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3:50 PM ET, May 19, 2020


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Cassie da Costa / The Daily Beast:
Jane Roe's Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right  —  REVEALING  —  The new FX documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” out May 22, contains a shocking revelation: Roe (of “Roe v. Wade” fame) played the part of an anti-abortion crusader in exchange for money.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
The woman behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ didn't change her mind on abortion.  She was paid  —  When Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe vs. Wade case, came out against abortion in 1995, it stunned the world and represented a huge symbolic victory for abortion opponents: “Jane Roe” had gone to the other side.
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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: The Hill and NBC News
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Florida Today:
Coronavirus: 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 …
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 …
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Trump administration declassifies full Susan Rice email sent on Inauguration Day  —  The email describes a Jan. 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting regarding Michael Flynn and Russian interference in the 2016 election.  —  Susan Rice.  Win McNamee/Getty Images  —  On the day of President Donald …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:   Mysterious Susan Rice email declassified, release is ‘imminent’: source
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
John Ratcliffe, Trump's pick for top intelligence post, clears divided Senate panel
Discussion: Forbes and Power Line
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump almost got away with firing the guy who was investigating Mike Pompeo — but now it's all falling apart  —  After being questioned, the President threw Pompeo under the proverbial bus.  Two dogs, some rumors about Saudi weapons and an ‘UberEats with guns’ later, the controversy is only getting worse
Fox News:
Pence says he's not taking hydroxychloroquine  —  Vice President Mike Pence told Fox News Tuesday that he — unlike President Trump — is not taking hydroxychloroquine as part of an effort to stave off coronavirus.  —  “My physician hasn't recommended that, but I wouldn't hesitate” to take it if he did recommend it, Pence added.
Discussion: Raw Story, Redstate and CNN
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's hydroxychloroquine moment
Discussion: New York Times, Vox and KTLA
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump has serious concerns about the editorial judgment of Fox News (when it disagrees with him)
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and Raw Story
Natasha Turak / CNBC:
Wearing a mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by 75%, new study claims  — Experiments by a team in Hong Kong found that the coronavirus' transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when surgical masks were used.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Michael Flynn's lawyers file petition to force judge to dismiss charges  —  Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed a writ of mandamus petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. on Tuesday that would compel U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to immediately grant …
USA Today:
In Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan's gross overreach turns justice into mob rule
Discussion: Instapundit
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Hearing sought in Justice Dept. bid to undo Flynn guilty plea, as nearly 1,000 ex-prosecutors prepare …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Koma / Washington, D.C. Business Journal:
Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks is leaving Dupont  —  Coronavirus or no, Steve Salis has made up his mind: Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is moving out of its Dupont Circle home.  —  Salis, the co-founder of &pizza who bought the Dupont retail institution in 2017, has been considering a move for some time.
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Whitmer order bans ‘nonessential’ plant tours, but Trump's Ford visit still on; automaker will require mask  —  When Ford Motor Co. hosts President Donald Trump on Thursday for a tour of its Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, the automaker will be doing so in technical violation …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
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 …
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
Inventors Develop Mask to Let You Eat and Stay Safe  —  Inventors developed a coronavirus mask that lets you eat without taking it off.  Here's how it works: You squeeze a lever and it opens a slot so you can go at it like Pac-Man.  Inventors say the mask lets you dine out with friends without taking your mask off.
Discussion: Twitchy and Eater
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 …
Thousands of absentee ballots in Wisconsin weren't counted because of mailing problems and tech glitches
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Georgia Republicans cancel election for state Supreme Court, meaning governor can appoint a Republican  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on April 27.  Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images  —  Republicans will control a seat on the state Supreme Court for an extra two years.
Discussion: VICE
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: Slate, Vanity Fair, The Hill and Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Ben Stiller Will Remember His Father  —  The actor and director on growing up with famous comedians as parents and how his father, Jerry Stiller, saw his son's career.  —  Jerry Stiller, the legendary comedian and entertainer, died this month, at the age of ninety-two.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Donald Trump Doesn't Want Authority  —  The coronavirus crisis offered the president an opportunity to consolidate power.  It turns out he only wants attention.  —  For the last four years two Western political figures have loomed particularly large in the imaginations of anxious liberals.
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
Sady Doyle / GEN:
The Tara Reade Saga Is a Failure of Journalism  —  Reporters haven't done their due diligence, and Reade is paying 100% of the price  —  Tara Reade deserved better than The Katie Halper Show.  Reade came forward in the spring of 2019 with a credible allegation of sexual harassment …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
German Court Orders Spy Agency to Curb Foreign-Intelligence Gathering  —  Ruling could drastically limit agency's ability to harvest electronic communications abroad  —  BERLIN—Germany's foreign-intelligence agency, which is banned from spying on Germans, now faces strict limits …
April Dembosky / Kaiser Health News:
Fewer Traffic Collisions During Shutdown Means Longer Waits For Organ Donations  —  On Day Two of the San Francisco Bay Area's stay-at-home orders in March, Nohemi Jimenez got into her car in San Pablo, California, waved goodbye to her 3-year-old son and drove to her regular Wednesday dialysis appointment.
Amanda Borschel-Dan / The Times of Israel:
Living underground before the Romans?  2,000-year-old rooms found by Western Wall  —  Purpose of unique ancient complex still unclear, but indicates possible subterranean Second Temple-era life in Jerusalem's Old City prior to the Roman conquest in 70 CE  —  A singular two-millennia-old …
Discussion: UPI
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge News:
Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine's Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” To Fire Burisma Prosecutor  —  Leaked phone calls between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explicitly detail the quid-pro-quo arrangement to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor …
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Annie Glenn, 100, famed astronaut's widow, dies of COVID-19  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Annie Glenn, wife of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn who overcame a childhood stutter to become an advocate for others with speech disorders, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.  She was 100.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021  —  “All indications suggest we will be operating in a globally-persistent COVID-19 environment in the months ahead”  —  The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
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.
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Pelosi swears in two new GOP members of Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Obama reminds us what a US president should sound like
Samy Adghirni / MSN:
Bolsonaro Has Let Down Conservatives in Brazil, Key Senator Says
Discussion: Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Why Michelle Malkin Is Den Mother of the Alt-Right Dipsh*ts
How MLB is navigating the coronavirus pandemic to play ball
 Earlier Items: 
Law & Crime:
Judge Deals Setback to Trump Family: Ugly Pyramid Scheme Lawsuit Likely to Unfold in Public
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Inside The Defiant Mining Town Bar That Won't Shut Down And Die
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
49 of 50 governors have better coronavirus poll numbers than Trump