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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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Offered To Pay Christopher Steele ‘Significantly’ To Dig Up Dirt On Michael Flynn
Discussion: Townhall
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
The shape-shifting genius of Obamagate
Discussion: Redstate and Fox News
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
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.
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
For Spy Agencies, Briefing Trump Is a Test of Holding His Attention  —  President Trump's intelligence briefings have gotten renewed attention since he blamed them for failing to sound the alarm early on about the coronavirus.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed many others …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy  —  New York (CNN Business)The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been conspicuously absent from national television interviews over the last two weeks, as the White House moves ahead with reopening the economy.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Could infrastructure week make a comeback?
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:   Trump's promise of ‘Warp Speed’ fuels anti-vaccine movement in fertile corners of the Web
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests …
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Daniel Rivero / WLRN Miami Herald News, Events, Radio:
CDC's National Dashboard Includes COVID-19 Data That Expert Says Mixes ‘Apples To Oranges’
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots  —  Nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic are likely bots, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said on Wednesday.
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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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
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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
Discussion: Althouse
USA Today:
Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ by touching surfaces or objects, CDC now says.  But it still ‘may be possible’.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always warned that “it may be possible” to become infected with coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
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Chris Smith / BGR:
CDC: Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces
Discussion: New York Post
Politico:
Hillary rakes in millions for Biden — but he's still far behind Trump  —  Hillary Clinton collected $2 million for Joe Biden's new joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee this week — an enormous one-night haul for the once cash-strapped campaign.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and Breitbart
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders, seeking peace with Joe Biden, asks his own delegates to turn down the volume
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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 …
Washington Post:
Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree  —  Guidance for reopening houses of worship amid the coronavirus pandemic has been put on hold after a battle between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House, which was resistant to putting limits …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, NBC News and IJR
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 …
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.
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Coronavirus testing is ‘a mess’ in the US, report says  —  (CNN)Coronavirus testing in the United States is disorganized and needs coordination at the national level, infectious disease experts said in a new report released Wednesday.  —  Right now, testing is not accurate enough to use alone …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Townhall
Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
The Day Coronavirus Nearly Broke the Financial Markets  —  The March 16 stock crash was part of a broader liquidity crisis that threatened the viability of America's companies and municipalities  —  An urgent call reached Ronald O'Hanley, State Street Corp.'s chief executive, as he sat in his office in downtown Boston.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren pivots on Medicare for All in bid to become Biden's VP  —  In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over Medicare for All: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back anyone who defends the health care status quo …
Discussion: Daily Kos
John F. Harris / Politico:
Once Again, Democrats Are Caught In the Trump Trap  —  Obama explains why his successor is bad.  That reminds Trump supporters why they think he's good.  —  Former President Barack Obama delivers a virtual address to graduating students.  Getty Images  —  Former President Barack Obama …
Tyler O'Neil / pjmedia.com:
Trump Just Provided the Flailing Economy a Much-Needed Boost  —  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that gives his cabinet “tremendous power to cut regulation.”  The order gives America's flailing economy, still half-shuttered by the coronavirus crisis and government lockdowns …
 
 
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Politico:
House Dems clash over DCCC's refusal to back a Latina in Texas primary
Discussion: The Hill
Scott Morefield / The Daily Caller:
Virginia City That Voted Obama Twice Just Threw Democrats Out Of Office
Discussion: WHSV-TV and The Gateway Pundit
Seema Yasmin / New York Times:
To Fight the Coronavirus, Listen to the C.D.C.'s Detectives
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
A Case From a Judge's Past May Offer a Clue About How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Will Proceed
Discussion: Law & Crime and Fox News
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Kamala Harris introduces resolution condemning ‘Chinese Virus’ as racist
Shawn Yancy / WTTG-TV:
Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dies of COVID-19
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News