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10:55 AM ET, May 18, 2020

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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 …
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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.
CNN:
FBI finds al Qaeda link after breaking encryption on Pensacola attacker's iPhone  —  Chilling details revealed on naval base shooting in Florida  —  Washington (CNN)The Saudi military trainee who killed three US sailors and wounded several others in a terror attack last year on a military base in Pensacola …
Discussion: National Review
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New York Times:
F.B.I. Is Said to Find Links Between Pensacola Gunman and Al Qaeda  —  The gunman in December's shooting, a Saudi cadet who had trained with the U.S. military, had been in contact with the terrorist group, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators found cellphone evidence …
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:   FBI Discovers al Qaeda Link in Pensacola Attack
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 …
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: POLITICUSUSA
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Senior CDC official rebukes White House trade adviser's criticism as tensions escalate over reopening strategy  —  (CNN)A senior official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday offered a pointed rebuke of White House trade adviser Peter Navarro's scathing criticism …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:   Trump officials deflect blame for US death toll, escalate reopening push
New York Times:
How Many Covid Deaths? Don't Ask President Trump
Discussion: Fox News
CBS News:
Full Transcript: Fed Chair Jerome Powell's 60 Minutes interview on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic  —  Jerome Powell lays out his thoughts on getting the economy back to its pre-coronavirus numbers.  The transcript from the Federal Reserve chairman's interview with Scott Pelley.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Former Australian PM calls out the ‘Murdoch mafia’  —  Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of Australia, argues that Rupert Murdoch's media empire is a “cancer on democracy” in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, using “mafia"-like intimidation tactics against dissenting voices.
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.
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Are Older Voters Turning Away From Trump?  —  There are different “gaps” in American politics, but one that has consistently shown up in recent presidential elections is the age gap.  That is, younger voters tend to vote more Democratic and older voters tend to vote more Republican.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump's Weekend of Scandal Was Hiding in Plain Sight  —  It's going on right now and no one can see it because of the chaff.  —  The Washington Post published a picture of Stacey Abrams wearing a cape this weekend.  —  You may have seen it, since in certain corners of the conservative news media …
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
It's Official: Laura Ingraham Wants Your Grandmother to Die  —  Testing and tracing are just a Democratic conspiracy.  Go out.  Go to bars.  Spread disease.  Sorry, grandma, you've had a good run.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Friday night Laura Ingraham admitted she thinks maybe it's time to stop coddling granny.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's reopening troubles play out in his White House  —  As President Donald Trump urges businesses across the country to reopen and Americans to return to work, he and his administration are projecting a sense of normal after months of disruption because of the coronavirus.
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump keeps his staff in flux with White House musical chairs
Discussion: Raw Story
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
A Picture Is Worth 100,000 Lives  —  “A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound,” wrote Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in his 1862 classic Fathers and Sons.  —  But for some pictures, Turgenev might be undershooting the mark.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Schwarzenegger holds up mock Trump University diploma in commencement speech  —  Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) held up a mock Trump University degree as part of a virtual commencement address to the graduating class of 2020.  —  “You are celebrating that journey today …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Joan E Greve / The Guardian:
Democrats feel tide turning their way in battle to flip US Senate  —  The electoral map does not favor Republicans and the pandemic has helped put them on defense in states they once thought safe  —  Just three months ago, centrist Democrats were panicking.
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
$500 billion Treasury fund meant for coronavirus relief has lent barely any money so far, oversight commission finds  —  A Congressional Oversight Commission created by Cares Act issues its first report even though it still doesn't have a chair.  —  A $500 billion Treasury Department fund created …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump's New COVID-19 Czar Holds $10 Million In Vaccine Company Stock Options  —  Elizabeth Warren slammed the “huge conflict of interest,” and demanded Moncef Slaoui “divest immediately.”  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has slammed COVID-19 vaccine czar Moncef Slaoui's “huge conflict of interest” …
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
Moderna, Inc.:
Moderna Announces Positive Interim Phase 1 Data for its mRNA Vaccine (mRNA-1273) Against Novel Coronavirus  —  After two doses all participants evaluated to date across the 25 µg and 100 µg dose cohorts seroconverted with binding antibody levels at or above levels seen in convalescent sera
Washington Post:
As coronavirus testing expands, a new problem arises: Not enough people to test  —  Four months into the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, tests for the virus finally are becoming widely available, a crucial step toward lifting stay-at-home orders and safely returning to normal life.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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 …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
What Donald Trump Shares with Joseph McCarthy  —  The President's capacity to create confusion and turmoil is emerging as the mainstay of his reëlection campaign.  —  On January 6, 2017, at around 8:30 a.m., Donald Trump undoubtedly had serious matters on his mind.
Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
2 Kansas City Officers Charged With Assaulting Transgender Woman  —  Prosecutors said the officers slammed Breona Hill to the sidewalk and kneed her in the face, torso and ribs in an episode that a passer-by captured on video.  —  Two Kansas City, Mo., police officers have been indicted …
Discussion: The Hill
Rebecca Woolington / Tampa Bay Times:
In Florida, 83 percent of coronavirus deaths are people 65 and older  —  The Tampa Bay Times analyzed data and reports from the Florida Department of Health and medical examiners offices around the state.  —  As the novel coronavirus has spread across Florida, much has remained uncertain …
 
 
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Post and Courier:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump approval at Gallup ‘highest,’ better than Obama, Bush
Discussion: Redstate
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
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Discussion: The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
If Democrats hold a big convention, will anybody come?
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
BBC:
Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil's São Paulo ‘near collapse’
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Trump is gambling the health of the nation for his reelection
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Former top Clinton adviser says electoral map has realigned for the first time since 1992
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Deborah Birx is the real power doctor
Discussion: Raw Story
6abc:
Drexel study: 45-day shutdown saved 6,202 lives, kept 57,072 out of hospital
Discussion: Outside the Beltway