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9:55 AM ET, May 21, 2020

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New York Times:
For Spy Agencies, Briefing Trump Is a Test of Holding His Attention  —  President Trump's intelligence briefings have gotten renewed attention since he blamed them for failing to sound the alarm early on about the coronavirus.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed many others …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Offered To Pay Christopher Steele ‘Significantly’ To Dig Up Dirt On Michael Flynn  — Former British spy Christopher Steele peddled an unfounded rumor in December 2016 that Michael Flynn had an extramarital affair with a Russian woman, according to documents released earlier in May.
Discussion: Townhall
Eli Lake / Commentary Magazine:
How it happened and why it matters  —  In their final encounter during …
Discussion: Fox News and American Greatness
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests …
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Daniel Rivero / WLRN Miami Herald News, Events, Radio:
CDC's National Dashboard Includes COVID-19 Data That Expert Says Mixes ‘Apples To Oranges’
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi, Schumer ask Trump to lower flags when coronavirus deaths reach 100,000  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday requested President Donald Trump order flags on public buildings nationwide to fly at half-staff …
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Associated Press:   Trump tests whether incumbent leader can tap outsider anger
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
Pelosi quips that Trump has ‘doggy doo on his shoes’ in ongoing spat
Discussion: Althouse
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen released from federal prison over coronavirus concerns  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, was released from federal prison to home confinement Thursday as part of the Justice Department's push to stem the spread of coronavirus among the inmates it houses, his lawyer said.
Discussion: Sputnik News and KNWA FOX24
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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 …
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Matt Egan / CNN:
Trump will lose in a landslide because of the economy, new election model predicts
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Times
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump will lose popular vote in 2020 election, election model predicts
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Attack On Vote-By-Mail Plans In Key 2020 States Is “Misinformation,” A Top State Official Says  —  BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
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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.
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 …
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Sen. Loeffler's husband cuts $1 million check to pro-Trump super PAC
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Jonathan Safran Foer / New York Times:
The Coronavirus and a World Without Meat  —  If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.  —  Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of “Eating Animals” and “We Are the Weather.”  —  Is any panic more primitive …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and Townhall
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren pivots on Medicare for All in bid to become Biden's VP  —  In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over Medicare for All: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back anyone who defends the health care status quo …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
Hillary rakes in millions for Biden — but he's still far behind Trump  —  Hillary Clinton collected $2 million for Joe Biden's new joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee this week — an enormous one-night haul for the once cash-strapped campaign.
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The Daily Beast:
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Workers File Another 2.4 Million Unemployment Claims  —  Pace of weekly claims continues to ease from late March peak; self-employed receiving coronavirus-related benefits aren't counted in wave of filings  —  Workers filed another 2.4 million unemployment claims last week …
Discussion: Fox Business
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Coronavirus testing is ‘a mess’ in the US, report says  —  (CNN)Coronavirus testing in the United States is disorganized and needs coordination at the national level, infectious disease experts said in a new report released Wednesday.  —  Right now, testing is not accurate enough to use alone …
USA Today:
Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ by touching surfaces or objects, CDC now says.  But it still ‘may be possible’.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always warned that “it may be possible” to become infected with coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
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: Washington Monthly, NBC News and IJR
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy  —  New York (CNN Business)The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been conspicuously absent from national television interviews over the last two weeks, as the White House moves ahead with reopening the economy.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hannah Sparks / New York Post:
‘Hot’ nurse disciplined for wearing bra and panties under see-through PPE gown  —  This naughty nurse is going viral.  —  A nurse in Russia was suspended from the hospital where she worked in Tula, 100 miles south of Moscow, after she arrived at her shift in the all-male coronavirus patient wing …
Discussion: Redstate and The US Sun
John F. Harris / Politico:
Once Again, Democrats Are Caught In the Trump Trap  —  Former President Barack Obama since leaving office rarely wades into debates about his successor, but President Donald Trump's performance during the pandemic compelled him to raise his voice.  —  He was sharp by his standards …
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.
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
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.
Walter Olson / Overlawyered:
Adjourned: Overlawyered to cease publication May 31  —  Dear friends and Overlawyered readers:  —  I've been considering ceasing publication of Overlawyered over the past couple of years, and the time has finally arrived.  I plan to publish its final post on May 31, ten days from now.
 
 
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
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Discussion: Reason
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Tyler O'Neil / pjmedia.com:
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Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
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