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5:45 AM ET, May 11, 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 …
Pence will not self-quarantine and plans to be at the White House Monday  —  (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence is not planning to enter self-quarantine after his press secretary tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and plans to be at the White House on Monday, his office said on Sunday.
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 …
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
White House Economic Adviser Says ‘It Is Scary to Go To Work’ After Staffers Test Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: CBS News, NBC News and Mother Jones
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Inside House Democrats' whopping $1.2 trillion+ coronavirus relief proposal
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:   Fauci won't appear in Senate after exposure to White House staffer infected with coronavirus …
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: The Signorile Report and Raw Story
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.
Chuck Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The long list of people who thought Flynn's lies were material  —  Chuck Rosenberg is a former U.S. attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  —  Michael Flynn made false statements to FBI agents interviewing him about his December 2016 telephone conversation with a Russian diplomat.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Kamala emerges as early Biden VP favorite as sting of debate attack fades  —  Kamala Harris was written off as a possible vice presidential pick for Joe Biden last year after a cutting debate performance where she seemed to suggest he was racially insensitive.
NBC News:
Georgia AG asks for federal investigation of Ahmaud Arbery killing  —  Local prosecutors never told Attorney General Chris Carr of their involvement in the case, his office said.  —  Georgia's Attorney General asked the U.S. Department of Justice on Sunday to investigate how local authorities handled the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Georgia AG seeks federal probe of jogger's death
Discussion: The Hill
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...
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump asking justices to bar demands for taxes, bank records
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Big Tech Has Crushed the News Business.  That's About to Change.  —  News organizations have long hoped that tech platforms would pay them for news.  Now regulators abroad are moving to make that happen.  —  It reads like a coroner's report on the news business, 623 pages filled with charts …
Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times:
A nurse without an N95 mask raced in to treat a ‘code blue’ patient.  She died 14 days later  —  The decision that Celia Marcos made, the one that would ultimately steal years from her life, had been hard-wired after decades working as a nurse.  —  On the ward that she oversaw …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump charges Obama with ‘biggest political crime in American history’  —  Donald Trump continued to fume over the Russia investigation on Sunday, more than a year after special counsel Robert Mueller filed his report without recommending charges against the president but only three days …
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
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Why aren't editorial boards screaming: Trump has to go?  —  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.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Can a reality-TV president create a new U.S. reality that pretends death, despair don't exist?
Discussion: Raw Story
Shelly Bradbury / Denver Post:
Castle Rock restaurant reopens to Mother's Day crowds in defiance of statewide public health order  —  A Castle Rock restaurant drew crowds Sunday when it reopened fully for Mother's Day in defiance of Colorado's public health order that limits restaurants statewide to takeout and delivery services.
Discussion: The Hill, and Twitchy
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Gowdy Identifies Reporters Who Allegedly Peddled Misleading Adam Schiff Leaks  —  Former Rep. Trey Gowdy accused reporters from CNN, Politico and The New York Times on Sunday of helping House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “peddle” the now-debunked conspiracy theory of collusion between …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Redstate
New York Times:
U.S. to Accuse China of Trying to Hack Vaccine Data, as Virus Redirects Cyberattacks  —  Iran and other nations are also looking to steal data and exploit the pandemic with attacks on infrastructure, officials say.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security …
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Coronavirus NJ: Hard-hit nursing homes failed infection control, staffing | Investigation
Discussion: Politico
Adam Playford / Tampa Bay Times:
How Florida slowed coronavirus: Everyone stayed home before they were told to
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran Says It's Ready for Unconditional Prisoner Swap With U.S. Amid Coronavirus Fears
NBC News:
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New York Times:
Paramedics, Strained in the Hot Zone, Pull Back From CPR
Marcy Oster / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
Republican Jewish Coalition will support primary challenger to Rep. Steve King of Iowa
James McAuley / Washington Post:
France mandates masks to control the coronavirus. Burqas remain banned.
 Earlier Items: 
Norman Chad / Washington Post:
The pandemic has reminded us: We don't need more sports in our lives — we need less
Wall Street Journal:
South Korea's Early Coronavirus Wins Dim After Rash of New Cases
Jesse Eisinger / ProPublica:
The Bailout Is Working — For the Rich
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Chris Hayes Makes Sense of the “World-Historical Cataclysm”
Discussion: NB Blog
New York Times:
Pork Chops vs. People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant
Discussion: Raw Story