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9:20 PM ET, May 20, 2020


 Top Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn's name was never ‘masked’ in FBI document on his communications with Russian ambassador  —  A Republican effort to determine who may have leaked the name of Michael Flynn in connection to his 2016 contact with the Russian ambassador has centered on the question …
Eli Lake / Commentary Magazine:
How it happened and why it matters  —  In their final encounter during the transition following the 2016 election, Donald Trump's incoming national-security adviser surprised Barack Obama's outgoing national-security adviser.  Susan Rice writes in her memoir that the Michael Flynn she was dealing …
Discussion: American Greatness
Julia Musto / Fox News:
Trey Gowdy: Why Susan Rice's email to herself is the 'most bizarre thing I've read'
Discussion: American Greatness and Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said the corrupt part out loud  —  During the impeachment of President Trump, an expert witness called by Democrats floated a theoretical scenario involving the president threatening a state hammered by a natural disaster, to illustrate the corruption of Trump's shakedown of Ukraine.
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Trump tweets garbage, Nevada Republicans won't throw it out  —  President Donald J. Trump acknowledges Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, during the annual Republican Jewish Coalition at the Venetian on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Politico and Townhall
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Swing state voters are sharply divided over coronavirus, CNBC/Change Research poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
ABC News:
Trump ramps up attacks on mail voting, targeting battlegrounds Michigan, Nevada
Discussion: Breitbart
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  May 20, 2020 - Biden Holds 11 Point Lead As Trump Approval On Coronavirus Dips, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Almost Half Say Second Wave Of Coronavirus ‘very Likely’ In Fall  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump 50 …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court temporarily blocks Mueller grand jury material from being turned over to House  —  The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday blocked a House committee from receiving grand jury material gathered by Robert Mueller's special counsel investigators, issuing a stay while a legal dispute over the records is on appeal.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Grants Trump Request to Block Disclosure of Mueller Materials  —  Ruling shields grand-jury materials while administration argues they should remain secret  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court blocked Congress from receiving grand-jury materials from Robert Mueller's investigation …
Discussion: The Week
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller grand jury documents to House
Discussion: Breitbart
Senior officials advised against Trump emergency arms sales to Saudis  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disregarded the advice of high-level officials at the State Department, Pentagon and within the intelligence community in invoking an emergency waiver last year to circumvent congressional review …
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story and
Fired State Department watchdog was probing protocol office
'We've been muzzled': CDC sources say White House putting politics ahead of science  —  (CNN)In the early weeks of the US coronavirus outbreak, staff members in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had tracked a growing number of transmissions in Europe and elsewhere …
Kristen Holmes / CNN:
CDC's Redfield in the hot seat as White House looks for someone to blame  —  (CNN)A day after President Donald Trump privately excoriated the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Republican senators during a lunch on Capitol Hill, the fate of the agency's director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is in question.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
David Shortell / CNN:
Michael Cohen to be released Thursday and will serve remaining prison sentence at home  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen will be released early from prison on Thursday and is expected to serve out the remainder of his sentence at home as coronavirus continues …
Discussion: The Hill
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Will Be Released to Home Confinement
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Believer in QAnon conspiracy theory wins Republican Senate nomination in Oregon  —  Oregon Republicans on Tuesday elected a Senate nominee who believes in QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that has taken root among some far-right supporters of President Trump.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Two Weeks Ago, She Predicted Trump Would Use COVID to Arrest Obama.  Now She's a GOP Senate Candidate
Discussion: The Hill
Christopher Wilson / Yahoo Sports:
QAnon follower wins Senate primary in Oregon
Discussion: Vox
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits  —  Mitch McConnell promised House Republicans Wednesday that the beefed up unemployment benefits enacted earlier this spring “will not be in the next bill.”  —  The Senate majority leader told the House GOP minority in an afternoon phone call …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Fox News
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump's ‘own medicine’
Discussion: ABC News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pelosi accuses GOP of ‘political retribution’ in wake of subpoena vote
Discussion: Sara A. Carter
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Here's How Most Americans Really Feel About Wearing Face Masks  —  If there's a culture war over masks, someone forgot to tell most of the public, a new survey finds.  —  Most Americans consider wearing a mask near others a sign of respect and a matter of public health, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.
