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2:45 AM ET, May 18, 2020

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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Ousted State Department inspector general was investigating if Pompeo made staffer walk his dog and run other personal errands  —  (CNN)The State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a staffer perform …
Discussion: NBC News and CNBC
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Inspector General's Firing Puts Pompeo's Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny  —  Accusations of improperly using government resources have trailed the secretary of state, but President Trump's move to fire the State Department inspector general has handed Democrats a new weapon.
Washington Post:
Fired inspector general was examining whether Pompeo had a staffer walk his dog, handle dry cleaning, official says  —  The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump was looking into allegations that a staffer for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was performing domestic errands …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?  —  He has delivered revelatory reporting on some of the defining stories of our time.  But a close examination reveals the weaknesses in what may be called an era of resistance journalism.  —  It was a breathtaking story, written by The New Yorker's marquee reporter …
The Daily Beast:
Busted: Pentagon Contractors' Report on ‘Wuhan Lab’ Origins of Virus Is Bogus  —  TRY AGAIN  —  A military contractors' report circulating on Capitol Hill claims to have evidence that COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese lab.  It's filled with information that's just plain wrong.
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The Daily Beast:
Billionaire MAGA Fan Peter Thiel Has Had It With Trump's COVID-19 Response
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
A person who was Covid-19 positive attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say  —  (CNN)A person who later learned they were positive for Covid-19 attended a California religious service on Mother's Day, exposing 180 other people to the novel coronavirus, according to local health officials.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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: Twitchy, 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
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Gothamist
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
The government whistleblower who says the Trump administration's coronavirus response has cost lives  —  Dr. Rick Bright says he's trained his entire life to recognize outbreaks and viruses.  But when he sounded the alarm about the impending coronavirus pandemic, he says the Trump administration ignored …
Discussion: Deadline and The Hill
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden's VP search puts spotlight on how long he'll serve  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has longed to win the White House for more than three decades.  If he finally makes it there after November's election, he's already talking about leaving.  —  In an effort to ease concerns about his age …
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Washington Post:
Faced with a Trumpian barrage of attacks, Joe Biden chooses to look the other way
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Seeking: Big Democratic Ideas That Make Everything Better
Discussion: Common Dreams and Associated Press
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.
Axios:
Former top Clinton adviser says electoral map has realigned for the first time since 1992  —  Doug Sosnik, who was the White House political director during President Clinton's successful re-election race, writes for Axios that during President Trump's first term, the country completed a political realignment that began in 1992.
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Cut Through the Fog of Coronavirus War  —  The CDC needs to streamline and publish clinical data to help doctors on the front lines.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made its first definitive statement last week describing a rare but disturbing condition in children related to Covid-19.
Discussion: The Hill
Ranjan Roy / Margins and Can Duruk:
Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage  —  There is such a thing as a free lunch  —  If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me.  Every platform loses money.  Restaurants feel like they're getting screwed.  Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems.
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit
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Michael Morell / Washington Post:
The only culprit in the Flynn ‘unmasking’ scandal is the Trump administration
Discussion: IJR and Law & Crime
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.
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: The Daily Caller and NBC News
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John Harwood / CNN:   Trump's turn to the economy leaves a vacuum when it comes to controlling the pandemic
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
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
AOC owes $2,000 in unpaid taxes from failed business venture  —  US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise taxes on the rich — just not pay her own.  —  The Democratic socialist congresswoman from The Bronx still hasn't paid a 7-year-old tax bill leftover from a failed business venture.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump calls into NBC golf broadcast to discuss return of sports, coronavirus response  —  President Trump on Sunday called into a pro golf event to discuss the return of sports and boast of his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The president called into the NBC broadcast shortly …
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.
Discussion: Power Line
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 the transcripts of two speeches.  —  Former president Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses for 2020 graduates that were made public on Saturday, telling them in one: “If the world's going to get better, it going to be up to you.”
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Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Trump to tour Ford's ventilator assembly plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday
Discussion: The Hill
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the coronavirus-ravaged economy
Discussion: Politico
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
‘There is no pain to this’: Gov. Cuomo undergoes live coronavirus test to encourage people …
Discussion: Twitchy
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
There is a huge difference between Christine Blasey Ford and Tara Reade
Discussion: Power Line and Big League Politics
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
CNN's Jake Tapper Blasted for Hypocrisy After Accusing Trump of ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Rivals
Discussion: Redstate, Townhall and Twitchy
The Texas Observer:
Is Texas Inflating Its COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Including Antibody Tests?
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Is The National Enquirer in Its Final ‘Death Spiral’?
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Nevada congressman admits to affair with intern after podcast exposé
Washington Post:
In next phase of pandemic, Trump appears poised to let others take the lead
Evelyn N. Farkas / Washington Post:
Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics.
Associated Press:
European leaders are blunt: A vaccine won't come soon enough
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Navarro claims lockdowns will kill “many more” Americans than coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Harry Enten / CNN:
State polls suggest Biden has a clear national lead
Discussion: The Guardian
Elizabeth Warren / The Atlantic:
My Brother's Death Didn't Have to Happen
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Hill and Axios