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5:35 PM 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 …
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.
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Trump has a real shot of winning  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden is ahead of President Donald Trump in the presidential race.  He leads in the swing states and is up somewhere between 5 and 8 points nationally, depending on what methodology you use.
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Trump approval remains steady during pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate breaks for recess after Cory Gardner's threat
Discussion: Fox News and CNN
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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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:   How Biden Could Be The Most Liberal President In Modern U.S. History
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Terrorism Motive Suspected in Naval Base Shooting, Second Suspect at Large  —  A gunman reportedly tried to ram the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Thursday morning then opened fire.  —  Authorities believe a shooting that injured one person at a south Texas naval base on Thursday morning was terrorism-related.
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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 …
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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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: al.com and Balloon Juice
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,” …
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John Binder / Breitbart:   DOJ: Democrats Paid Pennsylvania Election Officials to Stuff Ballot Box
The Daily Beast:
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again  —  The playbook that worked in 2016 isn't so far in 2020.  And some in Trump land are feeling nostalgic for their old foe.  —  In 2016, Donald Trump and his campaign staff found themselves up against a Democratic nominee …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Raw Story and Fox News
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 …
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.
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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
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo  —  In the few short years since his time in Congress, the secretary of state has conveniently reversed himself on multiple fronts.  —  Many of those around Donald Trump had evinced a certain moral or political flexibility, but few have eclipsed the purely distilled, cynical hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Engel threatens subpoena over Pompeo's handling of GOP Hunter Biden probe
Justice News:
California Couple in College Admissions Case Agrees to Plead Guilty  —  BOSTON - Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with securing the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence  —  The Senate confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) as the next director of national intelligence on Thursday, capping an unusually protracted process that saw the congressman withdraw his nomination last year in the face …
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Washington Post:
China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city's legislature  —  HONG KONG — China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing …
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Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:   Senators to Propose Bill Sanctioning Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Security Law
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy and Althouse
Megan Cassella / Politico:
Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs aren't flooding back  —  Georgia's early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state's flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are still afraid to go outside.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Flynn's name was never ‘masked’ in FBI report on phone call with Russian  —  WASHINGTON — In a blow to GOP efforts to create a cloud of scandal around so-called “unmasking,” two sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News that then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's name …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why are liberals more afraid of the coronavirus than conservatives?  —  President Donald Trump tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks in Phoenix, Arizona.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images  —  Covid-19 and the complex politics of fear.
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount  —  With over 38 million U.S. unemployment claims in nine weeks, one economist says the situation is “grimmer than we thought.”  —  Even as restrictions on businesses began lifting across the United States, another 2.4 million workers filed …
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Told to Stay Home by Baltimore Mayor Ahead of Visit  —  The mayor of Baltimore asked President Donald Trump to cancel a planned visit to the city on Monday to celebrate the U.S. Memorial Day holiday, noting the Maryland city is still under a stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
Mayo Clinic doctors find many COVID-19 antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News exclusive  —  A number of commercially available COVID-19 antibody tests, which look at a patient's blood for signs of past infection, did not pass Mayo Clinic quality screening or meet their expectations for use …
Anna Wilde Mathews / Wall Street Journal:
Nursing Homes Don't Have to Report Pre-May Covid-19 Deaths to U.S. Officials  —  A May 8 rule requires facilities to submit data on coronavirus cases, but CDC says older information is optional  —  A recently launched federal effort to collect data on the impact of the coronavirus …
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 …
Daniel Dale / CNN:
After false claims about Michigan and voting, Trump repeats false claim he was Michigan's ‘Man of the Year’  —  Dale: One of my favorite Trump lies out of thousands  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has a favorite way to illustrate what he says is the strength of his relationship …
Discussion: The Root
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Megyn Kelly Says Tara Reade's Refusal to Take Polygraph Could Be ‘Sign of Deception’  —  Megyn Kelly described her interview with Tara Reade as a mixed bag in terms of perpetuating the former Senate staffer's allegations against Joe Biden.  —  Kelly spoke to Sinclair host Eric Bolling …
Discussion: WJLA-TV
 
 
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Urge the Trump Administration to Halt to Deportations Amid Global Pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Unit That Prosecuted Roger Stone Is Reorganized
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
After Charleston absentee ballots found in Maryland, SC considers cutting ties with printer
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading
USA Today:
Why oh why is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo being praised for his coronavirus response?
Discussion: Spectator USA and Fox News
Daniel Burke / CNN:
The religious roots of Trump's magical thinking on coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How ‘60 Minutes’ survived CBS upheaval to become ‘the Tony Fauci of newsmagazines’
Discussion: TVNewser
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Home-Bound Locked-Down Fox & Friends Implores New Yorkers to Defy Stay at Home Orders
New York Times:
The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes
Discussion: The Week
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
What's behind the rise of “COVID contrarian” Alex Berenson in right-wing media?
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
Discussion: Breitbart