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7:50 PM ET, May 17, 2020

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New York Times:
Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations outside New York City  —  Top 50 metropolitan destinations  —  outside New York City  —  New York City has long been a cheek-to-jowl town with cramped apartments and determined strivers.
Discussion: New York Post and Instapundit
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Sara Dorn / New York Post:
People flock to NYC-area bars, beaches as ‘quarantine fatigue’ intensifies  —  They're partying like it's 2019.  —  Lockdown-weary New Yorkers ditched the distancing to get social instead this weekend — transforming parts of the Big Apple into a raucous, late-season Mardi Gras.
Discussion: Twitchy, Fox News and Gothamist
6abc:
Drexel study: 45-day shutdown saved 6,202 lives, kept 57,072 out of hospital  —  UNIVERSITY CITY (WPVI) — After more than 6 weeks of closed schools and businesses, and staying at home, some people are wondering whether it's been worth it.  —  A new Drexel University study says it has paid off.
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
‘Grossly incompetent’: Trump dismisses Obama over coronavirus criticism  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed his predecessor as “grossly incompetent,” a day after former President Barack Obama said leaders weren't “even pretending to be in charge” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
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John Harwood / CNN:   Trump's turn to the economy leaves a vacuum when it comes to controlling the pandemic
Politico:
How chatter and conservative anger upended a White House staffing search
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Morell / Washington Post:
The only culprit in the Flynn ‘unmasking’ scandal is the Trump administration  —  There was no wrongdoing on the part of Obama administration officials who, during the presidential transition in 2016 and 2017, “unmasked” the identity of Michael Flynn, who was set to become national security adviser.
Discussion: IJR and Law & Crime
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Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
President Trump discusses bombshell revelations in Flynn case in exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo  —  President Trump called the Russia probe “the greatest political crime in the history of our country, ” and labeled his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a hero …
Harry Enten / CNN:
State polls suggest Biden has a clear national lead  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Marquette Law School poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 46% to 43% lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin.  —  The poll matches the last poll from Marquette, which also had Biden up by 3 points in Wisconsin.
Discussion: The Guardian
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Harry Enten / CNN:   Trump is winning on the economy. That may not matter
USA Today:
Wisconsin's economy is reopening and it's a hot coronavirus mess.  Don't do what we did.  —  Some curious photos began rocketing around social media sites Wednesday night —pictures of people in Wisconsin once again in their natural habitat, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in bars.
Wyatt Massey / timesfreepress.com:
Chattanooga software firm Transcard terminates employee after firestorm over Obama noose meme  —  An employee at a local software company was terminated after a social media firestorm identified him as the person who posted a racist meme showing former president Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Deborah Birx is the real power doctor  —  Don't be fooled by the grandmotherly demeanor and whimsical scarf collection.  Administration officials say they've been taken aback by Deborah Birx's masterful political skills — including a preternatural ability to get what she wants while telling people what they want to hear.
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CNN:
Tensions rise between the White House and CDC as Birx critiques virus tracking
Discussion: New York Times
Axios:
Eric Trump accuses Democrats of “milking” coronavirus lockdowns to win the election  —  Eric Trump suggested on Fox News Saturday that Democrats are “milking” coronavirus lockdowns in order to “deprive” his father President Trump of campaign rallies and hurt him in November's election.
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Eric Trump predicts COVID-19 is a conspiracy against his dad that will ‘magically’ disappear in November
USA Today:
The Trump administration has recently removed 4 inspectors general. Here are the ousted watchdogs
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade  —  When Tara Reade, a former staffer in the office of then-Sen. Joe Biden, stepped forward to make a claim that Biden had sexually violated her, an endless stream of commentary ensued: It's hard to not believe …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut to the WHO  —  President Trump is leaning toward preserving his total funding cut for the World Health Organization after being on the brink of announcing he'd restore partial funding, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé  —  A married Nevada congressman has admitted having a longstanding affair with a former intern calling herself “Love Jones” — after she exposed him in an explosive series of podcasts.
The Daily Beast:
Billionaire MAGA Fan Peter Thiel Has Had It With Trump's COVID-19 Response  —  More than a dozen sources in Trump's orbit said they could not say whether the Silicon Valley luminary was going to play any meaningful role in the re-elect, like he did in 2016.  —  During the last presidential campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
European leaders are blunt: A vaccine won't come soon enough  —  SOAVE, Italy (AP) — In separate, stark warnings, two major European leaders have bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by the development of a vaccine.
Charles C. Camosy / New York Times:
Coronavirus Is Hitting Nursing Homes Hard.  How We Treat the Elderly Made It Inevitable.  —  After decades of mistreatment, older Americans are bearing the worst of the pandemic.  —  Dr. Camosy teaches bioethics and moral theology at Fordham University.  —  We knew it from the beginning.
Washington Post:
In next phase of pandemic, Trump appears poised to let others take the lead  —  President Trump has proclaimed the latest phase of pandemic response the “transition to greatness.”  But Trump appears poised to preside over the eventual transition more as a salesman and marketer than a decider.
Elizabeth Warren / The Atlantic:
My Brother's Death Didn't Have to Happen  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, died of COVID-19 in late April, and I heard that she sometimes mentioned this in conversations about policy, though she was reluctant to talk about it publicly.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Evelyn N. Farkas / Washington Post:
Russia is interfering in our elections again.  And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.  —  Evelyn N. Farkas was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia from 2012 to 2015.  She is a Democratic candidate to represent New York's 17th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Seeking: Big Democratic Ideas That Make Everything Better  —  By the end of primary season, the Democratic Party had all but settled on a conventional center-left agenda.  But the pandemic is forcing the Biden campaign and other leaders to redraw plans for 2021.  —  More than 36 million Americans are suddenly unemployed.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Associated Press
New York Times:
Read the Full Transcript of Obama's High School Commencement Speech  —  Former President Barack Obama gave a commencement address to the nation's high school seniors.  Here is what he had to say.  —  Former President Barack Obama spoke Saturday at “Graduate Together: High School Class of 2020 Commencement …
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Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:   Obama tells 2020 graduates: 'If the world's going to get better, it's going to be up to you.' Read …
 
 
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump calls into NBC golf broadcast to discuss return of sports, coronavirus response
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says
Discussion: Power Line
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
‘There is no pain to this’: Gov. Cuomo undergoes live coronavirus test to encourage people …
Discussion: Twitchy
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
CNN's Jake Tapper Blasted for Hypocrisy After Accusing Trump of ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Rivals
Discussion: Townhall, Redstate and Twitchy
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
Michelle Obama partners with MTV for national virtual prom
The Texas Observer:
Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?
The Daily Beast:
Is The National Enquirer in Its Final ‘Death Spiral’?
Josh Chin / Wall Street Journal:
China Told Labs to Destroy Coronavirus Samples to Reduce Biosafety Risks
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Don Thompson / Washington Times:
Gavin Newsom eyes prison closures amid budget woes
Wall Street Journal:
As West Cautiously Reopens, New Coronavirus Infection Clusters Emerge in Asia
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Navarro claims lockdowns will kill “many more” Americans than coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
I'll Take Biden's Confusion Over Trump's Corruption
Discussion: Slate
jsonline:
No masks.  No gloves.  No problem.  As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in
ITV:
Harry Dunn's mother urges UK to stand up to ‘bully’ US as diplomatic tensions flare