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11:25 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 …
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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 …
Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Health Department officials told manager to delete coronavirus data before reassigning her, emails show  —  “This is the wrong call,” she wrote, the day before she said she was reassigned.  —  One day before a top Florida Department of Health data manager was taken off her role maintaining …
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 …
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Won't Be Unveiling Obama White House Portrait, Says Report  —  BREAK FROM TRADITION  —  For decades, it's been a gesture of the peaceful transition of power from president to president, regardless of party politics.  But, according to a report from NBC News, President Trump …
Discussion: NBC News
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain Blames Obama for ‘Ushering in’ Trump
Discussion: Twitchy
Law & Crime:
Judge Deals Setback to Trump Family: Ugly Pyramid Scheme Lawsuit Likely to Unfold in Public  —  A federal judge sitting in the Southern District of New York has refused to stay a lawsuit alleging that Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and the Trump Corporation committed …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Discussion: Raw Story, The Wrap and Washington Post
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
A Stunned Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He's Taking the Drug …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Eric Trump Noses Ahead in Race to Be Most Loathsome Trump of All
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
jsonline:
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches  —  MADISON - Nearly 2,700 absentee ballots in Milwaukee were not sent and about 1,600 in the Fox Valley were not processed because of computer glitches and mailing problems …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Michigan says all voters will be sent absentee ballot applications
Discussion: Breitbart
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Republicans devote $20m and 50,000 people to efforts to restrict voting
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
John Ratcliffe, Trump's pick for top intelligence post, clears divided Senate panel  —  Texas congressman John Ratcliffe (R) took a step closer to becoming President Trump's top intelligence adviser on Tuesday, after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted along party lines to move his nomination to the full Senate.
Discussion: Forbes and Power Line
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Who is John Ratcliffe, Trump's nominee for director of national intelligence?
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and The Hill
Arizona Republic:
New poll shows Sen. Martha McSally losing ground to Mark Kelly and that's not even the bad news  —  From the Republican uh-oh department: Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is sliding in the polls, dropping four percentage points in a month.  —  McSally now trails Democrat Mark Kelly by 13 points …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
HHS announces $354M contract with Virginia-based company to make coronavirus drugs in US  —  The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced it has signed a $354 million four-year contract with a Virginia-based company to expand pharmaceutical manufacturing in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Politico
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's hydroxychloroquine moment
Discussion: KTLA
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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Washington Post:
Pompeo's moves against inspector general leave a trail of questions and a department divided
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 and Fox News
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.
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.
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
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
Roch Dunin-Wasowicz / LSE Covid-19:
The public do not understand logarithmic graphs used to portray COVID-19  —  Mass media routinely portray information about COVID-19 deaths on logarithmic graphs.  But do their readers understand them?  Alessandro Romano, Chiara Sotis, Goran Dominioni, and Sebastián Guidi carried …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021  —  The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a “globally-persistent” novel coronavirus (COVID-19) environment without an effective vaccine until “at least the summer of 2021 …
Discussion: 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
USA Today:
Enough with the QAnon and ‘Liberate’ tweets, Mr. Trump.  Coronavirus is lethal enough.  —  I have no hope that Donald Trump will ever behave like a president of all 50 United States.  But I ask one simple thing from him and his son: Please stop trying to get my fellow Americans killed.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Biden's Most Ridiculous Veep Prospect  —  Stacey Abrams's foremost political achievement is making her Georgia gubernatorial loss into a cause célèbre among Democrats.  —  Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she's among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever.
Dr. Harry Wilson / Roanoke College:
Roanoke College Poll: Opinions of Virginians on politics in May 2020  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 12 percentage points (51%-39%) in Virginia according to The Roanoke College Poll.  Each is viewed favorably by 36 percent of respondents …
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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 …
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Appeals court affirms that New York Democratic primary must take place  —  A federal judge ordered Tuesday that New York must move forward with its Democratic presidential primary on June 23, Politico reports.  —  Why it matters: New York's Board of Elections initially cancelled the primary …
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Ohio's Amy Acton inspires admiration, and a backlash, with tough coronavirus response
Discussion: The Trace
Washington Post:
‘No offense, but is this a joke?’ Inside the underground market for face masks.
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Inside The Defiant Mining Town Bar That Won't Shut Down And Die
Josh Christenson / Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Congressman Admits to Decade-Long Affair with Former Intern
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
‘Obamagate’ is here to stay  —  Al Sharpton asked me this on …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
 Earlier Items: 
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe
ABC News:
The Note: Trump vs. Obama gets new amplification
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden hires former Harris aide to help with Latino outreach
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brittany Shammas / Stamford Advocate:
New Jersey gym owners cited after reopening live on ‘Fox & Friends’ in defiance of governor's order
Art Moore / WND:
Alan Dershowitz: State has right to ‘plunge a needle into your arm’
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Why the Uncle Joe-Can't-Internet Criticism Is Mostly Malarkey
Discussion: Breitbart