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9:20 AM ET, May 17, 2020

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Spencer Kimball / CNBC:
Mike Pompeo recommended Trump firing of State Department inspector general, White House says  — President Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick Friday night, notifying Congress of the decision in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Discussion: NBC News and The Gateway Pundit
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New York Times:
Trump Ousted State Dept. Watchdog at Pompeo's Urging; Democrats Open Inquiry  —  The lawmakers said Steve Linick, the State Department's inspector general, had opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's conduct.  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Trump …
Politico:
How chatter and conservative anger upended a White House staffing search  —  In early May, White House aides had seemingly settled on Derek Lyons as President Donald Trump's next top domestic policy adviser.  They told reporters as much.  —  A week later, though, Brooke Rollins got the job …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump ramps up retaliatory purge with firing of State Department inspector general
Discussion: Vanity Fair
USA Today:   Democrats launch investigation into Mike Pompeo's firing of State Department inspector general
New York Times:
Obama Says U.S. Lacks Leadership on Virus in Commencement Speeches  —  The virus has “torn back the curtain on the idea that the folks in charge know what they're doing,” the former president said.  “A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge.”  —  Without the springtime rituals …
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Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Obama speaks on systemic racism for virtual HBCU commencement, citing covid-19 and Ahmaud Arbery  —  Former president Barack Obama headlined a virtual commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon for graduates of the 74 historically black colleges and universities across the United States …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Smears Biden With Baseless Instagram Post  —  Signaling the increasingly dark tactics of the Trump campaign, the president's oldest son falsely accused Mr. Biden of preying on children.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's eldest son on Saturday posted a social media message …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Pompeo tells Salena Zito the world must ‘impose costs on China’ for coronavirus  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Examiner that the world is going to have to “impose costs on China” for the coronavirus, and he said he has already presented a range of options to President Trump …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Secretary Pompeo: President Trump ‘Committed’ to Holding Chinese Communist Party …
Discussion: New York Post
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A series exploring the political dynamics surrounding the coronavirus crisis.  —  “A fundamental role of government is the safety and security of its people,” said Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of homeland security.  “To me that means you have to maintain a certain base level so that …
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Fred Willard, Master of Comic Cluelessness, Dies at 86  —  The actor was great at improvisation and brilliantly amusing on ‘Fernwood 2 Night,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and in Christopher Guest mockumentaries.  —  Fred Willard, the clever comic actor who played clueless characters to perfection …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rep. Justin Amash says he won't run for president  —  Rep. Justin Amash, the Michigan congressman who left the Republican Party last year, said on Twitter that he will not run for president this year after saying last month that he would seek the Libertarian Party's nomination.
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:   Justin Amash Abandons 2020 Campaign, Citing Pandemic and Polarization
Jeff Elder / Business Insider Nederland:
Cybergang behind Lady Gaga data dump leaks hacked law firm's emails and contracts mentioning President Trump, says it is posting ‘most harmless information’ first  — The cybergang behind this week's Lady Gaga data dump have posted a new ransom note and more stolen documents from a hacked law firm on their site on the dark web.
Discussion: Fox News, Law & Crime and Wired
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns  —  State leaders are facing objections even as they begin lifting some restrictions.  —  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Friday defended her stay-at-home order against a lawsuit brought by the GOP-controlled legislature.
Ben Simon / Agence France-Presse:
Israel set to swear in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government  —  Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel was poised to swear in a unity government Sunday after three elections, more than 500 days of limbo and a delay on the home stretch, as the country hopes to end the longest political crisis in its history.
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Man charged in death threats to Michigan governor, AG  —  WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of making credible death threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel has been charged on a terrorism count, the Wayne County prosecutor's office said Friday.
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Violet Ikonomova / Deadline Detroit:   Downtown Detroit Realtor Charged With Threatening To Kill Whitmer, Nessel
ABC News:
Texas COVID-19 cases rise, governor's office says more testing being done  —  The deaths are also steadily increasing.  —  Texas has seen a steady rise in novel coronavirus cases and fatalities since reopening just over two weeks ago.  —  There are now 45,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19 …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion  —  FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the official residence La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Vazquez announced on Saturday, May 16 …
ITV:
Harry Dunn's mother urges UK to stand up to ‘bully’ US as diplomatic tensions flare  —  The mother of Northamptonshire teenager Harry Dunn has urged the UK to stand up to the “bully” US government as diplomatic tensions reportedly flared up between the two countries.
Eric Spitznagel / New York Post:
Why American life went on as normal during the killer pandemic of 1969  —  Patti Mulhearn Lydon, 68, doesn't have rose-colored memories of attending Woodstock in August 1969.  The rock festival, which took place over four days in Bethel, NY, mostly reminds her of being covered in mud and daydreaming about a hot shower.
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Feds Suspect Vast Fraud Network Is Targeting U.S. Unemployment Systems  —  Investigators see evidence of a sophisticated international attack they said could siphon hundreds of millions of dollars that were intended for the unemployed.  —  SEATTLE — A group of international fraudsters appears …
 
 
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
'I Can't Turn My Brain Off': PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Eric Trump predicts COVID-19 is a conspiracy against his dad that will ‘magically’ disappear in November
CNN:
Tensions rise between the White House and CDC as Birx critiques virus tracking
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Post
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Afghan Power-Sharing Deal Would Promote General Accused of Rape
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Andrew Cuomo's atrocious response to the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Smith / The Guardian:
‘It eats him alive inside’: Trump's latest attack shows endless obsession with Obama
Fred Fleitz / Fox News:
Obamagate - How Obama administration apparently weaponized intel agencies for political attacks
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
A salon owner who reopened despite Oregon's stay-at-home orders has been fined $14,000
Wall Street Journal:
Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Spurs Calls to Disband Police Force
Jon Levine / New York Post:
YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown
Discussion: Just The News and The Daily Caller
Karolina Modig / NBC News:
Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Amid reports of White House clashes with CDC, experts raise alarms about lack of coronavirus screening at airports
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Joyner / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia candidates embrace group with extremist ties
Discussion: Raw Story
Rory Appleton / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Horsford admits to extramarital affair after podcaster discloses relationship