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10:15 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
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
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
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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
I'll Take Biden's Confusion Over Trump's Corruption  —  Let's not repeat the false equivalence of 2016.  —  Please tell me why I should care whether Joe Biden is declining mentally when Donald Trump bottomed out morally long ago.  —  I'm serious.  I'd rather drink milk past its expiration date than arsenic.
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 …
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Obama speaks on systemic racism for virtual HBCU commencement, citing covid-19 and Ahmaud Arbery
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Secretary Pompeo: President Trump ‘Committed’ to Holding Chinese Communist Party …
Discussion: New York Post
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
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.
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
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 …
Tensions rise between the White House and CDC as Birx critiques virus tracking  —  Washington (CNN)As the coronavirus pandemic stretches past its ninth week, tensions are rising between the White House and the nation's leading public health agency.  In interviews with CNN …
Discussion: Townhall
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
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Andrew Cuomo's atrocious response to the coronavirus pandemic  —  In panning President Trump's response to the Wuhan coronavirus, Democrats and the mainstream media stress the fact that the U.S. has reported many more deaths from the virus than any other country (in absolute numbers, not per capita).
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
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.
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.
Corey Williams / Associated Press:
Man charged in death threats to Michigan governor, AG
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
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
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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
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Afghan Power-Sharing Deal Would Promote General Accused of Rape
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Spitznagel / New York Post:
Why American life went on as normal during the killer pandemic of 1969
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Justin Amash Abandons 2020 Campaign, Citing Pandemic and Polarization
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
New York Times:
Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen