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2:45 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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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 …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Democrats claim watchdog fired by Trump was probing Pompeo's fast-tracking of $8 billion Saudi arms sale  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department inspector general fired by President Donald Trump on Friday, Steve Linick, had nearly completed an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Fired watchdog was investigating Trump administration arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr says he does not expect Obama or Biden will be investigated by prosecutor reviewing 2016 Russia probe  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Monday that he did not expect the prosecutor he handpicked to review the 2016 FBI investigation into President Trump's campaign …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
This is why Trump is back to attacking Obama  —  It makes zero sense, you would think, for President Trump to attack his predecessor, since President Barack Obama is the most popular politician around (next to his wife) — someone who instills in Democrats a feeling of solidarity, of nostalgia for decent leadership and of hope.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Barr says he does not expect criminal investigation of Obama or Biden as result of Durham probe
Discussion: The Hill
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Barr says it's unlikely Justice Department will investigate Obama or Biden
Discussion: IJR
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Barr says he doesn't envision investigations of Biden, Obama
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: Common Dreams and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
F.B.I. Finds 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 — The gunman in last year's deadly shooting at a military base …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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Wall Street Journal:   FBI Discovers al Qaeda Link in Pensacola Attack
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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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Susan Faludi / New York Times:
‘Believe All Women’ Is a Right-Wing Trap
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Newsweek:
We're not angry Paul Manafort was released. We're angry millions of others weren't
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The Relationship between In-Person Voting, Consolidated Polling Locations, and Absentee Voting …
Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
NJ gym opens in defiance of governor's lockdown: ‘We will not stand down’
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Emily Flitter / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Root and Wall Street Journal
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Trump's energy chief: Banks are “redlining” oil and gas investments
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
$500 billion Treasury fund meant for coronavirus relief has lent barely any money so far, oversight commission finds
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
What Donald Trump Shares with Joseph McCarthy
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's reopening troubles play out in his White House
Discussion: The Hill
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The Daily Beast:
Busted: Pentagon Contractors' Report on ‘Wuhan Lab’ Origins of Virus Is Bogus
Discussion: Daily Kos and Task & Purpose