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7:40 AM ET, May 19, 2020


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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.
Washington Post:
Pompeo's moves against inspector general leave a trail of questions and a department divided  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his top aides blasted the State Department's ousted internal watchdog on Monday, accusing him of mishandling leaks to the media and failing to promote Pompeo's mission statement to employees.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
New York Times:
State Dept. Investigator Fired by Trump Had Examined Weapons Sales to Saudis and Emiratis
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lindsey Graham seeks broad authority to subpoena former Obama officials  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is preparing to ask his colleagues on the panel for blanket permission to subpoena dozens of Obama and Trump administration officials connected to the investigation …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Lindsey Graham Sets Vote To Subpoena Comey, Brennan And Dozens More In Oversight Of Crossfire Hurricane
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe
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 …
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Nancy Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ Trump shouldn't be taking hydroxychloroquine  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to President Trump as “morbidly obese” during an appearance Monday night on CNN and said he shouldn't be taking hydroxychloroquine to stave off coronavirus.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Florida Today:
As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul  —  EDITORS NOTE: We chose to make this story broadly accessible because of the importance of its content.  But quality, fact-checked reporting isn't free.  Collecting and verifying news is a costly …
Discussion: WPEC and Raw Story
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
I Forced A Bot to Read 1,000 Jennifer Rubin Columns And Write A Jennifer Rubin Column of Its Own  —  The Washington Free Beacon analytics bureau used a proprietary algorithm to program a bot to read 1,000 Jennifer Rubin columns and write its very own Jennifer Rubin column based on its analysis.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and KFOR-TV
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden hires former Harris aide to help with Latino outreach  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign is bringing on the granddaughter of civil rights leader César Chávez as a senior adviser to help with Latino outreach and building out its operation in the states.
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Biden White House would yank Keystone XL permit
Los Angeles Times:   Before the coronavirus, Joe Biden offered stability. Now he's talking bold change
USA Today:
In Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan's gross overreach turns justice into mob rule  —  The case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn is rapidly moving from the dubious to the preposterous.  U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is being widely applauded for resisting the dismissal …
Discussion: Instapundit
USA Today:
Will Trump and Barr force justice system to aid and abet corruption? Flynn is test case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Geese honking, iPhone ringing: Biden event beset by bloopers  —  Joe Biden calls on ‘President Tweety’ to stop tweeting, distribute financial relief to small businesses  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden faced a number of distracting interruptions Monday during a virtual speech: honking geese …
Discussion: Breitbart
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Biden's virtual campaign speech repeatedly interrupted by geese
Discussion: Breitbart, WND and New York Post
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Introduced Impeachment 2.0  —  After spending the months preceding the global pandemic in a futile impeachment attempt, House Democrats are now again trying to impeach President Donald Trump.  —  The lower chamber majority told the Supreme Court on Monday …
Discussion: NBC News and UPI
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
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?”
The Guardian:
Exclusive: Police tried to tase Ahmaud Arbery in 2017 incident, video shows  — Officers questioned why Arbery was sitting alone in his car in a park one morning in November 2017  —  Play Video  —  Police attempted to use a Taser on Ahmaud Arbery, the slain Georgia jogger …
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
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade lawyer sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to critic  —  Tara Reade's attorneys have sent a “cease and desist” letter to one of her most outspoken critics, the owner of a not for profit who has publicly accused Reade of being “manipulative” and “a liar.”
Discussion: National Review
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.
Discussion: ITV and No More Mister Nice Blog
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Can Biden Expand the Map?  —  There are signs that Joe Biden's campaign is exploring more paths to victory in the Electoral College than recent Democratic nominees. … Presidential elections don't offer extra credit.  As we all know, it's 270 to win.  Hitting 292 or 336 electoral votes …
Wall Street Journal:
Brazil's Nurses Are Dying as Covid-19 Overwhelms Hospitals  —  Medical staff lack equipment and are struggling against the coronavirus pandemic, as the government plays down the contagion  —  SÃO PAULO—As the new coronavirus ripped through a government-run hospital here …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson demands declassification of Susan Rice email on Michael Flynn  —  A powerful Senate committee chairman has asked the Trump administration to fully declassify an unusual email a top Obama aide sent herself regarding Michael Flynn on the eve of her departure.
