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10:15 AM ET, May 19, 2020

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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: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Sabrina Lolo / WPEC:
Woman who designed Florida's COVID-19 dashboard has been removed from her position  —  As Florida starts to reopen, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard, announced she'd been removed from her position, Florida Today reported.  Rebekah Jones said in an email to CBS12 News …
Discussion: The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
White House portrait ceremony may be the latest casualty of the political divide  —  Why traditional WH portrait unveiling may cease for now  —  WASHINGTON — It's been a White House tradition for decades: a first-term president hosts his immediate predecessor in the East Room for a ceremony …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Trumpian Doublethink  —  The president says America is fighting a plague.  His son tells Fox that it's all a media hoax.  Which is it?  —  “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”  —George Orwell, 1984
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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 …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Noses Ahead in Race to Be Most Loathsome Trump of All
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Law & Crime:
Judge Deals Setback to Trump Family: Ugly Pyramid Scheme Lawsuit Likely to Unfold in Public
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   Hearing sought in Justice Dept. bid to undo Flynn guilty plea, as nearly 1,000 ex-prosecutors prepare …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ron Johnson demands declassification of Susan Rice email on Michael Flynn
Discussion: Fox News
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Trump says it's OK for Pompeo to have a paid government employee wash dishes if his wife or son isn't there  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he would prefer for government employees to wash Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's dishes if his wife or son was not there to do so.
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo says he didn't know fired inspector general was investigating him
Washington Post:
Pompeo's moves against inspector general leave a trail of questions and a department divided
Discussion: Breitbart and The Moderate Voice
Bloomberg:
Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren't Infectious, Study Shows  — Result is a positive sign for regions reopening economies  — Findings may also aid in the debate over antibody testing  —  Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for the coronavirus …
Discussion: National Review
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
‘Obamagate’ is here to stay  —  Al Sharpton asked me this on his Saturday cable news show: “What is ‘Obamagate?’ ”  —  “The intentional interference with the peaceful transition of power,” I responded.  —  I explained that the American tradition of peaceful transition of power is the “glory of the Republic.”
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Kos
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Blames Obama for ‘Ushering in’ Trump
Discussion: Twitchy
Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:
‘Obamagate’ Is Just Trump's Latest Effort at Distraction
Detroit Free Press:
Secretary of State: All Michigan voters will get absentee ballot applications at home  —  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Tuesday all of Michigan's 7.7 million registered voters will be mailed absentee ballot applications so they can take part in elections in August and November without …
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Republicans devote $20m and 50,000 people to efforts to restrict voting
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Leonardo Blair / The Christian Post:
Georgia church closes two weeks after reopening as families come down with coronavirus  —  A Georgia church that reopened after shutting down due to the coronavirus has axed in-person services again in what they describe as “an effort of extreme caution” as several of their families have become infected by the deadly disease.
Washington Post:
President Trump's senior advisers now predict swift economic recovery, despite warnings that major problems could persist  —  White House officials are optimistic the economy will come roaring back this year, but Fed officials have said the unemployment rate could soon jump beyond 20 percent
Discussion: Raw Story, The Big Picture and CBS News
Wall Street Journal:
Powell, Mnuchin Set to Face Lawmakers Over Crisis Lending Programs  —  Congress approved $500 billion to backstop Fed lending programs and Treasury aid to distressed industries  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will appear by videoconference …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
49 of 50 governors have better coronavirus poll numbers than Trump  —  Last week, President Trump responded to governors' positive coronavirus poll numbers by citing his own federal government's help.  —  “Remember this,” Trump tweeted, “every Governor who has sky high approval on their handling …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's hydroxychloroquine moment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IN SAYING HE IS INGESTING hydroxychloroquine against the advice of his government's experts and refusing to use a mask, President DONALD TRUMP has unleashed the wail of a siren to his base that he is in charge …
Discussion: KTLA and Politico
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
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Biden's virtual campaign speech repeatedly interrupted by geese
Discussion: Breitbart, WND and New York Post
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Georgia Republicans cancel election for state Supreme Court, meaning governor can appoint a Republican  —  Republicans will control a seat on the state Supreme Court for an extra two years.  —  The state of Georgia was supposed to hold an election Tuesday to fill a seat on the state Supreme Court.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers  —  More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a “hard stop” on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
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 …
Derek Hunter / Townhall:
Liberal Media Hypocrisy Never Ends  —  If you watched CNN or MSNBC you'd probably think you're going to die.  Of course, if you watched either of those networks why wouldn't you want to?  If you read liberal columnists you'd likely believe President Trump is coming to get you, to personally give you coronavirus.
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?”
Discussion: Breitbart
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Inside The Defiant Mining Town Bar That Won't Shut Down And Die  —  More and more, from Virginia's beaches to the mountains up north to right here right now, people are coming to a consensus: Their governors' shutdowns are over.  —  The story below is the first in a series on America's small businesses …
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 …
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.
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe  — The FBI relied heavily on media reporting, often based on leaks, to justify taking additional steps in Crossfire Hurricane, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of public records.
 
 
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
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Josh Christenson / Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Congressman Admits to Decade-Long Affair with Former Intern
Joel Kotkin / The Hill:
The new geography of America, post-coronavirus
Discussion: CNN and Charlotte Agenda
Wall Street Journal:
Brazil's Nurses Are Dying as Covid-19 Overwhelms Hospitals
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Law firm hackers shift ransom target from Trump to Madonna
Discussion: BleepingComputer
Art Moore / WND:
Alan Dershowitz: State has right to ‘plunge a needle into your arm’
Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Democrats will pay price for hurting the economy in the election
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Brian Niemietz / New York Daily News:
Howard Stern takes a day off from politics — but says he predicted Trump would bankrupt the country
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Introduced Impeachment 2.0
Discussion: NBC News and UPI
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Fox News argues nonprofit group's lawsuit over coronavirus coverage could have ‘dangerous’ result
Associated Press:
Len Levitt, reporter who dug into Moxley case, dies at 79
Wall Street Journal:
The New Airline Travel: Fewer Flights, More Layovers, Rules for Bathrooms
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade lawyer sends ‘cease and desist’ letter to critic
Discussion: National Review
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media is helping Trump turn the bogus ‘Obamagate’ into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails