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8:55 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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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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New York Times:
Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on Official Trips  —  The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.
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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
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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TMZ.com:   Donald Trump Wears Mask at Ford Plant
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
White House just lied about why Trump didn't vote in person
Discussion: Reason, Gizmodo and Florida Phoenix
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
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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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Gardner brawls with Hickenlooper over threat to block recess  —  After threatening to block the Memorial Day recess, Cory Gardner will get one of his signature bills on the Senate floor.  Yet his likely opponent this November says he's still a pushover to Mitch McConnell.
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Senate confirms Trump's Navy secretary pick
Discussion: Fox News
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
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 …
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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
Washington Post:
China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city's legislature  —  HONG KONG — China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing …
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Owen Churchill / Politico:
U.S. says China undermining commitment to keep Hong Kong semi-autonomous
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Is This the End of Hong Kong?
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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
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
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Flynn Mandamus Petition  —  Is Judge Emmet Sullivan's collusion cameo nearing its end?  —  Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on its own motion, ordered Judge Sullivan to respond within ten days to the petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Michael Flynn.
Discussion: Power Line, Law & Crime and New Yorker
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Federal appeals court orders judge in Flynn case to respond to motion to dismiss charges
Discussion: Politico and TheBlaze
John Sexton / Hotair:
GQ Piece On The Pro-Life Movement Labels George Wallace A Republican (Update)  —  Norma McCorvey aka Jane Roe, made a deathbed confession that, contrary to what she had claimed for 20 years, she was never really a pro-life Christian.  She claimed she had gone along with what she was told …
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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
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
Justice News:
California Couple in College Admissions Case Agrees to Plead Guilty  —  BOSTON - Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with securing the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits.
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
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules  —  Location data requires a warrant since 2018; lock screen may now, too.  —  Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement.  Police and federal investigators love to get their hands …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Flynn's name was never ‘masked’ in FBI report on phone call with Russian  —  WASHINGTON — In a blow to GOP efforts to create a cloud of scandal around so-called “unmasking,” two sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News that then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's name …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus hot spots erupt across the country; experts warn of second wave in South
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Beast
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
Associated Press:
‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Unit That Prosecuted Roger Stone Is Reorganized
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
Mayo Clinic doctors find many COVID-19 antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News exclusive
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly Says Tara Reade's Refusal to Take Polygraph Could Be ‘Sign of Deception’
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence
Discussion: Fox News, WND and CNBC
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?
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir