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12:00 PM ET, May 17, 2020

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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 …
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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  —  President Donald Trump's son Eric suggested that coronavirus lockdowns were a conspiracy to keep his father from holding 2020 campaign rallies during a Saturday appearance on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro.
Axios:
Eric Trump accuses Democrats of “milking” coronavirus lockdowns to win the election
Frank Bruni / New York Times:   I'll Take Biden's Confusion Over Trump's Corruption
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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Washington Post:
Trump ramps up retaliatory purge with firing of State Department inspector general
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Watchdog's dismissal puts Pompeo on the hot seat
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
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.
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.
jsonline:
No masks.  No gloves.  No problem.  As coronavirus cases soar, carefree day-trippers from Illinois pour in  —  On the first weekend without any statewide stay-at-home orders, Wisconsin was open for business, and at least along the southern border, people from Illinois poured in.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Colorado Gov Polis pushes back against CDC's coronavirus death counts  —  Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pushed back against recent coronavirus death counts, including those conducted by the CDC, days after his own state's health department acknowledged that their numbers had been inflated …
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
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.
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.
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
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: Axios
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Navarro claims lockdowns will kill “many more” Americans than coronavirus  —  White House economic adviser Peter Navarro claimed on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday that lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus will “indirectly” kill more people than the virus itself.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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: Law & Crime
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns  —  The raging public debate over statewide coronavirus lockdowns is running in parallel to a series of legal battles in state capitals — and the lockdown skeptics got a big boost this week.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Violet Ikonomova / Deadline Detroit:
Downtown Detroit Realtor Charged With Threatening To Kill Whitmer, Nessel  —  A downtown Detroit real estate agent is facing a terrorism charge after authorities say he made credible death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
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Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Man charged in death threats to Michigan governor, AG
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
 
 
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Micki McElya / Washington Post:
Almost 90,000 dead and no hint of national mourning. Are these deaths not ‘ours’?
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand edges back to normal after quashing coronavirus in 49 days
Leo Thuman / Campus Reform:
Ohio professor the latest to be arrested over China ties
Discussion: Breitbart
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
'I Can't Turn My Brain Off': PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers
CNN:
Tensions rise between the White House and CDC as Birx critiques virus tracking
Discussion: New York Times and Townhall
Ben Simon / Agence France-Presse:
Israel set to swear in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government
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: ProPublica
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David Smith / The Guardian:
‘It eats him alive inside’: Trump's latest attack shows endless obsession with Obama
Jeff Elder / Business Insider Nederland:
Cybergang behind Lady Gaga data dump leaks hacked law firm's emails and contracts mentioning …
Discussion: Page Six
ABC News:
Texas COVID-19 cases rise, governor's office says more testing being done
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
A salon owner who reopened despite Oregon's stay-at-home orders has been fined $14,000
Dánica Coto / Associated Press:
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion
Eric Spitznagel / New York Post:
Why American life went on as normal during the killer pandemic of 1969
Hunter Walker / Yahoo News:
Amid reports of White House clashes with CDC, experts raise alarms about lack of coronavirus screening at airports
Discussion: Gizmodo