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8:00 PM ET, May 18, 2020

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Glenn Platt / Washington Post:
Trump's purge just got much more corrupt.  Here's what's coming next.  —  President Trump's abrupt decision to remove the inspector general of the State Department constitutes the latest in a string of corrupt efforts to remove public servants who prioritize real oversight and accountability over protecting Trump at all costs.
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo says he didn't know fired inspector general was investigating him  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Monday that he asked President Trump to fire the State Department inspector general because his work was “undermining” the department's mission, but he declined to describe any specific concerns.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Democrats claim watchdog fired by Trump was probing Pompeo's fast-tracking of $8 billion Saudi arms sale
NBC News:
Saudi arms sale was a second area of investigation for fired State Department watchdog
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
A Stunned Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He's Taking the Drug: ‘What Have You Got to Lose? ...  Your Life’  —  “That was stunning.”  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto was so shocked by President Donald Trump announcing he's taking hydroxychloroquine that he took …
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Associated Press:
Trump says he's taking malaria drug in case he gets virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new coronavirus, even though the drug is unproven for fighting COVID-19.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to protect against coronavirus, dismissing safety concerns  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our daily …
CNN:   Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine though health experts question its effectiveness
CNBC:
Trump says he takes hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection even though it is unproven as a treatment
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Trump taking hydroxychloraquine, unproven drug he touted for COVID-19
Discussion: Politico
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump reveals he's taking hydroxychloroquine in effort to prevent coronavirus symptoms
Discussion: Politico and Redstate
The Daily Beast:
FDA: This Drug Could Kill You. Trump: I'm Taking It!
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and STAT
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
He thought the coronavirus was ‘a fake crisis.’ Then he contracted it and changed his mind.  —  A Florida man who thought the coronavirus was “a fake crisis” has changed his mind after he and his wife contracted COVID-19.  —  Brian Hitchens, a rideshare driver who lives in Jupiter …
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Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Man who called coronavirus ‘fake crisis’ gets infected, issues warning  —  A Florida man who initially believed the coronavirus is a “fake crisis” that was “blown out of proportion” is now hospitalized along with his wife — and is sounding a cautionary note about the deadly bug.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McConnell-aligned PAC to spend $10M in Montana as danger to Senate majority grows  —  The super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is investing a sizable $10.1 million in Montana as Republicans move to rebuff the expanding Democratic threat to GOP control of the Senate.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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Los Angeles Times:   Before the coronavirus, Joe Biden offered stability. Now he's talking bold change
Ro Khanna / The Boston Globe:   Biden can channel FDR by choosing Elizabeth Warren as vice president
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:   Elizabeth Warren's Path to Becoming VP Is Easier Than It Looks
Alayna Treene / Axios:
McConnell taps Rubio as acting chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee
Discussion: The Hill
Joan E Greve / The Guardian:
Democrats feel tide turning their way in battle to flip US Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Freed by Court Ruling, Republicans Step Up Effort to Patrol Voting  —  Officials seek to recruit 50,000 poll watchers and spend millions to fight voter fraud.  Democrats say the real goal is to stop them from voting.  —  WASHINGTON — Six months before a presidential election in which turnout …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republicans are serious about voter suppression. Here's how to stop them.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
NBER:   The Relationship between In-Person Voting, Consolidated Polling Locations, and Absentee Voting …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution  —  For decades, Ayatollah Khamenei has professed enmity with America.  Now his regime is threatened from within the country.  —  One night last December, the chief resident physician at a hospital in the Iranian city of Gorgan was asked to consult on a baffling case …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Blames Obama for ‘Ushering in’ Trump  —  “I don't think a perfect president would have ushered in the era of Trump,” said “The View” host.  —  The hosts of The View loved former President Barack Obama's subtle dig at his successor in this weekend's virtual commencement speech.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr says he does not expect Obama or Biden will be investigated by prosecutor reviewing 2016 Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABC News:   Barr, at odds with Trump, does not expect criminal investigation of Obama and Biden
Washington Post:
Barr installs top DOJ aide, prosecutor of Trump's Mar-a-Lago trespasser, as deputy over U.S. prosecutors in Washington  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has installed a new top deputy over the federal prosecutor's office for Washington, raising concerns that a key U.S. attorney's office …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Axios and Raw Story
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CNN:
Trump to nominate new top prosecutor for Washington, DC
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Phoenix
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Why the Uncle Joe-Can't-Internet Criticism Is Mostly Malarkey  —  Joe Biden is definitely losing the internet—but the North Star of his campaign is the normie voter, which means it shouldn't become a meme factory.  The golden rule: “Does this work for Joe?”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is helping Trump turn the bogus ‘Obamagate’ into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails  —  It's becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage.  We know this because they seem poised to repeat them.
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   CBS hired conspiracy reporter from Fox News, now she's pushing “Obamagate”
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests  —  Devices associated with protesters travelled up to hundreds of miles after rallies where few precautions were taken  —  Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden White House would yank Keystone XL permit  —  The Monday statement is the first from Biden's campaign about how he would handle the project.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden.  Sean Rayford/Getty Images  —  Joe Biden would rescind President Donald Trump's permit allowing …
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's reopening troubles play out in his White House
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Swing-state Republicans warn Trump's reelection is on shaky ground  —  Donald Trump has made clear he will attack Joe Biden unmercifully in order to ensure the election is a choice between him and Joe Biden — rather than an up-or-down vote on the president's handling of the coronavirus.
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Will Steakin / ABC News:   Trump targets battleground states with taxpayer-funded events as campaign rallies remain on hold
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge finds Oregon governor's coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings ‘null and void.’ Governor to seek state Supreme Court review  —  A Baker County judge on Monday ruled that Gov. Kate Brown's restrictions on religious gatherings were “null and void” because her emergency order amid …
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
American Colleges Are Headed for a Meltdown  —  They've been through riots, protests, and natural disasters—but America's colleges have never seen anything like the financial meltdown the coronavirus is about to bring to their campuses.  —  The rising wave of health fears, added costs …
Bloomberg:
Over 100 Million in China's Northeast Face Renewed Lockdown  — Conditions return to height of China's epidemic in February  — Frustration as restrictions tighten again after earlier easing  —  Some 108 million people in China's northeast region are being plunged back under lockdown conditions …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
 
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Trump, Mnuchin signal support for easing small business loan restrictions
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade lawyer sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to critic
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
House Democrats tell Supreme Court they need Mueller grand jury materials to decide on new articles of impeachment
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Defiant Whitmer slams anti-lockdown protests, questions political motives behind demonstrations
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Faludi / New York Times:
‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap
Discussion: National Review, Twitchy and Althouse
Amy Harder / Axios:
Trump's energy chief: Banks are “redlining” oil and gas investments
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Schwarzenegger holds up mock Trump University diploma in commencement speech
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
Former Australian PM calls out the ‘Murdoch mafia’
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
It's Official: Laura Ingraham Wants Your Grandmother to Die
Discussion: Twitchy