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3:00 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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
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 …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Meadows learns to navigate Kushner's sprawling White House influence  —  When the White House's top domestic policy job came open in recent weeks, newly installed chief of staff Mark Meadows was quick to suggest a surprising name: Stephen Miller.  —  The proposal, described by three people familiar …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Atlanta mayor on Ahmaud Arbery shooting: White House rhetoric gives ‘permission’ to those ‘prone to being racist’
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:
White House adviser Hassett: 'It's scary to go to work'
Discussion: Breitbart
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Fauci to begin ‘modified quarantine’
NBC News:
Fauci joins CDC chief on growing White House quarantine list
Discussion: The Week
USA Today:   Sanders, Harris, Markey want to give Americans $2,000 a month during coronavirus pandemic, but likely face GOP pushback
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Pence says he'd be “happy” to see Michael Flynn back in government  —  Vice President Mike Pence told “Axios on HBO” that he welcomes the idea of bringing Michael Flynn back into government, after the Justice Department moved last week to drop its criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser.
Trump tweets more than 50 times about Russia probe amid new revelations  —  Between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted or retweeted more than 50 times about the investigations by the FBI and the House Intelligence Committee into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia.
Discussion: CBS News
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Nunes: Transcripts show Russia investigation was ‘phony the whole time’
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
William Barr's Perversion of Justice
Discussion: Balkinization
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%.
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
Washington Post:
Republicans grow nervous about losing the Senate amid worries over Trump's handling of the pandemic  —  Republicans are increasingly nervous they could lose control of the Senate this fall as a potent combination of a cratering economy, President Trump's controversial handling of the pandemic …
The Daily Beast:
Biden Campaign Is Secretly Building a Republican Group  —  “You don't want something like this out on the street before it needs to be,” one GOP said.  “It just makes it much harder to do.”  —  Appearing in an Instagram live chat with soccer star Megan Rapinoe on April 30 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Twitchy
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 …
Jesse Eisinger / ProPublica:
The Bailout Is Working — For the Rich  —  The economy is in free fall but Wall Street is thriving, and stocks of big private equity firms are soaring dramatically higher.  That tells you who investors think is the real beneficiary of the federal government's massive rescue efforts.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump asking justices to bar demands for taxes, bank records  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hoping to persuade a Supreme Court with two of his appointees to keep his tax and other financial records from being turned over to lawmakers and a New York district attorney.
New York Times:
Why the Path to Reopening New York City Will Be So Difficult  —  The factors that made the city one of the hardest hit on the planet — its density, mass transit and tourism — complicate a return to normalcy.  —  Nearly 190,000 people were tested for the coronavirus in New York City over the past two weeks, a record number.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘How long can a heart last like this?’ … I've hardly moved from this couch in weeks, but right now my heart rate monitor says I'm at 132.  That's double my normal.  That's like if I'm climbing a mountain.  How come?  Nobody knows.  Nobody ever knows.  And why has my fever been spiking again?
New York Times:
Pork Chops vs. People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant  —  After President Trump's executive order, meat plants are reopening.  Can they do so without endangering their low-wage workers and their communities?  —  On April 10, Tony Thompson, the sheriff for Black Hawk County in Iowa …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fauci and Birx's public withdrawal worries health experts  —  President Donald Trump's oscillations over the fate of his coronavirus task force have tapped into a growing fear within the nation's public health community: That at a critical juncture in the pandemic fight …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
Madeleine Carlisle / TIME:
South Dakota Governor Demands Tribe Leaders Remove Checkpoints Set Up to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19  —  Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders have rejected South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's demand that they remove checkpoints meant to regulate traffic through their reservation …
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Discussion: Breitbart
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
Kim Mackrael / Wall Street Journal:
Nearly a Third of Kentucky Workers Seek Jobless Aid
New York Post:
Needed: Truly independent probe of coronavirus devastation in NY nursing homes
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
As Trump pulls back from virus, Congress races to fill void
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats' Vote-By-Mail Effort Won in Wisconsin: Will It Work Elsewhere?
John Harwood / CNN:
The strong economy didn't make Trump, but coronavirus collapse could break him
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Strong / Taiwan News:
China asked the WHO to cover up coronavirus outbreak: German intelligence service
New York Times:
Whistle-Blower Exposes Infighting and Animus in Trump's Coronavirus Response
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
US and UK intelligence agencies ‘examining report on mobile phone data at Wuhan laboratory’
Discussion: Instapundit and New York Post
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Emails reveal Mayor de Blasio ‘abused his power’ to help stall yeshiva probe
Washington Post:
Coronavirus flares as states and countries ease social distancing guidelines
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
Kushner, Doctor Push Back On New York Times Hit Piece On Coronavirus Volunteers
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Virus Conspiracists Elevate a New Champion
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Catholic bishop suspends priest and issues a trespass order over blog about clergy sex abuse