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7:50 PM ET, May 10, 2020

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New York Times:
‘Scary to Go to Work’: White House Races to Contain Virus in Its Ranks  —  With two White House staff members testing positive, some officials fear the disease is already spreading rapidly through the West Wing.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is racing to contain an outbreak …
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Washington Post:
Top White House advisers, unlike their boss, increasingly worry stimulus spending is costing too much  —  Conservatives are eyeing potential policies to reduce long-term budget impact, but they say Trump probably won't go along  —  Senior Trump administration officials are growing increasingly wary …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and emptywheel
Michelle Mark / Business Insider Nederland:
Birx said ‘there is nothing from the CDC that I can trust’ in a White House coronavirus task force meeting  —  Foto: Associated Press/Evan Vucci White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens as President Donald Trump holds a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Greg Abbott …
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Fauci won't appear in Senate after exposure to White House staffer infected with coronavirus, Pence will also be self-isolating  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci won't show up in person in the Senate after all.  —  The top pandemic doctor decided not to bend the rules by showing up in person …
Sophia Ankel / Business Insider Nederland:
11 Secret Service agents test positive for COVID-19 and fears of it spreading through the White House are mounting
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Meadows learns to navigate Kushner's sprawling White House influence
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside House Democrats' whopping $1.2 trillion+ coronavirus relief proposal
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
White House adviser Hassett: 'It's scary to go to work'
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Breitbart
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:   Trump Met With GOP Lawmakers For An Hour. Nobody Wore A Mask Or Stayed Apart.
USA Today:   Sanders, Harris, Markey want to give Americans $2,000 a month during coronavirus pandemic, but likely face GOP pushback
Mary B. McCord / New York Times:
Bill Barr Twisted My Words in Dropping the Flynn Case.  Here's the Truth.  —  The F.B.I.'s interview of Mr. Flynn was constitutional, lawful and for a legitimate counterintelligence purpose.  —  Ms. McCord was an acting assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department from 2016 to 2017.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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Chuck Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The long list of people who thought Flynn's lies were material
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
Virus Outbreak  —  The latest news on the worldwide virus pandemic.  —  The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic.  The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people.  For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can...
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:   Trump asking justices to bar demands for taxes, bank records
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Why aren't editorial boards screaming: Trump has to go?  —  Trump disagrees with nurse calling PPE availability ‘sporadic’  —  Joe Lockhart is a CNN political analyst.  He was the White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.”
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:   Can a reality-TV president create a new U.S. reality that pretends death, despair don't exist?
Shelly Bradbury / Denver Post:
Castle Rock restaurant reopens to Mother's Day crowds in defiance of statewide public health order  —  A Castle Rock restaurant saw big crowds Sunday when it fully reopened for Mother's Day in open defiance of the statewide public health order that limits restaurants to takeout and delivery services.
Discussion: TMZ.com
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Four Men Responsible For America's COVID-19 Test Disaster  —  The White House's inability to track the disease as it spread across the nation crippled the government's response and led to the worst disaster this country has faced in nearly a century  —  Dr. Robert Redfield …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
South Korea's Early Coronavirus Wins Dim After Rash of New Cases  —  More than 50 cases have been linked to Seoul's nightclubs and bars, which have now been ordered closed  —  SEOUL—South Korea, which largely succeeded in quelling the spread of the coronavirus, is back on the defensive …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Chris Hayes Makes Sense of the “World-Historical Cataclysm”  —  Before the coronavirus pandemic reshaped media priorities, along with just about everything else, the MSNBC host Chris Hayes was spending most of his time covering the Democratic Presidential nomination and the transformation …
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure  —  An American scientist who collaborates with the Wuhan Institute of Virology had his grant terminated in the wake of unsubstantiated claims that COVID-19 is either manmade or leaked out of a Chinese government lab.
Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden's lead is the steadiest on record  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Monmouth University poll finds that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 50% to 41%.  When Rep. Justin Amash is included as the Libertarian Party candidate, it's Biden 47%, Trump 40% and Amash 5%.
Don Sweeney / Sacramento Bee:
‘^%#! Elon Musk,’ California lawmaker says after Tesla chief threatens move to Texas  —  A California legislator had a profane response after Tesla chief Elon Musk threatened to move his company out of state in a spat over coronavirus lockdowns.  —  “F*ck Elon Musk,” wrote Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump wants America to ‘normalize’ coronavirus deaths.  It's the media's job not to play along.  —  Comparing the number of deaths from covid-19 to those caused by car crashes never made any sense.  But the gimmick caught on anyway.  —  “We don't shut down our economy because tens …
Discussion: Twitchy
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Nunes: Transcripts show Russia investigation was ‘phony the whole time’  —  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the Republican strategy during the House investigation into the Russia probe focused an asking if there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  —  The answer they got: none.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Axios:
Trump tweets more than 50 times about Russia probe amid new revelations
Discussion: CBS News
 
 
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
The Trump campaign plans to unleash a new set of swing-state attacks against Joe Biden
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Norman Chad / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reminded us: We don't need more sports in our lives — we need less
Jon Street / Campus Reform:
Here are the Chinese ‘propaganda’ centers currently operating in the US
Discussion: Breitbart
Jesse Eisinger / ProPublica:
The Bailout Is Working — For the Rich
Associated Press:
Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Alexander says increased testing is the ‘only solution’ for economic recovery
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Why the Path to Reopening New York City Will Be So Difficult
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John Harwood / CNN:
The strong economy didn't make Trump, but coronavirus collapse could break him
Matthew Strong / Taiwan News:
China asked the WHO to cover up coronavirus outbreak: German intelligence service
Washington Post:
Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump's handling of the pandemic
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
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