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12:35 PM ET, May 22, 2020

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Washington Post:
Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says  —  An analysis of 96,000 patients shows those treated with hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to suffer irregular heart rhythms  —  A study of 96,000 hospitalized …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black'  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday emphatically defended his ties to the African American community — telling a popular black radio personality that he “ain't black” …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Biden Says Black Voters 'Ain't Black' if They're Considering Trump  —  The former vice president ignited controversy in a testy exchange in a radio interview with Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the apparent Democratic presidential nominee …
New York Times:
Two Very Different Democrats: What a Biden-Warren Ticket Might Be Like  —  If Joe Biden selects Elizabeth Warren as his running mate, the ticket would be a marriage of contrasting policy ideas and governing philosophies unlike any in decades.  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks with Elizabeth Warren about once a week.
Zachary Evans / National Review:
Biden: 'You Ain't Black' If You Can't Decide Between Me and Trump
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Fox News poll: Biden opens up 8-point lead over Trump
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
CBS News:
Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Life at the Trump Tailgate: Spiked Slurpees, Culture Wars and the Coronavirus Hoax  —  YPSILANTI, Mich. — At the intersection of Rawsonville and Textile Roads, on a slender stretch of turf that runs the length of a half-deserted strip mall, Kathryn Prater and Kelra Rise are dancing.
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News, Fox News and Breitbart
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump and his plan to win a second term unmasked in Michigan visit  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's debasing of fact, divide-and-rule tactics and endless quest for new political enemies may be disastrous in a pandemic.  But such behavior, combined with the promise of an American comeback …
Discussion: CNBC and Washington Post
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump battles with Michigan's female Democratic leaders in key 2020 swing state
Discussion: New York Post and VICE
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Donald Trump goes without mask at Michigan Ford plant despite company request
Discussion: Redstate
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Defense lawyers look to reopen cases where Tara Reade testified as an expert
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Monterey County Weekly:
A longtime expert witness in Monterey County domestic violence trials, Tara Reade is now best known …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus invades Trump country … Go deeper  —  Axios  —  World coronavirus updates  —  U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that OptiGene began trials for a 20-minute coronavirus test on Thursday, as the country wants to find out whether the test is effective on a large scale.
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and The Hill
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KFF:   KFF Health Tracking Poll - May 2020
Detroit Free Press:   Poll: Michigan voters show support for Gov. Whitmer's handling of coronavirus
Marc Caputo / Politico:
A Trump election conspiracy collapses  —  MIAMI — A Trump election conspiracy theory has fallen apart after Florida's law enforcement agency said it had found no widespread voter fraud in the 2018 races for Senate and governor.  —  President Donald Trump had complained repeatedly about election …
Discussion: Raw Story, Press Watch and Daily Kos
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:   Election official: Number of Pa. mail-in ballot applications ‘off the charts’
Politico:
Plagued by stock trades, Loeffler vows she won't drop out  —  Kelly Loeffler is behind in the polls and best known for her fortuitously timed stock trades.  —  But the Georgia Republican insisted during a 25-minute interview that she's not going anywhere.  —  “Not only am I not dropping out …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
A new ad makes the case against Lindsey Graham with Graham doing all the talking  —  When I interviewed Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party now running against Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), he told me about a campaign event he did in a county …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why Our Economy May Be Headed for a Decade of Depression  —  In September 2006, Nouriel Roubini told the International Monetary Fund what it didn't want to hear.  Standing before an audience of economists at the organization's headquarters, the New York University professor warned …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states  —  The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface.  That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Appeal Court orders Flynn judge to explain himself  —  The federal judge overseeing the tumultuous case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has until May 31 to explain his rationale for declining to immediately dismiss the case against Flynn after the Justice Department moved to drop the matter.
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Washington Post:   Appeals court orders Flynn judge to defend actions, as legal scholars weigh in
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
When the Kids are the Henchmen  —  On the weirdness of Trump using his kids to do his political dirty work.  —  Political hatchet men are a staple of American campaigns.  Richard Nixon had Chuck Colson.  George H.W. Bush had Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes.  —  Donald Trump has, well, his adult children.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Michael Ruane / Washington Post:
Longtime White House butler and friend of presidents dies of covid-19  —  When Wilson Roosevelt Jerman's wife, Gladys, was dying of lupus in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent steak and lobster to their rowhouse in Washington and asked his personal physicians to help treat her.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground  —  A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.  —  The burning of a church in northern Mississippi this week is being investigated as arson …
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
P.R.C. Proposal To Impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong  —  The United States condemns the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong.  The decision to bypass Hong Kong's …
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NBC News:
Hong Kong lawmaker mourns ‘end of homeland’ as China mulls anti-protest law
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Ex Marla Maples Has Been Hitting Up Trump's COVID Hotline  —  The president's second wife has a coterie of friends who have some thoughts on how to tackle the pandemic.  Administration officials say she's sending them along.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  In an effort to combat the coronavirus …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
A Surprising Sign of a Democratic Revival in Ohio  —  Suddenly, Republicans are crossing over in unexpected numbers to vote in the Democratic primary in what appears to be the latest sign that suburban women have had enough of Trump.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Wednesday on Morning Joe …
Discussion: Raw Story
Toby Cecchini / New York Times:
Will Bars Exist in NYC After the Coronavirus?  —  Even when businesses like mine can open up for real, it will be very hard to keep them going in a socially distanced world.  —  Mr. Cecchini is a co-owner of two bars in Brooklyn and the author of “Cosmopolitan: a Bartender's Life.”
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns  —  “The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of suicide deaths adding that he's seen a …
 
 
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
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Joshua Tait / The Bulwark:
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Los Angeles Times:
Little sense of shared grief as virus deaths near 100,000
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CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms
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Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
On the Treaty on Open Skies