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12:15 AM ET, May 21, 2020

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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
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
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: IJR
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:   Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:   Trump's promise of ‘Warp Speed’ fuels anti-vaccine movement in fertile corners of the Web
Kristen Holmes / CNN:
CDC's Redfield in the hot seat as White House looks for someone to blame
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
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 …
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, CNBC and GovExec.com
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Pompeo's new acting inspector general is already creating a conflict of interest  —  On Friday, President Trump announced the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, based on the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a move that surprised official Washington and infuriated Democrats.
Politico:
Fired State Department watchdog was probing protocol office
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said the corrupt part out loud  —  During the impeachment of President Trump, an expert witness called by Democrats floated a theoretical scenario involving the president threatening a state hammered by a natural disaster, to illustrate the corruption of Trump's shakedown of Ukraine.
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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
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump's ‘own medicine’
Discussion: ABC News
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
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Grants Trump Request to Block Disclosure of Mueller Materials
Discussion: The Week
David Shortell / 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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Will Be Released to Home Confinement
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.
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 …
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
Chris Smith / BGR:
CDC: Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweaked its COVID-19 transmission information webpage to make it clear that the primary way the coronavirus spreads is from person-to-person.
Discussion: New York Post
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Madeline Farber / Fox News:
CDC now says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ via contaminated surfaces
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders, seeking peace with Joe Biden, asks his own delegates to turn down the volume  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose delegates staged a raucous rebellion against Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic convention, is trying to engineer a different outcome this year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Politico:
Hillary rakes in millions for Biden — but he's still far behind Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Shawn Yancy / WTTG-TV:
Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dies of COVID-19  —  Remembering former White House butler who died from COVID-19  —  Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, one of the White House's longest-serving employees, died last weekend from COVID-19.  He was 91.
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Gary Detman / WEAR-TV:
DeSantis: Florida COVID-19 dashboard designer faces cyber sexual harassment charges  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The woman who designed Florida's COVID-19 dashboard and later fired faces an open criminal investigation for sexual cyber-harassment and cyberstalking, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.
Discussion: Redstate and Power Line
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WFLA-TV:
Florida COVID-19 dashboard manager raises red flags about accuracy of state data after being fired
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.
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.
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
A Man Shared A Shocking Photo Of What COVID-19 Did To Him After Six Weeks In A Hospital  —  “I wanted to show it can happen to anyone.  It doesn't matter if you're young or old, have preexisting conditions or not.  It can affect you.” … As he sat in his bed in a Boston hospital's coronavirus ward …
Discussion: New York Post, The US Sun and Fox News
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why Clean Shirts Become the Stuff of Dirty Laundry  —  Government watchdogs say skirting the rules against subordinates doing chores hints at a broader disregard for ethics restrictions.  —  When it comes to airing dirty laundry in Washington, dry-cleaning abuse has to be near the top of the list.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits  —  Mitch McConnell promised House Republicans on Wednesday that the beefed up unemployment benefits enacted earlier this spring “will not be in the next bill.”  —  The Senate majority leader told the House GOP minority in an afternoon phone call …
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Let's Remember That the Coronavirus Is Still a Mystery
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Emergency relief screw-up hits 5 million student loan borrowers
Scott Walker / New York Times:
Don't Bail Out the States  —  Instead of propping up failed …
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Ohio Judge Deems the State's COVID-19 Lockdown ‘Arbitrary, Unreasonable, and Oppressive’
Discussion: Power Line
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Kayleigh McEnany: 'It doesn't matter' when people call me a liar because ‘I stand as a Christian woman’
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
A Case From a Judge's Past May Offer a Clue About How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Will Proceed
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
Kamala Harris introduces resolution condemning ‘Chinese Virus’ as racist
 Earlier Items: 
Karla Adam / Washington Post:
Why is coronavirus hitting Britain's minority doctors so hard?
CNN:
Trump said Obama administration was handling early days of Swine Flu outbreak ‘fine,’ cautioned not to overreact
Discussion: Political Wire
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Swing state voters are sharply divided over coronavirus, CNBC/Change Research poll finds
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats' objections
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Raw Story
CBS Detroit:
‘How Can I Be Sick?’  Woman Who Took Hydroxychloroquine For 19 Years To Treat Lupus Still Got COVID-19
Discussion: CBS Denver and CBS New York
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo