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9:20 AM ET, May 22, 2020

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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Life at the Trump Tailgate: Spiked Slurpees, Culture Wars and the Coronavirus Hoax  —  YPSILANTI, Mich.—At the intersection of Rawsonville and Textile Roads, on a slender stretch of turf that runs the length of a half-deserted strip mall, Kathryn Prater and Kelra Rise are dancing.
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News, Fox News and Breitbart
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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: IJR and The Week
TMZ.com:
Donald Trump Wears Mask at Ford Plant  —  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.
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Donald Trump goes without mask at Michigan Ford plant despite company request
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says  —  An analysis of 96,000 patients shows those treated with hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to suffer irregular heart rhythms  —  A study of 96,000 hospitalized …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
As Tara Reade's Expert Witness Credentials Are Questioned, So Are Verdicts  —  Defense lawyers in California are reviewing criminal cases in which Tara Reade, the former Senate aide who has accused Joseph R. Biden Jr. of sexual assault, served as an expert witness on domestic violence …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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Mary Duan / www.montereycountyweekly.com:
Convictions could be challenged as defense attorneys question Tara Reade's credentials.  —  In December 2018, Tara Reade, the woman making headlines for accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault while she was on his senate staff in the 1990s, was called as an expert witness in a Monterey County Superior Court case …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
A Trump election conspiracy collapses  —  MIAMI — A Trump election conspiracy theory has fallen apart after 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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Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
White House just lied about why Trump didn't vote in person
Discussion: Raw Story, Sun-Sentinel, Reason and Gizmodo
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
RNC intervening in Dem lawsuit in Florida to protect election integrity
Discussion: Politico
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, Fox News and Twitchy
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Washington Post:   Appeals court orders Flynn judge to defend actions, as legal scholars weigh in
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog
Discussion: The Hill and Mother Jones
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New York Times:
Two Very Different Democrats: What a Biden-Warren Ticket Might Be Like
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Common Dreams
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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Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans New Arms Talks Aimed at Limiting Russian, Chinese and U.S. Nuclear Warheads
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground  —  A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.  —  The burning of a church in northern Mississippi this week is being investigated as arson …
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Associated Press:
Mississippi gov condemns church fire amid virus pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Plagued by stock trades, Loeffler vows she won't drop out  —  Kelly Loeffler is behind in the polls and best known for her fortuitously timed stock trades.  —  But the Georgia Republican insisted during a 25-minute interview that she's not going anywhere.  —  “Not only am I not dropping out …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
CNN:
China to propose hugely controversial national security law in Hong Kong  —  Hong Kong (CNN)China will move to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong, in what could be the biggest blow to the city's autonomy and civil liberties since its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.
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Mark Magnier / South China Morning Post:   US investors weigh business fallout from Beijing's power play in Hong Kong
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
Tom Lyden / FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul:
Law professor falsely accused of rape, wins defamation case  —  (FOX 9) - A University of Minnesota Law School professor, Francesco Parisi, has won a nearly $1.2 million defamation case against a woman who had falsely accused him of rape.  —  In his blistering ruling on Tuesday …
Discussion: Law & Crime and The College Fix
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states  —  The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface.  That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website.
Arman Azad / CNN:
CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms  —  How vaccines stop the spread of viruses  —  (CNN)In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Election official: Number of Pa. mail-in ballot applications ‘off the charts’  —  Pennsylvania's top elections official, Kathy Boockvar, said that voters have submitted about 1.6 million applications for mail-in and absentee ballots for the June 2 primary election.
Los Angeles Times:
Little sense of shared grief as virus deaths near 100,000  —  For months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation ached together in televised memorials, joining in a collective catharsis of uniformed salutes, bagpiped dirges and President George W. Bush declaring a national day of mourning and remembrance.
Washington Examiner:
It's time for media to say 'We're sorry' to Ron DeSantis  —  When the coronavirus first appeared in Florida, the media's predictions were dire.  Many expected the state to experience a crisis similar to New York's since thousands of New Yorkers fled their home state for Florida in the early days of the pandemic.
Discussion: Just The News, Slate and Mediaite
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns  —  “The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of suicide deaths adding that he's seen a …
Discussion: National Review and ABC7
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
A new ad makes the case against Lindsey Graham with Graham doing all the talking  —  When I interviewed Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party now running against Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), he told me about a campaign event he did in a county …
WSB-TV:
Gov. Kemp: Less than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout state  —  ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp and the state's health director spoke Thursday about inaccurate coronavirus testing data .  —  Kemp held a news conference Thursday where he asked Georgians for patience …
Discussion: Just The News
 
 
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
A Surprising Sign of a Democratic Revival in Ohio
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus invades Trump country
Discussion: KFF, Raw Story and The Hill
Marla Carter / ABC13:
Ex-Texas lieutenant governor ‘not interested’ in filing charges against girlfriend accused of beating him
Discussion: The Hill
Tampa Bay Times:
How coronavirus candor gets you fired, then smeared by Gov. Ron DeSantis
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Nieves / Politico:
University of California eliminates SAT/ACT requirement
 Earlier Items: 
CBS San Francisco:
Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home
detroitnews:
Judge affirms Whitmer's authority to extend COVID-19 emergency; Legislature to appeal
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and NBC News
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading
Discussion: Contemptor
Robert Frank / CNBC:
American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Twitchy