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Len Levitt, reporter who dug into Moxley case, dies at 79  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard Levitt, a longtime New York City crime reporter known for his incisive writing on the inner workings of policing and dogged coverage that helped re-open the investigation into the Connecticut killing of Martha Moxley, has died at 79.
ABC News:
The Note: Trump vs. Obama gets new amplification  —  Denials may end up getting the president what he wants: attention.  —  President Donald Trump has never needed an excuse to go after his predecessor.  —  New dynamics are complicating those attacks.  Former President Barack Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
The New Airline Travel: Fewer Flights, More Layovers, Rules for Bathrooms  —  As coronavirus lockdowns lift, carriers and airports desperate for passengers are rolling out safety protocols  —  A new age of air travel is taking shape.  —  Airports and airlines are rolling out temperature checks …
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 …
Alan Dershowitz: State has right to ‘plunge a needle into your arm’  —  Contends Constitution grants government power to forcibly vaccinate individuals  —  Harvard Law School emeritus professor Alan Dershowitz claimed in an interview that the government has a constitutional right under …
Brittany Shammas / Stamford Advocate:
New Jersey gym owners cited after reopening live on ‘Fox & Friends’ in defiance of governor's order  —  In an act of defiance that played out live on “Fox and Friends,” the owners of a New Jersey gym flung open their doors on Monday, ignoring a shutdown order from the governor.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Fox News argues nonprofit group's lawsuit over coronavirus coverage could have ‘dangerous’ result  —  Fox News rebuked the legal arguments a nonprofit organization is using in its lawsuit against the network for its coverage of the coronavirus.  —  The Washington League for Increased Transparency …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The White House is presenting the Fyre Festival of pandemic responses  —  Let's just do it and be legends, man.  —  That could well be the slogan of this White House's slapdash, hubristic approach to reopening the U.S. economy, which is turning into the Fyre Festival of pandemic responses.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Law firm hackers shift ransom target from Trump to Madonna  —  The hackers who stole confidential files about stars including Lady Gaga from an A-list power lawyer claim to have sold all their “dirty laundry” on President Donald Trump to a secret buyer, and now they're demanding at least $1 million for details on Madonna.
Los Angeles Times:
Trump lashes out with distractions and disinformation  —  President Trump has accelerated his attacks on government watchdogs, judges, reporters and other independent voices as he runs for reelection, escalating his spread of disinformation about perceived enemies and his administration's record during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Noses Ahead in Race to Be Most Loathsome Trump of All
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in a Roundtable with Restaurant Executives and Industry Leaders
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Israeli ambassador lobbies for West Bank annexation, fearing Biden victory
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
A Brooklyn Hospital Mourns the Doctor Who Was ‘Our Jay-Z’
Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Democrats will pay price for hurting the economy in the election
Brian Niemietz / New York Daily News:
Howard Stern takes a day off from politics — but says he predicted Trump would bankrupt the country
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
CDC warns of possible measles outbreak as vaccinations for children fall during coronavirus pandemic
New York Times:
U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Andrew Cuomo's Reckless Choices
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
Steven Zhou / Foreign Policy:
Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada's Far-Right
Neil W. McCabe / The Ohio Star:
EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort, and the Trump Family, Says Whistleblower
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Elizabeth Warren's Path to Becoming VP Is Easier Than It Looks
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McConnell-aligned PAC to spend $10M in Montana as danger to Senate majority grows
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and The Hill
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Judge finds Oregon governor's coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings 'null …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is helping Trump turn the bogus ‘Obamagate’ into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails