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9:45 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump says he won't close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits  — President Donald Trump said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections.  — “People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard,” …
Discussion: The Week and Detroit Free Press
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Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
White House just lied about why Trump didn't vote in person  —  The White House claimed Donald Trump was ‘unable to cast his vote’ in Florida because he was stuck in Washington — but evidence shows otherwise.  —  Both Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany …
Discussion: Reason, Gizmodo and Florida Phoenix
TMZ.com:
Donald Trump Wears Mask at Ford Plant  —  DONALD TRUMP NO MASKING IT ... Finally Puts One On  —  Donald Trump's ploy to stay unmasked for the public just got unmasked, because he put one on at the Ford motor plant.  —  Trump flew to Michigan, where the plant has been partially converted to manufacture ventilators.
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump brings mask to Ford, says he doesn't ‘want to give the press the pleasure of seeing’ him wear it
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
CBS News:
Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized …
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed State Department officials to find a way to justify the emergency declaration that he had already decided to implement in order to fast-track …
Discussion: The Hill and Mother Jones
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:   The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
The United States and the New World Disorder: Retreat From Primacy  —  In the 1951 science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, an alien in human form visits the planet accompanied by a giant metallic robot and delivers an ultimatum: change your warlike ways or face obliteration.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty  —  Mr. Trump's decision, the third major retreat from arms control agreements, will be viewed as evidence that he also plans an exit from the last major arms treaty with Russia: New START.  —  President Trump has decided to withdraw …
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
The mastermind of George W. Bush's White House victories is advising Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, focusing on swing state battlegrounds and Republican voter outreach  — Karl Rove, the senior adviser to the last GOP president, has been helping the Trump reelection effort as an unpaid and informal role.
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Harry Enten / CNN:   Trump has a real shot of winning
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Trump approval remains steady during pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to improve communication with Trump: report
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump advisers warn McSally is in trouble  —  Senior political advisers to President Donald Trump warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday that Republican Sen. Martha McSally is falling dangerously behind in the critical swing state of Arizona.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder  —  William “Roddie” Bryan, who shot the video capturing the final seconds of Ahmaud Arbery's life, has been arrested and charged with his murder, the GBI announced Thursday.  —  Bryan, 50, has maintained his innocence.
Discussion: Mediaite
Mark Magnier / South China Morning Post:
US investors weigh business fallout from Beijing's power play in Hong Kong  —  'It is reasonable to be deeply concerned about Hong Kong's future,' US analyst says Predictions that corporations could leave the city for Singapore, Korea, Taiwan or Vietnam 'It is reasonable to be deeply concerned …
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Washington Post:
China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city's legislature
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Is This the End of Hong Kong?
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden more trusted on coronavirus, Trump on economy  —  Most voters are concerned about the pandemic and the economy, so when they favor Joe Biden on coronavirus and Donald Trump has a narrow edge on pocketbook issues — it makes for a tight race for the White House.
Robert Frank / CNBC:
American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic  — U.S. billionaires saw their fortunes soar by $434 billion during the nation's lockdown between mid-March and mid-May, according to a new report.  — Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg had the biggest gains.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Appeal Court orders Flynn judge to explain himself  —  The federal judge overseeing the tumultuous case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has until May 31 to explain his rationale for declining to immediately dismiss the case against Flynn after the Justice Department moved to drop the matter.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Flynn Mandamus Petition
Discussion: Power Line and Law & Crime
Adam Shaw / Fox News:   Federal appeals court orders judge in Flynn case to respond to motion to dismiss charges
Monterey County Weekly:
A longtime expert witness in Monterey County domestic violence trials, Tara Reade is now best known for accusing Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her.  —  RIGHT AROUND THE TIME PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WERE INAUGURATED IN 2009, a woman in Monterey County decided …
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly Says Tara Reade's Refusal to Take Polygraph Could Be ‘Sign of Deception’
Discussion: WJLA-TV
detroitnews:
Judge affirms Whitmer's authority to extend COVID-19 emergency; Legislature to appeal  —  Lansing — A Court of Claims judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had the legal authority to extend Michigan's state of emergency under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act …
Discussion: The Hill
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Court sides with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after GOP lawmakers challenge her coronavirus restrictions
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Is Ben Smith's Column About Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?  —  It was a tantalizing story, written by The New York Times' freshly poached media columnist and published with an attention-grabbing headline: “Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?”  —  In it, the columnist, Ben Smith …
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Told to Stay Home by Baltimore Mayor Ahead of Visit  —  The mayor of Baltimore asked President Donald Trump to cancel a planned visit to the city on Monday to celebrate the U.S. Memorial Day holiday, noting the Maryland city is still under a stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Hill
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CBS Baltimore:
Baltimore Mayor Hopes President Trump Will ‘Change His Mind’ About Fort McHenry Visit And Stay Home On Memorial Day
Discussion: Breitbart
Justice News:
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain Announces Charges and Guilty Plea of Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Who Committed Election Fraud  —  PHILADELPHIA - United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Domenick J. DeMuro, 73, of Philadelphia, PA, a former Judge of Elections …
CNN:
Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week  —  New York (CNN Business)For the ninth week in a row, millions of Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits.  Even as the economy is beginning to reopen in parts of the country, layoffs and furloughs have taken hold of the US labor market.
Discussion: WREG-TV
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Patricia Cohen / New York Times:   Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff  —  The Atlantic is laying off nearly 20% of staff, according to an internal note from David Bradley, the publication's chairman, that was obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: It's the latest media company that's been been forced to take drastic measures …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terror-related, FBI says  —  (CNN)Thursday's shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas is terror-related, according to FBI officials.  —  Authorities previously said a shooter had been “neutralized,” but there may be a second person …
Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Dire Situation In Alabama Capital: ICUs Full, Coronavirus Cases Double In May  —  The mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, says the city's health care system has been “maxed out” as cases of coronavirus have more than doubled in May—a sharp contrast to the slowing coronavirus spread that's taken place across …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and al.com
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading  —  If you're reading this sentence, you've read more than the president has today.  —  Last month, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ignored “more than a dozen” intelligence briefings in January and February warning him of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Contemptor
The Daily Beast:
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again  —  The playbook that worked in 2016 isn't so far in 2020.  And some in Trump land are feeling nostalgic for their old foe.  —  In 2016, Donald Trump and his campaign staff found themselves up against a Democratic nominee …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Is a Superspreader—of Distraction  —  A couple of months ago, in the early days of the Great Shutdown, Republicans complained that Democrats' impeachment of Donald Trump had distracted the President from taking more aggressive action to counter the spread of the coronavirus.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
A Trump election conspiracy collapses  —  MIAMI — A Trump election conspiracy theory fell apart Wednesday when Florida's law enforcement agency said it had found no widespread voter fraud in the 2018 races for Senate and governor.  —  President Donald Trump had complained repeatedly about election …
 
 
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits
Discussion: The Guardian and NBC News
John Sexton / Hotair:
GQ Piece On The Pro-Life Movement Labels George Wallace A Republican (Update)
Discussion: GQ, National Review and The Federalist
Washington Post:
Coronavirus hot spots erupt across the country; experts warn of second wave in South
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Beast
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Is QAnon the newest American religion?
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
Associated Press:
‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism
 Earlier Items: 
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence
Discussion: Fox News, CNBC and WND
Megan Cassella / Politico:
Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs aren't flooding back
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why are liberals more afraid of the coronavirus than conservatives?
Justice News:
California Couple in College Admissions Case Agrees to Plead Guilty
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir