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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
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 …
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Washington Post:   Trump administration to withdraw from Open Skies arms control treaty
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 and WAVY-TV
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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
detroitnews:
In swing through Michigan, Trump to find records — unemployment, floods and 5,000 COVID deaths  —  President Donald Trump is set to arrive Thursday in Michigan, a state beset by the historic challenges of record 22.7% unemployment, a 500-year flood in the middle of the state and the loss …
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump's factory tours could be putting workers, local areas at risk, say experts
Discussion: Raw Story
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump to tour Ford's ventilator assembly plant near Detroit
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: Raw Story and Fox News
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Will Bernie Take Over the Biden Campaign?
Discussion: National Review
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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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump will lose popular vote in 2020 election, election model predicts  —  WASHINGTON — As a result of the economy suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, a new election model forecasts President Donald Trump will lose the popular vote in November.  —  “An unemployment rate above …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story, MSNBC and QU Poll
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.
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
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Michael Flynn's name was never ‘masked’ in FBI document on his communications with Russian ambassador
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir  —  Aggregated COVID-19 information matters to public health, but it's also a big economic opportunity.  Now a Trump-aligned company gets that data daily from all 50 states.  —  The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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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
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
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Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
QAnon Supporter Wins Republican Senate Primary in Oregon
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
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Active shooter ‘neutralized’ 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.  A Navy statement said the sailor was in “good condition” and is expected to be released Thursday.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
What's behind the rise of “COVID contrarian” Alex Berenson in right-wing media?  —  In the world of conservative media, author Alex Berenson is a star.  Thanks in large part to his relentless Twitter criticism of how mainstream media and Democratic politicians have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic …
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.
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 …
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 …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Suspected gunman Armando Hernandez filmed Arizona mall attack on Snapchat  —  The man who allegedly shot at least three people at an Arizona shopping complex captured the attack in chilling video posted on Snapchat, where he holds up a can of beer and declares what he is about to carry out, according to reports.
Discussion: KIRO, Breitbart, The US Sun, Sputnik News and UPI
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Several GOP senators press for more stimulus payments during coronavirus crisis  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has sought to hit pause on the government's massive spending for coronavirus-related relief packages, but several of his Republican colleagues are pushing for additional stimulus measures during the economic crisis.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
New York Times:
The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes  —  Homes with a significant number of black and Latino residents have been twice as likely to be hit by the coronavirus as those where the population is overwhelmingly white.  —  In the suburbs of Baltimore …
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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Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
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Justice News:
Chinese National Arrested For $20 Million Scheme To Fraudulently Obtain Loans Intended …
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Advances Judicial Nominee Who Called Affordable Care Act ‘Illegitimate’
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
I believe in American exceptionalism. That's what makes this crisis so hard to accept.
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Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama's Man in China Now Beijing's Man in Washington
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen released from federal prison over coronavirus concerns
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
As more states reopen, Georgia defies predictions of coronavirus resurgence. …
Wall Street Journal:
Workers File Another 2.4 Million Unemployment Claims
Discussion: Fox Business
John Breech / CBSSports.com:
NFL player files lawsuit against United Airlines over alleged sexual assault on cross-country flight
Discussion: TMZ.com
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fauci conspicuously stops doing TV interviews as White House moves to reopen economy
Washington Post:
Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Monthly and IJR