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10:40 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: Daily Kos and 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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Teo Armus / Washington Post:   Social distancing a week earlier could have saved 36,000 American lives, study says
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: Redstate and 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Matt Egan / CNN:
Trump will lose in a landslide because of the economy, new election model predicts  —  New York (CNN Business)The economy has gone from President Donald Trump's greatest political asset to perhaps his biggest weakness.  —  Unemployment is spiking at an unprecedented rate.  Consumer spending is vanishing.
Discussion: Washington Times
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump will lose popular vote in 2020 election, election model predicts
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
The Daily Beast:
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump's factory tours could be putting workers, local areas at risk, say experts  —  WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump makes his third coronavirus-themed trip to a battleground state in as many weeks, some experts are expressing concern that the visits could put communities at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Discussion: CNBC and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree
Discussion: Washington Monthly, NBC News and IJR
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
I believe in American exceptionalism. That's what makes this crisis so hard to accept.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Associated Press:
Trump tests whether incumbent leader can tap outsider anger  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running against himself.  —  With his cries to “Reopen our country!” and his rebukes of the federal bureaucracy and health regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic …
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
Pelosi quips that Trump has ‘doggy doo on his shoes’ in ongoing spat
Discussion: Althouse
Kate Bennett / CNN:   Melania Trump to take part in CNN global town hall
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 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 …
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
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 …
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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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Active shooter ‘neutralized’ after incident at Texas Navy base  —  Security forces “neutralized” an active shooter this morning at a Texas naval installation, the Navy announced.  —  One naval security force member was injured.  It was not immediately clear if there were any other casualties.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
NBC Chicago:
Illinois Lawmaker Booted From Legislative Session After Refusing to Comply With Mask Requirement  —  Rep. Darren Bailey has been a frequent critic of coronavirus restrictions, including filing suit against Gov. Pritzker's stay-at-home order  —  Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey was removed …
John Breech / CBSSports.com:
NFL player files lawsuit against United Airlines over alleged sexual assault on cross-country flight  —  An NFL player was allegedly sexually assaulted during a recent flight from Newark to Los Angeles  —  An NFL player has anonymously filed a lawsuit against United Airlines over an alleged sexual assault that took place in February.
Discussion: TMZ.com
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 …
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
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Advances Judicial Nominee Who Called Affordable Care Act ‘Illegitimate’  —  Cory Wilson, who has also attacked abortion rights and LGBTQ rights, is up for a lifetime seat on a U.S. appeals court.  —  WASHINGTON ― Amid a national health emergency that has left millions of Americans …
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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Lucy Bayly / NBC News:
New weekly figures show almost 40 million people lost their job since the pandemic
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama's Man in China Now Beijing's Man in Washington
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
As more states reopen, Georgia defies predictions of coronavirus resurgence. …
Gary Cheung / South China Morning Post:
Beijing to introduce national security law for Hong Kong
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 Earlier Items: 
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Why Clean Shirts Become the Stuff of Dirty Laundry
Mike Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Voters Back QAnon Conspiracy Promoter for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
White House's Own Data Crunchers: Southern Counties About to Get Hit Hard
Discussion: policylab.chop.edu and Raw Story
Shawn Yancy / WTTG-TV:
Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman dies of COVID-19
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Here's How Most Americans Really Feel About Wearing Face Masks