Florida COVID-19 dashboard manager raises red flags about accuracy of state data after being fired  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News/WFLA) - Florida's COVID-19 dashboard, which has been praised and celebrated by officials in Washington in recent months, is now at the center of a controversy …
Gary Detman / WEAR-TV:
DeSantis: Florida COVID-19 dashboard designer faces cyber sexual harassment charges
Discussion: Power Line
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
White House's Own Data Crunchers: Southern Counties About to Get Hit Hard  —  TEMPTING FATES  —  The coronavirus task force has been using data from PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to chart the disease.  And the new projections aren't great.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Chris Smith / BGR:
CDC: Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweaked its COVID-19 transmission information webpage to make it clear that the primary way the coronavirus spreads is from person-to-person.
Discussion: New York Post
Madeline Farber / Fox News:
CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ via contaminated surfaces
Shawn Yancy / WTTG-TV:
Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dies of COVID-19  —  Remembering former White House butler who died from COVID-19  —  Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, one of the White House's longest-serving employees, died last weekend from COVID-19.  He was 91.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
A Case From a Judge's Past May Offer a Clue About How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Will Proceed  —  Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national-security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to F.B.I. agents, in December, 2017, in a case brought by the special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump said Obama administration was handling early days of Swine Flu outbreak ‘fine,’ cautioned not to overreact  —  (CNN)Donald Trump in April 2009 said the Obama administration was handling the ​early days of the 2009-2010 H1N1 outbreak ​"fine​" and warned against overreacting to the new virus.
Discussion: Political Wire
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump's promise of ‘Warp Speed’ fuels anti-vaccine movement in fertile corners of the Web  —  The question was posed bluntly to the nearly 100,000 members of a Facebook group devoted to ending Pennsylvania's stay-at-home orders, with a user writing, “if there was a vaccine for coronavirus would you be likely to take it.”
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders, seeking peace with Joe Biden, asks his own delegates to turn down the volume  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose delegates staged a raucous rebellion against Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic convention, is trying to engineer a different outcome this year …
Discussion: Politico
CBS Detroit:
‘How Can I Be Sick?’  Woman Who Took Hydroxychloroquine For 19 Years To Treat Lupus Still Got COVID-19  —  OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (CBS Local) — A Wisconsin woman who has taken hydroxychloroquine for 19 years to treat lupus says the anti-malarial drug will not protect someone from COVID-19.
Discussion: CBS Denver and CBS New York
Karla Adam / Washington Post:
Why is coronavirus hitting Britain's minority doctors so hard?  —  LONDON — Adil el-Tayar was a distinguished renal transplant surgeon, originally from Sudan, who volunteered to attend to coronavirus patients in an emergency room.  Within weeks, the 64-year-old was dead — the first doctor in Britain to succumb to the virus.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Trump to mark Memorial Day at ceremony at Baltimore monument  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans may be staying in this Memorial Day weekend, but President Donald Trump is hitting the road, set to visit Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
Discussion: The Hill
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Kamala Harris introduces resolution condemning ‘Chinese Virus’ as racist  —  Sen. Kamala Harris wants this on the record — the term “Chinese Virus” is hate speech fueling attacks against Asians.  —  The California Democrat and failed 2020 presidential candidate has introduced a resolution condemning …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Kayleigh McEnany: 'It doesn't matter' when people call me a liar because ‘I stand as a Christian woman’  —  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany this week brushed aside criticism of her past statements by noting that she is a “Christian woman” who ultimately works for God.
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Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Ohio Judge Deems the State's COVID-19 Lockdown ‘Arbitrary, Unreasonable, and Oppressive’
Discussion: Power Line
South Korean man in ICE custody passes away in California
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Ursula Perano / Axios:
GOP senator: Recess is “unfathomable” before passing next COVID-19 bill
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senators release bill to offer $4,000 skills training credit to workers displaced by coronavirus
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Progressive group used cell phone data to track protesters at anti-lockdown rallies
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats' objections
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Axios
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Tops Trump in Vote, Economic Confidence