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11:20 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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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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: Raw Story, Sun-Sentinel and Reason
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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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
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly Says Tara Reade's Refusal to Take Polygraph Could Be ‘Sign of Deception’
Discussion: WJLA-TV
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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WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
CBS News: Joe Biden Asks Sen. Amy Klobuchar To Be Vetted For VP Consideration
Discussion: Breitbart
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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The Daily Beast:
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again
Harry Enten / CNN:   Trump has a real shot of winning
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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
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
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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
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
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
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: Fox News, Twitchy and TheBlaze
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Flynn Mandamus Petition
Discussion: Law & Crime and Power Line
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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Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
RNC intervening in Dem lawsuit in Florida to protect election integrity
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
CBS San Francisco:
Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — More than 1,200 California pastors say they will resume in-person services on May 31 in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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 …
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: The College Fix and Law & Crime
 
 
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Alexander Nieves / Politico:
University of California eliminates SAT/ACT requirement
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home
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: National Review, Twitchy and NB Blog
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?
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Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Chinese state media makes propaganda video game to bash Pompeo
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Trump approval remains steady during pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Told to Stay Home by Baltimore Mayor Ahead of Visit
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Hill
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount
Megan Cassella / Politico:
Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs aren't flooding back
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How Biden Could Be The Most Liberal President In Modern U.S. History
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
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