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11:00 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 …
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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
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
The shape-shifting genius of Obamagate
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
New York Times:
Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show  —  Even small differences in timing would have prevented the worst exponential growth, which by April had subsumed New York City, New Orleans and other major cities, researchers found.
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 …
Mike Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Voters Back QAnon Conspiracy Promoter for U.S. Senate  —  Jo Rae Perkins won her primary campaign in Oregon as the QAnon conspiracy theory has continued to gain momentum in Republican circles.  —  SEATTLE — Republicans in Oregon have selected a Senate candidate who promotes …
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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
Politico:
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: Raw Story, CNBC and GovExec.com
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Politico:
Fired State Department watchdog was probing protocol office
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.
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New York Times:
Trump Makes False Claim About Michigan Secretary of State and Mail Voting  —  President Trump threatened to withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada if the states moved forward in expanding vote by mail.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday escalated his assault against mail voting …
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)
CNN:
'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 …
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Washington Post:
Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree
Discussion: IJR
Kristen Holmes / CNN:
CDC's Redfield in the hot seat as White House looks for someone to blame
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump to take part in CNN global town hall  —  Who is first lady Melania Trump?  —  (CNN)First lady Melania Trump will take part Thursday evening in CNN's weekly global town hall on coronavirus.  Her remarks, which will be pre-recorded, are the first solo broadcast message from Trump since the onset of the pandemic.
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:   Pelosi quips that Trump has ‘doggy doo on his shoes’ in ongoing spat
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump's ‘own medicine’
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller grand jury documents to House
Discussion: Breitbart
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Grants Trump Request to Block Disclosure of Mueller Materials
Discussion: The Week
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
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Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Will Be Released to Home Confinement
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.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Kelly Loeffler's Husband Pours $1 Million Into Pro-Trump Super PAC  —  BIG MONEY  —  Embattled Sen. Kelly Loeffler's (R-GA) husband made his largest-ever federal political contribution last month with a seven-figure donation to a super PAC supporting President Donald Trump's re-election …
WFLA-TV:
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 …
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Gary Detman / WEAR-TV:
DeSantis: Florida COVID-19 dashboard designer faces cyber sexual harassment charges
Discussion: Redstate and Power Line
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
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Madeline Farber / Fox News:
CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ via contaminated surfaces
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: policylab.chop.edu and Raw Story
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 …
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Politico:
Hillary rakes in millions for Biden — but he's still far behind Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
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: The Hill and Fox News
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Swing state voters are sharply divided over coronavirus, CNBC/Change Research poll finds  — Voters in swing states are sharply divided along partisan lines over the coronavirus pandemic with just six months to go before Election Day, according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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CNN:
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
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
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits  —  Mitch McConnell promised House Republicans on 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: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
David Marcus / New York Post:
End New York City's lockdown now!  —  Sometimes, a good rant is all a writer can offer.  Bear with me.  —  Last Friday morning, some 3,500 New Yorkers lined up at a Catholic church in Queens to receive free food hours before it even opened, ­according to the New York Police Department.
 
 
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why Clean Shirts Become the Stuff of Dirty Laundry
Scott Walker / New York Times:
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Trump to mark Memorial Day at ceremony at Baltimore monument
Discussion: The Hill
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Ohio Judge Deems the State's COVID-19 Lockdown ‘Arbitrary, Unreasonable, and Oppressive’
Discussion: Power Line
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Kayleigh McEnany: 'It doesn't matter' when people call me a liar because ‘I stand as a Christian woman’
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump's promise of ‘Warp Speed’ fuels anti-vaccine movement in fertile corners of the Web
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Kamala Harris introduces resolution condemning ‘Chinese Virus’ as racist
 Earlier Items: 
Karla Adam / Washington Post:
Why is coronavirus hitting Britain's minority doctors so hard?
Ursula Perano / Axios:
GOP senator: Recess is “unfathomable” before passing next COVID-19 bill
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo