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8:20 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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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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J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to improve communication with Trump: report
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
New York Times:
Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on Official Trips  —  The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed State Department officials to find a way to justify the emergency declaration that he had already decided to implement in order to fast-track …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:   The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo
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,” …
Discussion: The Week and Detroit Free Press
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump brings mask to Ford, says he doesn't ‘want to give the press the pleasure of seeing’ him wear it
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
TMZ.com:   Donald Trump Wears Mask at Ford Plant
Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
White House just lied about why Trump didn't vote in person
Discussion: Reason, Gizmodo and Florida Phoenix
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
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Gardner brawls with Hickenlooper over threat to block recess  —  After threatening to block the Memorial Day recess, Cory Gardner will get one of his signature bills on the Senate floor.  Yet his likely opponent this November says he's still a pushover to Mitch McConnell.
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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 …
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Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
On the Treaty on Open Skies  —  Tomorrow, the United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies to the Treaty Depositaries and to all other States Parties to the Treaty.  Effective six months from tomorrow, the United States will no longer be a party to the Treaty.
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John Binder / Breitbart:   DOJ: Democrats Paid Pennsylvania Election Officials to Stuff Ballot Box
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
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 …
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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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Is This the End of Hong Kong?
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden more trusted on coronavirus, Trump on economy  —  Most voters are concerned about the pandemic and the economy, so when they favor Joe Biden on coronavirus and Donald Trump has a narrow edge on pocketbook issues — it makes for a tight race for the White House.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff  —  The Atlantic is laying off nearly 20% of staff, according to an internal note from David Bradley, the publication's chairman, that was obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: It's the latest media company that's been been forced to take drastic measures …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Flynn Mandamus Petition  —  Is Judge Emmet Sullivan's collusion cameo nearing its end?  —  Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on its own motion, ordered Judge Sullivan to respond within ten days to the petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Michael Flynn.
Discussion: Power Line, Law & Crime and New Yorker
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Federal appeals court orders judge in Flynn case to respond to motion to dismiss charges
Discussion: Politico and TheBlaze
Laura Bassett / GQ:
The Anti-Abortion Movement Was Always Built on Lies  —  This week, it was revealed that Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. “Jane Roe,” admitted on her death bed that her late-career anti-abortion crusade was all a ruse funded by the Christian right.  Laura Bassett takes a hard look at the house of cards …
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John Sexton / Hotair:   GQ Piece On The Pro-Life Movement Labels George Wallace A Republican (Update)
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder  —  William “Roddie” Bryan, who shot the video capturing the final seconds of Ahmaud Arbery's life, has been arrested and charged with his murder, the GBI announced Thursday.  —  Bryan, 50, has maintained his innocence.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 and Raw Story
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading  —  If you're reading this sentence, you've read more than the president has today.  —  Last month, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ignored “more than a dozen” intelligence briefings in January and February warning him of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Contemptor
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules  —  Location data requires a warrant since 2018; lock screen may now, too.  —  Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement.  Police and federal investigators love to get their hands …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 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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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Senate confirms Trump's Navy secretary pick
Discussion: Fox News
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
Associated Press:
‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Unit That Prosecuted Roger Stone Is Reorganized
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Anna Wilde Mathews / Wall Street Journal:
Nursing Homes Don't Have to Report Pre-May Covid-19 Deaths to U.S. Officials
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ABC News:
Mayo Clinic doctors find many COVID-19 antibody tests fail their quality standards: ABC News exclusive
Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Trump Told to Stay Home by Baltimore Mayor Ahead of Visit
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Hill
Daniel Burke / CNN:
The religious roots of Trump's magical thinking on coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence
Discussion: Fox News, WND and CNBC
Daniel Dale / CNN:
After false claims about Michigan and voting, Trump repeats false claim he was Michigan's ‘Man of the Year’
Discussion: The Root