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10:40 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 …
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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
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
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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
Law & Crime:
Judge Deals Setback to Trump Family: Ugly Pyramid Scheme Lawsuit Likely to Unfold in Public
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Discussion: Breitbart
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Pompeo says he didn't know fired inspector general was investigating him
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
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
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
HHS announces $354M contract with Virginia-based company to make coronavirus drugs in US
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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: WND and New York Post
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden: Trump's coronavirus response has been ‘nakedly xenophobic’
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
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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ABC News:
The Note: Trump vs. Obama gets new amplification
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Who is John Ratcliffe, Trump's nominee for director of national intelligence?  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to vote on the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, to be the director of national intelligence.  —  Ratcliffe is a member of the House Intelligence, Judiciary, and Ethics Committees.
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
 
 
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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
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
How The FBI Used ‘News Hooks’ To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe
Brittany Shammas / Stamford Advocate:
New Jersey gym owners cited after reopening live on ‘Fox & Friends’ in defiance of governor's order
 Earlier Items: 
Art Moore / WND:
Alan Dershowitz: State has right to ‘plunge a needle into your arm’
Brian Niemietz / New York Daily News:
Howard Stern takes a day off from politics — but says he predicted Trump would bankrupt the country
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
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Why the Uncle Joe-Can't-Internet Criticism Is Mostly Malarkey
Discussion: Breitbart