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7:40 PM ET, May 20, 2020


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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
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 …
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, Townhall and Daily Kos
'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: Raw Story
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
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
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   Florida Gov. DeSantis calls scientist's data-manipulation claim a ‘nonissue’
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 …
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Will Be Released to Home Confinement
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:   AP source: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released from prison
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats' objections  —  A Senate committee moved Wednesday to subpoena documents related to the son of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an election-year escalation of GOP congressional scrutiny of Biden's time as vice president.
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Pelosi accuses GOP of ‘political retribution’ in wake of subpoena vote
Discussion: Politico and Sara A. Carter
Fired State Department watchdog was probing protocol office  —  The now-fired State Department inspector general had recently wrapped up an investigation into two other top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, determining that they had likely failed to report allegations of workplace violence …
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Wilson / Yahoo Sports:
QAnon follower wins Senate primary in Oregon
Discussion: Vox
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle  —  The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill  —  Republican strategists earlier this month sent a startling message to GOP senators facing reelection: “Don't Defend Trump.”  —  Then last week, a Rasmussen Reports poll …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
‘Never Trump’ Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with?
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Fans Gobble Up His Favorite, Unproven COVID Drug—Some Are Even Trying To Cook It Themselves  —  IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?  —  QAnon users are posting make-at-home recipes for hydroxychloroquine as Trump says he's using the drug  —  Donald Trump's allies are seeking …
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
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
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump's ‘own medicine’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she called President Donald Trump “morbidly obese” because he's put down women for their weight.  And besides, she suggested, the president could lose …
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Progressive group used cell phone data to track protesters at anti-lockdown rallies  —  A progressive health-care advocacy group used cell phone data to track the movements of demonstrators at lockdown protests in five states, according to a report.  —  The Committee to Protect Medicare collected …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic.
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.
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
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 …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  There was supposed to be a peak.  But the stark turning point, when the number of daily COVID-19 cases …
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders, seeking peace with Joe Biden, asks his own delegates to turn down the volume
Ursula Perano / Axios:
GOP senator: Recess is “unfathomable” before passing next COVID-19 bill
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Swing state voters are sharply divided over coronavirus, CNBC/Change Research poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senators release bill to offer $4,000 skills training credit to workers displaced by coronavirus
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Sept. 11 convict now says he renounces terrorism, bin Laden
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Tops Trump in Vote, Economic Confidence
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
10 Years Old, Tearful and Confused After a Sudden Deportation
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Is Holocaust Denial Conservative Now?
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and NB Blog