Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down

Vox.com – David Roberts – May 5, 4:30 AM – It now seems all but certain that the presidential election will see Donald Trump face off against Hillary Clinton. We find ourselves at the tail end of a brief period of clarity. For the past few months, virtually everyone outside of the 40…
Steve Myers Good points here about how the media will treat Clinton-Trump as a contest of approx equal choices. t.co/PWp1okrFiI via @voxdotcom
Bill Seitz RT @anildash: "There are entire classes of professionals whose jobs are premised on two roughly equal sides, clashing endlessly." t.co/98Ss6DIxzR
Nicholas Weaver RT @froomkin: "Trump's obvious unfitness for office...will become a partisan observation, something Democrats say.' t.co/yJtAqaeZyU Sad!
Peter Lorentzen RT @jayrosen_nyu: He beat me to it. t.co/oNf0k5nE1S Why the press is likely to lift Trump up and tear Clinton down. By @drvox. t.co/OsaqQQdVCZ
John Harwood RT @jayrosen_nyu: He beat me to it. t.co/oNf0k5nE1S Why the press is likely to lift Trump up and tear Clinton down. By @drvox. t.co/OsaqQQdVCZ
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New York Times to Start Delivering Meal Kits to Your Home

Bloomberg.com – Gerry Smith – May 5, 6:25 AM – It's all the food that's fit to eat. This summer, the New York Times will begin selling ingredients for recipes from its NYT Cooking website as the newspaper publisher seeks new revenue sources to offset declines in print. The Times is partnering…
Tara Lachapelle RT @MichaelMossC: The paper where I won a Pulitzer tormenting the food industry is becoming ... a food company, Bloomberg reports t.co/1N4Zj2gHh5
Nikhil Krishnan This is a really really interesting partnership, @nytimes selling mealkits through Chef'd: t.co/NbRkrDgtL7
Liz Heron Inspired step in @nytimes selling itself as a sensibility, not just news organization, worth paying for t.co/i4DLmxj0ii
Liz Heron RT @tomgara: NYT Food becoming a Blue Apron-style food box delivery service is one of the more inspired legacy media moves lately t.co/1BhDvTCxpB
Matt Karolian RT @gerryfsmith: Scoop: New York Times is entering the meal-delivery business and will sell ingredients for recipes on NYT Cooking t.co/hHnMcmxlYd
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Donald Trump's taco bowl, explained

Vox.com – German Lopez – May 5, 12:36 PM – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — an incredible phrase that I can now write — came out with a shocking tweet today claiming that the Trump Tower taco bowls are 'the best.' Happy #CincoDeMayo ! The best taco…
Constantin Gurdgiev In what we discover someone thought it is worth an effort eating in a place called Trump Grill or Cafe t.co/ulIMstDh8z
Eric Rauchway "it does not seem like the Trump Tower Grill actually serves taco bowls" t.co/qY6LLFN2yE